beauty, skincare

My Makeup Removers, Reviewed

garnier micellar water review, garnier micellar water waterproof review, clinique take off the day balm review

Hi guys! I just wanted to give a big thank you for all the nice comments on my sketching/drawing/whatever from my last post. I don’t think I’m that good by any means, but your encouraging comments makes me want to do more and improve! I have a separate Instagram (@hymnaria) for all my drawing and planner things if you’d like to take look! On another note, how many frickin’ Instagram accounts do I need, hahaha.

Anyway! For today’s post, I wanted to gloss over the makeup removers I’m currently using, and a few other ones worth mentioning (fun fact: the Tatcha bottle is empty and the pink Garnier one is all used up but I filled it up with water). When you’re not that big of a shopaholic (contrary to some of my recent Sephora hauls and a Glossier haul coming in the near future…), you kind of have to get crafty with posts. Especially as a (self-proclaimed) beauty blogger. I’m planning to do this as a mini-series for my skincare – I can’t wait to get to the masks!

garnier micellar water review, garnier micellar water waterproof review

Micellar Waters

I’ve been using micellar water for years, and it didn’t occur to me to actually find out what this stuff is. Apparently it’s made of micelles, which are chemical compounds that attract both fat and water molecules. How cool is that?!

Micellar waters are the first step to my skincare routine if I have makeup on. They don’t take off all my makeup since I tend to be very heavy with it. I still think it’s a vital step though, since it takes off the bulk of my makeup. If I have no-makeup makeup on, all of these gets the job done.


My first micellar water! This was back a couple years ago when the Bioderma craze was going on – literally everyone and their cats were talking about how good it was. They’re not wrong by any means; I think this was the first popular micellar water, so everyone was going bananas over it. I noticed it does a slightly better job at taking off waterproof mascara than the Garnier one (which I’ll talk about next!), though I really have to struggle to take it all off.

Where to buy: $14.90 at Beautylish and Amazon

Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water

I consider the Garnier micellar water to be Bioderma’s less expensive, but still effective cousin. It does pretty much the same thing when it comes to taking the bulk of my makeup off. Sometimes when I’m lazy, I’ll use this or Bioderma (whichever I have on hand) to cleanse my skin in the morning. I’ve noticed it’s also less drying than Bioderma for my skin.

Where to buy: $7 at Amazon for the best price, Ulta

Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water, Waterproof

This is what I’m using right now, and it’s my favorite! It’s one of those dual phase makeup removers that you have to shake before using. Even though there seems to be a layer of oil on top, it doesn’t make my skin feel greasy afterwards. It takes off my eyeliner and even Kat Von D liquid lipsticks – they’re the most budgeproof (but also ridiculously drying) formula I’ve tried – with ease. Like the other micellar waters I’ve discussed, it doesn’t completely take off my waterproof mascara. I don’t think any micellar water can to be honest, unless you’re willing to patiently remove it for a ridiculously long time. But that’s what the next step – cleansing balms and oil cleansers – are for!

Where to buy: $7 at Amazon for the best price, Ulta

clinique take off the day review

Cleansing Balms and Oil Cleansers

While they have the name “cleanser” in them, I still consider them as a part of makeup removal. I like using cleansing balms and oil cleansers as a second step. Micellar water takes off the bulk of my makeup, and these take off the little bit of stubborn makeup off. They’re a very curious product – they’re oily but will rinse off with ease, and they don’t leave an oily residue either.

I used to my cleansing balm solely for removing my makeup, but I always had to go in twice to get every little bit off. I’d rather use two products to save more money in the long run. It seems to make more sense, anyway – just like if I fried something greasy in a pan, I’d wipe the oil off before going in with dish soap.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

The Clinique Take The Day Off Cleaning Balm was my very first cleansing balm – and I don’t say this often – but I was obsessed. It takes off everything, even waterproof mascara that seems to cling on for dear life! It comes in a balm form (duh) that I scoop out with my fingers (I don’t give a fck about keeping this hygienic but when it comes to masks, nobody is allowed to touch it with their fingers, not even me). It melts into my skin on contact and rinses off with very little residue left, though I like going in with a foaming cleanser after.

Where to buy: $29.50 at Sephora, Macy’s, Nordstrom

Tatcha Pure One Step Cameilla Cleansing Oil

This is a pricey one, as all of Tatcha products are. I’m not a fan of oil cleansers, just because they’re messy to work with and I don’t like how they always seep in between my fingers. This didn’t take my mascara off as good as the Clinique one did, though it also burned my eyes so that could’ve been the reason why. My sister loves it, though – I think she repurchased it twice. I actually tried it through her since I’m not bonkers enough to spend that much on a cleansing oil.

Where to buy: $48 at Sephora, Barneys

L’Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Oil

Again, I’m not a big fan of oil cleansers, but I had a little sample of this sitting around for the longest time ever so I might as well use it up. It gets the job done and I don’t have anything bad to say about it, though it smells faintly of cooking oil.

Where to buy: $24 at Sephora, Nordstrom

If you can’t tell already, I’m trying out a different format for these posts – let me know how you like them, or if it doesn’t make a difference (lol).

What are your favorite makeup removers?

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