Let’s face it, no one likes removing their makeup. It’s not the most fun way to end the night, but its one of biggest ways to get clean skin and avoid breakouts like the plague. I just look for ways to make the makeup removing process easier and less tedious.
Using up makeup remover wipes and micellar water takes for-freaking-ever, and half your box or bottle is now empty. I’ve heard so many raves about The Original MakeUp Eraser, the cloth that removes makeup with just water! It sounded too good to be true, but the lazy beauty girl in me wanted to try it out myself, so I bought it during the Sephora VIB sale back in April.
The Original MakeUp Eraser ($20) is a 7″ x 16″ polyester-blended cloth that removes even the most stubborn makeup and lasts up to 1,000 washes (according to their website, that’s about 3–5 years worth). I just wash and dry it along with my dirty clothes in the laundry, but sometimes I air dry it as well.
Now what makes this so special compared to any old towel? Most towels have the loopholed fibers, which is tougher on the skin and makes it impossible to remove makeup. The fibers on the MakeUp Eraser are straight, and residue will cling on to the material with water.
At first glance, you think that the materials on both sides of the cloth are exactly the same. Well they are, but the side with the tag has longer fiber strands than the side without the tag. The side without the tag is the one you use for removing your makeup, and the side you use WITH the tag is used for exfoliating your skin afterward.
When I first tried this out, it removed almost ALL of my makeup. I felt like it was too good to be true! I wiped a makeup remover on myself just to be absolutely sure that all of the gunk was gone, but true enough, it was! Now I find that this removes about 95–98% of my makeup because sometimes it’s difficult to remove my foundation or bronzer right next to my hairline. I also noticed that on days I set my makeup with translucent powder, it is more difficult to remove. I still use makeup remover wipes to wipe off any excess residue that the MakeUp Eraser didn’t catch, but I find myself wasting a lot less of it and going through my pack more slowly. I also prefer this method over using micellar water and cotton balls or round. I want to love micellar water, but it dries up my skin.
Now I know that a lot of people will probably think that this piece of cloth is too expensive for what it’s worth, but Walmart does offer a 3-pack dupe for only $2.97. I will probably get that someday to compare it to The Original MakeUp Eraser.
While it does remove most, not all of my makeup, I find that it makes it a lot less dreadful. I find myself enjoying my evening skincare routine too. I highly recommend it, especially before going to bed on late nights when you just can’t be bothered. On a day where I am fully made up before I got the MakeUp Eraser, I had to use up at least 3 makeup wipes (on both sides) and 5 cotton rounds with micellar water. Now, I use only 2 wipes and no micellar water.
Have you tried any makeup removing cloths? What’s your method for removing makeup?
Hannah is a travel writer, graphic designer, and the founder/editor of Hannah on Horizon. She is based in Sacramento, California, living with her husband and two adorable dogs. She shares tips on how to experience luxury travel on any budget, and how to maximize time at each trip or destination, no matter what your budget or amount of vacation time at work. She enjoys making you feel like you have visited each destination with her through her storytelling and informative writing style.