October 31, 2018

Garnier Skinactive Micellar Eye Makeup Remover Pads Review

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.
3 stars out of 5

Garnier Skinactive Micellar Eye Makeup Remover Pads (100 pads $8.99) are a new eye makeup remover pad saturated with Garnier’s cult favorite Skinactive Micellar Water that launched to the permanent line for Fall 2018.

I was pretty excited to check these out when they started popping up online late last month. I love Garnier’s Micellar Water but having that in a small cotton round sounded brilliant! I travel a lot and Garnier’s Micellar Water does come in a mini-size but I just felt it saved so much space having the cotton pads that were saturated with micellar water handy for quick removal when I’m on the run.

I loved these BUT…..

I’d change three things about them!

Garnier Skinactive Micellar Eye Makeup Remover Pads will set you back about nine bucks for 100 pads that arrive in a very small jar perfect for travel. I liked them. A lot. They remove makeup easily! Even eye makeup is a snap to remove! Yes, waterproof mascara too! Although, there is a small amount that is occasionally left behind but honestly, when you want to get bed fast these do a damn fine job of getting off 95% off your makeup very quickly. There is absolutely no fault with the formula here! The cotton rounds at thin, saturated just right with product but not overly so, and gently on my face and eyes.

I do have some beef.

First off, Garnier please release these in the Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser formula! That’s my fav formula for use around my eyes and since I don’t rely on micellar water alone for clean ups this would make for easy eye makeup removable during travel!

Secondly, these need to be a little cheaper. I can buy a bottle of Garnier Micellar Water for as little as six dollars which is 13.5 oz in size. Needless to say that bottle will last me way longer than these pads.

Thirdly and most importantly! These need to be bigger. They are soooooooooooooooooo tiny! I have to use like five of them for my entire face/eyes (maybe six)! For size reference if you have a lip balm jar, such as the Too Faced Peach Lip Balm, the size of the cotton rounds are about the size of the lid on that balm! They are quite small! That did disappoint me!

If they can launch these in a bigger cotton at a cheaper price (say $5.99! They are $7 at Walmart but still I’d like to see a them knocked down to five or six at most!) I’d be a happy camper. The idea is a good one but it needs a little work!

Garnier Skinactive Micellar Eye Makeup Remover Pads are launching now at drugstores!

Where to buy

Ulta Target Walmart

Garnier Skinactive Micellar Eye Makeup Remover Pads are a new travel friendly version of Garnier’s original micellar water! These tiny cotton rounds are pre-spoaked with Garnier’s cult favorite micellar water which can be used to remove makeup easily without rinsing. I thought they were great! They do a fab job removing makeup without leaving a film behind on my face and even cut through heavy eye makeup and waterproof mascara (some small residue left behind with mascara but nothing too bad). However, I felt like they were a bit too expensive (100 pads for $10 at most stores! Cheapest available option is $6.96 at Walmart which is still a little high) and a little too small! The pads are quite tiny which meant I was use four or five to clean my face! That makes them even more expensive!

Aqua/Water, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Ppg-1-Peg-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, Coceth-7, Benzoic Acid, Ceteareth-12, Cetyl Palmitate, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid.


  • Great for travel!
  • Easy makeup removal when you’re in a hurry!
  • Removes about 95% of makeup super quick (even waterproof mascara)!
  • Fairly gentle, doesn’t strip skin nor leave behind a film of stickiness!


  • Expensive!
  • Pads are very small.


If you travel a lot Garnier Skinactive Micellar Eye Makeup Remover Pads are quick a handy little treat to have around for quick makeup removal! They’ll fit in your carry on luggage and easily remove makeup!

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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  • kjh

    Actually, doubt I trust these at all. The towelettes that supposedly equate to the blue top remover (assume that’s the fave you mentioned) do not have the same ingredients as blue top at all. They don’t remove eye m/u well, and sting on me. I haven’t checked these ingredients vs blue top, but think I would prefer to make a travel jar with blue top and dollar tree cotton rounds. Cheaper, and I know the formula would work that way. The towelettes made me feel duped.

  • Carol G

    The only thing I can think of as to why they are so small is because they are labeled as “eye makeup remover”.
    I guess their theory was: people will be using these on their eyes only so we should make them small.
    But c’mon, why wouldn’t you use these on your whole face, right? I believe most people use the same makeup remover for their entire face. Do people really buy 2 separate products for face and eyes?
    Perhaps, but not me! If a makeup remover is not safe for eyes then I don’t buy it. I’m not going to buy 2 products.

    • Isabella Muse

      True but even on my eyes I would need at least two per eye that’s four pads 🙁 I really do need them to be bigger even just for eyes because they are so tiny they just don’t fit over my eye if that makes sense. It’s just not a good fit!

  • Susan

    Wow, I need to find that micellar water stat! Glad you liked these pads for the convenience of travel, but it does suck that there so small and price point is off. A whole bottle of the remover compared to these is ridiculous! Thanks for this review though. I definitely will have to find the bottle of remover and give it a go!

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure! The waterproof version (blue bottle) is fab ;-D def HG! surprised you haven’t tried it yet!

  • Tracy

    Maybe I got a bad batch but I’m not really pleased with mine. They don’t feel saturated enough and I’m having a tough time getting them to remove my eye makeup (takes maybe 2-3 pads for both eyes). I have a better time with just a regular cotton round saturated with the regular Garnier Micellar water (I can use 1 of those for both eyes). I agree with you the pad size is definitely too small.

    • Isabella Muse

      Not bad here! Def not heavily saturated though but just enough to remove my eye makeup! It does leave some residue behind in regards to mascara but does get most off however, I need about two to three pads as well for my eyes! The small size just doesn’t work at all for me! Sorry yours didn’t work 🙁 If I were you I’d just pour some of your micellar water onto them if you have the Garnier pink label one ;-D