January 24, 2018

Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Micellar Water Review

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Micellar Water is a new 3-in-1 formula that removes makeup while purifying skin. I don’t really understand their 3-in-1 formula marketing they have going on here! Their tag line reads, “removes waterproof makeup + effectively cleanses + purifies”. Isn’t that all the same bloody thing? Especially the part about removing makeup and effectively cleansing. What and what?! Are you intentionally trying to throw a pop quiz at me and make me think hard here because I can’t even when I’m tired in the middle of the night and shopping micellar waters in my pajama bottoms.

True story about shopping this in my pajama bottoms. I had to go get some distilled water at 2AM and I couldn’t be arsed to get dressed. I SWEAR TO GOD I am not one of those people roaming the streets in Uggs and pajama bottoms. It was just the one time.

No but seriously, the marketing is kind of off here as there isn’t anything 3-in-1 about this formula. It removes makeup period. The end. Everyone lives happily ever after. Well not really, because the formula isn’t that great.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Micellar Water arrives your way in a 12 oz bottle for $7.49 it joins the ranks of other new Deep Clean products from Neutrogena this Spring like Deep Clean Purifying Cooling Gel Scrub and Deep Clean Purifying Clay Cleanser & Mask. Garnier still remains a girl’s and guy’s best friends in terms of formula and value as it weights in at 13.5 oz at $6.99

The formula is light, refreshing, and doesn’t leave my skin sticky nor tacky. But I wasn’t terribly impressed with this formula since it didn’t do a great job removing my makeup. It struggled with waterproof mascara and even regular mascara not to mention it left residues behind from blush and foundation I was wearing. I wasn’t keen on the scent either which at first I thought smelled lightly of motor oil but after using it a few times I realized it sort of smelled lightly of a magic marker or Sharpie. It isn’t overpowering but the scent does linger in the background and is worth mentioning for sensitive users.

Now I did say about this was a one and done formula and I still stand by this even after realizing it contains citric acid which can having exfoliating abilities but there is likely the very smallest amount of it in this formula that would won’t see much of a difference in your skin when using it. Also, this might be included in the formula to adjust the overall pH of the micellar water. They never mentioned exfoliating but the 3-in-1 formula seems to apply it does something more than simply cleanse your skin.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Micellar Water wasn’t particularly unique and innovative by any means and it did have a mild stinging when I used it around my eyes. There are a good deal of micellar waters at the drugstore right now and many others that are in the works for the Spring 2018 season. You can likely do better and if you’re already a tried and true Garnier Micellar Water user you probably don’t need to switch up your routine and add this particular formula to it.

I think it’s a safe skip.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Micellar Water is launching now at drugstores or get it online at target.com.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Becca

    Muse, I am probably the only person who doesn’t understand the hype with micellar water. I’ve tried, Lord knows…I’ve bought several kinds ranging from LaRoche Posey to Pacifica, but they sting the $h*^ out of my face! I wonder if this is a common issue?

    • Isabella Muse

      I don’t get them because I tend to like to rinse my face off and don’t feel clean without doing a deep clean with an oil, foam, etc…! the stinging mmm that could be niacinamide check the ingredients see if that’s one. I never heard of it burning being a common issue.

      • Magenta Wilde

        I’m the same. I don’t get any stinging but the micellar waters I’ve tried don’t leave my face feeling clean. I always chase them with several splashes of water.

        • Isabella Muse

          I tend to only use them when I’m being lazy! I just never feel fully cleaned just using micellar water!

  • Christina D.

    I don’t get the micellar water hype either. I don’t feel like it’s particularly cleansing, gentle, or anything else it’s hyped up to be. The last time I tried one (Garnier), I demoted from a skin cleanser to a brush cleanser — and I still felt it necessary to rinse. I’m done with this particular gimmick.

    • Isabella Muse

      It’s good if you get in late and you want to go to bed fast. There are some formulas that are actually really good others are crap. Like Garnier blue label is fab for eye makeup removal but I’d never use it on my face, like you said it feels like a bi-phase brush cleanser. I’m anal and I like my skincare routine and micellar waters just don’t really fit into that routine.

  • Cheryl

    I like the It Cosmetics micellar water as a final cleanse after I have used a cleansing oil or balm in the shower. I don’t wear waterproof mascara or heavy eye makeup, so the combination takes everything off. Just micellar water on its own, though…no. It takes way too much time and too many cotton pads to get everything off.

    • Isabella Muse

      I like the It one as well! I swear my face looks brighter when I use it!

  • Bonnie

    I did the pj bottoms thing for the first time in my life recently – to the post office. I did not swing by Walmart so any pics are not me!

  • Sarah

    The scent sounds…interesting. I’ve been using micellar waters as I would a balm or oil cleanser before I use my cream or gel one.I’m still not allowed to wear face makeup (I severely over exfoliated and damaged my skin to the point of bacterial and fungal infection.)so make up removal is a non issue right now for me.Not that I use them for make up removal.Sounds ho hum formula wise.

    People seem to really like the Garnier. Maybe the new products are better but my skin hates their skincare.

  • Silvia

    I never been drawn to them as having dry/combo sensitive skin. I use Cera Vé and is working magic. My daughter tried it Garnier with blue top once and didn’t purchase again. Eh!
    Muse, I’ve seen a guy at the market wearing flannel checkered pj’s once! It was about 10 pm. yeah, not a pretty fashion statement I think worst for men. Lol! But you are forgiven.