May 8, 2014

Battle of the Makeup Wipes - Simple, Boots, Neutrogena, Say Yes to Cucumbers, Olay, & Ole Henriksen

      I used to be an anti-makeup wipe kind of girl, but then I decided one day that I didn't want to use my precious Bioderma as my sole makeup remover. Now I use makeup wipes as the first (but definitely not the last and only step) in removing my makeup. I have tried many different makeup wipes and discovered that not all makeup-wipes are made equal. In fact, far from it. There were some makeup-wipes I absolutely hated, some that were not anything special, and one that was a clear winner. Click through the jump to see seven mini reviews of different makeup wipes I've tried and which one I like the best!

Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes - Neutrogena's original makeup wipes are pretty much the standard when it comes to makeup wipes. I defer to these wipes when I can't buy my favorite makeup wipes, or when I happen to be at Costco and buy them in bulk. The wipes are soaked well, have a soft light scent, and don't irritate my eyes when I take off liner from my waterline.      Score: 8/10

Neutrogena Hydrating Cleansing Towelettes - Since the original Neutrogena formula worked well for me, I tried the hydrating version since makeup wipes can be too stripping on my skin. However, it left a greasy residue on my skin that I wasn't too keen on. The smell, while not awful, was a bit strong and I got sick of it after a while. Still, it got the job done and I did finish the pack, but it's not a wipe I would purchase again.      Score: 5/10

Say Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes - Some people love Say Yes to Cucumber wipes, but I actually dislike them. Yes, the ingredients are pretty good (98% natural) but it actually stung my eyes when I tried to take off my makeup. They also say on the package that they don't have any alcohol in them, but they reek of an alcohol like smell. I haven't tried the other versions of the Say Yes wipes, so maybe the other formulas might work for me.      Score: 3/10

Olay Fresh Effects Refreshing Makeup Removal Wipes - Out of all the makeup wipes on this list, this is my most hated makeup wipe. They hurt my eyes when I tried to take off my eye makeup. So while the Say Yes to Cucumber stung my eyes, this wipe really hurt when I just swiped the wipe over my eyelid so I didn't even try to go closer to my eyes. I got these wipes because they were on sale (BOGO 50%) but I never touched them again after the painful experience.      Score: 0/10

Ole Henriksen Truth to Go Wipes - This is the only higher end makeup wipe I've tried. I had the travel wipes since they came with the Ole Henriksen 500 Sephora point reward package. They smell great (similar to a sweet citrus scent) and they're gentle on my skin. When I remove my eye makeup they don't sting my eyes at all. However, they are expensive at $15 a pack. Are they worth it at that price? Personally I don't think so, especially when there are drugstore brands that work fine for me.      Score: 7/10

Simple Radiance Brightening Wipes - Simple wipes are the other big drugstore brand when it comes to makeup wipes. I know some Youtube beauty gurus love the makeup wipes by Simple so I decided to try some. I tried the Radiance wipes which is different from their original formula. I didn't use them long enough to determine whether they really had any brightening effect however because when I opened the package the wipes were so dry. They were so dry that it was difficult to take off my makeup. Thus I returned them. I'm not sure if it was my particular package, but I wasn't willing to take the risk and purchase them again.       Score: 2/10

Boots Quick Thinking 4-in-one Wipes - Last but not the very least, we've reached the end of the list! Boots Quick Thinking wipes are my absolute favorite makeup wipe I've ever tried. They don't have a scent, they're soaked well, and they don't sting my eye area at all. They take off my makeup just as well as Neutrogena's Cleansing wipes, but the difference is that it doesn't strip my skin as much as Neutrogena's. Overall, I really love the formula since it works so well for my skin.      Score: 10/10

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