Micellar waters - what's all the fuss about?

Micellar waters have seen a massive increase in popularity over the past few years. Once a bit of a French pharmacy secret, you can now find dozens to choose from on the High Street. So what’s all the fuss about?

A Micellar Water is also often referred to as a cleansing water. designed to be an effective makeup remover, they look a lot like water and are often scentless. Most are a mix of oil and water, which need to be shaken together gently to activate the formula. They’re best used on a cotton pad, which when swept over skin, will remove your makeup easily – almost lifting it away from the skin. 

Bioderma and Garnier micellar waters

I love micellar waters – they feature in my nightly skincare routine as a first cleanse. I use mine to get rid of my makeup first, then following up with a proper cleanse with a balm or oil cleanser. Don’t be fooled – just because a micellar water takes your makeup off, doesn’t mean your skin is clean. Use a cleanser with a white flannel afterwards and you’ll be surprised (and slightly freaked out) at how much stuff still appears! They’re also really great for cleaning up between swatching makeup photos – nothing else gets lippie off your arm like a good micellar water! 

Bioderma are probably the brand that have had the most press since launching into the UK just over a year ago. There are three versions – one for oily skin (green lid), one for sensitive skin (pink lid) and one for dehydrated skin (blue lid). My favourite has to be the Hydrabio* (blue lid) version, which is designed for drier, dehydrated skins. I’d used the Sensibo (pink) bottle before and found it a little bit drying, whereas this leaves skin makeup free and still hydrated. At £9.99 for 250ml, it's one of the more pricey options, but incredibly effective and lasts a good 6-8 weeks per bottle. The only downside to Bioderma is that it's a bit tricky to track down as it's not in Boots or Superdrug, but lots of pharmacies stock it, as well as being online at places like Escentual and Feel Unique. 

There are also a lot of high street micellar waters that have launched recently - I've been using Garnier's for the past week and find it does a good job a makeup removal, and at around £4 a bottle, is a great budget version. L'Oreal also have a version which seems to be quite popular, although I've not tested it myself yet. 

I think a micellar water is a great addition to your cleansing routine - just make sure it's not the only one you use!

Do you use micellar waters? Which one is your favourite?

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  1. I have never heard of Micellar water. I'm not sure if they're in the US?? Thanks for the info, though!

  2. micellar water is useful, but I don't feel it should have all the hype they have! ive now tried all four micellars on the uk market, and personally I cant find a huge difference!

    Catherine x


  3. I use the L'oreal one. I like it for a nice gentle cleanse.

  4. I just bought the Garnier one out of curiosity thinking I would not like it but it's so good! I'm amazed! Xx

  5. I use the Garnier Micellar water and I love it! It is so cheap and you get such a big bottle! It is going to last me ages x

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  6. I love my Bioderma and like you use it as my first cleanse at night and then follow with a balm. I find it really helps to break down the make up and is a must for swatching sessions! lol
    Lou xx

  7. The only one I've tried is bioderma & I really love it. Gets everything off really quick however can feel a bit drying/tight so I always use a balm cleanser after.


  8. I really love Micellar waters, they have transformed the removal of my make-up! I personally really like Bioderma but the Garnier one is fast becoming a favourite!

  9. I have used a few Micellar Waters but never Bioderma, I have liked this new Garnier one & also one from Yves Rocher. I do like to use them to take off my eye makeup before cleansing.

  10. I absolutely love bioderma but i really want to try the garnier version (: xx

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  11. I love my bioderma, I got it when I was in Paris and I still have some left, I have to say it does sometimes sting when it gets in my eyes but that is my only complaint! x

  12. I've only tried the one by B at Superdrug and I actually did like it - but as you say, it's so important to cleanse properly afterwards!! :)
    I'd love to try Bioderma to see what all the fuss is about but I really can't see me spending that much money on it I'm afraid!

    Jess xo

  13. Bioderma is the best !


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