The Ultimate Battle of the Micellar Water!

Micellar Water – undoubtedly one of the biggest hits of 2016!

I have never heard of this term before the day Maybelline launched their micellar water in the Philippines. I didn’t even know it existed! But we all know now that this may just be the answer to every lazy woman’s dream of skipping some steps in their night time routine.

I remember some bloggers and even close friends admitting that they hoarded bottles of this just to make sure they have enough supplies until the next date the said brand restocks.

A few weeks ago, I decided to grab all the micellar water I can find from the drugstores, Watson’s, beauty sections and the micellar gods know where else.

I found 6 locally available micellar water which prices ranges from P189 to P735. For a week, I wore the same makeup (it was a total torture not to use my other makeup especially the new ones. LOL ). Then each day, I used a brand’s take on the micellar water mania. As you scroll down, you will see all 6 micellar water listed from my least favourite to the one sitting on top of my bathroom shelf now.


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  • L’Oreal Moisturizing Micellar Water
    • retails at P225 for 250 ml. (P.90 cents / ml.)
    • available in Watson’s, Mall’s beauty sections, online shops, etc.
    • 2 variants : moisturizing for dry and combination skin type (Pink) and Refreshing for oily skin (Blue)
    • easy to use flip cap packaging
    • offers more product compared to other brands
    • Alcohol free, Oil free and fragrance free
    • hypoallergenic
    • removes makeup easily except waterproof mascara and long wearing eyeliner
    • but stings so bad which is a major let down for me
    • click here for more details 

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  • Bioré Micellar Cleansing Water
    • Made with Natural Mineral Water from the Japanese Alps enhanced with Watery Micellar Technology. This lightweight and refreshing wipe-off makeup remover lifts off makeup and dirt effectively from pres. Skin feels clean and refreshed with no sticky after feel.
    • retails at P189 for a 90-ml bottle (P2.10 / ml)
    • really convenient to bring
    • the water looks pink so not sure if this has artificial ingredients causing the color
    • available in Watson’s, Mall’s beauty sections, online shops, etc.
    • comes in one size and one variant (as per the sales associate)
    • non-comedogenic
    • removes makeup easily except waterproof mascara and long wearing eyeliner
    • stings more than the Maybelline one but not as much as L’Oreal
    • click here for more details

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  • Avène Micellar Lotion
    • Gently cleanses and removes make-up from the face, eyes, and lips without drying out the skin. For normal to dry and redness-prone skin.
    • retails t P735 for a 200-ml bottle (P3.68 / ml)
    • available in Watson’s, Mall’s beauty sections, online shops, etc.
    • Contains Avene Thermal Spring Water to soothe and soften skin
    • Hydrating and leaves your skin so moisturized
    • Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic
    • Preservative-free, oil-free.
    • Soap-free, oil-free, alcohol-free.
    • Nice, subtle fragrance
    • Does sting a little
    • I prefer to use this as a toner to moisturize your skin before going to bed
    • Click here for more details 

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Love this cap! So easy to use.

  • Bioderma Micelle Solution
    • retails at P488 for a 100-ml bottle (P4.88 / ml )
    • available in Watson’s, Mall’s beauty sections, online shops, etc.
    • comes in 3 variants – Green, Blue and Pink; perfect for dry, oily, combination and sensitive skin
    • comes in 3 sizes – 100 ml (P488), 250 ml (888) and 500 ml (P1388)
    • If this works best for you, I recommend you get the biggest bottle to score some savings
    • Fragrance-free formula
    • Alcohol-free
    • PARABEN-free
    • Hypoallergenic
    • removes makeup easily even waterproof and long wearing but does sting
    • Click here for more details 

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  • Maybelline Micellar Water
    • used to be my holy grail
    • retails at P199 for a 200 ml bottle (P1 / ml)
    • available in Watson’s, Mall’s beauty sections, online shops, etc.
    • don’t like the cap, you need to twist it and lift the cap before you can get the product
    • It’s fragrance- free
    • alcohol- free
    • Paraben- free.
    • affordable and accessible
    • removes makeup easily but stings a lot (not as much as L’Oreal’s)
    • If you want to use micellar water but don’t wanna break the bank, this is your go to micellar!
    • click here for more details

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Not the best cap! Takes another step before you can get some product. 

  • Simple Micellar Water
    • My new HOLY GRAIL!
    • Simple is a UK brand
    • retails at P499 for a 200-ml bottle (2.50 / ml)
    • love the illustrations that go with the instructions at the back of the bottle
    • available in Watson’s, Mall’s beauty sections, online shops, etc.
    • Made with triple purified water, hexylene glycol, and infused with vitamins B3 and C
    • Contains no artificial perfumes, dyes, or harsh chemicals
    • Designed for sensitive skin, good for all skin types
    • 100% No Sting
    • Removes makeup easily and leaving your skin with a refreshing feeling
    • Click here for more details

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It was fun testing these out. I know I have only found 6 of them but I know there are some other micellar water that are available in the Philippines. I may like one more than the other but all of them removes your makeup easily except for waterproof mascaras.

My personal favorite is Simple’s version simply because it did not sting me at all. I freely removed my long wearing Marc Jacobs eyeliner on my waterline because this did not sting me at all. After my experiment, I have placed this bottle on my bathroom shelf so I can quickly grab it when I get ready for bed and 1st thing in the morning before I start my daily run.

It may not be the most inexpensive but for that extra benefit, I don’t mind paying a few bucks more. I love savings but I love my eyes too.

I have learned that micellar water is not just pure gimmick. There is indeed a valid reason behind the hype!

Have you tried this product before? Which one is your holy grail?

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