I like an oil based eye makeup remover, I also like having a one-step cleansing routine so when I saw the Garnier Oil Infused Micellar Cleansing Water on the shelves I had to pick up a bottle. And because it was on offer, I just had to pick up the Garnier Oil Infused Cleansing Wipes at the same time.
The Oil Infused Micellar Water name is a little confusing, micelles are oil particles anyway, so it’s not actually water and the oil Garnier are referring to actually sits on top in a different layer, so it’s not even “infused”. I’m nit picking of course, if you’re like most people, you’ll probably look at the name once and forget about it.
The bottle is has a little more of a sophisticated feel than the original bottle, maybe that’s the thankful lack of pink. It looks [italic] like a product that ought to be marketed to mature skin but it’s actually just aimed at dry & sensitive skin, which I have.
The product smells wonderfully grown up, it is quite heavily perfumed which is strange as it’s marketed for sensitive skin. The wipes also have the same fragrance but I guess an oil based product calls for a luxurious scent. The “sensitive” aspect comes from the fact that the oil helps to prevent pulling and friction on the skin and it also rehydrates dry and tired skin.
The big selling point, for me, is that there’s no need for separate eye makeup remover as the oil layer helps breakdown stubborn makeup. I tried it with waterproof mascara and it was somewhat effective, not fully but then nothing ever seems to be.
Other people have mentioned that they felt greasy afterwards but my skin felt soft, smooth and generally clean.
The wipes are of a similar formula and great for throwing in your gym bag or travelling, however I found the wipes were slightly harsher, maybe the wipes are physically more abrasive or maybe it’s because of the alcohol content. Whatever the reason, I think if you do have dry or sensitive skin, the wipes aren’t the best product to use regardless of what they’re marketed as. I hope they make the smaller travel sized bottles of this product as I can see it becoming a bathroom staple.