Garnier Micellar Water Review

Garnier Micellar Water Review

After seeing so many videos that said Garnier Micellar Water was their holy-grail makeup remover. I decided to buy one for myself. One thing that I wasn’t much aware of before buying the Garnier Micellar water was that the brand had stirred a little controversy for having PHMB (Polyaminopropyl Biguanide) as its ingredient.

When my package arrived and I checked this particular ingredient wasn’t a part of the list. So they may have removed it from formulation but I haven’t seen any official statement about it. The only thing you can do is check manually before buying, if it contains PHMB don’t buy it as it has been linked with causing cancer. By the way, if you are someone who does not know what actually Micellar water is, then read this article.

Now coming back to the review, I ordered Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Vitamin C. The one that I saw getting the g most rave reviews from even the biggest beauty publications was the “Micellar Cleansing Water & Makeup Remover” that has a pink cap. I think the reason people like that one so much is because that’s a general cleansing water and would be suitable for more skin types.

I have normal and combination skin this is why I went with Vitamin C one. I have used this ingredient before and never had any adverse reactions.

Product Description

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water with Vitamin C is specifically created to remove impurities, makeup, and excess oil without harsh rubbing or rinsing. It harnesses the power of micelles, tiny oil molecules that act like magnets, attracting and lifting away dirt, grime, and makeup from your skin. On the bottle, it is mentioned that it is specifically targeted for dry and sensitive skin. As it cleanses thoroughly without causing any irritation or drying out your skin. It is dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested.


Aqua/Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Poloxamer184, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium Edta, Myrtrimonium Bromide.

Garnier Vitamin C Micellar Water Review
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Garnier Micellar Water Review

My Skin Type: Normal to Combination with dry patches

Application: Take a cotton pad and saturate it with the Micellar water. Then apply it onto the face, leaving it on the skin for a few seconds before wiping to really remove makeup and cleanse the skin. Repeat as needed but I won’t recommend going above 5 times. Though it’s written on the bottle that no need to rinse but I have always done it.

Packaging: The packaging is not at all fancy but quite convenient. It comes in a transparent bottle and has a flip-flop cap. You can always see the product quantity and know when you are running out. I have even kept the bottle in a slanted manner to see if it will spill but it didn’t. I think if it’s closed tightly then it’s travel-friendly.

Scent: It does not have any scent which is good because usually products that have Vitamin C as their key ingredient often have a citrus-y smell.

My Experience of Garnier Vitamin C Micellar Water

Let’s start with the good stuff. When it comes to light makeup, the Garnier Micellar Water did a great job. It even effortlessly removed dirt and impurities from my skin, leaving it feeling fresh and clean. Plus, the infusion of Vitamin C gave my complexion a nice little boost, making it look more radiant and energized.

But here’s the thing – when it comes to waterproof and heavy makeup, this product didn’t quite hit the mark. With products like waterproof foundation and non-transferable lipstick, it only managed to remove half of it that too after many wipes. It was surprising how it couldn’t even budge the waterproof mascara. So, if you’re someone who enjoys rocking a full face of glam, you might want to keep a dedicated makeup remover alongside this micellar water.

On the bright side, I appreciated that this product didn’t dry out my skin. Some cleansers tend to leave my face feeling tight and parched, but this one kept my skin feeling comfortable. That’s a big win for me.

All in all, I’d say this micellar water was pretty decent. It worked fine for light makeup, but it might not be the best option if you’re going for a heavy, dramatic look. However, if you’re looking for a gentle cleanser that won’t strip away moisture from your skin, it’s definitely worth a try. Just keep in mind its limitations when buying it.

Final Thoughts

Garnier Vitamin C Micellar Water was alright but nothing extraordinary. It takes multiple cotton pads to get off even light makeup. However, it does a good job of taking off eyeshadows and lipstick. When it comes to clearing off waterproof makeup, this one doesn’t help much. For heavy makeup and waterproof makeup, I think an oil-infused makeup remover or wipes would work much better. Apart from cleansing off light makeup, it does make a decent toner that you can use occasionally in your basic skincare routine.




Works fine for really light makeup

Didn’t dry out my skin (Read some reviews that stated the opposite so it’s subjective)

Doesn’t feel sticky



Can’t do much for heavy and even moderate makeup

Doesn’t even budge waterproof makeup, especially mascara

Hello Readers! If you like this review, you might also want to check Garnier Vitamin C Brightening Serum Cream review!