Battle of the Micellar Waters

In today’s beauty battle, I’ll be trying out different micellar waters easily accessible in the Philippine market. The 6 contenders range from Php 149.00 to Php 1388.00 so there’s more to chose from depending on your budget. Let’s see if price matters in the cleansing factor or not.

What is Micellar Water?

Micellar Water is the latest innovation in skin care. Though “latest”, French women have been swearing by this type of product to cleanse their faces.

Price Per Available mL (Ranked)
  1. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water & Makeup Remover – 400ml (P 249.00) = 0.62/ml
  2. L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water Refreshing – 250ml (P 225.00) = 0.9/ml
  3. Maybelline Micellar Water – 200ml (P 199.00) = 1/ml
  4. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water  (both variants) – 125ml (P 149.00) = 1.19/ml
  5. Biore Micellar Cleansing Water – 90ml (P 189.00) = 2.1/ml
  6. Simple Micellar Cleansing Water – 200ml (P 499.00)  = 2.45/ml
  7. Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution – 500ml (P 1388.00) = 2.78/ml
  8. Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution – 250ml (P 888.00) = 3.55/ml
  9. Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution – 100ml (P 488.00) = 4.88/ml
The Makeup Removal Test
1-HEAVY ROTATION Eyebrow Mascara, 2-NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer, 3-TONY MOLY Liptone Get It Tint, 4-REVLON Photoready Kajal Eyeliner, 5-MAYBELLINE HyperSharp Wing Eyeliner, 6-COLOURPOP Ultra Matte Lip, 7-IN2IT Tri-Angular Eyebrow Liner

For this part, I swatched the products above and gave a single swipe of cotton pad soaked in cleansing water. I did the test up to three single swipes. You be the judge…

1ST SWIPE: 1-Bioderma, 2-Biore, 3-Garnier Sensitive, 4-Garnier Pure Active, 5-L’Oreal, 6-Maybelline, 7-Simple
1ST SWIPE: 1-Bioderma, 2-Biore, 3-Garnier Sensitive, 4-Garnier Pure Active, 5-L’Oreal, 6-Maybelline, 7-Simple
3RD SWIPE: 1-Bioderma, 2-Biore, 3-Garnier Sensitive, 4-Garnier Pure Active, 5-L’Oreal, 6-Maybelline, 7-Simple
3RD SWIPE: 1-Bioderma, 2-Biore, 3-Garnier Sensitive, 4-Garnier Pure Active, 5-L’Oreal, 6-Maybelline, 7-Simple
The EWG SkinDeep® /CosDNA Cosmetics Database Test

Some cosmetic products contain ingredients that may be effective yet harmful to the health in the long run. The rise in demands of cosmetics with safe practices, sustainability, and organic formulations have populated the market with cheaper but fake alternatives too. The Environmental Working Group ratings will help you decide if the products you are using contain harmful chemicals and how much you are at risk. To learn more, visit EWG Verified.

Items will be marked Low Hazard (1-2), Moderate Hazard (3-6), High Hazard (7-10). New products may not have a record yet, but I will indicate the ranking of similar products in their particular brand.

  1. Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution – no record, CosDNA result for individual ingredients are 1-3
  2. Biore Micellar Cleansing Water – no record specifically for micellar water, however their other products range from 4-8
  3. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – no specific record, however products from the Garnier SkinActive line ranges from 2-7
  4. L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water Refreshing – no specific record, L’Oreal Paris cleansers range from 5-6, CosDNA results for similar product ranges from 2-5
  5. Maybelline Micellar Water – no specific record, products rated 2-4
  6. Simple Micellar Cleansing Water – no specific record, other products rated 2-5

For the record, the highest scored brand on record for micellar water is INIKA Micellar Cleansing Rosewater.

The Eye Irritation Test
This one’s the least irritating, so far.

Generally, micellar waters should be gentle and non-irritating for eye makeup removal. For the sake of testing, I soaked cotton pads in micellar water and wiped across my eyelids and “accidentally” had some seep into my eyes. The results are scored with irritation level over 5 (very irritating):

  1. Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution – 4
  2. Biore Micellar Cleansing Water – 3
  3. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – 4 (Pure Active), 5 (Sensitive)
  4. L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water Refreshing – 2
  5. Maybelline Micellar Water – 4
  6. Simple Micellar Cleansing Water – 5

Surprisingly, Garnier’s Sensitive variant scored higher in irritation compared to its Pure Active variant. Although, the results could be inaccurate due to the differences in the amount of micellar water that seeped through my eyelids.

Production & Ingredients
the only product in this list to contain Methylparaben

Let’s take a look at where the cleansing waters were made and which contains Methylparaben (an ingredient that increases skin aging & DNA damage when in contact with UVB according to some studies):

  1. Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution – France
  2. Biore Micellar Cleansing Water – Vietnam, contains Methylparaben
  3. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – China
  4. L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water Refreshing – China
  5. Maybelline Micellar Water – China
  6. Simple Micellar Cleansing Water – Poland

It is interesting to note that Garnier had the least number of ingredients at only 6, while Biore and Simple had the most ingredients at 17.

In summary, these products worked quite similarly to each other. The choice of which to purchase depends on your budget, brand loyalty, and scrutiny of ingredients. Personally, I love Bioderma. Something about being trusted by Frenchwomen elevates its credibility for me. And so far, I’ve had no breakouts. I’m already halfway through my 2nd big bottle. But if you’re looking for cheap and good, you’re good to go with Garnier.

All products were purchased by the author. None were sponsored.

Patricia

Patricia

Wanderlust, choco-addict, tea-lover, strawberry-monster, camera-wielding, dancing creature of the sea.

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