The Best Micellar Waters for Removing Make-up, Cleansing, and Toning Your Skin in Just One Step

At the end of a long day of commuting, working, working out, and errands, the last thing you want to do is spend time standing in the bathroom performing a lengthy evening beauty ritual. Are you tediously removing makeup, washing your face, applying toner, and sealing it all up with a hydrating moisturizer? If your thought is 'Ain't nobody got time for that' I feel you, and I've got just the thing.


As an avid wearer of liquid eyeliner over a firm eye primer, my makeup is built to last through hurricane conditions. When it comes time to take it all off, to save myself wear and tear to my delicate eye skin (plus time!), I turn to my trusty micellar water. It gently clears away makeup and debris with zero irritation. Now let me walk you through the best micellar waters on the market, so you too can experience their effective, but gentle, magic.

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Bioderma Sensibio H2O

For those days when your head is ready to hit the pillow the second you step through the door, grab this Bioderma micellar water and a cotton swab. A couple squirts of this powerful micelle formula quickly cleans any existing makeup or dirt from your face and eyes. Continue applying until the cotton swab is clear. This product is especially great for those of you with easily irritated skin, as it is both soothing and calming. ($15; dermstore.com)

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Perricone MD No:Rinse Micellar Cleansing Treatment

You don't have to wear makeup every day to enjoy the skin clearing powers of micellar water. If you find regular cleansers and toners (especially ones containing alcohol) to be too harsh on your skin, a micellar water like Pericone MD's No:Rinse Micellar Cleansing Treatment can minimize pores and treat acne without stripping the skin. For best results, use morning and night to condition and smooth your makeup-free face. ($45; sephora.com)

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Burt's Bees Micellar Cleansing Water

Nourish your skin the natural beauty way with Burt's Bees micellar water. You don't have to go against your skincare product values to use micellar water; it's made up of 99.9 percent natural ingredients, so you won't find fragrances, parabens, petrolatum, or phthalates in this Burt's Bees product. It also contains non-comedogenic botanical ingredients for naturally hydrating and reviving skin. Top it off with a natural moisturizer to lock in nutrients the clean beauty way. ($12; dermstore.com)

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Nuria Hydrate Refreshing Micellar Water

Whether you like them thin and defined or full and elongated, mascara is one product we can all agree makes our eyes pop like no other. It also just so happens to be one of the toughest products to get off at the end of the day. If rubbed too hard, you risk pulling on your eyes and pulling out your lashes; if too tender, you may miss product altogether. Nuria's micellar water gets rid of the most stubborn mascara painlessly with its effective micellar water. It removes even the clingiest waterproof mascara and hydrates skin with its unique blend of sage leaf oil, chamomile, aloe leaf, and glycerine. ($26; nuriabeauty.com)

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La Mer The Cleansing Micellar Water

If you've ever traveled from the open mountain tops of Colorado to the densely populated streets of New York City, you'll notice a striking difference in air quality. And while we as humans are finally beginning to turn a collective page into living more sustainably for the sake of our planet, a great deal of pollution in our air exists and affects our skin. To combat this, La Mer has designed a specific micellar water to sweep away pollutants that come in contact with your skin through compromised air. In one pristine sweep of a soaked cotton ball, this cleanser micro-emulsifies impurities leaving your face spotless. ($95; nordstrom.com)

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CeraVe Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water

No water, no problem! Cleanse your skin without the need of a sink with CeraVe's Micellar Cleansing Water. It's your three-step routine of washing, hydrating, and protecting your delicate skin while away from home. So if you're catching a lunch-hour yoga class and need a refresh before heading back to your office, swipe a cotton pad soaked in CeraVe's micellar water across your skin and you'll be fresh-faced and looking good in time for your one o'clock meeting. ($11; ulta.com)

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RevitaLash Micellar Water Lash Wash

Leave it to a lash growth serum brand to come out with an amazing micellar water. Celebs like Meghan Markle have given credit for their long lashes to RevitaLash, and a key step to applying this royalty-worthy serum is a makeup-free base. I've personally used both products, and can without-a-doubt say that this ridiculously powerful micellar water strips away every speck of eye makeup almost instantly. This product also has a unique spritzer applicator which helps with longevity, because a little goes a long way. ($36; nordstrom.com)

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La Roche-Posay Effaclar Micellar Cleansing Water

Remember your mother yelling at you to stop pulling on your skin? Maybe mine was just hyper aware of the damage I was doing when I aggressively scrubbed my face after the beginning of my pre-teen makeup experimentation yearsl. If only younger me had known of a gentler, more productive micellar product like La Roche-Posay, my skin wouldn't have been beet-red before bed. Mild on the skin and tough on dirt, this micellar water requires only a couple of light swipes to relieve skin. ($20; dermstore.com)

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Kiehl's Herbal-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water

As summertime comes around we shed not only clothing layers, but also levels of makeup. A little bit of fresh air and sunshine creates a natural glow no blush or bronzer can copy, and the key to assisting this outdoor glow is a top-notch skincare routine. With over 99.8 percent of it's ingredients being naturally-derived, this Kiehl's micellar water eliminates oil, dirt, and excess makeup leaving your skin rejuvenated and ready to soak up some vitamin D. ($28; sephora.com)

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Vichy Pureté Thermale One Step Micellar Cleansing Water

Hit that snooze button one more time in the morning, your skincare routine just got shorter! Streamline your morning ritual with this multi-tasking micellar water by Vichy. It's a trifecta of toning, cleansing, and makeup removal that lets you stay in bed just a few minutes longer. Wipe this across your face as you listen to your morning podcast and simultaneously start your morning coffee; there's no better way to quickly and efficiently get your skin ready for the day. ($15; dermstore.com)

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Lancôme Eau Fraîche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water

You and your significant other are taking the plunge into cohabitation, and sharing spaces comes with big compromises. There's no argument quite like the fight for bathroom counter space! While there's nothing you can do with your overflow of lipstick shades, your skincare routine can be brought down to one simple product: Lanôme's micellar water. This luxury skincare product pampers your skin, lifts impurities, and leaves it revitalized. Being minimalist never looked so good. ($34; nordstrom.com)

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Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

This drugstore steal, topping out at just $9, will make you wonder why you ever paid for an extensive morning and night routine in the past. Garnier's micellar water takes on tough makeup (even waterproof products) as well as the department store brands without the need to rinse or scrub. Make sure to grab the travel size the next time you take a weekend vacation, you won't want to leave this at home! ($9; ulta.com)

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