Garnier SkinActive All-In-1 Waterproof Micellar Cleansing Water
All-in-1 Cleanser & Makeup Remover. Cleanses + removes even waterproof makeup + refreshes. No rinse, no harsh rubbing. For face, lips, and eyes.
This all-in-1 bi-phase cleanser is surprisingly powerful yet gentle to skin. It is specially formulated to effectively cleanse, remove even waterproof/longwear makeup, and refresh. Like a magnet, micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil and makeup without harsh rubbing, leaving skin perfectly clean and refreshed without over-drying.
Skin is left perfectly cleansed and refreshed without a greasy residue left behind.
Ingredients: Aqua/water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isohexadecane, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Chloride, Hexylene Glycol, Dipotassium Phosphate, Disodium Edta, Decyl Glucoside, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide
TO REMOVE EYE MAKEUP:
Hold pad over closed eyes for a few seconds, then gently wipe without harsh rubbing.
TO CLEAN SKIN & REMOVE FACE MAKEUP:
Gently wipe all over until skin is completely clean from makeup and impurities. Use daily, AM/PM. No need to rinse.
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The surfactants in this Garnier micellar water are hexylene glycol and decyl glucoside. Hexylene glycol is classified in the EU as a skin and eye irritant. Now, I have a bone to pick with Garnier for advertising their micellar waters as “no rinse”! You don’t want to leave surfactants on your skin because they are irritating and drying, especially when the surfactant used is a skin and eye irritant. Do you really want to leave a soapy film on your face? Eye doctors are also seeing a rise in patients having eye problems related to micellar waters. When I got lasik I was told to stop using all micellar waters for at least 6 months, but ideally forever, and if I had to use them that I must always wash my face and eyes with a gentle cleanser immediately after.
The last issue I have with this product is that it is in the SkinActive line which Garnier says has "gentle formulas and naturally-derived ingredients” but includes cyclopentasiloxane as the second ingredient. Now, I personally avoid all silicones because they break me out, but my point here is that this silicone is bioaccumulative posing health hazards to humans, animals, and the environment - seems pretty counterintuitive to include this ingredient in your natural, ingredient conscious line. It also includes polyaminopropyl biguanide, which is a preservative and anti-microbial that has been banned/restricted in some countries, (eg. EU + Japan), because of some evidence showing it to be carcinogenic, mutagenic, and allergenic.
Apart from ingredients, this product is actually pretty effective at removing *waterproof* formulas. I typically use washable mascaras and it wasn’t great at taking those off, but when I needed something to get the bulletproof Etude House Curl Fix mascara off this was by far the most effective remover I had on hand. I originally used one of my microfiber cloths to remove washable mascara, but for some reason it stained the cloth and cannot be washed off. For this reason I prefer to use a cotton pad, but this is too wasteful for me - I started using micellar waters + microfiber cloth instead of makeup remover wipes to be less wasteful and save money. I give this product 4/5 stars for how it performs, but have to dock 2 stars for falsely advertising this as “no rinse” and including a synthetic, environmentally damaging ingredient in a “natural” formula. Overall, it gets 2/5 stars and I would recommend Bioderma’s Sensibio pink cap micellar water + microfiber cloths over this, but please still wash your face or at least rinse after!
I was sent this product by Influenster for free in exchange for a review.
Photos: Etude House Curl Fix waterproof mascara on the back of my hand, removed with this micellar water and then Clinique Take the Day Off balm - micellar water removes all of the mascara and required less rubbing; cloth stained after going through the wash 2x
I shared on social media about trying it out and I got SO many messages from friends who are obsessed with it as well. I received this product in exchange for a review, but it is one of few products I actually think I am going to buy for myself!
The bad: The only reason I don't give it five stars is because it leaves my face feeling a bit oily, so I usually wash my face right after taking my make up off.
The good: A little goes a long way. One dip onto a cotton round can usually take a layer of makeup off my face whether that be foundation and blush or all of my eye makeup (eyeliner, mascara, highlight, and eye shadow). It's really gentle on my face, and I have sensitive skin. It doesn't dry out my dry zones and it cleans thoroughly.
One cotton round can usually take off light everyday makeup. For a night out on the town I usually have more intense make up and I may need a cotton round and a half to get dark lipstick and eye makeup off.
I dumped a little of the product out onto a cotton ball - a little actually goes a long way. If you use too much it will drip all over. I held the cotton ball on my eye for a few seconds and it really did help to remove most of my eye makeup. I had to go back over my eyes again with a clean side of a cotton ball to get 100 percent of the makeup off. I also wiped down my entire face with the water. My face did feel clean, but I still felt like I needed to wash it with actual soap. My face didn’t feel super dry like it does sometimes when I use a face wash. This product was also super gentle. I used it with my contacts in and I didn’t have any blurring or burning of any kind. I typically use Clinique to remove my makeup, but sometimes it burns my eyes a little. I might buy this in the future as a eye makeup remover, but would probably only use it to cleanse my face if I was on a road trip or camping or something like that.
There was little to no scent to it. It was also very gentle, it got the job done and I didn't have to rub too hard or harshly. It also didn't sting my eyes, I actually kept the cotton pad on my eyes for a bit (closed, of course) and there was no sting or burn.
I give it an A+!
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