You gotta love a good facial wipe. Sure you may not use it to remove all of your makeup but they definitely are handy when it comes to travelling. Facial wipes are great for refreshing the skin, for cleaning makeup boo-boos, for removing makeup swatches, for spot-cleaning your makeup brushes and more. I don’t use them to remove my eye makeup but on days where I just want to remove all of my foundation or BB cream during the day before tackling the eye makeup in the evening, facial wipes are a must-have in my makeup arsenal.
Today, I thought I’d do quick reviews of 10 different facial wipes and pit them against each other to see how they fare. For the battle of the facial wipes, I purchased 10 packets of facial wipes from various brands, all of which were under AU$10.
Most makeup removing and cleansing facial wipes claim that they remove waterproof mascara. Now to be able to remove waterproof makeup with a basic water-based wipe is quite a claim (I find oil-based makeup removers the best for removing waterproof makeup) so it’s time to see if it really is true. I don’t have any waterproof mascaras to test this theory out with (not a fan of waterproof mascaras, y’see) so I used waterproof eyeliner instead. If the cleansing wipes can remove waterproof eyeliner, it will have no problems in removing waterproof mascara.
Here are the makeup products I used to test the efficiency of these 10 facial wipes: Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense in Intense Black, L’Oreal Super Liner Silkissime waterproof eyeliner in Seductive Black, L’Oreal Super Liner Blackbuster marker eyeliner in Extra Black, Face of Australia Big Volumising Lash Mascara and Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Fuchsia Shock. The waterproof eyeliner, I have to say, is quite a pain in the ass to remove with water-based makeup removers so if any of these facial wipes can remove it without irritating the skin, it’s a winner.
Each item of makeup tested is carried out the same: 2 strokes of the Clinique and L’Oreal Silkissime waterproof eyeliners on the skin, 1 stroke of the marker eyeliner, 3-4 swipes of the mascara and 3-4 swipes of the lipstick.
The battle of the facial wipes is about to begin. Ready? Fight!
Swisspers Natural Cucumber Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes
Texture: Medium thickness, not very porous, soft.
Fragrance: Smells like strongly perfumed cucumbers, the scent can be quite strong.
Size: ~ 19.5cm x 19.8cm, standard-sized.
How it feels on skin: Refreshing, not harsh on the skin. Alcohol-free.
How it removes makeup: Barely removes waterproof eyeliner. Mediocre removal of heavy non-waterproof makeup. Removal of foundation is adequate (will need 2 pieces for 100% removal).
Price: AU$6.00 for 25 pieces
Biore Make-Up Removing Wipes
Texture: Raised bumps on cloth, soft, thin, very porous.
Fragrance: Strong floral scent.
Size: 15.2cm x 18.5cm. Bigger than my palm.
How it feels on skin: Refreshing, not harsh on the skin, the bumps “exfoliates” the skin. Alcohol-free.
How it removes makeup: Removes foundation very well. Doesn’t remove waterproof eyeliner.
Price: AU$8.99 for 25 pieces
Wotnot Natural Organic Facial Wipes
Texture: Soft, thin, not very porous.
Fragrance: Barely any scent on the cloths.
Size: 20cm x 18cm, standard-sized.
How it feels on skin: Refreshing on the skin, very soft, not scratchy at all. Alcohol-free.
How it removes makeup: Removes foundation fine but doesn’t remove waterproof makeup without rubbing the skin hard.
Price: AU$7.95 for 25 pieces
Bioderma Crealine H2O Dermatological Wipes
Texture: Soft, medium-thickness, not very porous.
Fragrance: Smells like detergent. It’s not a pleasant scent.
Size: 22cm x 19.2cm, cloths are quite big, a lot bigger than the standard-sized facial wipes.
How it feels on skin: Not as refreshing on the skin as the popular micellar water, soft, not harsh on the skin. Alcohol-free.
How it removes makeup: Removes foundation well, doesn’t remove waterproof makeup well without rubbing, still has makeup residue.
Price: approximately AU$
Face of Australia Purifying Cleansing Wipes
Texture: Medium thickness, soft, not very porous.
Fragrance: Quite strong floral fragrance.
Size: ~ 15.2cm x 19.5cm, quite small for a cleansing wipe.
How it feels on skin: Refreshing, not scratchy nor harsh on the skin. Alcohol-free.
How it removes makeup: Removes foundation without any problems, doesn’t remove waterproof eyeliner, not even if you rub the bejeezus out of your skin. Please don’t.
Price: AU$4.95 for 25 pieces
Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes
Texture: Medium thickness, slightly porous.
Fragrance: Very subtle fragrance, almost no scent.
Size: 19cm x 18cm, standard-sized.
How it feels on skin: Feels scratchy on the skin. Not a fan of these facial wipes. Alcohol-free.
How it removes makeup: Removes foundation and regular mascara adequately. Doesn’t remove waterproof eyeliner well at all.
Price: AU$6.99 for 25 pieces
Garnier Clean Sensitive Gentle Ultra-Cleansing Wipes
Texture: Soft, very thin, porous. Not a fan.
Fragrance: Not much of a scent, fragrance-free.
Size: ~ 21cm x 16cm, slightly smaller than most standard-sized cloths
How it feels on skin: The porous cloths are slightly scratchy, doesn’t feel refreshing on the skin. alcohol-free.
How it removes makeup: Removes base makeup and regular mascara adequately. Doesn’t remove waterproof eyeliner.
Price: AU$8.95 for 25 pieces
NIVEA Visage Daily Essentials Fragrance Free Facial Cleansing Wipes
Texture: Small bumps on the cleansing wipes, thin, porous.
Fragrance: Typical fragrance of NIVEA skincare products, not strong.
Size: ~ 17.7cm x 19cm
How it feels on skin: Refreshing, not scratchy, doesn’t sting the skin. Alcohol-free.
How it removes makeup: Removes foundation well, adequate in removing waterproof eyeliner but will need tougher rubbing of the skin for full removal.
Price: AU$7.50 for 25 pieces
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes Night Calming
Texture: Soft, thin, porous.
Fragrance: I can’t describe the scent. It’s supposed to have a calming scent but it actually has quite a strong one which, in my opinion, isn’t very calming at all.
Size: 19 x 18.5cm
How it feels on skin: Refreshing, doesn’t sting the skin, not harsh. Alcohol-free.
How it removes makeup: This surprisingly removes waterproof eyeliner well. It’s the only one out of the 10 facial wipes here that removed waterproof eyeliner without much rubbing. Suffice it to say that it removes regular makeup well too.
Price: AU$7.99 for 25 pieces
Olay Wet Cleansing Towelettes Sensitive
Texture: Checkered texture (quite interesting), medium thickness, slightly porous.
Fragrance: Very subtle scent. Described as fragrance-free.
Size: 14.6cm x 19.1cm.
How it feels on skin: Refreshing, not harsh and doesn’t sting the skin.
How it removes makeup: Removes waterproof eyeliner but only after some rubbing. Does a decent job in removing regular makeup.
Price: AU$6.99 for 30 pieces
Of all the 10 facial wipes tested, the Neutrogena Night Calming Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes are the only ones that can remove that blasted waterproof eyeliner with little rubbing. This is important if you do use facial wipes to remove all of your makeup because you don’t want to be rubbing your eyes with facial wipes just to remove waterproof makeup. I wouldn’t recommend facial wipes to remove eye makeup at all but if you have to, you’ll need something that can do the job without irritating the eyes nor pulling at the delicate skin. I’m not a fan of the scent but in a jiffy, I’d say the Neutrogena one is the most effective.
Having said that, my favourite facial wipe out of the lot is still the Wotnot Natural Organic Facial Wipes. It has the softest cloths out of the 10 facial wipes and feels most refreshing on the skin. The one by Biore is quite good too. Surprisingly, the one I dislike the most is the one by Bioderma. I love the popular micellar water but their facial wipes are not good. The scent is unpleasant and they don’t feel as good on the skin as the rest. I’ll just stick to the proper makeup remover from now on.
Oh boy, it’s going to be a while before I finish using all these facial wipes. By the way, if there are any other facial wipes you’d like me to review or pit against, let me know in the comments.
Do you use facial wipes? What’s your favourite? Better yet, which is your least favourite so that I know which one to avoid.