Battle of the…. Micellar Waters

Thank you to the ever-lovely Cara for this Battle of the Micellar Waters post


I’m pretty sure we all know about the Micellar Water craze, perhaps what you don’t know is that Micellar Water has been around for years and is most definitely not the new kid on the block.

What is new is the variety of micellar waters out there, in the past it was only the exclusive more high end brands that had a micellar offering but now we see the likes of Garnier and L’Oreal jumping on board to offer their fans an affordable option available in Clicks stores.

Lets rewind to before these brands launched their Micellar Water to the South African market.

The iconic brand was Bioderma, specifically the Sensibo version for sensitive skin, since then Bioderma has an array available in stores from sensitive, oily/combination and dehydrated skin.

Today I am going to be giving you my thoughts on four micellar waters, so lets get started…


Garnier Oil-infused Micellar Water

This is Garnier’s new kid on the block for dry and sensitive skin. I have tried the other two variations and I have to say this is my favourite of the bunch. Although I don’t have sensitive or dry skin I love the fact that this cleans my face and leaves my skin feel moisturized at the same time. Even though this seems to be a duo phase unlink traditional duo phase products this one doesn’t need to be shaken up before use. It also cleans waterproof mascara better than any Micellar Water I’ve ever tried.

Price: +-R70


L’Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water

I found that this one is more like a toner and didn’t melt the make up away very well. As a second step after washing my face it really is perfect to clean away the left over make up but I found that it was that hardy compared to the Garnier one.

Price: +-R70


Bioderma Sensibio H20 note this size is not available for purchase 

As mentioned earlier this was one of the first Micellar Waters in South Africa and of course I jumped on the bandwagon and snatched it up. It definitely lives up to the hype; it wipes away make up effortless whilst leaving the face feeling clean without over dry. Definitely a great one!

Price: +-R205


Bioderma Hydrabio H2O Solution note this size is not available for purchase

It’s interesting when trying out so many different Micellar Waters day after day that there are differences between them, out of all three above this has to the one that I noticed the biggest difference and is definitely my favourite for everyday use. Being a Micellar Water for hydration, it left my skin feeling plump and very supple although it is hydrating and ‘soft’ feeling it didn’t cop out when it came to removing make up – this bad boy removed my make up just as well as any other Micellar Water but of course it isn’t waterproof mascara friendly.

Price: +-R204


What are you thoughts on the Micellar Water craze?

Cara Fay

Cara Fay is a lifestyle blogger who’s passion lies in beauty. Having grown up with a make-up and skin care loving mom, her life long obsession began at her mom’s dressing table! Her fave beauty products are lipsticks and highlighters.

  1. Thanks for a topical post. I use the pink-topped Micellar Water from Garnier (for all skin types including sensitive skin) every day and I love it. It’s a real time-saver. I have never tried the Bioderma range. I see that you favour one of the Bioderma waters but I also note that they are almost three times more expensive than Garnier – and the bottles are much smaller. So my question is is the Bioderma worth it?

    1. Hi Sharon. Thanks for your comment! The bottles of Bioderma pictured here are smaller sample sizes and the full sized bottles are the same size as the Garnier ones! Apologies if that was misleading! I’ve used both the Bioderma micellar waters and my preference is for the one with the blue lid which is for dry, sensitive skins. I’ll double check with Carla who wrote the post and compared them all to confirm but I think she might suggest trying the Bioderma. Of course if you’re happy with the one you are using then I would probably stick with it myself!

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