January 25, 2018

New Drugstore Micellar Waters Headed to Stores Now

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It always seems like Spring is the time for brands to start adding new skincare to their lines. The drugstore in particular is a plethora of new skincare launches lately especially in the micellar water category. Everywhere I turn someone is launching some new cleansing water formula.

I’ve already reviewed a few of them for you and I’ll definitely do more but for now here’s some of the latest ones you can look out for at your local drugstores!

If quick on the go makeup removal is your thing there are two new micellar facial wipes you can eye up at the drugstore like Burt’s Bees Micellar Water Towelettes ($5.99) that contains white cypress oil and honey to nourish and soften skin while removing your makeup! Simple Water Boost Micellar Eye Makeup Remover Pads ($6.99) is also a hydrating formula that removes all your makeup even waterproof mascara.

If wipes aren’t appealing Burt’s Bees also launched a regular 3-in-1 Micellar Water with the same skin softening ingredients as the wipes!

You’ll recognize Cerave’s new Hydrating Micellar Water Ultra Gentle Cleanser from a review I did a recently. This stuff sounds like a dream come true and a lot of people are apparently liking it but it was hell on my eyes. It does a good job whisking away makeup but don’t use it near your eyes as it burns terribly! However, if you don’t typically use micellar water near your eyes you should be good to go!

With all this talk about moisture how about the oily, blemish-prone skin types? Shea Moisture African Black Soap and Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Micellar Water ($10.99) has you covered with their new micellar water that’s infused with bamboo charcoal to absorb excess oil while removing your makeup and leaving skin matte and oil-free.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Micellar Water ($7.49) is another new cleansing water I reviewed. I didn’t really love this one but it promises to purify, soften, and cleanse skin with a Triple Micellar Technology complex. Do see my review before indulging though!

Target’s house brand, Up & Up gets busy competing with Garnier Micellar Water with this new All In One Micellar Cleansing Water ($4.49) that promises to whisk your makeup away easily!

Are you busy testing any new micellar waters?

Which ones?

Do share them!

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  • Christina

    I feel like I’m the only on on this planet that doesn’t like micellar water. I just don’t get them. Maybe it’s because I wear heavy duty sunscreen, therefore I always double cleanse every night with something oil based to remove it. When I use micellar water on just makeup, I have to use so many cotton pads, and since it doesn’t break down sunscreen, I end up having to cleanse my face with something stronger anyway. I never feel like it leaves me clean enough. Since I never go to bed with my face unwashed, I don’t see the point in this extra step.

    • Isabella Muse

      you aren’t alone! I’m a founder and member of the anti-micellar water world ;-D I never feel clean when I use them. I do keep them around because they are awesome for days I’m tired as hell and just want to go to bed but aside from that I like my regular skincare cleansing routine thanks so much!

      • Christina

        We must be in the minority because with all these releases, somebody is loving them! LOL!

        • Isabella Muse

          AGREED lol! I think they generally have a good following. I’m just a little more strict with how I remove my makeup ;D

    • Agona

      I agree. Although, on mornings where I am rushed, I do wipe down my face with a cotton pad soaked with a Korean refresh water (which I think is equivalent to a toner, but Korean toners are moisturizing and not astringents like Western versions) and then the rest of my skincare like normal. I figure my face can’t be that dirty having just woken up but I do notice that my face is greasier by the end of the day if I skip my morning cleanse.

      • Magenta Wilde

        I want to try Korean refresh water. I just started using Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel toner and like that, but the Korean refresh waters are now intriguing me.

    • Carol G

      I agree. I tried them once when they first started popping up over a year ago and thought it was going to be this miracle product. I think they are just meh. I have a bottle of the Garnier one with the blue cap because I use waterproof mascara but honestly all that is, to me anyway, is Lancome bi-facil makeup remover. So I am not impressed at all with micellar waters because you can’t use them on your eyes! So how is that cleansing your face of makeup? It’s not. Obviously this trend in continuing big-time going into 2018. But good grief, how many frickin’ micellar waters do we need?!?

  • Susan

    I’ve found one or two I like a lot and realize I don’t need to keep trying new ones. It’s crazy.

    • Isabella Muse

      lol this is me with concealer. I have hg ones but keep trying more. WHY!

      • Susan

        Well, you do it for the blog too. Spending money so we don’t have to, as it were. My HG concealer was discontinued years ago and I’m still looking for my new HG one, have found a couple that are close, thanks to you!

        • Isabella Muse

          that’s my excuse! I think if I didn’t do Musings I’d probably skip out on a lot of these releases as they don’t really interest me. Mine too! The Em Great Cover Up! Gone but not forgotten and Maybelline Dream Mousse! DAMN THEM! Aw thanks <3! I'm happy to hear I helped in some small way!

  • Magenta Wilde

    I’m glad I’m not alone with being meh on micellar waters. I’m working through the Garnier blue-cap one and that’s okay, but I still prefer oil-based cleansers like the Body Shop’s chamomile ones. If I leave that on for a minute and wipe off with a warm, wet washcloth, it removes the makeup pretty damn well. I mainly use the micellar around the eyes to loosen up any extra mascara if it’s a formula that’s harder to wash off.

    Are there any micellar waters that actually feel like water when you use them, with no coated feeling?

    And did you see Pantene now has micellar shampoo and conditioner? I have no idea what that’s supposed to do, but I’m wondering if we’ll see micellar hair products rolling out soon. Or the Pantene will soon turn up at Big Lots in six months …

  • Kish

    Even though I should know better, I have my eye on that Shea Moisture one. I’m sure it will burn my eyes but you never know until you try.

  • Chanty

    I have a shopping problem, especially when I go to shoppers drug mart and they have things on clearance. Just realized I have 2 fill totes of makeup, and skincare, and I noticed I have like 15 bottles of different Micellar waters! Read your post on using them to wash your face is bad, which I do everyday! Lol muse, I always trust in your posts and read your reviews, every time I see something new, I’m like, I gotta buy it and it takes me months to actually try things out! Never stop doing what your doing! Your great! I take your reviews seriously! Btw, I bought the too faced white peach palette, the Maybelline pink edge and the Maybelline, is it city lights? So disappointed, I have higher expectations for Maybelline and too faced but am so far extremely disappointed, you?

    • Isabella Muse

      lol 15? I totally understand the feeling! AWWWWWWWWWW thank you! So freaking flattered <3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah Too Faced has been severely disappointing lately as has Maybelline 🙁 Sad sigh!

  • Deborah

    I’ve never heard of this micellar water before. I have very sensitive eyes so I’m kind of afraid to try it now. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Tabitha Bachert

    I’d love to find a drugstore micellar water that doesnt burn my eyes when removing makeup. I like using micellar water because the weirdo in me feels like if I don’t remove makeup before I wash my face then I’m just rubbing it into my skin during washing lol. I’ve been using Bioderma but ….$$$ its too expensive. I did email The Ordinary and ask them if they were going to do a micellar water. I’m just begging for someone to create a non-stinging MW that doesnt break the bank.

  • Brandy

    I really only like Simple’s new micellar water, and I use it with Simple Water Boost Micellar Gel Wash. The face wash and micellar water have been perfect for my dry skin this winter. I don’t wear heavy makeup so I’m not sure how they would work on that. My bf even asks me to wipe his face for him with it cuz he says it’s refreshing.

    • Isabella Muse

      I really like the old simple one but haven’t tried the new, it sounds great though ;-D

      • Brandy

        I wanted to add that I have not tried it around my eyes so I have no idea if it burns or not. I have to use a separate eye makeup remover as my eyes are very sensitive.

  • hayley

    Why would I want to remove my makeup with something I can’t use on my eyes? On most of the backs of the bottles I see for micellar waters they have a warning that says don’t use on eyes! Then what’s the point? Also, they claim you don’t have to rinse, but a lot of skincare articles I’ve read said you SHOULD be rinsing them off because then it’s like you’re just leaving cleanser on your face! So what’s the point? I’ll still with makeup-removing wipes!

    • Isabella Muse

      My thoughts exactly! Lots of cleansers in general say this lately. I guess they just want to be “safe” no one is going to sue them. But still it makes mt wary and worried when I see that warning!

  • Sian

    I’ll try simples new option. Simple is the only micellar water I’ve repurchased. Im sensitive and it doesnt sting! Micellar water helps me alot on 13 hr work days when im just wiped.

  • Sara

    Musie…which is your favorite Micellar?
    The only one I’ve ever tried is the Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar, and I love it. Have you tried that one? I’m curious how it compares to the hundreds that are out there. I use it daily and pretty much only to remove eye makeup, and it’s never bothered my eyes or contacts.
    I order it from Birchbox, but it would be nice to be able to grab one in store if I didn’t have time to order online.