I’ve done this sort of post once before, and I find it a decent way of talking about a handful of different products at one time. I don’t tend to devote an entire post to one pack of cleansing towelettes because my analysis of them is pretty simple, but because they’re useful for spot-cleaning brushes, wiping off swatches, cleaning up eye shadow fallout, and removing makeup at the end of the day, I use them quite a bit. Here are five that I’ve tried recently: Aveeno Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes, Trader Joe’s Miceller Cleanser and Makeup Remover, L’Oreal Ideal Clean Makeup Removing Towelettes, Olay Fresh Effects Refreshing Makeup Removal Cloths, and BH Cosmetics Makeup Remover Towelettes.
A few things I look for in my makeup removing cloths are an attractive price tag, a gentle formula free of alcohol, and effective makeup removal. I’d prefer a residue-free formula, too, but I can be a little flexible because I don’t solely rely on them to clean my face. I simply use them for makeup removal and follow up with a gentle facial cleanser. Here we go!
Aveeno Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes … $6.99 for 25 cloths
I thought that these wipes from Aveeno were really nice. You get large, soft sheets and the formula feels soothing and moisturizing. They’re sufficiently wet but don’t leave any suds or residue on skin. I’d prefer a fresher scent, personally, but I don’t mind this one, it’s light. These aren’t the absolute cheapest drugstore option (like other Aveeno skincare products), but are very reasonable when on sale.
Ingredients: Water, Isononyl Isononanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Isostearyl Palmitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hexylene Glycol, PEG-6, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Phenoxyethanol, Sucrose Cocoate, Fragrance, Carbomer, PEG-4 Laurate, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Chrysanthemum Parthenium(Feverfew) Flower/Leaf/Stem Juice, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract.
Trader Joe’s Miceller Cleanser and Makeup Remover … $3.99 for 20 cloths
We started shopping occasionally at Trader Joe’s in the past few months, and I was pretty excited to try their makeup removing cloths. They’re very cheap, the package is pretty, and they do have a gentle formula. Sadly, these really aren’t very effective. I wanted to like them, but if they don’t really do their job of removing makeup then their other attractive qualities can’t redeem them.
L’Oreal Ideal Clean Makeup Removing Towelettes … $4.99 for 25 cloths
I haven’t seen these everywhere, but I found mine at Target. I was intrigued by an alcohol-free offering from L’Oreal as well as the low price tag. I think these are pretty good. The only issue I found was that they might be a little bit drying as part of a double-cleanse routine, but they do work and leave skin feeling very clean and would be a nice one-step option while traveling. There’s a light, clean scent.
Ingredients: 690057/4 AQUA/WATER • GLYCERIN • ISOPRO- PYL PALMITATE • PENTYLENE GLYCOL • PEG- 100 STEARATE • GLYCERYL STEARATE • CETYL ALCOHOL • CARBOMER • TRIETHANOLAMINE • DISODIUM EDTA • PANTHENOL • DISODIUM COCOAMPHODIACETATE • XANTHAN GUM • METHYLPARABEN • QUATERNIUM-15 • PARFUM/FRAGRANCE • HEXYL CINNAMAL • LINALOOL • BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL• LIMONENE • F.I.L. # B11353/1
Olay Fresh Effects Refreshing Makeup Removal Cloths … $5.49 for 20 cloths
I liked these alright, but they’re nothing to write home about. I actually find the formula to be a little slippery, making gripping and wiping the towelettes against skin strangely difficult. The cloths don’t leave a greasy residue on skin, though. Something that I find kind of interesting is how short the ingredients list is.
Ingredients: WATER/EAU, glycerin, dimethicone, dimethiconol, tocopheryl acetate, POLYSORBATE 20, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, ACRYLATES/VINYL ISODECANOATE CROSSPOLYMER, DISODIUM EDTA, DMDM HYDANTOIN, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, FRAGRANCE/PARFUM, IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE.
BH Cosmetics Makeup Remover Towelettes … $5.95 for 30 cloths
I bought these for a very low sale price when I was purchasing the BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic eye shadow palette (review). If memory serves, they were marked down to $2.95, and they come with 30 sheets so they can be a really great deal. These are very wet and sudsy, and have a soapy smell to them. I noticed towards the end of the pack that they were maybe a little bit drying, but they really work and I liked them. BH advertises the formula as including green tea, aloe vera, cucumber and ginkgo extract.
Ingredients: aqua, glycerin, dipropylene, glycol, butylene glycol, propylene glycol, panthenol, polysorbate 20, peg-7 glyceryl, cocoate, peg-60 hydrogenated castor oil, portulaca oleracea extract, aloe barbadensis leaf, exact echinacea pallida extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, propylparaben, chlorphenesin, phenoxyethanol, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, tocopheryl acetate, citric acid, vitamin E
Out of these five, the ones I’d repurchase would be the Aveeno, L’Oreal, and BH Cosmetics. I don’t know if I’ve hit any long-term favorites here, but they’re definitely worth their price tags. Do you like to use cleansing towelettes? Are there any that you’ve been loving lately?