Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water hit the shelves earlier this year and it’s been generating a whole lot of hype. This product is designed to remove make-up, cleanse and soothe the skin with the big bonus being that there’s no rinsing required. As soon as I heard about this, I was interested. Even though it can sometimes feel like such a chore, I always try and make the effort to take off my make-up. I always feel much better when I’m falling asleep with a clean fresh face — and then I get to wake up guilt-free the next morning!
This product comes in a clear and clean looking bottle which has touches of pink and a nice smooth shape. It’s 400ml and — rather annoyingly — that’s described on the back of the bottle as being “generous”. I have to say; I personally can’t stand it when companies describe their own products as being generous. I just feel like they’re basically implying that they’re doing us — the paying customers — a favour and we should be grateful! As well as that, the label states that this 400ml equals to 200 uses…but as noted in small print on the back, that’s based on 2ml per cotton pad. For me, a single “use” is when you literally use the product for one job. Taking off your make-up is one job and there is no way you could do that with 2ml!
With this cleansing water, it takes 3-4 cotton pads for me to remove a full face of make-up. Now to be fair, I’m talking about the kind of make-up I’d wear on a night out or for a particular occasion. I’d be using one to two pads to take off my primer/foundation, another pad for my eyeliner, eyeshadow and mascara and then one more pad just to wipe over my whole face to ensure all traces are removed. I’d say for those times, I’m easily using up to 10ml of the product. Now if it was just the CC cream and eyeliner that I wear during a regular day, I could remove that with two wipes — roughly around 5-6 ml of product. So I’m pretty sure I can say that nobody will be getting 200 (genuine) uses out of this bottle but I honestly do think that getting anywhere around 40 uses out of one bottle of product is pretty good going!
Although it may seem like I’m being a bit critical, I actually do quite like this product. I like that it’s fuss-free and I love that I don’t need to scrub my face to remove my make-up. You only have to firmly wipe your skin with a (cleansing water) soaked cotton wool pad — it even works fairly well on stubborn mascara. It’s gentle and, particularly on cooler nights, this is far more pleasant to use than a cold moist face wipe.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water normally retails at €6.29 but it’s currently €3.29 at Boots so if you’re a fan, now’s the time to stock up!