Big was my surprise when I walked into Dischem last Tuesday and saw not only a 3-for-2 offer on all things Garnier, but also that they have a new micellar water variant - and facial wipes! We in South Africa have waited years for the Garnier micellar waters to hit our shores, but this time we're only a few months behind the overseas beauty girls. I'm a big fan of the budget-friendly micellar water range, and today I'm telling you about their new oil-infused cleansing water and wipes.
There are two other Garnier micellar variants (you can read my thoughts here): a pink one for sensitive skin and a blue-green one for oily/combination skin. The pink version also has its own facial wipes. The latest micellar variant is a yellow bottle and is biphase: it has a water part and an oil part that you have to shake to mix. This is aimed at people with dry and sensitive skin, but I reckon anybody will be able to use it. My skin is usually combination oily but the past month or so I have suffered with breakouts and random dry and rough patches, so I reckon this is right up my alley.
Garnier SkinActive Oil-Infused Cleansing Water
Micellar waters in general can be used on the face, lips, and eyes (except for this micellar water). It gently removes any and all makeup and grime. This particular variant is hypoallergenic, which means it won't cause an allergic reaction (there is, however, always exceptions). It's also dermatologically as well as ophthalmologically tested, which means that the product was tested on human skin (although it doesn't say what was tested or what the outcome was), and that it is safe to use on the eyes.
You're supposed to shake it to mix the oil and the water, and then apply it to cotton rounds before wiping it over your skin. It smells almost like The Body Shop's Camomile products, which is a nice change from Garnier's normal unscented micellar water. It's a very comforting scent and I don't find it overpowering. It does a fantastic job of removing my makeup, especially my mascara. Normally after I've removed my eye-makeup I can still feel build-up on my lashes (and end up with black streaks across my finger tips), but I didn't experience it with this micellar water. It removed every last streak of mascara. Afterwards my skin didn't feel oily or stripped, it just felt clean and nourished. I also didn't have any breakouts or rashes.
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Wipes
These cleansing wipes are the same soft texture as the pink variant. The scent of this is also a lovely chamomile scent, but it smells slightly different to that of the bottled micellar water. It features the same ingredients and claims as the bottle. I find these not as good value for money as the micellar water, but it works extremely well for travelling or when you simply can't be bothered to go and wash your face. I do not advocate doing this regularly, but when you have a fulltime job and you're moving house while trying to finish a PhD all the same time, some things are going to fall by the wayside!
The wipes are quite wet and do a good job of removing my makeup. I do however feel that they're not entirely as effective as the micellar water, but that is to be expected.
The micellar water is currently on special at Dischem for R69.95 and the wipes are R49.95. Dischem is also currently running a 3-for-2 special on all Garnier facial products until 4 September 2016, so hurry if you want to try out a few things!
Have you tried this oil-infused micellar water? Will you? Let me know...
Until next time!