Micellar water must have been one of the most used products since it came out. It is fuss-free and most of them end up removing most of the makeup. Well after a micellar water, it is no surprise to see micellar cleansing gel, right? Garnier Skin Cleansing Cleansing Micellar Gel is one of the new products in the market which promises to remove makeup, cleanse and soothes the skin. Good isn’t it?

Who doesn’t like finding a drugstore gems? There are a few brands that I can rely on and Garnier is one of them. I don’t like spending too much on makeup removing products and cleansers so when my trusty brands release new products, I make sure to give them a try.

Garnier Skin Cleansing Cleansing Micellar Gel is one of the products I wasn’t expecting much from. Micellar gel? Garnier micellar water is one of my favourite and I was expecting something closer to that but nothing better. I think I was so wrong judging it before giving it a try. One of the things I like about it is the pump. You get the right amount of product and it is more hygienic.

It has the same consistency of a regular gel cleanser and it is perfume free, so you don’t need to worry about it irritating the eyes. You only need one pump for minimal makeup and two pumps when you have something heavy. You wet your face and massage the micellar gel all over. I start with the eyes and make sure that it removes the mascara&eyeliner properly. Once I think it is enough, I wash it off with lukewarm water.

I don’t know how effective it would be with waterproof mascaras but it removes Stila Stay All Day waterproof liquid eyeliner without leaving any traces. Most of the time it removes almost everything. When I have heavy makeup and 3+ coats of mascara then I go over it with micellar water to make sure in the morning I don’t wake up with panda eyes.

Would I recommend it? I sure would! I’ll be honest, at first it takes a while to get used to removing the makeup with foam but you get used to it and it is good. It does what it promises, so I won’t complain. When you only have minimal makeup and have one of the lazy days when you don’t feel like double cleansing, you can skip double cleansing with this gel. It leaves the skin clean and feeling fresh, so there’s no need to add extra step to your routine.

What do you think about removing your makeup with gel&water? What’s your holy grail cleanser? Have you tried Garnier Skin Cleansing Cleansing Micellar Gel yet?

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  • Well, I do like my micellar water, but I still don’t understand the benefit of this over a water? Is it meant to replace the second cleanse?

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • It gets foamy so it also acts as a second cleanser. When I have minimal makeup and feel lazy, then I just wash my face with this and carry on with other skincare products. It leaves almost nothing when you massage in well.

  • The Garnier Micellar Water is my most repurchased skincare product 🙂 I love it to take my eye makeup off with. I will try the gel for sure as I like that it comes with a pump but I’m not sure if I’d like it better then the water 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • It is my favourite and I think most repurchased too 🙂 As long as I don’t have too heavy makeup, with this gel I’d clean the makeup without needing the second cleanse. If you try it, I’d like to hear your thoughts 🙂 x

  • SamanthaSeries

    Wow I didn’t know they had a gel! I’ve used the Garnier micellar water before and I liked it. But I am currently using a micellar water by Marcelle (canadian brand) and it’s really good, I’ll be sticking with it for a while.

    • I think I purchased it like mid January, it is a new product and loving it 🙂

  • This sounds great and I love the new design blog! Hope you are having a great start to your week!

    Gemma x

  • The Garnier micellar water is my absolute favorite, especially the blue bottle! It’s all I’ve been using lately!


    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    • It is my favourite product, so affordable and so good! x

  • This sounds amazing, and super helpful so thank you for sharing haha. Btw, I love the new layout of your blog!!


  • Garnier micellar water is incredible! I’m a huge fan!

    xo, Liz

  • I am a huge fan of micellar water but I have never tried micellar gel.
    I definitely need to try it, great post!

    Vanessa x | http://www.springlilies.com

    • It is a new things, you should definitely give it a try! x

  • I haven’t tried this new product yet as I’ve only just realised it came out haha. However I’ll probably give it a go! I’m using the Garnier Micellar Water at the moment (it’s been a firm favourite for years now!) but it’s almost empty, so next time I go to Boots I’ll pick one of these up! It sounds quite good, and I never wear waterproof mascara so it should work just fine with me. Thanks for the review!

    Julia x

    • It has been my favourite for years too! It is good and affordable. This one is great when you want to skip the second cleanse, it removes almost everything! x

  • This sounds so refreshing! I don’t use Micellar waters often but I love the fact this is a gel, I feel like it would do a better job of removing makeup because it’s a bit thicker if that makes sense!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

    • I think it removes the makeup way better than micellar water, also when you feel lazy to double cleanse then this comes handy 🙂

  • This sounds great! I like the Micellar water version but I find that if I use it too often, it is a little drying on my skin xx


  • Micellar gel?! Damn, here in Canada we haven’t even seen the gold cap or green cap Garnier micellar water making appearances and now there’s already a gel? We are so behind! LOL!

    • I think I purchased it around mid January, it is a new thing. I hope they will release it in Canada too, it is a good one 🙂

  • I love Micellar water as well, it’s the one thing in my skincare stash that I religiously repurchase time and time again. I really like the sound of this gel cleanser, combining a deeper cleanse with traditional micellar technology. I love the photography for this post, how did you get this shot?

    Tia | The 10am Blog

    • Micellar water is one of my favourite way to remove the makeup, this one does great job too. At least I’d skip the second cleanse once in a while.
      Thank you so much 🙂 Just played with morning sun to get that moody and shadowy look. You should try it too.

  • I absolutely have to try it! Actually the Garnier micellar water let me quite upset cause I don’t really like its cleansing power, especially for what concern mascara and eyeliner :/

    • I can easily say this removes the makeup way better than the water version!

  • I love the micellar water. It’s really good. I use the one with the blue cap. I will have to try the gel.

    • I love micellar water too and loving micellar gel more now 🙂

  • This sounds fantastic! Of course garnier would make something to complement their micellar water as it is a beauty favourite. This would be the perfect addition for those heavy makeup days!


    • I think they did great with this product, it removes almost everything.

  • Oh this sounds interesting! I never liked the micellar water so I wonder if this would feel different on my skin? Hated the way the micellar water made my skin feel!

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • It is simply one product to clean your makeup and face before applying your skincare products 🙂 I love it!

      Have a great weekend 🙂

  • I use this every night for my concealer and kat von d liquid liner – never fails me!!

  • This product is awesome!! Definitely gets all the makeup off! LOVE.

    McKenzie | maybemckenzie.com

  • Yiotou_La

    The Garnier micellar water is my favourite too and this one has been on my shopping list since the first review I read but we don’t have these here yet so I will have to wait a little longer.


    • I hope they will release there soon too, it is a really good product!

  • I’ve seen so much about this, I saw it in Boots the other day and wasn’t sure what to make of it, it sure does sound interesting and like it does a fab job 🙂

    PS, I love a drugstore discovery haha xx


    • It is a must try product, you won’t be disappointed 🙂

  • I’ve been seeing and reading a lot about micellar water lately. It does look promising. Great review!


  • I love using oils for removing my makeup, but I do reach for micellar water all the time when doing my makeup, to clean up any mistakes or to spot-clean my brushes. Such a great multitasking product. x

    Thirteen Thoughts

    • Ah I never thought about spot clean the brushes with micellar water, I must give it a try 🙂 x

  • This sounds very interesting! I don’t know how I feel about wetting my face with water and applying a foam with makeup on though, I guess it’s just because I’m not used to it at all. I do love micellar water and I think it’s cool that they’ve released an innovative version of it that seems more convenient, since it removes and cleanses. Perhaps I’ll give it a try 🙂 Thanks for sharing and I hope you’re having a great start to your week so far, girlie!



    • It takes a while to get used to but after seeing the result I’m more than happy to do it 🙂 x

  • This looks amazing, not sure if I would use it over the water, I would really have to go and see what it’s like for myself, I’m so used to the water!

    Lauren x Huggled

    • I was so used to the water too but it converted me, it is a good one 🙂 x

  • This sounds so interesting and I love that it comes with a pump. I’ll probably pick one up soon 😉 xxx

  • I’ve used a few makeup removers from more expensive brands and I always end up going back to the Garnier Micellar water. It is like you say fuss free, I like the sensitive one too.
    Glad I’m not the only one who swears by it!
    Jaz xoxo

    • I don’t spend too much on makeup removing products, Garnier always brings up good ones 🙂 x

  • I’ve been meaning to try this for ages! So do you use it with cotton wool pads on your eyes or just on its own?

    • You just wet your face and massage the gel and once you are done, just rinse the face. It melts the makeup and leaves you fresh and clean skin.

  • Hi Ela, I like using micelar water but I have not tried Garnier’s yet. Thank you for sharing. I will give it a try!
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  • Margot R

    I love this micellar water.
    I usually use Bioderma products but when I lived in Korea it was so expensive over there for this brand so I started to used the Garnier which I found pretty nice.

    • I still haven’t used the Bioderma one, I’m happy with the cheaper alternative 🙂 x

  • I recently finished my bioderma micellar water after getting it on sale but never repurchased it as I wanted to try Garnier’s micellar water. Long story short, it works and removes my most stubborn eye makeup! Great to hear your similar review Ela.


    • Definitely try Garnier one, it is good and way cheaper then bioderma one. x

  • I love the Garnier Micellar Water so I’ll have to give this gel cleanser a try as well – it sounds great!


    • Garnier micellar water is one of my favourite and in my opinion it is as good as the water version x

  • I have yet to try this new one, but I hear so many great things about it. Thanks for sharing!


  • Is it bad that I still haven’t even tried Micellar water? Hehe woops! I actually think this gel sounds better, as it gives you a thicker consistency to work with. So great that it doesn’t have any harsh perfumes etc either!

    Rachel xx

    • When there are so many other alternatives, I’d understand it 🙂 x

  • Charlotte

    It sounds like an interesting product. I like the sound of it being a wash, I feel it may be more hydrating on my skin unlike the micellar water which dried it out.
    Charlotte / Charlotte’s Picks

    • Good thing is when you use it, you can skip the second cleanse 🙂

  • laura anne

    I love the micellar water so I need to try the gel too! I didn’t even know it existed before reading this post x

    LAURA ­| Laura Thinks About

  • Siffat Haider

    I’ve never removed makeup with foam, but it sounds like something I want to try!

    • It was the first time for me as well, the result is really good! x

  • I’ve tried some of their other products and love it! I haven’t seen this one yet! Stila stay all day can be hard to remove, so I’m glad it works on it!


    • I was impressed that it removed Stila eyeliner without leaving any trace!

  • Lauren Letizio

    i need to try this out! i have another brand of the micellar water and love it! your site looks great 🙂




    • Micellar water is one of my most used product! Thank you 🙂 x

  • I don’t know what I’d do without micellar water. I haven’ seen this gel one yet. I need to keep my eyes out on it.


  • Love this!! I always try to get into these waters but seem to not be able to haha might need to try again!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

    • It is a love or hate thing with micellar waters, this gel does a great job tho! x

  • Nadia

    I haven’t yet tried the gel but I love my micellar water. Genuinely couldn’t do without it 🙂 Great review, sweetie, and love your details tips on how much is needed and how you use it. I don’t usually wear much eye makeup so removing it is not really a problem. But it’s great to have goodies like this for those moments when I actually did apply my eyeliner or eyeshadows 🙂
    xox Nadia

    • I like micellar water and I could say that this is way more effective than the water 🙂 x

  • My holy grail makeup remover is the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. It removes EVERYTHING and is very gentle!

    • It is a great one, I really like it too. Soon it will be the time to repurchase 🙂

  • Zorica

    I’ve been using micellar water lately and I really like the results. I haven’t used this one but I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.

    • It is a really good one, I’d highly recommend it! x

  • I haven’t tried this but it looks/sounds great and perfect to use everyday to really refresh and hydrate skin! Will definitely take a look in store as it looks lovely! 🙂

    Layla xx


  • I don’t think Ive even tried the water version, so it’s probably about time i jumped on that bandwagon x

    Tiffany Tales – Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    • This is a new version, it got released a few weeks ago! x

  • Emily

    Like you, I LOVE the Micellar water so I’d like to think I’d enjoy the gel version, especially since it’s scentless! I’m currently using an oil and I’m just not liking the consistency!

    Musings & More

    • Removing the makeup with the foam feels weird at first, but once you see the result it is worth it!

  • I was wondering how this product worked, I cannot take off makeup unless the product has oil just because it takes everything off but maybe this one will work!

    My Vogue Style | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

    • I have the oil version of micellar water and this gel is way more effective than the oil version.

  • clare⭐

    this sounds really lovely 🙂 I love the micellar water


  • I actually haven’t heard of the cleansing gel wash but it does sound quite lovely. xx

    Ann-Marie |

  • My clensing gel is soon finished, so I have to find a new product. I love Garnier products so have to have a closer look at this one! Also a pro that it skips the Panda eyes, lol! Xx


    • This is a really good one, I wasn’t expecting much from it 🙂 x

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    Their micellar water is my holy graal cleansing product, but I have never tried the gel before! I do really like the range so perhaps I should try it out. 🙂 I find that Garnier skincare products work really well for me in general, they’re effective but still quite gentle on the skin, which is awesome. Thanks for sharing this detailed review! Pleasure to read, as always. <3 Have you updated your layout, btw? It looks beautiful! xoxo


    • Garnier skincare products are good, effective and affordable 🙂
      Yeah I updated the layout, I really like it 🙂 Thank you xx

  • This sounds like an excellent product. I’m torn on how I feel about micellar water but micellar gel sounds absolutely fabulous!

    • I like micellar water and now I’d say I like micellar gel more 🙂

  • Oh I didnt realise they came out with gel cleanser! I usually use water but will give gel a go too xx


  • Oooh I really like the idea of this! You sold me when you said it removes the Stila liner 😉

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • It is hard to remove that one, but this one does a great job 😉 x

  • Samileen

    Now gel cleanser sounds super interesting. I have never been a huge micellar water lover, but ever since I tried Bioderma I’m a fan.

    Saman || BeautyDetour

    • I like the micellar water, but I’d easily say I like the gel version better now. It is more effective 🙂

  • I’m really looking forward to trying this gel! Brands are literally thinking of everything these days 🙂
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

    • Yeah, I wonder what will be the next thing to come 🙂

  • Ooh I really want to try this! I love the micellar water so it’s interesting to read the difference between that and the gel x

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

  • I use this every night for my concealer, thanks you
    Bachlien | kemchongnang

  • Would you choose to use this over the micellar water?
    Aleeha xXx