Garnier Pure Micellar Cleansing Water Review

Garnier Pure Active Micellar Cleansing Water Review
Garnier Pure Micellar Cleansing Water Review

I've been a fan of the original Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water which I purchased as a cheaper substitute for the Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution, but although Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water seemed to remove all traces of non-waterproof makeup, I found that it did leave a slight residue. When I browsed the aisles of boots a couple of weeks ago I saw Garnier's new offering, Garnier Pure Active Micellar Cleansing Water, a version 2 if you'd like to call it, meant to be a more efficient cleanser for combination to oily skin.

From first impressions, I love the packaging. I find myself obsessed with the cerulean blue - mint spectrum this season and the blue tinged bottle of this cleanser is beauty in my eyes. The cleanser feels like water, like the original, as it removes my makeup, it removes all traces of the non waterproof. Compared to my old cleanser, I find that this leaves less of a residue. Comparing ingredients lists of the two there seems to be just one difference - Garnier Pure Active Micellar Cleansing Water contains 'Alcohol denat' which is denatured alcohol. This is a dehydrator and a potential irritant. Sensitive skin beware!

On another note I've been suffering from a bit of acne and oilier skin lately which is one other reason I wanted to check out more drying alternatives. Since I've started using this cleanser I've noticed breakouts have been reducing in frequency so perhaps it may really be better for the acne-prone.

Overall I am glad I purchased Garnier Pure Active Micellar Cleansing Water (£4.99) for oily skin days and I would recommend it as an alternative to the much more expensive Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution. For dry/normal skin, I would recommend checking out the pink-topped original Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water solution.

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  1. Alcohol denat? Why do companies still do that? :/ I've tried the original Garnier micellar water and I liked it a lot, but I still like Bioderma a bit more :) Check out the Nivea one as well! x

  2. No clue! Perhaps its a cheap ingredient. It was difficult to tell between bioderma and the original Garnier for me. Thanks for the heads up re: nivea! I'll have a snoop around the shops


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