May 14, 2017

[Review] Garnier - Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1

Hello everyone! :)

I believe you won't be unfamiliar with micellar cleansing water as it is being offered by a wide range of brands out there.

But what exactly is "micellar cleansing water"? What is its function? How effective it is in cleansing and removing makeup? Is it a must-have item, or what?

If you have any of these questions, hang on there as we will uncover all of them in this post ;)

Review; Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1
Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 | 400ml

First, what is micellar water?

According to ELLE, the correct pronunciation is "me-sell-air". Well, for the record, micellar water has been around for quite some time. It is made up of micelles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) suspended in soft water. In fact, this non-rinse and soap-free cleanser is originated in France before the globe went craze for it. 

“It looks like water, it has the viscosity of water but when you put it on your finger and feel, it has a different texture than water,” says Tabasum Mir, a skincare physician in cosmetic dermatology and cosmetic laser surgery.


How does micellar water function?

By nature, as micelles are attracted to dirt and oil, hence they are able to lift, remove and draw out makeup, oil and other impurities - just like a magnet.

Another bonus? The whole process is done without drying out the skin, unlike other harsh face wipes or alcohol-contained toners and astringents. Therefore, micellar water can be used as a facial wash, makeup remover and moisturizer all-in-one. 


How effective does micellar water removes makeup and cleanses the skin?

I will be focusing on the spotlight of the day - Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Water while answering this question.

Honestly, I was suspicious before purchasing it. What drives me to purchase this product? Liah Yoo, one of my favourite YouTubers. This product was featured in her March 2016 list of favourite item, but yeah, I only got this 1 year later T.T

Liah Yoo; March 2016 Favourite Item; Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1

Liah Yoo; March 2016 Favourite Item; Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1
check out Liah Yoo's video here

This is indeed a game-changer! Compared to other cleansing water I've been using previously, Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Water really gives this fresh sensation on the skin.

I've been using it for more than a month now. I bought it from a local drugstore, Guardian, for about RM23+.

Despite it is a non-rinse cleansing water, but often I will proceed washing my face with just tap water after using this product (psychological sickness). Yes, removing and cleansing my face couldn't be more convenient! (feels like returning to mother-nature...heh)

Below are photos demonstrating how it removes makeup:-

Review; Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1

Review; Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1

Unlike traditional pre-soaked makeup remover wipe, it's designed to be swept away with a completely clean cotton pad, so it doesn't just smear your makeup around your face like those wipes can do.

And unlike alcohol-contained toner, the solution doesn't contain alcohol and never stings, meaning you can use it around the sensitive eye area.


What are the benefits of using micellar cleansing water? Read more here.

1. Removes Makeup Effectively

According to the oil-attracts-oil principle, micellar water (which micelle molecules are fatty) acts like a magnet in picking up stubborn sebum and dissolving away dirt and long-wear makeup. There's absolutely no oily, tingly, or tightening effect—just a fresh, clean feeling.

2. Hydrates and Nourishes Skin

Without soap, alcohol, or other harsh chemicals and detergents to dry out the skin, micellar water conveniently leaves your face feeling hydrated with a fresh-from-water finish.

3. Benefits All Skin Types

Micellar water is mild, non-irritating, and perfectly suitable for all skin types. And even on sensitive thin skin area, such as skin around eyes.

4. Helps Keep Skin Clear

The cleansing agents in micellar waters naturally cleans away sebum and wax-based substances, which cause breakouts.

5. Travels Well

Because micellar water is makeup remover, cleanser, and toner's all-in-1, its practicality is never more appreciated than when you're in a rush or on the go. No running water readily available when you're outside? No problem.


If you're interested to know more about micellar water? Check out the video below: 7 Micellar Water Hacks You Need to Know by The Cut with Susan Yara :)

Interesting hack which I've learned from the video is to clean makeup brushes using micellar water. :D

Is it a YAY or NAY? Let's check it out now~

First, I poured the miceller cleansing water in a glass, just the right amount for the bristle to dip in. Then leave it for about 3~5 minutes.

In addition, what I did was, to take the makeup brush, one at a time, stir it in circular motion while it is still soak in the solution, in order to get rid of stubborn residue on the bristle.

Review; Cleaning Makeup Brushes with Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1

After 5 minutes, rest your makeup brushes with tips facing downward, and leave it to dry.

Review; Cleaning Makeup Brushes with Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1

I'm pretty amazed because it really works!! However, it seemed to be less effective in removing makeup products, such like foundations and concealers. Well, folks you could save up your money in buying those expensive brush cleansers now :D

Most of all, this method is less hassle, and I don't mind cleaning my makeup brushes every week now! (heh)

*updated on 13 August 2017*
Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 ingredient list:

  • Aqua / Water;
  • Hexylene Glycol (a class of alcohols that contain two hydroxyl groups a.k.a. diols);
  • Glycerin (natural occurring alcohol compound and component of many lipids for it's moisturizing effect a.k.a glycerol);
  • Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate (a cleaning agent that is usually found in soaps, lotions and shampoos a.k.a. coconut acid);
  • Disodium Edta (a chelating agent that helps in binding metal ions to prevent the deterioration of cosmetics and personal care products);
  • Poloxamer 184 (a cleansing agent);
  • Polyaminopropyl Biguanide Fil B162919/3 (preservative).


Rating: 5/5 , cleansing routine's game changer!

Recommend: Yes

Repurchase: Yes

For your reference only.


Do lemme know your thoughts about this product review or share yours experience with me in the comment box below.



  1. Yasss.. My school makeup class also use this cleanser as remover makeup! Very useful and easily wash out all the makeups especially when we apply food colouring on our skin for special effect purpose, this cleansing water is super NICEEE!!!



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