Monday, 9 May 2016

SPOTLIGHT: Micellar Magic Part 3...

Ok so we're off and running with Part 3 of my Micellar Water adventure! This week I'm reviewing the Garnier for Combination to Oily Skin, and the offering from Simple. Both are excellent quality, but once again they are quite different, so read on...

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Combination to Oily Skin 125ml/400ml (RRP $7.95/$12.95)

I have an oily T-zone and fairly normal cheeks, so I was particularly keen to try this formulation, and to compare it with the Sensitive Skin version, reviewed here. Love the pink one, but not so keen on this green labelled bottle. Given the target skin type, I expected it to be a wee bit drying, but it's a little too drying for my mature complexion. Identical ingredients, except for one extra inclusion - Alcohol Denat. Boo! I know some gals have a problem with this stuff, and although I didn't experience any reaction, I won't be buying this again. Doesn't make my skin feel tight, but it definitely feels like there is less moisture content after using it. I switched to Micellar Water from toner long ago mainly because of the harshness of the (often) alcohol content, so no, I'll stick with the original formulation... 


Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water 200ml (RRP $9.99)

This is nice enough, no acohol content and it's supposed to contain multi-vitamins, but in my beauty book, it's nothing special. I've already gone through half a bottle as it's half the size of the Garnier one. Doesn't sting, and my skin feels clean, cool and refreshed after use, and super silky soft. It has a faint chemical-ish fragrance when it first hits the cotton pad, and after the skin dries, the scent is a bit like garden soil after a shower of rain - earthy but natural. Not unpleasant, and it dissipates very quickly, but a bit odd all the same - might be something to do with the chamomile content, although it doesn't smell like chamomile to me. It also doesn't seem to work as well at removing the last traces of makeup as some of the others, but I would buy it again if any of my other preferences weren't available 

I'm planning on uploading Part 4 next week, and to complete this little bit of research, I'll be declaring my personal favourite, as well as reviewing the Bioderma one. Till then why not join me in popping on over to Ingrid's Monday Makeup Madness Link Up Party 

Take care of  you,
kats xxx

18 comments:

  1. I'm loving this series Kat! I'm currently using the Garnier pink one, but I too have oily/normal skin, so I might try the green one. Glad to hear the Simple one is a bit average. So many people on the net rave about it.

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    1. So glad you're enjoying the reviews Mel - it's been a most interesting exercise for me too, and of course it's all about one's personal experience and preferences, but I guess that's why there's so many to choose from lol ♥

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  2. I'm loving reading about all the different ones, too, it's so helpful! I was using the Garnier, but was sent the BioDerma and it's the best, absolutely love it. Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

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    1. Great news Di - I'm really enjoying it too, I rarely used to read what's in the stuff I buy, but after this, I'm a lot more careful. Mmm yes the Bioderma - well, let's just say that I have a habit of keeping the best till last wink wink... xxx

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  3. This series is so interesting! I previously didn't know there was so much difference between all the micellar waters on the market, having only tried two different ones myself.

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    1. Isn't it just Ingrid - I was amazed when I realised just how many were out there and they sure do vary. I wonder if it will become like champagne, and there'll be some regulations as to what determines whether something is a "real" micellar water? ♥

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  4. I haven't tried any of the micellar waters and have wondered how they would do. I have older dry skin.

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    1. Hi there M&D - I think all of them are very gentle on the skin, and a lot less harsh than toners. The ones that have "sensitive" on the label are probably best for us older gals xxx

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  5. I feel like most micellar/toners have alcohol as a major ingredient :( it's so upsetting. When I worked at shiseido many many years ago, they sold me on their "softener" which doesn't contain any alcohol. However, having said that I have heard a lot of great things about garnier's micellar!

    Lily not Louise

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    1. Hi Lily my dear, well from what I've seen so far most of them don't contain alcohol, which is great news hey. The pink Garnier one is definitely minus that nasty drying ingredient ♥♥♥

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  6. Great Review Kats! I didn't know that Garnier had different kinds out now! But I'm glad you did the leg work for me. Wont be picking up this one. I too favor the Simple over the Garnier. Personal preference. Cant wait to read your final post next week and see the winner. Tal xo

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    1. Thank you Tal - I too find out a lot of the information I need from my blogging pals (you included!), it's one of reasons I joined the community. With so much stuff in the market, it sure helps a lot before making purchase decisions hey x♥x

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  7. Too bad about the Garnier one.. I'll have to steer clear of that one too as I'm oily but get dehydrated easily. Can't wait to find out who is the winner in this series. xo

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    1. Well now Amy, it could just be that it's a bit drying because I use a cleanser first. Some gals use micellar water alone, but I wear SO much makeup, I prefer to give my face a thorough wash with traditional cleansers first ♥♥♥

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  8. Loving this series Kat! Pity about the Garnier one. I'm not a fan to be honest. I love Simple products so after all the talk of their micellar water I have to get it. This one is next on this list to try x Louise ~ www.beyoutyfulyou.com

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    1. When you do I'd love to know what you think Louise - everyone's skin varies so much, but it always fascinates me what makes a gal choose one brand over another xxx

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  9. I'm not keen on Simple products in general. They might be good for teens or those with sensitivities, but they don't remove the industrial stuff I pile on my face. I'm curious about the Bioderma, will it change my mind about micellar water?

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  10. I've not been a fan of the Simple range - not powerful enough for my heavy duty slap either! I reckon the Bioderma might give you a second thought if you use it alone to clean your face - that's where it shines. I'm content with the Garnier ♥

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