Micellar waters have been the star of the skincare show for a while now, with Bioderma being the most popular in the business. Mentioned by nearly every skincare-obsessed blogger , Bioderma made a pretty good name for itself. Except there was one problem: it wasn’t easily accessible. The French brand started selling in the UK, but never made it across the pond to little ol’ Ireland. Escentual.com was my port of call for my micellar water fix, until Garnier and L’Oreal came out with their own versions of the products.
In true beauty blogger style, I just had to try out the two products and compare them. First of all, Garnier’s version was on special on Boots for €3.52, while I paid over €10 for Bioderma. While Bioderma is 500ml and Garnier is 400ml, it still works out at a better price to go for Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water.
I use micellar water in the morning to cleanse my face, and at night after I’ve cleansed with a cleansing balm. Sometimes I use it to remove the bulk of my makeup, including mascara, and in my opinion there is virtually no difference between the two. While the ingredients differ, each water is non-scented and doesn’t irritate the skin. For some reason my skin has become extremely sensitised lately, and hurts taking off my makeup, yet each product is equally as gentle on the skin. They both remove makeup effectively and don’t leave any film or residue on the skin.
I’m sure there are some differences between the two products, as their ingredients differ, yet as an everyday normal beauty blogger, I wouldn’t tell the difference between the two if you swapped bottles.
So, if Bioderma is a bit out of your reach, Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water is definitely worth a try. Guaranteed though, if I see Bioderma on special offer or if it becomes available in Ireland, I’ll definitely pick it up.