20 June 2014

Garnier vs Bioderma

Garnier Micellar Water and Bioderma
Micellar waters have had their fair share of the limelight when it comes to make up removal over the past year or so with one in particular stealing the show. A Micellar Water is quite simply a water based cleanser containing micelle molecules which have proven to be pretty good at removing make up, dirt and pollution from the skin. Having said that I wouldn't skip that second cleanse just yet as personally I use these for the initial eye make up removal process and nothing else. I personally think that this type of product is perfect for using on the eye area as they are often very gentle and fragrance free.

I'm sure you have all heard of Bioderma* but for those that haven't this has been a super popular micellar water from the French skincare brand which towards the end of last year finally made it to the UK enabling beauty fanatics everywhere to get their hands on it. Over the last six months or so there have been many attempts by a number of brands to create their own micellar water but have any of them managed to knock Bioderma off the top spot?

For me Bioderma is a fantastic product because it removes my make up wonderfully and it does not irritate my eyes in anyway. It is extremely gentle and refreshing on the eyes and also works very well on the rest of my face too, it's quite clear to see just how much make up and general grime from the day it removes. Due to the fact that it is alcohol free this means that it won't be as drying or stripping on the skin which has been true for me as I've experienced no tight feelings on my skin after using it. I think overall it is a fantastic product and can most certainly see why it has been so highly recommend however my only issue with it is the price as for 500ml you will pay just under £15 if it isn't on offer which is rather expensive in my opinion; it's also not that easy to get hold of.

Out of all the current micellar waters on the market I think the closest rival to Bioderma has to be the new release from Garnier which if I do say so myself is on par with the French offering. The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is already a product that I have repurchased and will most likely feature in my favourite's post of 2014, yes it is that good. The Garnier micellar water in my experience works just as well as Bioderma but for a fraction of the cost as at just £4.99 for 400ml you'll be saving quite a few pennies. For me there really isn't much of a comparison to be made outside of that one factor as they both are as effective as one another on my skin; I think it will generally boil down to how much you want to pay.

Whilst I really like micellar waters for that initial eye make up removal and perhaps a quick sweep across my face I'd just like to stress that the cleansing process does not end there. I'll always use a balm and gel/cream cleanser afterwards as that is what I prefer to do, using a cleansing water alone would not sit right with me. Having said that using a balm or cream cleanser on my eyes has never been something I particularly enjoy so these micellar waters really do come in handy for that.

Overall I'm going to favour Garnier on this occasion as it is quite a bit cheaper in comparison to Bioderma, it's also much easier to obtain as it is sold in my local ASDA as well as Boots, Superdrug and Tesco.

Have you tried a micellar water? What's your favourite?

*PR Sample.
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27 comments

  1. I love Bioderma but I think it is a little expensive at £10 for a bottle! I might give the Garnier one a go now if it is as good as you say it is :)

    Danniella x
    www.famousinjapan.co.uk

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  2. It sure is expensive for what it is,it is having said that a really good product I just think the Garnier version is as good for a lot less money xx

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  3. I have the Garnier one and in a way am a little sad I have no excuse to buy a bottle of Bioderma seeing as they're seemingly on par!

    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

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  4. I love the Garnier one, I picked up a few bottles when it was super cheap in Asda earlier on this year!
    I'm still yet to try out Bioderma, but I'm quite happy with my Garnier at the moment, and your post has settled down my cravings!

    - amyalaska x

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  5. I like Bioderma more for its soothing an cooling properties over cleansing. It doesn't clean as well as a lot of people claim. Still a good product I'd say!

    TheConscienceFund

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  6. Sold, think I'm going to pick up the Garnier one tomorrow I currently don't have a make up remover I can use on my eye area. I've tried Bioderma which I loved can't wait to see how Garniers offering compares. Great post :D xx

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  7. Bet Bioderma must be gutted this came out, everyone, me included, seems to prefer the Garnier for money!

    Belle ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  8. Very interesting comparison dear. I like Bioderma a lot. Never tried Garnier one.

    http://naturelbellefemme.blogspot.com

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  9. I have Bioderma, and while I do like it, I honestly don't think it's anything special for the price. Once I finish my little 250ml bottle, I'll definitely go for the Garnier one!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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  10. I love Bioderma and have gone through so many bottles of it, but my friend has been looking for a cheaper alternative- this is the perfect post to send over!


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  11. Well you could buy one for blog experimental purposes? ;) x

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  12. I also picked my first bottle up from Asda, it was on a great offer at the time. Bioderma is really nice too but I can't justify spending more on it when the Garnier one for me is equally as good xx

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  13. I've only tried Bioderma and Sephora's own, but have just picked up the Garnier one, purely because it's so much cheaper. I was against them for such along time but actually love getting rid of the bulk of my makeup using a water rather than wasting a lovely cleanser which can then really get to work on my skin and get rid of proper dirt (if that makes sense...?)

    Vanessa The Other VW xx

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  14. It's most certainly a good product, I really like it xx

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  15. You have to let me know what you think :) I hope you like it just as much xx

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  16. Oh I'll come and have a nosy :) xx

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  17. It's worth trying if you get the chance. I'm glad you liked the post x

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  18. That's a shame but I do agree, there are much cheaper alternatives now that do the same thing xx

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  19. That's great thank you! I hope your friend likes it xx

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  20. It is a lot cheaper so is well worth trying just in case. I was against them too but they are so good for eye make up x

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  21. I think I need to get hold of the Garnier Micellar Water, I can't justify spending that much on Bioderma so it's good to hear Garnier's is so similar! Thanks for the comparison Amy :)


    Jess xo

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  22. You have to try it, I wouldn't buy Bioderma until you have tried the Garnier one. Super glad you liked the post Jess! xx

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  23. I think it may have been you I heard about the offer from actually.. haha! I might pick up one of those mini bottles of Bioderma someday just to try it ;) xx

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  24. Yay that's great :) The mini ones would be good for travelling and if after that you preferred the Garnier one you could fill up the mini bottle anyway ;) x

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  25. I need tp purchase Garnier as well. I have seen it a couple of time at boots but with your review I will definitely be purchasing it.
    imparfait-treasure.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. I hope you like it Estee, I have found it to work really well for me :) x

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