Does this £5 Garnier water do what it ought to? We test seven brands for removing make-up

MORE than five million women use Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water every day, making it the most popular product of its kind.

Garnier sells a bottle every two seconds but how does it compare with other brands?

Beauty expert Shannon Lawlor tests seven micellar waters for removing make-up, cleansing skin and value, with ratings out of five.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, £4.99 (


Micellar water has been a French skincare staple for decades but it wasn’t until Garnier launched its product in 2013 that it made it big in the UK.

It melts away make-up and mascara in seconds and the fragrance-free, hypoallergenic formula leaves skin feeling soft.

As it’s so effective, you don’t need to rub the cotton pad over the skin.

I hold the pad over my eye for a few seconds and swipe it all away in one swoop.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water, £10.80 (


This is the French product on which Garnier cleverly modelled its own version.

It has cleansing properties which are so great that it has been a staple in make-up artists’ kits for years.

Since becoming available in the UK, Bioderma still sets the standard for micellar waters.

It cleanses, soothes and hydrates all at once.

But it’s incredibly similar to Garnier’s and twice the price.

Nivea MicellAIR Micellar Water, £4.29 (


The thing that attracted me to this offering from Nivea was the name.

Most micellar waters, as we’ve discovered, leave a film on the skin that can feel suffocating.

MicellAIR promises no residue and compared with most of the others tested, it leaves skin feeling cleanest.

However, I did have to use a couple of pads to totally clear up my panda eyes, so it’s a case of swings and roundabouts.

Eucerin Dermo Purifyer Micellar Water, £9.50 (


Most micellar waters cater for dry, sensitive skin, so I was excited to give this oil-control formula a go.

It is free from alcohol and fragrance, so doesn’t irritate in the slightest.

It doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily or greasy afterwards.

In fact, it feels almost freshly washed.

If you have dry skin, it’s best to opt for something more hydrating like Garnier, however if your skin is prone to spots and breakouts, I can’t recommend this stuff enough.

Simple Water Boost Micellar Cleansing Water, £4.99 (


There is no doubt this stuff required a little more elbow grease to remove mascara, but it did a good job.

Unlike face wipes which spread make-up around, micellar waters work by the “micelles” in the product attracting oil and sebum to remove them.

This Simple formula is free from alcohol and artificial fragrance so is great for dry or sensitive skin.

It is cruelty-free, vegan and the bottle is made from recycled plastic.

It really does leave your skin feeling clean, with no residue.

However, it feels less hydrating and requires a little more effort.

L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water, £5.99 (boots. com)


Of all the formulas, this felt most refreshing.

It’s similar to the Garnier and Bioderma ones but something about it is more cooling and rejuvenating.

My waterproof mascara wiped straight off with zero fuss, but removing my mask-proof lipstick required some extra scrubbing.

It also leaves less of a residue so for someone who doesn’t like the feeling of product on my skin, it was great.

Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water, £15 (


This stuff has a luxury price tag – and the product is pretty luxurious itself.

It has a calming, botanical scent thanks to grapewater and chamomile and the bottle has a pump, which saves any annoying spills, generally making things easier.

It does a great job at removing make-up but leaves my skin feeling a little tight and dry.

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