I don’t know about you, but I think the Garnier Micellar Water is one of the best on the market, especially for the price. When I spotted that they’d bought out a gel form of the same cleanser I was on board and picked it up pretty sharpish (it was on offer, it’s allowed). But is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash as good as the original?
Packaging wise, I love it. I wish more gel products came in a pump form! As I’ve been using this in the shower, it’s so easy to pump it straight into my hand rather than deal with the squeezing of a tube (which when you get to the end of is a nightmare). To be honest, I was crazy close to buying the giant size Pixi Glow Tonic from QVC when I saw it had a pump just because they are the bomb and the future of skincare.
In terms of makeup removal, I tend to use a micellar water to remove the majority of my makeup and then follow up with a second cleanse, usually a cream cleanser but it just depends what is open at the time. As this is part of the micellar range I thought it could take the place of either the micellar water or the second cleanser so I’ve tried it out in both ways and to be honest, I’m really not sure which way I prefer.
As an initial cleanse it does a pretty good job but it flipping painful when it gets in your eyes. The original micellar water is really gentle on the eyes which is a must as my eye are particularly sensitive, but this gel makes my eyes really sore. Therefore it can’t really replace the micellar step in my removal routine. As a second cleanse, my face just doesn’t feel clean enough after using it, so I find I’m putting in an extra step into my routine as I have to rewash my face anyway. It’s also quite drying – not ridiculous so like some cleansers can be, but my skin feels like it needs a bit more moisturiser on that other cleansers I’ve used such as the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser. Basically, I’m stumped about this product.
It’s not a bad product, it just doesn’t do what I expected it to do. Sure, there’s a lot to live up to when the original Garnier Micellar Water is its big sister but I feel like Garnier have let the side down a little. It’s a nice enough product and I’ll finish it up (or maybe donate it to my mum if I get bored of adding an extra step into my skincare regimen), but I have no desire to repurchase.
Have you given this gel cleanser a whirl yet?