Micellar Water Comparison: Garnier Vs. L’Oreal

I’d heard lots about the Bioderma Micellar Water from watching YouTube videos. I always wanted to try it, but with it not being available in the UK, I put it out of my mind. Surprisingly, when the high street brands came out with their own versions of micellar water, I didn’t run (well, buy that time it was more of a hobble) out to be one of the first to try them. Honestly, I’m not sure why. Since picking one up it’s been a staple in my skincare routine. But which brand is best? To help you pick, I thought I’d share a micellar water comparison with you between the Garnier & L’Oreal versions.

Micellar Water Comparison: Garnier vs. L'Oreal

The first thing to note in my micellar water comparison is that the ingredients in both the Garnier & L’Oreal version are very similar.

Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water (Pink top)

Aqua/Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium EDTA, Poloxamer 184, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide.

L’Oreal Skin Perfecting Micellar  Water

Aqua/Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Poloxamer 184, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium EDTA, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide.

The first three ingredients (the ones that make up the largest amount of the product) are the same. As is the last ingredient. The next three ingredients are the same, but come in a different order. So how much difference does the order of the ingredients Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium EDTA & Poloxamer 184 make?

Micellar Water Comparison: Garnier vs. L'Oreal

In my micellar water comparison, I can definitely make out a slight difference between the two liquids. This is going to sound odd because they are water base, but they ‘feel’ a little different. The L’Oreal feels like water, where as the Garnier feels a little softer.

When I use the L’Oreal Micellar Water in a pinch to take off my eye makeup, it feel very wet. It gets in my eyes, leaving a very mild stinging sensation. I didn’t experience this with the Garnier Micellar Water. I’m not sure if this is the liquid causing this or whether the bottle design allows more liquid out of the L’Oreal, causing my cotton pad to become wetter than it needs to be.

I found the Garnier & L’Oreal micellar waters did a great job of removing excess cleanser from my face & peping up my skin. Neither of these options has fragrance to it, which is great! Since using a micellar water as part of my regular routine, my skin is definitely in a better condition than before. How did I survive without it?

If I had to choose between the two brands, I’d buy which ever was on offer. They both do the same job & for the sake of saving a bit of money (‘cos, you know, adulting!) I can handle the slight discomfort on the rare occasions I have makeup to take off. If, when I came to buy, the Garnier & L’Oreal micellar waters were the same price, I would pick up the Garnier Micellar Water & save my eyes!

You can buy the Garnier Micellar water from Boots, superdrug & a number of supermarkets & pharmacies for £1.99 for 125ml or £4.99 for 400ml.

You can buy the L’Oreal Micellar water from Boots, superdrug & a number of supermarkets & pharmacies for £4.99 for 400ml.

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  • Mel ReynoldsLawrence

    These photos are so pretty. Yeah, me personally, I prefer the Garnier one. Plus I’ve got about six bottles to get through because I got a load on special haha! xx

  • I prefer the Garnier one because I find the L’Oreal one a little drying! xx


    • I can totally understand that. Though I don’t find the L’Oreal drying, I do find the Garnier softer. Xx

  • Bioderma is available from Boots but it’s not cheap, they sell the whole range.
    The main difference between these two above will come from the castor oil which is in the pink cap version according to the bottle in front of me. It also has added panthenol (Pro vitamin B5).
    Poloxamer 184 seems to one of the better choices for use in creating micelles as fewer people are sensitive to it and it works well. I did a post explaining how micellar water (buzzword alert!) works a while back if you’re interested?

    Kath | http://bendybeauty.com

    • Thanks for the heads up about Bioderma. It wasn’t available when I first picked up the L’Oreal micellar water & seeing as these seem to work very well for me, I won’t be investing in the more expensive version. It’s so odd that the same product has different ingredients. I wonder if they make them in different places with slightly different ingredients or if one set of bottles are old, but still in circulation? I’d like to try the version with Panthenol, from what I understand it sounds like it would be a very beneficial addition. I’m looking forward to checking out your post about how micellar waters work. Xx

  • I love the Garnier one because it just does the job! The L’Oreal one is amazing too – tried that a few years ago!
    Parie x

    • Absolutely! I won’t be buying the Bioderma micellar water with these two in my skin care arsenal! Xx

  • Firstly well done on being shortlisted for an award. How exciting! I’m going to vote for you. Secondly this is a really interesting post as I’m a massive fan of the Garnier one, but haven’t tried the L’Oreal one! Well now I know that they are pretty much both the same. X

    ♥ Carly Susanne – A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    • Thank you so much! I’m so glad you liked the post. They really are very similar, so it’s worth getting which ever is cheapest at the time. Xx

  • Congrats on being shortlisted! I really don’t think there’s a huge amount of difference between these two but for some reason I prefer the L’Oreal one for myself and use the garnier one in my kit on clients… I don’t get myself either sometimes! Xox
    Jenny / http://www.borntoblend.co.uk

    • Thank you! It’s personal preference. Maybe the Garnier bottle is easier when you’re working on clients? It could be something as simple as that. It’s great to hear that you rate them both enough to use either on yourself or clients! Xx

  • I like the Garnier one. Bioderma is very overpriced in where I live too. If you happen to travel to Hong Kong, you can stock up from their counter. They always have promotions and free gifts. I got mine for less than $20 USD each.


    • That’s great to know about Bioderma being cheaper in Hong Kong. I won’t ever be able to go myself, as there is nothing I would be able to eat, but you never now when a friend or family member might decided to travel there on holiday! Xx

  • Caliope Couture

    I’ve been wanting to try the Garnier Micellar Water for ages. I will definitely give this a try. I have tried a drugstore brand before but I find that it doesn’t take off all my eye makeup.
    Christina | https://caliope-couture.com

    • I really hope you love it as much as I do! Xx

  • I love the Garnier Micellar Water. I didn’t know L’Oreal done one, but after hearing it irritated your eyes I really don’t want to try it!
    I love how the Garnier one leaves my skin looking and feeling after removing my makeup! Glad you love it too!

    Bronagh | BronaghsBeautyandBooks.com

    • The L’Oreal works really well, as long as you don’t want to take your makeup off with it. I try to avoid doing this, but sometimes needs must. I tried to leave a comment on your blog, but it wouldn’t post it. Something about Java Script & Cookies. Xx

  • Cattleya

    I’ve heard so much about micellar water, I’ve never tried it myself though. I really want to give it a try. Thanks for the recommendation.

    x. Cattleya


    • I’ve been really impressed with them & wouldn’t be without them in my routine. Xx