Garnier Micellar Water contains no oil, fragrances, or alcohol — which means less irritation and a more universally skin-friendly formula, no matter how sensitive yours may be. It’s available in three varieties, including normal and “mattifying” for oily skin, but we chose the formula specifically designed to remove even waterproof makeup — because when we take our makeup off, we want it all off.
This bottle is well-designed, with a secure but easy-to-open cap; this also goes for its TSA-friendly travel-sized bottle (3.4 oz.), so you won’t have to worry about leakage. (Pro tip: For makeup mistakes, dip a small cotton swab into micellar water and boom — instant smudge eraser, with no pesky residue!) While you do need a vehicle for application, like cotton pads, if you’re concerned about creating waste, you can find eco-friendly options that do the job (like this set of bamboo pads).
For a gentle makeup remover that satisfies all budgets and skin types, Garnier’s Micellar All-in-1 Cleansing Water is our no-contest choice.
*Anthony M. Rossi, MD, FAAD, is the assistant attending at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, an assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, and the assistant attending at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
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