Oh no! It's midnight, and the weight of the entire day is working its hardest to convince me to just go to bed without washing my face. In fact, the reason I am up at midnight is because I am too lazy or tired to go to bed, let alone wash my face. However, it is a cardinal sin to go to bed with layers of primer, foundation, setting powder, blush, shadow, mascara and so forth. I always pay the price when I go to bed without washing my face. Not only do I look like Helena Bonham Carter in Sweeney Todd the next morning, but I immediately breakout.
Why is it that I love to apply makeup, but I hate to take it off at the end of the day? There are so many steps to removing the makeup. First, I remove the eye stuff with baby oil and a cotton ball, then wash the face twice, then I tone (although I have been skipping this step), and then I moisturize. Sometimes, I consolidate the eye and face makeup removal by using Jergens Face Cream makeup removal cream and a warm wash cloth. However, even then this is time consuming because I have to massage the cream in, and then use a wash cloth to wipe everything off several times. Arg!
So a while ago, I figured I would start exploring the world of makeup removal wipes. I have tested Lumene, Olay, Everyday Minerals, baby wipes, and the Target brand. I feel like Golidlocks; not enough cloth, not enough moisture, not enough cleaning agent, too rough of a cloth, too much fragrance, too drying, too sticky, just blah. I was about to give up. I started using the facial wipes to clean the counter tops after makeup application, instead of using them on my face. The wipes just left me frustrated.
Fortunately, things seem to be looking up. About two weeks ago, a PR company sent me some wipes to review* I was skeptical, but I decided to give them a try. The brand is called Simple. It is a brand from the U.K that has been around since 1960. The brand prides itself on catering to sensitive skin. Therefore, there are no fragrances nor dyes. According to the press release, these wipes are being introduced in the United States, specifically at Duane Reade in NYC.
As soon as I received the wipes, I started testing them. I have put my other makeup removal products aside for the last two weeks, and I have been focusing on these wipes. I tested them with different foundations, and different eye makeup looks (light to dramatic). I have waited an hour after using just the wipes to see how much it dried my skin, I have followed the wipes with toner, and I have also followed the makeup removal with soap and toner to see how much time these wipes would cut out. Here are my notes.
First the claims:
100% Alcohol free (non drying)
100% Oil Free
Will even remove Waterproof mascara
Now, the observations:
Size--The clothes are 7x7 inches big. These sheets are nice and big. I can fold over the sheet several times and concentrate on certain heavily made up areas without needing another sheet. I just use clean areas for each part of the face In fact, I have only used two sheets in one night once, and that was to see how much the first sheet took off (the Colorstay night). I really like the size of the cloth.
Texture and Moisture of wipe--the wipe is clothlike; very soft, no rough spots, and quite substantial. This wipe has not torn on me, and I can be unnecessarily rough on my face. As far as the moisture, I wouldn't mind if this wipe were a little more saturated, however, I cannot say that the wipe is on the dry side. When wiping my face, my face feels dewy, not wet. I prefer a little wetter feeling for glide. The moisture of this wipe is in between baby wipes and the Everyday Minerals wipes (those were crazy dry for wipes).
Fragrance--there is no distinct smell to this wipe. Actually, there is a very, very faint smell of "green" products. I don't know how to describe it, but it smells like something that would be considered "natural." It is barely noticeable; I just dug my nose in the package to capture the smell.
Removal of makeup:
Foundation--I have used these wipes to remove Revlon Colorstay foundation, Revlon colorstay mixed with Maybelline mineral liquid foundation, MAC studiofix fluid, mark. speedway foundation, Max Factor Pancake, and powder foundation. Obviously, the Revlon Colorstay is the most difficult to remove, and this wipe was up for the challenge. Overall, the wipe removed a great amount of the foundation with one cloth. When I swiped my face with a toner-saturated cottonball, I did have a little residue left, but it was just residue, not an excess amount of left over. Therefore, with straightup Colorstay, you might want to use two wipes instead of one; or you could follow up the majority of the removal with your favorite face soap. The wipe worked nicely in removing the other regular foundations. I just need one wipe and my face felt and looked clean. Either way, this wipe did cut down on the foundation removal steps at the end of the night.
Eye makeup--These wipes fare well with eyeshadow and brow filler. However, I have to beg to differ on the "will remove waterproof mascara" claim. I don't wear waterproof mascara on a regular basis, so when I read that this would even remove waterproof, I was excited about the prospect of it removing regular mascara, and I am a little disappointed. These wipes removed an ample amount of mascara, but I still wakeup with partial raccoon eyes the next day. Sometimes, I rub my eyes later in the night, and I have a little mascara residue on my fingers. I wear regular Lash Discovery mascara. The same goes for heavy-duty eye liner like the gel liners; I still get a left over line after cleaning. I have a hard time seeing these remove waterproof mascara.
Non-Drying effects--I usually get tightface with other wipes, but these simple wipes treated my face with tenderness. Typically, I feel the drying effects immediately, but I walked around the house for an hour after using the wipes (after removing the Colorstay foundation), and my face did not feel tight. Could I go the entire night without moisturizer? No, but these wipes are meant to "prep the face" for moisturizing, so we're good.
Breakouts?--No breakouts, and I have been using these consistently. I have not had any blemishes pop up.
So, what do I think?
Well, as mentioned before, these wipes can be found at Duane Reade stores in NYC. I don't live in NYC so these wipes are not readily accessible to me. I was wondering if I would ever really go to duanereade.com to order these. Last night, I heavily contemplated it, however, Duane Reade's shipping isn't very nice: $5.49 for up to a 1lb. So the only thing stopping me would be the shipping costs (the shipping doesn't go down with volume or total amount). However, I do take periodic trips to NYC, and I will most definitely go to Duane Reade and stock up on these wipes. Overall, out of all of the wipes I have tried, these are lovely!
As many of you know, I have a baby coming just around the corner, and I am going to be tired and pressed for time; however, I am sure I will periodically slap on some makeup to look less tired. So these will come in handy during my introduction to motherhood. These wipes really do cut down on makeup removal time, and I just touch up the eyes with a baby oil coated q-tip for the mascara residue on some nights. No skin off my back. I hope Simple broadens their region because I would love if these wipes were more accessible.
4 out of 5 happy wallets--nice, but needs a little more power for the mascara. Also, not readily accessible yet. If you are in NYC near a Duane Reade, definitely snag a pack.
Price: $5.99-6.49; 25 wipes to a pack.
*note: Although I was asked to review this product, I uphold my promise to stay honest. I was in no way swayed to manipulate the truth for a $6 pack of facial wipes. However, remember that this is just my experience and opinion. Of course, your experience may differ.