The new player in the makeup removal game | Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash Review

The micellar water hype has been real for a long time now and for good reason – it takes off makeup super well and it’s a really affordable option for makeup removal.

Garnier have been one of the big brands in the micellar market and now they have introduced a new player to the game – a Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash.

I was dubious at first and saw mixed reviews but when I saw it on offer in Asda for £2.50 I thought why not give it a bash, so I did!

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The packaging of this is similar to that of the micellar water, but smaller and with a pump for the gel.

This is a micellar gel wash instead of a water that you wipe off your makeup with cotton pads. The product recommends to apply to a wet face, leather up and wash off with no rubbing required as it acts like a magnet to remove makeup.

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My first impressions of this were not great – it smells very alcohol like and the scent is quite strong. The write up says it contains grape extract but this is not apparent in the scent at all which is disappointing as I imagine if it was it would be lovely!

I wet my face and lathered this up all over with one pump which didn’t create many bubbles and it made my eyes sting. A test with a cream cleanser and a cotton pad reveals that unfortunately the “magnet” claim this is not true. Lots of makeup remained on my face there is no way I could have left it like that so I had to do it twice before everything was gone.

This does however, work nicely with my makeup remover cloth, which I reviewed here, as the lather helps to remove makeup little better than just water. I will continue to use it alongside this but no way will I be using it on its own.

After using this properly it did leave my face feeling squeaky clean and fresh so it is such a shame that it takes so much useage before makeup is fully off and it does sting your eyes so if you have sensitive eyes especially I would definitely avoid this!

Unfortunately this is a no from me and I won’t be re-purchasing it. Garnier my advice is to stick to your micellar water range!

Have you tried this? What did you think? I’d love to know your thoughts below!

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  1. May 8, 2017 / 9:52 am

    Great review!
    Love the honesty💕

  2. Yiota
    May 8, 2017 / 10:06 am

    You are probably the first person that used and didn’t like this product and the first to mention that it is not suitable for sensitive eyes so thank you for your honesty. We don’t have these products here yet and I am waiting for them to arrive since everyone is raving about these so I am curious to see if I am going to like them or not. Have a lovely day! xx


  3. May 8, 2017 / 11:15 am

    Ok pause, how have I not heard of this!! I keep seeing it and thinking it’s the water with a pump haha. This sounds so lovely, omg can’t wait till they make a cleanser for the oil water too- that’s my fave! Loved reading this x

  4. May 8, 2017 / 11:37 am

    Great review, good to hear how it actually works. I’ve seen this around and wondered about it but I think I’ll be giving it a miss.

  5. May 8, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    Great review, thanks for sharing 🙂 x

  6. May 8, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    Ahh that’s such a shame as I love the micellar water, but this product really doesn’t sound great especially with it not being suitable for sensitive eyes. Thank you for your honesty.

    Kristy |

  7. Miss Elizabeth Shannon
    May 8, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    Very good, honest review. I’m not too sure how I feel about this product! I think I’ll stick to the good old original micellar water!xx

  8. May 8, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    I was tempted to buy this product the other day, I’m glad I haven’t now! Great honest review 😊 x

  9. May 8, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    I love the micellar water but it’s such a shame this one didn’t work for you. Think I’ll be giving it a miss too! X


  10. May 8, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    I totally agree with you and had exactly the same reaction! I was so excited to try it because I’m obsessed with the Garnier micellar water, but this really stings your eyes! I’m trying to use mine up because I don’t want to waste it… but I much prefer my REN rosa centifolia gel cleansing wash if you like cleansing gel face washes! xx

  11. May 10, 2017 / 12:05 am

    I hate cleansers that sting the eyes! Do they not test these products on HUMANS? Too bad. The micellar water from Garnier is pretty good – I guess they’re just trying to capitalize on the name “micellar” for this cleanser since it’s all the rage.

  12. May 10, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    I have been using this with my Clarisonic after doing an initial cleanse with an oil and liking it like that but agree with you in that I wouldn’t use it alone. I definitely do not think it acts as a ‘magnet’ – my face wouldn’t feel clean using this alone! xxx

  13. June 15, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    I love the micellar water and use it on a daily basis! I’ve been wanting to try this but since you said it doesn’t work well with sensitive eyes, I don’t think I’ll get along with it😞 thankyou for your honest review! Feel free to check out my first ever post on my new blog too!🌸

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