Micellar Battle | Garnier vs Nivea

Hi all! I hope you had a lovely Easter break :).

I decided to take a small break myself from blogging/social media (I did post some things online) and actually went on a 22h cruise which left on Saturday evening - I'll probably write a small post about it and tell more with some pictures.
Anyway, now that I'm back I'm finally going to share you the post which was supposed to be up two weeks ago so if any of you catched my tweet about this post and have been waiting for it, then here it is!
Micellar waters are something that have received a huge hype around them ever since the first one launched. Personally I got myself my first Micellar water - which was the Garnier one - only at the start of January and have been using it since. Today I'm going to introduce you to two Micellar waters from different brands that are both from the drugstore - Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and Nivea Sensitive 3-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (7,50€/400ml)
  • For sensitive skin
  • Removes makeup from face, eyes and lips
  • Cleanses
  • Comforts
  • No need to rinse off
  • No perfume

Nivea Sensitive 3-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water (5,95€/200ml)
  • For sensitive skin
  • Deeply cleanses
  • Removes makeup
  • Moisturises
  • No parabens
  • No perfume

So apparently both of these are supposed to do almost exactly the same things. Now that I've been testing both of them over 6 weeks I can say that they're really different despite claiming to be so similar.
They don't have any perfume in them even though the Garnier one has a slight scent of orange whereas the Nivea one has a bit more of a chemical scent. Both of them are suitable for sensitive skin which I definitely agree with. They cleanse your skin very nicely and in my opinion Nivea Micellar Water cleanses a bit more effectively but is also a bit more sensitive.

When it comes to removing your makeup with these two Micellar waters, that's where you notice the difference. Personally I use foundation, powder, bronzer and mascara everyday - sometimes blush and eyeshadow too - but nothing too heavy. When I use the Garnier Micellar Water I have to apply it to one cotton pad, swipe my face with it ones and voila, all of my makeup is off. I had really high expectations with the Nivea Micellar Water as it's a Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards 2015 winner and is half the size of the Garnier one even though the price is almost the same. 
However, when I tried to take my makeup off with the Nivea Micellar Water, it just didn't happen. It took some of it off, yes, but even after using four cotton pads I still had some face makeup on. 

My final verdict:
Nivea 3-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water: cleanses, suitable for sensitive skin, no perfume, doesn't remove makeup. Score: 3/5.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water: cleanses, suitable for sensitive skin, no perfume, removes makeup. Score: 5/5.
If you're only looking for a product that deeply cleanses and is suitable for sensitive skin but doesn't remove your makeup then you could go for the Nivea 3-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water.
But if you really want a product that actually is a 3-in-1, removes your makeup and cleanses at the same time, then I'd definitely go for the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water.
Personally the Nivea Micellar Water really let me down and I wouldn't repurchase it as you only get 200ml for 4,95€ for a product that doesn't remove your makeup even though it's supposed to and you can get 400ml of the Garnier one for only paying 1,55€ more and it does all it says in the bottle.

I hope this post helped you if you're trying to decide which Micellar water you should go for and gave you the information you needed.

Let me know what you think of these Micellar waters in the comments!
- Anu


  1. I just ran out of my Garnier one and was pondering on repurchasing it, as I have two bottles of Bioderma in the cupboard to get through! But then I was also considering trying the Nivea one, Im glad I didnt though. I think I'll stick to the Garnier one! x


  2. I just bought the Nivea cleanser as it was half price and I had really high hopes for it due to some good reviews online. Such a shame you found that it doesn't remove makeup well. I'm now disappointed I even bothered buying it. Oh well... Will put it to the test soon and see how I get on with it. Thanks for the honest review. :)

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  3. I'm on my second bottle of the Garnier one and I think I'll just stick to it as I like it so much :)

  4. No problem Renata! I had really high hopes for it too... I'm glad that it's still good to use in the morning for makeup free face. I really don't understand why it doesn't remove makeup even thought it feels really refreshing and effective when used on makeup free face. I'd love to know how it works for you :)x