Happy Easter weekend everybody! I hope you're all enjoying your weekend and got some quality time in with those you love! This has been one of my most requested blog posts to date. Ever since the Garnier Micellar Water started popping up on my Instagram feed, people have been asking me to compare it to my beloved Bioderma. As with most products, it was launched in the US way before Canada, so I had quite the wait for it. I went to work one day, and a magical fairy (who shall be named Danah) had found it at Wal-Mart and left it in my locker. I couldn't wait to use it! I've done side by sides, and used the product alone. I am finally ready to give you all the breakdown! Let's first talk price. So Bioderma comes in two sizes (and a travel size that is only available at certain times) a 250ml ($19.95 CAD) and a 500ml ($26.95 CAD) while the Garnier is only available in an 400ml for $11.99. As always, prices vary depending on where you purchase, and both of these brands do have sales from time to time. Neither one has a fragrance added, and both rinse clean and leave no tacky feeling on the skin.
Overall, I find that the Bioderma does still remove my makeup more efficiently, and with less effort. I found myself having to work a little harder with the Garnier, especially when dealing with my eyelashes. The interesting part was, when removing my mascara I found that I had to rub a little more aggressively than I wanted to, which caused the formula to actually bubble, and left some suds on my eyelashes. This caused a small amount of irritation in my eye, which was truly my deciding factor in this. I also experienced a mild redness to the skin, with a few tiny whiteheads on the Garnier side. I prefer the Bioderma, and I truly think I will never like another Micellar water more than that one. The Garnier was okay - and if you really are on a budget it's something I would consider. But for the price difference (which isn't too alarming) I would stick with the OG Bioderma. For those long term users of Bioderma, if you were wondering if it's the same - it's not.
I will continue to use the Garnier on my neck/throat, and I use it to remove eyeshadow swatches from my arms all the time. But for my face, it's still Bioderma all the way!
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