I have chosen 3 different makeup wipes to put to the test here: the “Neutrogena makeup remover cleansing towelettes”, the “Simple kind to skin micellar cleansing wipes” and the “Swisspers Naturals Aloe facial cleansing wipes”. I’m going to be judging them on 4 categories: packaging, ability to remove makeup (duh), and how my skin feels afterwards in terms of hydration,oiliness and freshness etc. and cost.
The way I’m going to test their ability to remove makeup is by using the wipes, and then going over it with my Garnier Micellar water and then washing my face with a cleanser to see if there’s any remains.
These wipes claim that their “ultra-soft cloths patented formula dissolves all traces of makeup even waterproof mascara”. Bold claim in my opinion but we’ll see.
Typical makeup wipe packaging with a peel-away seal that supposedly sticks back down. After a while it began to lift and the towelettes dried out. They can be stored upside down to avoid this but that’s a bit of a hassle and late at night when I’m removing my makeup, I don’t always remember to do this.
I was wearing a very light layer of makeup when using these wipes to remove it and I still needed a cotton pad to remove most of my mascara and eyebrow products. Considering that Neutrogena claimed that the wipes would remove waterproof mascara… this was disappointing. I guess I can say that I never really believed them to be able to remove all of my makeup, but hey it was worth a try.
Post use feeling
I hate how these wipes left my face feeling. It felt oily and I felt that I really had to wash my face afterwards. Even after that my face felt dry and as if all the moisture had been sucked out.
A pack of these 25 towelettes costs $7.99AUD. These are some of the more expensive wipes on the market and for only 25 wipes, $8 is quite pricey. When you put it into perspective, if you wear makeup everyday and use wipes to remove it every time, these will last you less than a month… So although $8 may not be a lot in the grand scheme of things, you don’t want to be spending $100 a year just on makeup wipes.
This product claims that “the clever micelles gently lift away make-up (even waterproof mascara), impurities and unclog pores. Skin is left feeling clean, fresh and hydrated without irritation. Perfect even for sensitive skin”. I’ve heard good things about these wipes so I have high expectations.
This packaging is the same as the Neautrogena. Nothing more to add.
After attempting to remove a full face of makeup I used 1 wipe and 2 cotton pads with Garnier micellar water. Then upon. washing my face I saw that I had left over mascara. I didn’t expect it to actually get all of my makeup even though it said it would so I’m not too disappointed with how it went.
Post use feeling
My skin doesn’t feel overly dry, tight or too oily and soapy feeling. I can feel it’s slightly drier than normal so I’m going to put a thick layer of moisturiser before I go to bed.
A pack of these 25 towelettes also costs $7.99AUD. Same as Neutrogena really.
Swisspers claims that their “Aloe Skin Perfecting Facial Wipes remove make-up & waterproof mascara and impurities while soothing and refreshing the skin”.
These wipes definitely have the best packaging of the lot. They have a plastic seal that clips closed and locks in all the freshness and moisture in the wipes. I never have to worry about these drying out which I LOVE.
I wasn’t removing a full face of makeup like with the last one however I found that these wipes were able to remove most of the foundation that I had on my face, but hardly any of the mascara (which wasn’t even water proof). I only needed 1 cotton pad of micellar water to remove the rest and finished with a cleanse.
Post Use Feeling
My skin did feel a little bit tight after using these wipes however not oily at all. If I was in a position that I couldn’t wash my face I’d be perfectly happy to use these wipes only and then go straight to bed.
A pack of 25 will retail for $5.79AUD which is a pretty middle range amount for wipes.
I’m aware that using makeup wipes in general isn’t great for your skin as it strips your skin of a lot of its natural oils however, it’s my favourite way to remove my makeup as when I use cotton pads I have to use about 5 which I just feel is wasteful and I haven’t found a cleanser that’s able to remove a full face of makeup that isn’t too harsh on my skin or full of chemicals.