If you’re a busy (and a lazy) girl like me then micellar water is your best friend. It’s cheap, hydrating and it removes dirt and makeup in an instant. I wished I have known micellar water when I was in 1st-year residency, a period when my skincare routine is non-existent. But now I can’t live without it, I have a bottle in my house, in my condominium unit, in the hospital and in my travel/duty bag.
So for this post, I’ll review four popular drugstore micellar cleansers in the Philippines. Criteria for this review are affordability, ingredients and performance as a cleanser. As for ingredients, I’ll base this from CoSDNA, a site where product ingredients are analyzed for Comedogenic and Irritation (0-5) and Safety index from (1-9). The lower the number the better.
For performance, I don’t really expect Micellar water to remove my stubborn waterproof makeup because I use a cleansing oil for that job. But if it’s able to erase waterproof makeup then that’s a major plus.
So I put the four micellar water cleansers to test against my heavy duty makeup products:
- MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
- Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color
- Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner
- ColourPop Take Me Home Eyeshadow
Biore Moist Up Micellar Water
Price: PHP 210 per 90ml bottle (P2.33/ml)
Ingredients: Biore contains Butylene Glycol, an alcohol, which has comedogenic grade 1. This also contains Phenoxyethanol and Methylparaben as preservatives that both have safety index of 5.
Performance: My eyeshadow and liner were erased after 4 wipes while the MAC liquid lipstick was removed after the 5th wipe.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
Price: PHP 149 per 125ml bottle (P1.19/ml)
Ingredients: This micellar water has Hexylene Glycol (Comedogenic 2, Irritant 1) and Poloxamer 184 that has a safety index of 5.
Performance: Garnier was able to remove the eyeshadow and eyeliner immediately after the 2nd wipe. The Mac liquid lipstick was erased after 4 wipes.
L’OREAL Micellar Cleansing Water
Price: PHP 225 per 250ml (P0.9/ml)
Ingredients: L’OREAL has almost the same ingredients as Garnier. It also contains Hexylene Glycol and Poloxamer 184.
Performance: It baffles me that even though the ingredients of Garner and L’Oreal are very similar they performed differently. The eyeshadow and liner were erased after the 4th wipe while the MAC liquid lipstick was removed after the 8th wipe. After 10 wipes, my Chanel liquid lipstick is almost unchanged.
Nivea MicellaAir Cleansing Water
Price: PHP 99 per 125ml bottle (P0.79/ml)
Ingredients: Nivea Cleansing Water has no known ingredients that can cause acne or irritation. It contains Phenoxyethanol that has a safety index of 4.
Performance: This cleanser was able to remove my eyeliner and eyeshadow after 3 wipes. It able to erase the MAC liquid lipstick after 6 wipes.
So for the price, Nivea is the cheapest (P0.79/ml) while Biore is the most expensive (P2.33/ml). For the 2nd criteria, Nivea again wins this round since it is the most non-irritating, non-comedogenic product with a good safety index. As for the performance, Garnier wins as it able to remove most of my heavy duty makeup for at least 5 wipes, with exception to the Chanel of course.
Overall winner: Because it’s cheap, non-irritating and its cleansing ability don’t lag behind Garnier, the winner for this challenge is obviously Nivea MicellaAir Cleansing Water!
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I tried to be objective as much as possible with this review (Garnier is my HG micellar water and deep in my heart I wanted it to win but clearly, Nivea wins).