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Micellar Water Showdown | Bioderma vs. Garnier

A few months ago, I purchased the Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water. It was a random purchase but I have no regrets whatsoever. Since then, it became a staple in my skincare routine. It was a great first step to cleansing my face. I was amazed at how easily this water took off almost all of my makeup. Fast forward to present day and I'm down to the last few uses. Desperate to still keep micellar water part of my routine but not willing to spend almost $30 on water, I sought out a cheaper alternative. And that's where the Garnier Micellar Water comes in..

I purchased the Garnier version, a few weeks ago, after seeing a bunch of people claim that it was a dupe for the Bioderma water. To put that to the test, I purposely saved 1/4 of my beloved water #1 (Bioderma, but we'll call it that from now on) to see how water #2 would match up to it. So let's get into it! 

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Like I mentioned above, the Bioderma water costs around $30 for a 500mL bottle . That's not a whole lot but when you see it as paying that much for a bottle of water, you tend to think twice (at least I did. No matter how good it is!). On the other hand, we have the  Garnier option with costs around $12 for a 400mL bottle. That's a difference of $ can buy food and then some with all that left over money. Obviously Garnier wins when it comes to price point, but then again it all comes down to how well they work - moving on.

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Packaging-wise, they're very similar. Both come in a clear bottle with a pink cap. The Bioderma bottle is short and stout, while the Garnier bottle is taller but slimmer in comparison. They're both pretty large and will probably be a hassle to travel with. But I know Bioderma has a travel size bottle, though I'm not sure if Garnier has one as well (so that's +1 for Bioderma). And here comes another 'but' - But I do also prefer the lid on Garnier's bottle as it feels more sturdy and secure if you were to travel with it (and that's a +1 for Garnier). To sum it up, there is no clear winner when it comes to packaging. They both take a win. 

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Obviously they both feel and look like water ('micellar water', duh!). I did notice, however, that the Garnier water has a scent to it. One that I am not the biggest fan of. I'm not too sure how to describe the scent, so I'll just say it's an 'odd' smell. I'm not sensitive to smells and I always go in with another cleanser afterwards, so it's not the biggest deal to me. Though I, and probably a lot of others, much rather enjoy cleansing our faces with a pleasant smelling or a non-scented micellar water. And that is why Bioderma takes the cake for this category. 

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Now if you don't care for the price, the packaging, or the scent and you just want a micellar water that works - this is the part you need to read. If you saw my Halloween post (here), you may have seen that I was a clown and I used a lot of black gel liner on my face and a dark, vampy red liquid lipstick on the lips. I put these two waters to the ultimate test at the end of the night to see just how good they'd work with removing extremely heavy makeup. What I found was that the Garnier water took more product (and cotton pads) to remove the makeup. It took a while to clear that side of my face and I also noticed that it didn't pick up my liquid lipstick quite well, as it seemed to just smear it around my lips. As for the Bioderma side, the makeup melted off my face and onto the cotton pad with complete ease. I only needed one cotton pad to remove all of my makeup and it left no residue whatsoever (can you believe that? amazing)! I also used that same cotton pad to remove the remaining makeup that the Garnier water left over. 

With that said, I think we have a clear winner - Bioderma. You get what you pay for with this product. Though the Garnier option is cheaper, I think that I'll go through it faster than I did with water #1 because of how much product you need to use to take off your makeup. I end up using 3 times as much Garnier water than Bioderma water to rid my face of makeup, and that is why I believe water #1 is the better choice. 

Do you have another micellar water recommendation that is better than Bioderma's?
Leave it in the comments and I'll put it to the test!

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