The Best Picks in Micellar Cleansing Water

Removing Your Makeup Made Easy

Micellar water has become a widely popular product to use in the daily removal of makeup, but what exactly is it?

Micellar cleansing water is composed of small balls of cleansing oil molecules (also known as micelles) suspended in soft water. Micelles are immediately attracted to dirt and oil in the skin, and when they come in contact with any impurities they simply remove them out of pores. This is an extremely effective way of cleansing because the micelles are gentle and contain an oil component, and they don't strip the skin of its moisture, making it perfect for all skin types. With so many different kinds of micellar water available, there is a perfect solution for everyone, no matter what skin type you might have.

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Decleor Aroma Cleanse Soothing Micellar Water


This lightweight formula in a micellar water cleanser helps to remove makeup and soften the skin, while brightening your complexion all at once. It focuses on makeup removal and toning, while doing everything it can to preserve skin's natural lipids. Rose water adds a floral touch, while the rest of the composition is completely fragrance free, making it the perfect solution for those with sensitive skin. 

Pair it with: Anti-Pollution Hydrating Active Lotion, Radiance Face Mask


Garnier's micellar cleansing water helps remove eye makeup and face makeup in one single swipe of a cotton pad. It leaves the skin refreshed and toned and there's an option for each skin type, from sensitive to oily. Use it morning and night and don't worry about rinsing afterward if you aren't following up with another cleanser. If you want a deeper cleanse, you can always move to your next foam or gel cleanser after for a double cleansing ritual.

Pair it w​ith: Garnier Skin Active Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream, Garnier Skin Active Micellar Makeup Removing Towelettes More »

La Rose-Posay

This micellar water gently cleanses skin without compromising any skin nourishing quality ingredients. It contains Poloxamer which is a mild cleansing agent used in contact lens solution and helps to gently cleanse skin and remove impurities, while the glycerin component hydrates. Tested to remove even the longest wearing foundations, all you need is a once-over with this powerful cleanser to remove everything off the face.

Pair it w​ith: La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer SPF 30, Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid  More »


When you have sensitive skin, it can be hard to find products that cater to your needs and leave your skin feeling fresh. It's important to find a product that will give a deep cleanse and remove makeup without irritating your skin. This soothing water cleanser gets to the most stubborn of skin impurities and uses Moringa seed extract to replenish, and peach extract that helps to soothe and soften even the most sensitive of skin types, making it a perfect companion for sensitive skin needs. Skin remains smooth and velvety soft in texture, follow up with your favorite moisturizer. 

Pair it with: Super Restorative Day Moisturizer SPF 20, Beauty Flash Balm More »


One of the pioneers in micellar cleansing water, Bioderma originated in France and has become widely popular with beauty junkies and makeup artists, too. Its range of micellar cleansing water adapts to any skin type and its soothing finish helps repair stubbornly oily skin. Use it on a cotton pad to remove eye makeup and face makeup and you'll notice your skin become softer and more hydrated.

Pair it with: Bioderma Hydrabio Sérum, Bioderma Hydrabio Masque

Makeup Artist Tip: Micellar water works best when you use it with cotton. Tissue won't be durable enough to hold up through the cleansing process. This cotton from Shiseido is extremely durable and lasting. Wet the cotton with your micellar water of choice and start to see makeup completely dissolve. More »


This budget-friendly micellar makeup remover gives you everything you need in a cleanser and is one of the most coveted by beauty editors everywhere. It contains no artificial fragrance, dyes, or chemicals that can irritate your skin. Formulated for both eyes and face, you can use it morning and evening before deep cleansing. Sometimes double cleansing with micellar water is okay, just be sure to use a face cleanser you love. 

Pair it w​ith: Simple Hydrating Booster Moisturizer, Simple Micellar Makeup Removal Wipes More »


This 3-in-1 micellar water helps to cleanse, remove makeup, and tone all while keeping skin soft and hydrated without dryness or a tight feeling. This is ideal for people who have sensitive skin. It contains floral botanical ingredients to help soothe. The product is also free of parabens, sulfates, or phthalates, along with no soap, detergent or alcohol. 

Pair it with: REN Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask, REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, REN Vita Mineral Active 7 Eye Gel More »


This soap-free micellar water is perfect for all skin types and is sulfate, paraben, and phthalate free. No matter if you have a smoky eye or just simple eyeliner, this micellar water will leave your skin fresh and clean. 

Pair it with: Caudalie VinoPerfect Concentrated Brightening Essence, Caudalie VineActiv 3-in-1 Moisturizer, Caudalie VineActiv Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum More »


This micellar water from L'Occitane completely removes makeup but also acts as a toner, for those who love products that do more than just one thing. Your skin after isn't tight, and feels nourished by the shea property to maintain moisture. It softens and soothes even the most sensitive skin, making it the perfect compliment to any skincare routine. Use it morning and night to help cleanse, soften, and tone skin. 

Pair it with: Immortelle Divine Serum, Shea Butter Ultra Rich Comforting Cream, Peony Overnight Perfecting Mask More »

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