Garnier makes a lot of different micellar waters. Right now, I know of four. I know there’s one for water-proof makeup, one that is oil- infused, and one that is just regular without any special properties. Then there’s the mattifying one, which I will be reviewing today.
The actual name of this product is the “Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water Combination & Sensitive Skin”, at least in the UK. In the US, it’s called “Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Mattifying ” In the UK, it is marketed as being for sensitive combination skin, in the US, it is marketed as being for oily skin. They have different names and different descriptions but they’re the same product, and they’re in similar packaging too – clear bottle with a green cap.
What is Micellar Water?
For those who don’t know, micellar water is a gentle face cleanser and makeup remover that contains micelles.
Micelles are basically little soapy bits that do what soap does: cleanse and remove oil.
There’s a long and scientific explanation for this, but I don’t want to bore you. You can read more about the science behind micelles and micellar water here, if you are so inclined.
So essentially, micellar water is soapy water, but not just any soapy water. These are specifically created to be effective enough go remove dirt and oils but mild enough to not require rinsing.
I like to use micellar water for pre-cleansing (makeup removal) or to cleanse my face in the mornings instead of washing it with a regular cleanser. I also use micellar water to clean my false lashes.
Micellar water is NOT a toner. For further information on both micellar waters and toners, see this post.
Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water Combination & Sensitive Skin Review / Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Mattifying Review
This product claims to remove makeup, cleanse and mattify skin, all in one step, without rinsing. It is made specifically for oiler skin types, and it is also supposed to be good for sensitive skin.
Okay, so first of all, I don’t have sensitive skin. This contains alcohol which could potentially be a problem for sensitive skin. I have lots of skincare products with alcohol and it doesn’t bother me personally, but it’s just weird to see alcohol in a product specifically made for sensitive skin, considering that alcohol and fragrances are 2 of the main ingredients usually left out of products made for sensitive skin, because they could be potentially irritating. (This is for the UK version, I don’t think the US version says anything about sensitive skin.)
That being said, I love this micellar water and I didn’t experience any irritation with it. I have oily combination skin, and it removed my makeup and cleansed my face, leaving it with a natural matte finish. My skin felt oil-free, but not dry. This is not going to mattify your face like a primer would, it’s going to leave your face feeling like you washed it with a regular, non-hydrating cleanser; your face will feel and look completely oil free.
It makes an excellent cleanser and makeup remover. I would recommend it for oily-combination, non-sensitive skin.
Simple Micellar Water vs Garnier Micellar Water
The Simple micellar water does an equally great job of makeup removal, but it is not quite as mattifying as the Garnier Mattifying micellar water.
Neither of them sting my eyes.
Where to buy Garnier Mattifying micellar water
Buy this in the US from Ulta.
Buy this in the UK from Amazon.
Buy this here in Nigeria. The Simple Micellar Water is also in stock.
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