I can summarize this review into one word : "Meh...", but since I love talking and there is currently no one present here to talk to except my glorious self in sweatpants, plastered like a squiggly pretzel over the heater cause it's cooooooooooold, I'm gonna share my half rant, half satisfied review and create a glorious overture of sentences awkwardly entangled like cheap plastic beads on a friendship bracelet...
I first heard about the magical abilities of micellar water from my makeup obsessed sister (check out her blog, it's the best evah!) and I am pretty new to this cleansing product, even though it's in fact quite old. For those of you who live in the woods, share your meals with wolves like me and don't know anything about micelles, let me tell you, it's not a brand of cheese! How disappointing! Micelles are in fact tiny molecules that work as a magnet when in contact with dirt and oils. They easily remove any type of makeup, filth and God know what else your angelic face might have been contaminated with when you were lying on the dusty pavement after a few way too many cocktails.
Micellar water doesn't contain artificial coloring, perfume, alcohol, or soap, it's a delicate cleansing product and you don't need to rinse it off, woohoo! I usually don't mind using beauty products that contain ingredients which could potentially kill you someday, I'm not gonna live forever man, especially with my diet, but it's certainly refreshing to find something that isn't poisonous!
Micellar water was first introduced by Bioderma and I was initially thinking of investing in one of their cute Sensibio pink bottles, but since I'm cheap I decided to find a more inexpensive alternative and my eyes were dazzled by Garnier and their chubby also pink bottle, so I brought it home to cuddle and test.
Just like any other micellar water Garnier's promises to remove makeup and dirt as easy as watching your life slip away through your fingers. The water is supposed to leave the face squeaky clean and fresh, and you don't need to go through the dreadful rinse off step...boy, talk about lazy! Anything that requires just a wipe and go sounds like my type of product! ^_^ (including toilet paper!)
I usually apply some product on a cotton pad and it removes everything from lipstick, through a goth dark eye shadow and even my blue mascara, but I have to use some amount of force to make everything go away. In spite of this, the process is certainly more easy than violently scrubbing your eyeballs out with any other product. The micelles work exactly like a magnet and I'm makeup free in seconds!
Demonstrated below: half of the face with makeup, half cleaned with Garnier. It doesn't quite show on the photos, but life sucks so, use your imagination!
My skin is a mixed type, neither oily nor dry, so I thought this product would be perfect for it. Alas, my face feels weird if I don't rinse the water off. It doesn't feel clean and fresh, but rather unpleasant and dry, so I always rinse it off with a generous amount of normal, rusty water, which misses the whole point of micellar water and it's not suited for lazy asses like muah. Another turn off is the amount of product you have to apply and it's quite a lot. The bottle is rather big though and I've been using this for weeks on almost daily basis and I still haven't used it all up, so there's that!
Overall I am not very pleased with this product from Garnier, I am thinking of getting the Bioderma water as soon as I finish this one. What do you guys think? Have you used Garnier's or any other type of micellar water? What do you think of this type of cleansing product?
Here's a retarded blooper for ya! So long and thanks for all the fish!