I've been testing the waters this week - the micellar waters, that is! Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and Simple's offering seem to be mentioned by every big blogger and vlogger. After reading several reviews, I picked up the former from Target for $6.99; consensus seems to be that Garnier's is better value for money in terms of the amount you get for the price (though both are affordable at under $10), and is more effective at removing particular makeup products such as waterproof mascara. To be honest, I ultimately based my decision on my preference of Garnier's packaging (which resembles Bioderma's). Superficial? Yes, we are. :)
I got my feet wet with micellar water a few years ago when one of my girlfriends brought me back a bottle of Bioderma Sensibio H2O from her travels to France (per my request). It was an intriguing concept - a water-like substance that gently and effectively removes makeup without using water - and I enjoyed using the product to the last drop.
Like Bioderma, Garnier have facilitated the process of gentle, effective, and waterless makeup removal (though you require slightly less effort with the Bioderma). Unlike Bioderma, Garnier have made their product affordable and accessible! I have been using it every evening this week - I saturate a cotton pad (usually four total) and use it to wipe off my face and eye makeup. Then, I follow up with my regular cleanser. (I use First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser. When I don't use micellar water, I use Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. See these, and the rest of my skincare routine, here!) Though I wouldn't substitute it for my regular cleanser, the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water serves well as a first cleanse, as a mid-day refresher when I'm not wearing makeup, or as a way to fix any makeup application error. No matter the room temperature, it is cool to the touch and refreshing on the skin. I highly recommend it!
Have you tried micellar water?