Garnier Foaming Gel Cleanser- A Review

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Acne has been a major concern and insecurity of mine for quite some time. Ever since late middle school, I have struggled with hormonal breakouts and super dry, sensitive skin. I’ve been to multiple dermatologists, tried what feels like a million different products, and switched up my skin care routine countless times. There are a few products that I’ve discovered work wonders for my skin, but I can’t seem to find the perfect face wash for me. I’m always on the hunt for a cleanser that doesn’t dry out my face to the point of it looking like the Sahara Desert, but still removes all of the makeup and dirt in my pores. We were recently sent a few Garnier beauty products to try out, and one of them happened to be their new Micellar Foaming Gel Cleanser from their SkinActive line. I decided to sample this face wash for one week, see how my skin reacted, and tell all of you my experience. 


This cleanser claims to be an “All-in-1 Rinse Off.” It says it will remove makeup, while also cleansing and refreshing your skin. It states that it is safe on face, lips, and eyes, and it works for all skin types, even sensitive, due to the fact that it is oil, alcohol, and fragrance free. 

First impression:

The sample size face wash comes in a white tube with a pink lid that you have to screw on and off and is 1 fl. oz., but the traditional size comes in a clear bottle with a pump lid and is 6.7 fl. oz. The cleanser itself is clear. It’s definitely more liquidy and runny than thick and creamy, and it comes out of the squeeze bottle kind of fast, but I don’t think that will be an issue with the traditional pump lid. 


I used the Garnier Gel Cleanser every night with my Vanity Planet spin brush. I wet my face and the brush with warm water, put a dime sized amount of the face wash directly on my brush, turned the brush on, and spun it all over my face for about a minute. When I was done, I rinsed off my face with more warm water and pat my skin dry. I followed it with my usual toner and moisturizer. 

Final thoughts:

This face wash does what it claims to do. It does a great job at removing face makeup, but I would use a makeup remover wipe if you’re wearing eye makeup as the cleanser does burn your eyes slightly if it gets in them. The cleanser leaves your face feeling really clean, and it didn’t seem to dry out my skin at all. Sometimes after I wash my face, it’s left feeling extremely dry, but that wasn’t the case with Garnier. It also foams a lot, especially with my spin brush, which I’m a fan of. As far as acne goes, this gel wash didn’t do wonders for me. I’m still breaking out, granted I only used this wash for a week and it’s probably not the cause for my breakouts.  

Overall, I would recommend this product if you’re looking for a gentle, foaming cleanser that removes face makeup and leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean. It sells for $8.99 at Ulta, which I think is a good price for the amount and quality. Garnier Micellar Foaming Gel Cleanser did not disappoint, and could even be my new go-to! Collegiates, next time you’re at Wal-Mart, Target, Ulta, or a pharmacy, be sure to pick up this awesome face wash.