Empties Comparison: Bioderma Sensibio H2O VS Garnier Micellar Water

Hello gorgeous people on the internet! Howdy?

Today’s blogpost is all about skincare. Now I’m sure most of you are familiar with the concept of Micellar Water, but just in case you’re not, let me sum it up for you. Micellar Water, according to dermatologist Hadley King of Skinney Medspa, is made of micelles. Micelles are tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules which are suspended in soft water. She says, “The idea is that micelles are attracted to dirt and oil, so they are able to draw out impurities without drying out the skin.” So basically, they cleanse your face from impurities, remove makeup without excessively drying out your skin and leaves it soft and supple, all in one go. Ain’t that (magical) time saving?

Okay, so now that we’re on the same page, let’s hop onto the actual comparison part, shall we?

Micellar Comparison 1

I don’t know about you, but the first ever Micellar Water I feel like I heard about was the one by Bioderma. It was so hyped up, I absolutely had to buy it! It was that day and this day, I never went back to regular makeup removers. It was a miracle find. But Bioderma can be a little heavy on the wallet, especially if you go through bottles like me. So I decided to try out another hyped up product these days, the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser and Makeup Remover. Now this is a drugstore dupe, so it doesn’t cost a pretty penny and is a lot easier to get a hold of. It claims to do pretty much the same as the Bioderma and it is used in the same no cleanse required method as well.

I have been through multiple bottles of the Bioderma Sensibio H2O and one of the Garnier Micellar Water so it seemed fit to thoroughly review these products I’ve emptied!

Common things in both Micellar Waters: 

Packaging: Comfortable

Usage: Easy. Dampen a cotton pad with product and cleanse face. No rinse-off required.

Garnier Micellar Water:


  • Cheaper
  • Easier to find
  • Removes makeup
  • Doesn’t cause break outs


  • Slightly scented
  • Forms a weird foamy film while cleansing
  • More product required to thoroughly cleanse skin of makeup and dirt
  • Not medicated
  • Skin feels tacky after cleansing, so I prefer to double cleanse (with another product after this)
  • The biggest con of all, the one thing that completely throws me off of this product: It stings my sensitive eyes

Bioderma Sensibio H2O:


  • Not scented
  • Effectively removes all makeup and cleanses skin
  • Not so much product required
  • Skin feels thoroughly cleansed, no double cleanse required
  • Skin doesn’t feel tacky nor too dry
  • Doesn’t cause break outs
  • Perfect for sensitive skin
  • Medicated (dermatological micellar water) found at pharmacies
  • Does not sting my eyes whatsoever


  • Comparatively pricier, however, nothing that would break the bank
  • A little harder to find

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I feel like the Garnier one is good and does the job but Bioderma is Bioderma, ya know? I feel like it beats all Micellar Waters every single time. I reach for it the most. My verdict goes to my ride or die product, the Bioderma Sensibio H2O. 10/10. Nothing bad to say about the product itself.

It’s comes in 3 different sizes: 100 ml, 250 ml and 500 ml. The 500 ml one comes in two packagings. One is a standard bottle. The other has a pump attached. It’s a weird pump, but I personally prefer using this bottle as compared to the standard one. It’s easier, makes the process faster and I don’t even need to pick up the bottle. Keep a cotton pad on top of the flat pump, press a couple times with your palm on it until it is drenched with the solution and use. Just make sure that the cotton pad is fully covering the pump, though. Otherwise you’ll have poor ol’ Bioderma splashed everywhere on your vanity. Been there, done that. Not a pretty sight, trust me. *sigh*


What’s your favourite makeup remover and cleanser? Have you hopped on to the Micellar Water wagon yet?


Hiba x

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