I’ll be honest, I was never a big fan and user of makeup removers. Mainly because the many times that I have tried (and sometimes loved) them, they always end up drying my skin up or causing patchiness and flakiness – which, really, nobody likes.
And since we’re being really honest here, let me also tell you that I used to, more often than not (such a shame), sleep with my makeup — and all the dirt that comes with it — still on. I know that that’s seriously bad but like I said, makeup removers annoy the shit out of me, plus I suffer from this disease called extensive laziness.
But because I promised that I would really focus all my energy and attention on skincare this year, I deemed it necessary to purchase a makeup remover (I do have one of those wipes in my stash but I don’t like them so I solely use those now for removing swatches on my arm) that I could actually religiously use.
I was torn between cleansing balms/oils and micellar waters but I went for the latter because they’re cheaper and I don’t want to be spending big bucks for fear of wasting money if in case the product ends up being shitty.
I didn’t particularly hunt for this specific product as I initially had my eye on the cult-favorite Bioderma Micellar Waters. But when I saw this Garnier Micellar Cleansing Waters on BeautyMNL last May, it seemed promising and I was definitely intrigued. I went over the many positive reviews and decided to just go for it. Great reviews and it’s affordable? SOLD!
I have been using this for 8 weeks now and I really am extremely happy with this purchase. Although it’s not very good at completely removing those waterproof products (eyeliner, mascara, matte liquid lipsticks), I still find it to be very effective at breaking down my makeup (concealer + powder) and cleaning the layers after layers of dirt accumulated from everyday Manila commute.
I’m also glad that it didn’t irritate my skin so no itchiness or redness; didn’t cause any breakouts (hallelujah!); and thank heavens, didn’t dry my skin up or caused dry/flaky patches.
So if you’re looking for an easy, quick, effective, and very affordable product for removing makeup, then I highly suggest you give this a try.