We enjoy everything about skincare except removing our makeup. It’s kind of like going to the gym: satisfying once it’s over, but taking the steps to actually do it is a real source of dread, for many of us anyway. We’ll take any shortcut we can get. So, on days when washing off with a cleansing balm or oil feels like too much effort, we reach for micellar water. This isn’t a brand new method, but the formulas have only gotten better. Our favorites, below!

1. Garnier Micellar Water + Argan Oil (125ml), P149 Touted by the brand as “the first all-in-one makeup remover”, this innovative formula combines the convenience of cleansing water and the effectivity of an oil. It’s infused with hydrating Argan oil, which is the golden layer of liquid you can see straight from the bottle. It basically lifts away hard-to-remove dirt from the skin like magnet—no tugging, pulling, or rubbing. Out of all the micellar waters we’ve tested at BeautyMNL HQ, this is by far one of the best ones.

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2. Maybelline Micellar Water 4-in-1, P199 If you’re looking to pare down your routine, go for this 3-in-1 cleansing water—it serves as a makeup remover, toner, and hydrator. The water-based formula works wonders especially for sensitive, irritable skin. In just a few swipes, it removes all traces of impurities and makeup, with absolutely no stinging thanks to its fragrance-free, oil-free, and alcohol-free formula. Basic? Yes. But if you prefer no-frills skincare, this one won’t disappoint.

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3. Bioré Micellar Cleansing Water: Oil Control (300ml), P506 Famous for their ultra-light sunscreens, this Japanese brand delivers the same top-notch quality with their oily skin-friendly micellar water. Removing makeup in a swipe is its most basic function. On top that, it also helps control oil, fight acne-causing bacteria, and minimize pores. Made with an infusion of natural mineral water from the Japanese Alps, it’s also made gentle enough for sensitive skin!

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4. L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water Moisturizing 3-in-1 (400ml), P349 If you’ve got dry, sensitive skin, this hypoallergenic cleansing water may be your best bet. It soothes delicate skin using French Rose Extracts. And instead of leaving the complexion dry and tight, its ethanol-free formula keeps the skin feeling purified and hydrated. It may be a basic product in terms of function and aesthetic, but it’s also proof that simple is always better.

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5. Byphasse Micellar Make-Up Remover Solution for Sensitive, Dry, and Irritable Skin (500ml), now on sale at P428 (limited time only) For the most bang for your buck, this top-rated 500mL bottle is an absolute steal. Whether you’re using it on foundation, budge-proof lipstick, or waterproof eye makeup, it guarantees spotless cleansing without any greasy residue. It’s also free of soap, parabens, and dyes, so it’s ideal for skin that’s prone to redness or general sensitivity.

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6. Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water Blue (400ml), P249 Last but not least, this ever dependable Garnier classic is one of our personal go-tos. It feels just like water on your skin, but its melting power is like no other. It effortlessly removes waterproof makeup in a swipe and the hydrating formula is suitable for every skin type. At under 300 bucks for a whopping 400mL, this no-fail option gives you the most bang for your buck.

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