Garnier and I haven't always seen eye to eye in the past. Therefore I wasn't as excited about this micellar water launch as I have been about previous launches. I love the company's ideas and concepts but the products never really worked well for my skin, which was such a shame. Having said all that, I just didn't see this water actually cleansing my skin to the level which it needs to not break out on me like crazy. But it so happens that I may have turned the corner with this brand as the product's working nicely for me. It's better than the L'Oreal Micellar Water for sure, and certainly enough to rival Taaj and Bioderma.
This product actually feels like water on my skin. It doesn't feel soapy or striping - just gentle and soft. As it says on the label, it really is perfect for sensitive skin.
I simply pop a bit onto a cotton pad, often using more than the recommended amount as I like to thoroughly cleanse my face, and buff it onto my face. I repeat this until the cotton pad is left white. This always makes me feel safe in the thought that i've removed every possible trace of dirt. At this point I suppose you could leave it, as the bottle does say 'no rinsing'. But I always wash my face with a cleanser afterwards to be completely sure.
I've been using this water for 2 weeks and since then I've not had any make-up/clogged pore related breakouts. This is a sure and certain sign that a micellar water is working for me. The L'oreal version did let the odd spot slip through the net, and although I ended up liking it a lot more by the end of the bottle than I did at the start, now I've tested this I rate it much higher.
Could this be my perfect drugstore version of Taaj? I think so... No more pricey online orders! Hurrah, my purse is dancing with happiness.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - £3.33 from Boots