December 14, 2015

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser Review

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser ($8.99) is now available in US drugstores. You might recall a few months ago when I originally reviewed Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water which I had purchased from Asia but finally we are getting both the regular formula and the waterproof formula here in the US at drugstores.

Since I had already tried, reviewed, and loved the original formula I decided to check out the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser formula instead since it wasn’t one I had tried and the waterproof option intrigued me since I wear harder to remove mascara and other eye makeup.

Micellar waters are slowly creeping into the US market but it’s a slow process. Last year, Simple Cleansing Micellar Water launched but I think for the most part as big as the trend is, it has quite been as popular here as it has a broad in my opinion. If you aren’t in the “know” about micellar waters check out my “What is Micellar Water?” post to get you up to date!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Waterproof

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser is a little confusing to me but let me tell you all I love about it before I explain some of the confusion I felt about it.

First off, this is $8.99 at Walgreens and comes in a 13.5 oz bottle. I purchased two immediately because I noticed it was a bi-phase formula and I instantly loved how HUGE it was so I thought, “Hey, this is great! Removes waterproof mascara and a big bottle too!” Personally, I go through a lot of eye makeup remover and I always feel like the smaller 4 oz sizes are just too small. For something we use so often why is eye makeup remover only available in 4 and 6 oz sizes? SOMETIMES if you’re lucky an 8 oz….! I’d buy a 16 oz bottle if they made it because it is one of my skincare staples.

So yeah, I loved that Garnier puts this in a big old 13 oz bottle!

On the bottle it reads that this is great for face, lips, and eyes and it also says dermatologist and opthamologist tested. However, it also says “Do not get into eyes” and if you do get it into your eyes rinse with water. This isn’t the only confusing thing about this formula but it was one that kinda made me puzzled. I will say I used it on my eyes and I didn’t experience any stinging nor did I have any other issues but I thought it was a bit concerning they said do not get into eyes. As in directly? Or as in don’t put it near your eyes? So yeah, that was a little weird. On the back of the bottle they say to saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water, hold it on your eye, do not rub, and remove after a few minutes. Personally I did the old swiping method to remove. It worked like a charm and it removed all my eye makeup remover. I didn’t doubt it wouldn’t work as the bi-phase formula had me all kinds of excited.

On that note, the other thing that confused me was in fact that bi-phase formula. I wasn’t particularly keen on swiping this all over my face and the cause for my concern was that my face would be left feeling oily greasy and weird. It just seemed like I was taking my favorite eye makeup remover and using it to remove my makeup. And that’s actually how it felt. It was pretty weird and although it is marketed as being oil-free my face still kinda felt oily and shiny after I removed my makeup with it.

Technically micellar water is exactly that, water. But this is a bi-phase formula and to me it just feels like I’m using eye makeup remover all over my face. On that note, I will say it removed makeup quite well but I wasn’t too keen on the way it left my skin feeling weirdly oily.

Micellar waters are great when you’re feeling a bit lazy and simply don’t want to go through the many steps to remove all your makeup. We’ve all had nights where we come home and can’t really think about removing our eye makeup with one product, using another product to remove our face makeup, and maybe some of us even embrace the double cleanse routine which means even more work…so yeah, micellar water are def a lazy and quick way to remove makeup in one go.

For me, I’m actually one of those people that doesn’t feel truly clean using micellar water alone so I’m pretty happy using Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser for removing my eye makeup only at the end of the day! I’m not terribly comfortable using this one all over my face but good news as they do have the original version that released in Japan now available in the US as well! This is a more traditional micellar water formula and works fabulously (check the archives for my review on it) without the oily residue that this version leaves behind on.

I’m so on board with Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser as an eye makeup remover though! That alone makes it well worth checking out! But not sure how many people are actually going to like this formula on their face.

I look forward to hearing about your experience with it.

Available now at drugstores.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

I purchased this item.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Rina

    I’m a die-hard Take The Day Off girl, is this comparable, mostly because it comes in a bigger size for the same price as the Clinique… Thanks!

  • Carolyn2

    I’ve been using Dr Jaart and I have a back up of it and a Bioderma as I want to test it. But am hoping the Garnier version is as good as the Dr J one because I like the price of it better.

    I like to use mine as a foundation remover before I cleanse. And I’ll use it to wipe off mascara my eye makeup remover didn’t get

    Also love it to touch up when there I get over zealous applying mascara in the morning.

    • Jay

      That Dr. Jart is the friggin bomb!!! I think I like it more than Bioderma. Well, okay maybe they’re neck and neck lol.

  • Maria

    This looks good. I have boots 7 botanics micellar water and I love that one. I wonder how it compares.

    • Isabella Muse

      Nothing like it ๐Ÿ™‚ this is bi-phase, the boots formula is a water base no oils.

      • Michelle

        Did you notice the front of the bottle says No Oil? But there is a weird silicone feeling after. I found that if I used my clean finger to rub in the excess it didn’t feel oily after. But it is weird there’s no oil in it. So confusing!

        • Isabella Muse

          mmmhmm! It’s kinda an oily film. I used it only on my eyes now because on my face it felt gross! Try the pink one, that’s better option for removing face makeup!

  • Ashley

    Will you be reviewing the bio derma brand? See it in magazines all the time, wonder if it’s worth the hype

    • Isabella Muse

      I reviewed it already Ashley ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a look through the archives!

  • Jay

    I really like this product so far! I made myself finish my never-ending bottle of the useless Simple Cleansing Water (can you tell I wasn’t a fan?) but this one removed more product. It didn’t sting my eyes either, whereas the Simple water made my eyes sensitive, if that makes sense. They didn’t exactly burn but they felt like they’d rather be closed lol and watered excessively. I’m so glad more exciting drugstore stuff is making its way over to the U.S.!

  • zVintageFashionizta

    Thanks, this looks interesting.

    I think the packaging can become a problem for them because you know that an opportunist or ignorant person is going to sue claiming they drank it because they thought it was drinking water.

  • LouAnne

    I am waiting on the regular Garnier version to ship now from Japan, but I will be picking this up in the stores too. I have fallen in love with these miceller waters lately… I stocked up on the Bioderma in a pump bottle at Beautyish with their Black Friday sales. But reading these reviews has me wanting to try the Garnier too.

    I have been amazed at how well the Bioderma removes my long wear eye makeup with no stinging, burning or fogging eyes. And I LOVE the pump bottle!

  • kellly

    I never really got into 2-phase stuff. I like the Garnier cleansing oil, especially the fact that it rinses off with water. I use that for getting my eye makeup off and then rinse and then wash my face. I think I can pass on micellar water.

  • Dora

    So, it seems like it’s not really a micellar water at all, then? I dont’ really expect a micellar water to be oil-based and duo-phased. Am definitely interested in trying the regular (non-waterproof makeup) one when it hits the drug stores/Target. Going through a large bottle of the Sephora brand one now and I really can’t stand the fragrance. I do not understand why they would make it scented! Do either of these have a fragrance?

    • Isabella Muse

      Not really to me Dora. It’s more of a waterproof eye makeup remover in my opinion! I didn’t notice a fragrance!

  • Virginia

    I tried this with the same results as you. I love it, just only as an eye makeup remover. It says you don’t have to rinse your face after, but I did and got the same oily feeling. That being said , it didn’t burn or give me blurry vision, so I still really like it (except not all over my face ).

    • Isabella Muse

      Glad I’m not alone! I just couldn’t get past it on my face! but my eyes, I’m all in!

  • Carol G

    Muse, I had the exact same thought when I got this home and used it. I thought to myself, “This is not a micellar water, it’s just a big ol’ fat bottle of Lancome Bi-facil (or Clinique TTDO)”. Major disappointment for me as I wanted an actual ‘water’. Needless to say, I will use this since it is worth the price but will not repurchase it since it is not a true micellar water imo. Glad to know I wasn’t the only one who questioned this product!

    • Isabella Muse

      It’s a completely different formula than Bioderma. It’s not something that works great for your face as I said in the review so I wouldn’t compare it to bioderma considering bioderma’s formula works well on face and eyes. Hope this helps!

  • L

    I seem to be the only one who’s skin gets dry with this stuff. Same thing happened with a foaming non soap facial wash. The skin on my eye lids is left flaky and dry. I have the regular version too which also leaves my face feeling tight and dry. Any recommendations?