Before we start with the actual review, I'd like to address the name. I'm slightly confused as to why it's described as an oil-infused cleansing water. If my understanding is correct then by their very nature, all micellar waters are oil infused. Here comes the science bit... Micellar water is made up of micelles, which are tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules, suspended in water. As micelles are attracted to dirt & oil (like attracts like), they can draw out impurities without stripping or drying the skin. Garnier make a distinction between micelles being cleansing agents and the added oils in their description of the product and as such, I can only assume that the name has been chosen to appeal to the mass market and to pick up on the oil trend (it contains the ubiquitous Argan oil).
On first impressions, I liked the packaging which looks sleek and is also functional, allowing for controlled dispensing of the product. The directions were clear & easy to follow and I also liked that the transparent plastic bottle means that it's easy to see how much is remaining.
The packaging clearly communicates that Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water is targeted towards those with dry or sensitive skin. Based on the ingredients, I feel that the original Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is a better choice as the new version contains alcohol and perfume, whereas the original does not and therefore, is more suited to those prone to irritation.
When it comes to removing makeup, the bi-phase Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water comes into its own. It's highly effective at removing makeup and even makes light work of removing heavy eye makeup & long-wearing lipsticks. It's quick and effortless to use and as it doesn't drag or pull the skin, feels very gentle. It has a subtle floral fragrance.
Owing to the oily formula & the fact that no rinsing is required, I expected to feel some residue on my skin following use but I couldn't. That said, my skin didn't feel tight or stripped but instead felt wonderfully soft and I was able to forgo moisturiser. I wouldn't use Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water on a daily basis but I'd certainly be keen to keep a bottle to hand for removing stubborn makeup. Whilst I don't particularly rate the ingredients, the fact that it removes makeup effectively means that I feel it's a better choice than standard cleansing wipes when tired or too worse for wear to bother with a full cleanse (although there are also oil-infused cleansing wipes in the range which I'd be intrigued to try).
At £5.99 for a generously sized 400ml, it's £1 more expensive than the original Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water but I feel that it still offers good value for money. This value is highlighted on the bottle which states that the 400ml size should last for approximately 200 uses (I'd say this depends on how heavy your makeup is as I needed to use a couple of pads to cleanse my entire face) and what's more, Garnier is often on offer.