Years ago, the only way I knew to remove layers of makeup was by either rubbing my face with a really slick and greasy baby oil or using the classic soap and water combo. Then came micellar (pronounced as my-sell-er) water! The transparent liquid, which looks exactly like water, contains micelles—"microscopic spheres which attract dirt and oil"—making it effective in removing makeup, bacteria, and sebum! The best part about micellar water is it never leaves your face feeling tight, dehydrated, or oily.
Evoluderm Micellar Cleansing Water Reactive Skin
Evoluderm's micellar water is perfect for sensitive skin types as its free of parabens and alcohol, and it contains aloe vera extract which is known for soothing and calming down irritated skin!
Where to get: Beauty Bar, Zalora
Simple Micellar Cleanser Water
Whether you have dry, oily, combination, acne-prone, or sensitive skin, you'll love Simple's skin-nourishing formula. It has vitamins B3 and C and triple purified water. So not only does it cleanse your complexion of dirt, makeup, and oil, it also hydrates it to leave it feeling healthy and balanced.
Price: P299/200ml; P499/400ml
Where to get: Watsons, SM Beauty, Lazada
L'Oreal Paris Micellar Water Moisturizing
L'Oreal's micellar water can do three things for your skin: purify, moisturize, and soothe! It's also a great product to use when you feel like your complexion is starting to get overly greasy in the middle of the day as this will freshen and rejuvenate it instantly!
Price: P225/250ml; P349/400ml
Where to get: Lazada, Robinsons Department Store, Landmark Department Store, Watsons, SM Beauty
Snoe Eau La La Magical Micellar Gel
What we love about this micellar gel is it transforms into a light foaming cleanser when activated with water! It also has chia seed and prune extract to help moisturize and protect the skin against free radicals.
Where to get: SM North EDSA, Robinsons Galleria, SM Megamall
Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Petals
A super gentle and delicious-smelling micellar water that soothes skin and doesn't disturb the pH levels, while thoroughly cleansing and removing dirt and makeup!
Where to get: Rustan's The Beauty Source, Beauty Bar
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Micelle Solution
The micellar water most commonly found in makeup artists' kits, Bioderma's formula is known for being uber gentle on the skin and being able to effortlessly take off heavy layers of makeup!
Price: P518/100ml; P938/250ml; P1,458/500ml
Where to get: Watsons
Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water
A bi-phase micellar water that can remove the most smudgeproof and transferproof makeup (Yes, this includes waterproof mascara!) without leaving your complexion greasy! It will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth, and nourished.
Price: P149/125ml; P349/400ml
Where to get: Lazada, SM Beauty
Kiehl's Herbal Infused Micellar Cleansing Water
With 99.8 percent natural ingredients such as thyme essential oil and lemon balm floral water, Kiehl's micellar water gently cleanses your face while moisturizing, refreshing, and soothing it. Plus, it helps strengthen your skin's moisture barrier to prevent aggressors from irritating it in the future!
Where to get: Greenbelt 5, SM Megamall
Avene Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Makeup Remover
Enriched with Avene's famous Thermal Spring Water, this micellar "lotion" also works as a makeup remover, a cleanser, and a toner! Your complexion will feel soft, smoothe, and soothed after every use.
Where to get: Watsons
NIVEA MicellAIR Skin Breathe Acne Clear 0% Alcohol Micellar Water
Created specifically for acne-prone complexions, the MicellAIR micellar water contains anti-inflammatory ingredients like magnolia bark extract to calm down angry blemishes while gently removing your MOTD!
Price: P99/125ml; P169/200ml
Where to get: Robinsons Department Store, Lazada
Yves Rocher Sebo Vegetal Purifying Micellar Water 2-In-1
Got super oily skin? Meet your new favorite makeup remover/cleanser/toner! Its refreshing formula clears up dirt, makeup, and oil from each pore to leave them looking tighter and healthier.
Where to get: Lazada, Robinsons Magnolia, SM North EDSA, SM Aura
Happy Skin Make A Clean Sweep Revitalizing Micellar Makeup Cleanser
One of our favorite no-rinse makeup removers, this micellar water from Happy Skin will help you get rid of all the foundation, concealer, powder, dirt, oil, and ~bad vibes~ from your skin!
Where to get: Beauty Bar, Landmark Makati, Eastwood Mall, Ayala Malls The 30th
Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water
While this micellar/cleansing water is on the pricier side, it's worth every peso. It contains mineral-rich thermal water and botanical extracts to thoroughly draw out impurities from your pores and dissolve them. This essential herb-rich spa water can even thoroughly remove waterproof mascara, all the while deeply balancing and nourishing your skin.
Price: P650/100ml; P1,695/300ml; P1,995/380ml; P2,250/480ml
Where to get: Beauty Bar
Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water
This micellar water's grapewater and chamomile extract work to moisturize and cool the skin down, and decrease sensitivity while gently removing bacteria, makeup, and impurities.
Price: P655/100ml; P1,271/200ml
Where to get: Sephora.ph
Skyn Iceland Micellar Cleansing Water with Arctic Algae
A multi-use cleansing water that doesn't disturb the skin's pH levels, it effortlessly nourishes and cleanses complexions without the use of actual water. It's infused with aloe vera, amino acids, and Nordic birch sap to unclog pores, promote collagen production, and strengthen your skin barrier.
Where to get: Sephora.ph
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