If you’re reading this post, chances are you’ve already heard about Micellar Water. If not then allow me to get you up to speed (or you can click here for a great post from ELLE), micellar water is meant to be a no-rinse cleanser that also eliminates the need for a moisturizer. Skeptical? Yeah, so was I, until I tried it. So far my experience with micellar water has been pretty fantastic – it’s better than any makeup remover I’ve used, ever. And my skin doesn’t feel dried out or stretched out like it does when I use astringent. Micellar Water has been a beauty staple in France and the UK for quite a while and is currently getting a lot of attention in the US. I love it, and now that I’m sold on micellar water only one question remains – where can you buy micellar water in the US?
Simple Skincare has taken the lead bringing micellar water to the drugstore, with their Micellar Cleansing Water. It’s currently the only game in town when it comes to easy to access, affordable cleansing waters, and clocks in at around $7.99 for a 6.7 oz bottle. Simple Skincare has been a favorite brand of mine for years and their Micellar Water has gotten rave reviews everywhere – you can pick it up at Target or most anywhere that Simple Skincare is sold.
Bioderma has been a favorite brand for beauty bloggers and vloggers for ages now. You can get their Micellar Water on Amazon.com, Sears.com, and a handful of other online retailers. If you live in NYC, you can also pick it up at New London Pharmacy and Thompson Chemists (ARV $28 for 250ml – or 8.45oz). It’s definitely a lot more available than it was a year ago.
Now, Sephora currently carries a few high-end micellar waters (and an affordable in-house one). However, I still have a hard time with the idea of paying as much as $39 for anywhere from 4-5oz of product that will deplete quickly and has water as a major ingredient. Sorry guys, unless I have proof that it will work magic, I’m not about to splash out for it. But if you’re curious, I’ve listed a few here and you find all of them by clicking here: Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water ($14 for 3.38oz, $28 for 6.7oz), REN Rosa Centifolia™ 3-In-1 Cleansing Water ($25 for 6.8oz), Dr.Brandt Skincare Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water ($32 for 6.7oz), etc.
The Micellar Water that I love (and is often touted as a dupe for the more expensive Bioderma) is the Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water. It’s not technically available in the US – but I’ve found a way around that via one of my favorite UK-based sites – feelunique.com. This is the ONLY Micellar Water that they appear to be shipping from the UK, I don’t know if it’s because of the packaging or because it comes in a set with a lotion – but for $21.60 (sale price) you get 400ml/13.5oz of their Micellar Water as well as their Miracle Skin Cream. And, it ships free!
Have you used Micellar Water? What are your must-have skincare products? Let me know!