Garnier Pure Active Micellar Cleansing Water All in 1 - review


I've used a couple of Garnier micellar waters in my time and I've liked them enough to repurchase them, so when I saw this new one available in the chemist, I went ahead and bought it.

I've now been using it for months and I'm over halfway through my massive bottle, so I'm ready to give you my thoughts. Long story short, it's fine but I do prefer the original Garnier micellar water (that's the one with the pink lid) so I wouldn't buy it again. More on that below.

Garnier claims/product details:

  • A cleansing water that's ideal for acne-prone skin
  • Works to remove excess sebum, impurities and makeup without the need for rubbing
  • Features antibacterial properties and micelles to cleanse the skin
  • Cleanses and purifies skin on the face, eyes and lips in one step without needing to rinse off
  • Dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested
  • RRP $13.99 AUD for 400ml, but do shop around


This product is fine but I prefer the original Garnier Micellar Water (reviewed here; it's the one with the pink lid) because I personally find the pink version to be more effective, although this one still works and I think it's decent.

It's a standard micellar water formula that looks and feels exactly like water, and it has a barely detectable fresh scent that's so close to being non-existent that I would almost call this fragrance free. In any event, the smell shouldn't bother most people. 

I use it as the first step in my evening cleansing routine and it removes makeup well enough, although it doesn't remove mascara. Mind you, 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 mascara removal.

Do note, though, that it doesn't cut through grime as well as Garnier's pink version - or at least it doesn't for me. With this product, I feel that I need to soak the makeup pad a little more than I normally would, and even after using both (drenched) sides of the pad, there's still some makeup residue on my face. So yes it works, but I'll be sticking with the pink version from now on.

Also worth noting is that I have dry skin and this product is apparently designed for oily to combination, acne-prone skin. I don't feel that this has dried my skin out, nor has it stripped the oils from my skin so that's a plus. For this reason I reckon you're ok to use this if you have normal or dry skin, although of course it's worth testing it first: there may be another micellar that's better-designed for your skin type.

Overall I do like this product and it does work, it's just not as effective as the original Garnier micellar so I won't buy it again.

Still, a decent product.

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