Review: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

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When I heard that Bifesta has pulled out of the country months ago, I was crestfallen! The brand’s micellar water is my holy grail makeup remover (review here).

Sure, Bifesta micellar water is more expensive than other brands but it removes makeup so effortlessly. It’s similar to Bioderma micellar water as far as performance goes. You don’t need much of the product to wipe the whole face clean of makeup. Plus, one bottle contains about 300 ML so you do get a lot of product for PhP400+.

Bifesta’s absence left a void in my heart (Come back, Bifesta!) and I was scrambling to find an alternative. Bioderma’s micellar water is fantastic but it’s hella pricey. I’m just not cool with spending PHP1000+++ for a bottle of makeup remover. Other drugstore subs are either too pricey or affordable but tiny. Well thank Jesus for Garnier’s new range of micellar water!

What is it: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

Garnier’s newest line of micellar cleaning water is not just affordable, it’s sizable too… just the way I lovet! The line offers two variants, the pink one for normal to dry skin and the blue one for acne-prone skin. For only PhP249, you get about 400 ML of the product. Sounds like a great deal!

Garnier micellar cleansing water
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I picked up Garnier’s micellar water as soon as it hit the tropics. I actually got both variants but I’ll be reviewing the pink one today because it’s the one I’ve tested so far.

I transferred the product in an old Bifesta bottle because Garnier’s transparent bottle just isn’t working for me. It’s so wasteful, to be honest. Bifesta’s old pump bottles give more control over the amount of product you use so you save even more.

I’ve had these makeup removers since last year and I’ve yet to finish the first bottle!


I use about 4 pumps of the product per cotton ball. This gets the cotton ball wet but not soaking. Using the product, it doesn’t leave an oily, slimy residue on the skin. I never felt like my skin was stripped of moisture. There’s no discernible fragrance too.

One of the first things I noticed when I used the Garnier cleansing water is that it doesn’t take as much makeup as Bifesta. It left my skin clean at a glance but I feel like I still have leftover traces of foundation.

I suppose I could be wrong but I always look at the cotton ball after wiping my face. With Bifesta, traces of makeup on the cotton ball were prominent. With this one, not so much. Garnier micellar cleansing water does sting the eyes a little so apply carefully.

Just like a proper Asian, I double cleanse. This, regardless if I used a high-end makeup remover or otherwise. Double cleansing helps wash away leftover makeup, I guess. Thankfully, this product didn’t break me out.

The Pure Active variant does contain alcohol so I don’t recommend this for dry-skinned gals. The Pink one doesn’t contain alcohol so, between the two, I’m all for the pink. I’m sort of regretting getting the blue one for the sake of writing a review because I’m trying to avoid putting alcohol on this fez.

Final Thoughts

I like the Garnier micellar cleansing water. It’s a great makeup remover that’s 100% fragrance-free, paraben-free, and alcohol-free (at least the pink one). You’re getting a lot of product for under 300 bucks too. It’s not as potent as the Bifesta micellar water but for its price, the Garnier micellar cleansing water offers more bang for your buck.

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Tina Lee

Tina Lee-Almazar is a writer with an insatiable appetite for all things bright, shiny, and beautiful. She's a beauty junkie, a shopping connoisseur, a book collector, a purse addict, and a budding mom-tepreneur. Tina has a long-standing (and well-documented!) but one-sided love affair with cats. Special talents include: the ability to eat again an hour after eating, shopping at 3 different malls in 1 day, and taking a 3-hour power nap every day including weekends.

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