Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water | Review

Garnier Micellar Water

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water is one of the many products that has joined the micellar cleansing water band wagon. And I am maybe the last one to try this product ever. I got this one recently when I ran out of my Japanese cleansing oil. Micellar cleansing water is basically a solution of soft water with suspended micelles in it. Micelles are tiny droplets of cleansing oils that attract dirt and oil (and your makeup) and hence help in cleansing the face.

I picked this one up on a random trip to the drugstore and have been using it for couple of weeks now. Read on to know my thoughts on this nifty little bottle.

Micellar Cleansing Water

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

Product Claims

All-in-1 Cleanser & Makeup Remover. Cleanses + removes makeup + refreshes. No rinse, no harsh rubbing. For face, lips, and eyes.

This All-in-1 cleanser is surprisingly powerful yet gentle to skin. It is specially formulated to effectively cleanse, remove makeup, and refresh skin. Like a magnet, micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil and makeup without harsh rubbing, leaving skin perfectly clean, and refreshed without over-drying.


Skin is left perfectly cleansed and refreshed without a greasy residue left behind.


TO REMOVE EYE MAKEUP:  Hold pad over closed eyes for a few seconds, then gently wipe without harsh rubbing. 

TO CLEAN SKIN & REMOVE FACE MAKEUP:  Gently wipe all over until skin is completely clean from makeup and impurities. Use daily, AM/PM. No need to rinse.



My Experience

I love cleansing products that are soft on my skin and strong on cleansing part. This one comes in a clear bottle with dispensing screw cap. As the name says, it is very water-y and does not need mixing. I sprinkle few drops of it on a cotton pad and swipe the cotton pad on my face. It takes off regular makeup in 1 cotton pad, but I use the second cotton pad just to be sure. The formula is very light, fragrance free, noncomedogenic and ophthalmologically tested. This makes it suitable for sensitive skin. Apparently, it doesn't sting my eyes as well. Though it looks like water, it certainly doesn't feel like it; it feels a little different. It leaves my skin really fresh after use.

Next, let's talk about functionality. I think it does a pretty good job of removing everyday basic makeup and any dirt and oils. Since I have acne prone and sensitive skin, I always double cleanse with my face wash afterwards. However, for days when I wear heavy makeup, loads of eyeliner and mascara, this is not my first choice. It doesn't remove my waterproof mascara and some of my super-pigmented lipsticks. For those days, I have to rely on my cleansing oils.

Micellar Cleansing Water
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What I like:

  1. Great for sensitive and acne prone skin.
  2. Pocket friendly.
  3. Works great for everyday cleansing.
  4. Lasts very long.
  5. Travel friendly packaging.

What I don't like:

  1. Honestly, there is nothing much that I don't like; except the fact that I'd have loved if it worked better at removing my stubborn heavy makeup as well.

Final Thoughts

I really like this micellar water for everyday use, when I just have some sunscreen or some very basic makeup on. This is a great choice if you do not wear much makeup everyday. It also works great as a second cleanse, if you like to double cleanse you face.


Price: A$ 4.99 (for 125 ml), 9.99 (for 400 ml) / US$ 3.49 (for 100 ml), 6.96 (for 400 ml).

Available at:, Chemist Warehouse, Priceline Pharmacy.

Have you tried any micellar cleansing waters? Which one is your favourite? Did you get a chance to try out Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water? share your thoughts with me in the comments section, I'd love a little chat with you. 🙂

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  • Aditi


  • I have looked at this product, but not brought it yet, after reading this I will be buying it, I love the fact it works so well and is not harsh on the skin. Great review x

  • Dada KS

    I never use any remover because I wash my face directl with water and soap. Perhaps this is something I should start using? If I will, I will be trying this micellar water!
    Perhaps you should be happy that your makeup are longlasting products!😂

  • Sondra Barker

    Micellar Water is so great for cleansing your skin. I love that it doesn’t leave an oily texture on your face after using it

  • Aw I used to use Garnier’s Miscellar water before I went cruelty free but it was a great cleansing water. Still trying to find a cruelty free version that is just as good !

  • Sabrina Barbante

    I’m not a garnier user, but you made me really curious about the micellar water.

  • Calleigh -The Fork Bite

    I bought this product and used it as a makeup remover and to get rid of oil from my skin. It works well by using cotton rounds, and my skin feels great afterward.,

  • Margarette Puno

    Garnier looks a great product.I have been using it for months and my skin really feels good.

  • I love Micellar water, it has literally been the best and only thing that has ever removed my makeup. You should try Biodermas range.