Micellar Waters for Makeup Removal


Micellar waters are a makeup-artist favorite worldwide and they certainly are very useful (and quick!) for light makeup removal and cleansing. Micellar cleansing waters may have been limited to French pharmacy brands till a few years back but more and more drugstore skincare brands are jumping on cleansing water bandwagon. While brands like Garnier and Nivea haven’t yet introduced their very popular and affordable micellar cleansing waters in the Indian market, we do have options like Bioderma, Avene, Vichy and Yves Rocher to try out!


Micellar Waters for Makeup Removal

Micellar Waters for Makeup Removal


Micellar cleansing waters basically look and feel just like water but on a microscopic level, they contain tiny oil molecules that attach themselves to dirt and oil on the skin, which are then cleansed off. They are simple to use – just soak a cotton pad with the micellar water, rest on the skin for a few seconds and wipe off. The cleansing agents using in micellar waters are mild and in low concentration, so there is no stinging or tingling, making them ideal for sensitive skin. But for the same reason, they are not the most effective choice for waterproof or long stay makeup and you may need several rounds of cleansing to get stubborn makeup off.

But the no-rinse formula and ease of use definitely makes these very handy for travel and for situations where you may not have the luxury of a proper cleanse with running water. And you can use them for the entire face, including the eyes and the lips. I personally love the fact that micellar waters feel really gentle and leave the skin cleansed and refreshed.

I’ve shared my thoughts on a few cleansing waters that I’ve used below.


La-Roche Posay Effaclar Micellar Water

La-Roche Posay Effaclar Micellar Water


Bioderma Micellar Cleansing Water (Rs 615 for 100 ml)

This is hands-down the most popular micellar water in the world and it was the first one I tried. It doesn’t have any noticeable fragrance and feels and looks just like water. It is fairly effective on light makeup but doesn’t remove waterproof mascara as effectively. It feels gentle and hydrating on the skin though on days that I’m particularly oily, I don’t enjoy the hydrating feel as much. It does leave a slight feeling of a residue on my skin which I don’t notice when my skin is feeling a bit dry or dehydrated. Its definitely a bit pricier than its competitors but a good option for sensitive and dry skin in my opinion.

Available online at Amazon.in.


Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Cleansing Micellar Lotion (Rs 1050 for 200 ml)

I love the new packaging of this micellar water and it feels quite nice to use in the summer. It has a mild, fresh fragrance which I find very pleasant though people with very sensitive skin (who are allergic to added fragrances in skincare) might want to steer clear of this one. In terms of efficacy, it gets rid of mild makeup without difficulty but you need a lot of product and several rounds to remove waterproof and long stay products. It contains glycerin which is a humectant so the skin feels soft and hydrated without any perceptible residue after cleansing.

Available online at Flipkart.com.


Micellar Waters for Makeup Removal

Micellar Waters for Makeup Removal


La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Micellar Water (£12.00 | Rs 1150 for 200 ml)

I got this when I attended the Effaclar Bootcamp by La Roche-Posay in Paris earlier this year and its an excellent one for oily skin. In terms of ingredients, its similar to the Vichy one with 2 exceptions – its doesn’t contain any added fragrance and contains Zinc PCA which is anti-microbial agent that helps in controlling excess sebum. It also contains thermal spring water which has a soothing effect on irritated skin. This is an excellent option for people with oily/acne-prone skin but unfortunately, this is not available in India yet.


Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Hydrating Micellar Water (Rs 525 for 200 ml)

Yves Rocher is a French brand that is foraying into India in a big way. You may have seen their gorgeous counters in Shoppers Stop stores. The Hydra vegetal micellar water is clear in color but has a noticeable, slightly floral scent. I personally quite like the fresh scent and it feels relaxing and soothing at the end of the day. If you have very sensitive skin that doesn’t react well to added fragrance in skincare, I’d suggest Bioderma or La Roche-Posay instead. In terms of formula, this one cleanses just as well as any other micellar water and additionally contains certain flower and leaf extracts. It has a hydrating after-feel so normal-to-dry/combination skin types would like how the skin feels after the cleanse but oilier skin types may feel a tad sticky. This is the most affordable option in the Indian market at the moment! You can buy it online via the Shoppers Stop website.


Yves Rocher 3 Detoxifying Teas Cleansing Micellar Water (Rs 850 for 200 ml)

I quite like tea based skincare and I was expecting this to have a nice, fresh green tea scent. Unfortunately, this smells quite similar to the Hydra Vegetal version (see previous) which was a little disappointing since I was hoping for a clean, tea scent. If you have very sensitive skin that doesn’t react well to added fragrance in skincare, I’d suggest Bioderma or La Roche-Posay instead. It contains several organic ingredients like camomile flower water, rose hip oil and green tea leaf extract. And it cleanses mild makeup without any difficulty. It has a cleaner after-feel as it doesn’t have the hydrating effect that the Hydra Vegetal Micellar water has. Available online at Nykaa.com.


I’ve also used the Avene Micellar Water (Rs 1200 for 200 ml) in the past which is an excellent alternative to the Bioderma. Its feels just as gentle with a barely-there fragrance and leaves the skin soft and hydrated. You can buy it online at Nykaa.com.


Micellar Waters for Makeup Removal

Micellar Waters for Makeup Removal


Hope you found this post helpful.

Have you tried Micellar Cleansing waters? Share your comments below!




  1. June 13, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    I like how simple they are to use, and that some are really great for sensitive skin. Thanks for the review!

  2. June 13, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    Bioderma Miceller Water is my Holy Grail.Cant do without it.
    Got into this whole thing of Miceller water for makeup removal,last year and I must say I have been hooked.

  3. June 13, 2016 / 11:33 pm

    There are so so many for me to try..I am exctied about bioderma one..I also love using micellar waters and currently I am using the Avene one which works great.. 🙂 🙂

  4. June 14, 2016 / 2:50 am

    Yves Rocher seems to be quite an affordable option. Any idea if this would be available at Shopper’s Stop stores as well? I would like to get hold of those.

  5. June 14, 2016 / 3:30 am

    I have been eyeing these waters for so long, specially the bioderma one, but now after your post I think I will try the La Roche Posay one soon…

    BTW, loving the new look of your blog, am I late in saying so? I don’t know I check it today only!

    xx Aditi

  6. June 14, 2016 / 7:19 am

    I’m using the avene Micellar lotion, and it’s very gentle on the skin. Thanks for the more information about these products.. I’m eyeing to try the La Roche posay one.

  7. June 14, 2016 / 10:13 am

    I’ve tried bioderma and liked it………great post 🙂

  8. June 14, 2016 / 10:18 am

    I so want affordable brands like garnier and nivea to launch these in Indian markets. M using garnier one these days and loving it to the core.

  9. June 14, 2016 / 11:56 am

    I have never tried it but I would love to try the Vichy one 🙂

  10. June 14, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    I love the bioderma one, but I would try the others next time! 🙂

  11. June 14, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    I’ve been using Bioderma for ages and I want to try something new. I might go for Vichy next!
    Also, I visited after a long time but I love your new layout! 🙂

  12. June 14, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    I am yet to try my hands at a Micellar water yet. will surely try one from the wide range you have mentioned.such a helpful post.

  13. kristina
    June 14, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Ankita can you tell me revlon colorstay makeup foundation is now available or not and it is good or not for dry skin and for good coverage

  14. kristina
    June 14, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    i mean to say for high coverage if it is not for dry skin so pls suggest me good moisturizer which is good under foundation and long stay

  15. madhu sinha
    June 14, 2016 / 11:02 pm

    I used to use oil based removers previously, now I’m in love with bioderma cleansing water sooooo much can’t think of ny other product …..

  16. Trisha
    June 15, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    Ankita, very helpful post…I have been using bioderma for a while and I am delighted to know now there are so many other options.
    I have also heard that the garnier one is equally effective but pocket friendly…..it’s a shame that it is not available in India yet.

    Also accept my compliments in the new theme for this blog…it is so much better than the previous one.

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