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.
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?
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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*Ingredients accurate at time of publication