Garnier Skin Active – Micellar Cleansing Water in Oil Review/First Impressions

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As we all know by now, I absolutely love Micellar Water.  I love that it removes the hassle from makeup removal, particularly as I tend to go for the types of makeup which tend to stay on for the duration of the day eg. Matte lipsticks and waterproof eyeliner and mascara, and I have to admit I add a healthy amount of Fix+ to absolutely everything as well. I also love that it removes some of the damaging behaviours associated with makeup removal, particularly with wipes which drag the skin, and considering my skin is so dry and delicate right now, it’s something I’m noticing more and more. Therefore, it only made sense to me that when my bottle of the original product ran out, I needed to try the new one, although I have to admit I did go into it with doubts, as I’ve tried others and found them to be fairly mediocre in comparison to the original Garnier product.

The other thing I feel I need to address is some of the comments I’ve seen floating about in YouTube reviews (because legitimately, I cannot buy a thing without first scoping out what YouTubers think first) and there seemed to be some confusion as to whether to shake it. I looked around and ultimately found this:

‘Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water has created a new generation of cleansing in a biphase formula, enriched with Micelles and Argan Oil to cleanse and remove make-up. Micelles are an active cleansing ingredient which act as a magnet to capture impurities, make-up and sebum on the skin without vigorous rubbing. Once shaken, the 2 phases are activated to work on all types of make-up. The result? Ultra soft skin, perfectly cleansed with no need for vigorous rubbing or rinsing.’

While I agree that shaking it is vital, I’m going to object to the lack of rinsing. In my experience Argan Oil is something which lingers on my skin. It has a light scent but that’s not the issue I’m taking with it, my issue is that it feels oily. Which you’re probably thinking something along the lines of Ash you idiot, it has oil in the name! And I do get that, I really do. But the fact this product leaves that oil on your face — even if you shake it vigorously and doesn’t really seem to absorb, hence facilitating the need to remove said oil? That was an immediate negative for me, as was the fact that it just required more work in the shower to remove that feeling after an 8 hour shift. Actually, while I’m on that topic, I’ve been using the St. Ives Green Tea Face Scrub (which I love, by the way) and it got rid of that oily residue, but I still can’t help but feel like that’s not something I want on my face at the end of a long day of working in fast food?

The other negative? It doesn’t remove the product as well as the others, well at least didn’t appear to. It required a touch more rubbing and effort around the eyes, and it might just be because I pack on makeup, but isn’t that kind of the point of the product, to be that holy grail makeup remover that removes the need for rubbing? I guess it’s safe to say I really have a lot of mixed feelings about this product, and that doesn’t really settle all that much knowing that without the sale it would have been an extra $5 on top of the usual price, and for that I just expected something a little more? Then again, it might just be me; I think it would work differently on each skin type, considering it is an oil — and I do use coconut oil once a week to add some moisture back into my dry skin, I just don’t think this is the oil for my skin, if that makes any sense.

Overall, do I think it’s worth the extra $5? No I don’t, I would definitely recommend picking up one of the smaller bottles they often release if you’re interested to gauge whether you consider it to be oily or not. But at the end of the day — if we’re getting really into it there are products which will remove makeup just as well (eg. the original Garnier Micellar Water) but for $11.24 at Priceline it seemed like a risk that might have been worth taking, but instead I found myself as disappointed as I was with Garnier Pure Active Micellar Water. It seems that in the case of Micellar Waters the original is truly the best, as no other brand has really stood up to the tests thrown at the original Garnier Micellar Water and come out on top.

Have you tried this product? What did you think — too oily or just right?
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