Friday 8 August 2014

Review | Garnier vs Benefit Make Up Remover | prettylittlewriter

A good make up remover is hard to find. You want something that is sensitive towards your skin with zero harsh chemicals, but also something that is actually going to work on your tough waterproof mascara.

I very recently purchased the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, which boasts that the formula is great for even sensitive skin. Hypoallergenic, it removes make up whilst cleansing and soothing your skin.

I have to say, it is now one of my favourite make up removers, as it really is sensitive on your skin and leaves no oily residue. You apply the solution to your skin by dabbing a cotton pad with it and swiping the product across your face. 
It even removes stubborn mascara, without you having to really rub your eyes, which is great as your eyes are a very delicate area which can be damaged if aggravated too much. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a purse-friendly make up remover; currently on offer at Boots for just £3.99, it is definitely worth it!

Before I purchased the Micellar Water however, I was using the Garnier Simply Essentials 2 in 1 Make Up remover. Before use, you have to shake the bottle to mix the solution, and then apply with a cotton pad. 
I found that although this product was sensitive on the skin and removed my make up easily, it was just too oily. It left a lot of residue on my face and I had to thoroughly cleanse afterwards. As I have combination skin, something that adds extra oil to my face, I am not a fan of. 
If you don't mind the oily texture, this product may be right for you, but personally I just do not like it.

Before I ventured into the high street brands for make up remover, I was using Benefit's Remove It Make Up Remover. I absolutely loved this product, very sensitive on your skin and removed make up in a flash.

Unfortunately, on a trip home from University the lid popped off and spilled a lot of the product on some of my clothes. My clothes were fine since the solution is clear and completely oil free (so it didn't stain), however it wasted an awful lot of the product :( And at £16.50 a time, it is an expensive staple. 
The only bad thing I would say is that if you get the product in your eye, it can be quite painful, so be careful!

I would definitely recommend the Benefit make up remover if you don't mind the price tag, but if you are looking for something a little cheaper, I would definitely go with the Garnier Micellar Water, it really is such an easy product to remove your make up and daily build up of grime!

Thank you for reading!


  1. Love these water make up removers, I have the L'oreal one, so cleansing and refreshing :)


    1. I've never tried the Loreal one but they are so much nicer than oil-based make up removers :) xoxo