Nivea Sensitive Caring Micellar Water - review


I received this product in one of my recent sub boxes, and while I wasn't disappointed to see it because I knew I would use it, I also wasn't that excited because I've got micellar waters coming out of my ears these days.

Indeed, micellar waters seem to be the new black when it comes to beauty products and I keep receiving them, so I've got a back-log and have for a while, and I've never actually bought one for myself. Enough of the micellar already! Anyhoo. Let's have a look.

Nivea claims/product details:
  • Want a quick and easy way to cleanse that’s kind to your skin too? 
  • Try the 3-in-1 care cleanser for your face and eyes
  • Cleanses deeply, removes makeup (even from the eyes) without rinsing or rubbing, and moisturises in one cool, refreshing sweep 
  • So mild, even sensitive skin will love it
  • Micelle technology works like a magnet to attract and remove dirt
  • Fuss-free, revolutionary skincare that's both gentle and highly effective
  • With dexpanthenol and grape seed oil 
  • Free from parabens, colours and perfume
  • RRP $9.99 for 200ml, but do shop around


I think this product is fine and overall it's not much better or worse than most other micellar waters I've tried. Having said this, I do prefer the Unani version I've just finished because there's something special about that one (I've reviewed it here), and I remember liking the Garnier version a touch more than this (I've reviewed that here) - although that could partly be because I used it before the Unani version so I didn't have that as my most recent benchmark. 

This Nivea version is a standard micellar water formula that looks and feels exactly like water, and it has no scent so it shouldn't bother people who don't like fragranced products. 

I use it as the first step in my evening cleansing routine and it removes makeup reasonably well, although I remember feeling that the Gariner product was a touch more effective than this one (and I also needed to use less of that per application). Mind you, the difference isn't huge and it's not enough to say that one is vastly better than the other.

This Nivea version doesn't remove mascara, but I've come to realise that nothing besides a decent cleanser and a shower will do that for me - I wonder whether my lashes are super dry and 'cling' to makeup - so it may work better for others when it comes to eye makeup removal. 

Mind you, I've seen a few reviewers say that this is better for 'standard' face makeup than it is for eye makeup, so looks like I'm not the only one who would need to go through a good few cotton pads to remove the gunk from my eyes.

On the claims: this does remove makeup relatively easily (but not eye makeup) without rinsing or rubbing; it doesn't irritate or dry out my dry, sensitive skin; it does feel refreshing and cooling when applied; and it does cleanse the skin, although I wouldn't rely on this as my only cleanser because I need something extra to get my skin feeling super clean.

All in all, I think this product is fine and it's well-priced (particularly if you can grab it on special), but it hasn't wowed me and I mightn't buy it because I prefer the Garnier version, which is in the same price bracket. 

Good but not great.

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