November 18, 2016

L’Oreal Micellar Cleansing Water Review

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L’Oreal Miellar Cleansing Water ($9.99) is a new liquid complete cleanser and makeup remover that’s available in a waterproof makeup and regular formula for use on eyes, face, and lips. L’Oreal Miellar Cleansing Water is actually already available in a variety of countries including the UK, Canada, and Asia but we are just getting this formula here in the US. Although some may disagree since many ingredients in this formula re the similar to those in the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser and considering L’Oreal is Garnier’s parent company one might argue we’ve technically already seen his formula in the past.

But nope, there are vast differences here.

I ran across L’Oreal Micellar Cleansing Water recently at Walgreens for $9.99 in 13.5 oz bottle in both the regular formula and the waterproof makeup remover formula. I originally paid $8.99 for my Garnier Micellar Water but Target sells it for $6.99 and it is the same size as L’Oreal’s new formula. Not only is the Garnier one a better value but it also has a superior formula in my opinion.

These new micellar waters are confusing to me lately as they recommend them for use on lips, eyes, and face but most of them like the E.L.F. Micellar Cleansing Water, Simple Cleansing Micellar Water, and even the Garnier formula typically state “avoid contact with eyes” or “do not get into eyes”. I find it puzzling that the formulas are ophthalmologist tested but there’s a recommendation to rinse with water if you get it in your eyes (yes, that’s what it says on the Garnier bottle). Guess what? The L’Oreal bottle says the same thing! “Avoid getting in eyes, rinse eyes thoroughly if contact occurs. Most with argue that this means you shouldn’t pour a bottle directly in your eye. I saturated a cotton pad very well with the cleansing water and even with my eye shut some does seep in. It concerns me that something they market for eyes has such a warning. On that note, I will say that this formula doesn’t burn if you do get it in your eyes but the waterproof formula did leave my eyes slightly cloudy after use.

If you aren’t familiar what cleansing or micellar waters are I’d recommend reading my “What is micellar water?” post to get yourself up to speed.

As I mentioned above this comes in two different formulas one of which is a regular cleansing water formula and one has a bi-phase formula. The bi-phase formulas are fairly new to the micellar water and Garnier, as far as I know, is one of the first brands to introduce a waterproof micellar water to the market. Now this isn’t to say that micellar waters all their own don’t remove waterproof makeup as many do like Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water is a real champ tackling all makeup removal without the need for a bi-phase formula. I have to admit I do like the bi-phase formula though as it does a really good job with waterproof mascara but I’m not particularly keen using it all over my face. I actually don’t use L’Oreal’s nor Garnier’s waterproof formula on my face because I dislike the weird oily feel of it on my face. It makes me feel like I’m using eye makeup remover all over my face which isn’t pleasant. I do love Garnier’s formula though for eye makeup remover (aside from the fact you can’t get it in your eyes!?). Oddly enough, a quick glance at the ingredients revealed that L’Oreal’s formula has many of the same ones as the Garnier formula yet for some reason it struggled with my waterproof mascara. Both the waterproof and non-waterproof formulas left a good deal of mascara behind when I used them on my eyes. Both formula also happened to leave behind traces of makeup as well which surprised me. One of the key selling points of micellar water is the ease of use and the fact it removes makeup quickly without the need to rinse. After I use L’Oreal’s formula I could visibly see blush left over on my cheeks. I also did a test where I used Garnier’s formula right after L’Oreal and my cotton pad came back with a mascara and other color cosmetics on the pad.

This really baffled me as I felt like maybe L’Oreal’s formula was simply a repackage of the Garnier one but that’s not the case at all because the Garnier formula does a far better job with makeup remover than these new L’Oreal ones.

L’Oreal Micellar Cleansing Water is an exciting launch to finally see here in the US but I’m sticking with the Garnier formula. Both of the L’Oreal’s formulas struggled a bit with both regular and waterproof makeup. If you do want to try these I’d recommend waiting for a sale.

L’Oreal Micellar Cleansing Water is launching at drugstores now and I imagine it won’t be long before they pop up on and

Tried them already?

Do share your results!

L'Oreal Micellar Cleansing Water Waterproof Ingredients

L’Oreal Micellar Cleansing Water Waterproof Ingredients

L'Oreal Micellar Cleansing Water Non Waterproof Ingredients

L’Oreal Micellar Cleansing Water Non Waterproof Ingredients

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  • kimkats

    So – no reason to switch from my beloved Simple micellar then… I have to admit I was almost stunned to see that there’s a L’Oreal skin care product with no added fragrance!! That’s so unlike them! πŸ˜€

    Thanks for the review Muse – Gonna give this one a pass – but did you know that Simple now has a large size too – 13.5 ounces I think? Just saw that the other day at Wally World.

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure Kim! πŸ™‚ eh no kidding didn’t know they did a bigger size! Good to know!

  • Jane

    Dang it! I just bought a bottle to use after my Garnier runs out, so I haven’t tried it yet. This does not sound promising, although my cosmetics are all pretty light formulas, lately nothing waterproof or very long-lasting so perhaps it’ll work enough.

  • Kristin

    I agree; I like the Garnier. As for eye makeup remover, I actually just use the Nivea cream in the tin; I have eczema, so I need something gentle.

    (Oh, and I resent the Sephora fall 2002 catalog & also spring 2004. They didn’t get bounced back to my gmail account, so *hopefully* it went through!)

  • Francesca Zawaydeh

    I like the Loreal one more than Garnier to be honest! It takes off my thick, gel liner really quickly and easily. It doesn’t work as well as Sephoras own brand, and I tried one from Eucerin that I got shipped from South America, it isn’t sold in the US yet. It is the best I’ve tried and I liked the bottle a lot as well. Son and Park beauty water is also a really really good one and they recently started selling at Sephora.

  • Randi MacDonald

    I’ve tried the Garnier, but I much prefer the Simple formula. I use it after cleansing to remove the last traces. It doesn’t sting my eyes, but they do tend to water after a few minutes.

  • Jodi J.

    The warning is probably just to cover their butt. The warning on my hair dryer says “do not use while sleeping”. Not kidding.

    I love the Garnier ones! I use the waterproof to take off makeup on my waterline and it’s never burned, etc. I use a makeup wipe fhen both waters (for eye and face) at night. Then I use the regular (pink cap) in the morning to take off any residual makeup. Sometimes I’m so tired the night before that I don’t do a great job.

  • MzVicky

    That’s funny as I felt the L’Oréal one removed my makeup better and faster. I guess once again it depends on what you’re wearing and your skin.

  • Karen H

    Thank you for this review. I have been looking for a less expensive alternative to the Bioderma and will definitely try out the Garnier version.

    Your reviews are always informative and entertaining!

  • Gina

    I’m sad to see this! I was looking forward to the launch! I sure did not know (so much for my reading labels..) it say’s “do not get into eyes”! I’ve used both the Garnier and the Simple (which Tati recommends) and I by far liked the Garnier (waterproof). It’s especially good at removing the more difficult liquid lippies – without having to scrub, which I don’t enjoy. Thank you for this post and review, I’m still new to your blog – and I must say I’m enjoying it immensely !!! You are so through, detailed and you try things even if they don’t match your skin type – I appreciate this so much! Actually your blog (and I’ve read a few…) is the most comprehensive I’ve seen. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication – you have such a vast listing of products! It’s a fantastic blog! So thank you, it’s delightful!!!! xoxox, Gina

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw thanks Gina for the beautiful comment and compliment! Yeah, it’s really weird for me to see stuff marketed for eyes yet it says “do not get into eyes” or “avoid contact with eyes” huh? How in the world do they put a diagram on the bottle of someone removing eye makeup with the formula…!? It’s odd! Stick with the Garnier (although that one also says don’t get into eyes lol!) it does a way better job than the new L’Oreal πŸ™‚ Thanks again! Your comment made my day!

      • Gina

        Your more than welcome love – I meant every word…. I’ve been through your archives, and searched through many a post from mascara to toners —your dedicated! I so appreciate this! I wish I had the funds to do such a through blog – because it is so helpful and impressive to us girls out here searching for holy grail products. Thank you for you effort, perseverance, and the tenacity that you must have to keep buying/testing new products. I’m sure I’m only saying what the rest of your audience would say – but, thank you – I SO appreciate your efforts!!!!


        • Isabella Muse

          aw thanks again Gina! You’re going to make me cry πŸ™‚ I really appreciate your beautiful compliment πŸ™‚ xoxoxoxoxo! thank you SO SO much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  • Dora

    The Garnier one is my HG after trying a few different kinds (Sephora, Simple, Roche Posay). I think I’m on my third bottle? Inexpensive, nondrying, unscented — why would you make a scented micellar water? asking you, Sephora! — and effective. I use the regular (nonwaterproof) but I admit that I first remove my eye makeup with a cleansing oil or cleansing balm or bi-phase product. I really just use the micellar water for face makeup and any extra leftover eye makeup. Thanks for the review — won’t be tempted to try this one.

  • Claudia

    Thanks for the review, now I will not be tempted to try this one. I tried the waterproof Garnier after your review and liked it for all of one day. My two years old son thought it was a fantastic idea to flip the lid and squirt it everywhere! I know if I buy another bottle it will meet the same fate. Raising out of reach is not an option, I’m short and he knows how to use a stool :/