The routine you use to apply your makeup is as important as the routine you use to remove it. For several years, I’ve been using Say Yes to Grapefruit wipes ($7) to remove my makeup. And while I’m a big fan, I began to wonder whether I might be overdoing it with the fruit acids, since the towels are packed with vitamin-C. It’s refreshing and brightening, but a bit drying in large doses.
I tried several other brands of wipes from Simple to Clean and Clear to Ole Henriksen. The problems were the same with every product: the wipes were too small, too thin and didn’t remove eye makeup very well. So when I heard that Cetaphil, world champions of the sensitive skincare game were making a wipe, I had to try it.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths ($6.49/25 wipes) are quite large compared to some of the other brands. If you don’t wear a lot of makeup, you could probably tear them in half. The cloths are fragrance free and pH balanced, and perfect for women with sensitive skin. They also have a light texture that gives them some extra power, and they don’t leave a sticky residue, which many wipes do.
The trouble with the Cetaphil cloths is that while they do an excellent job of removing face makeup, mascara and long-wear lipstick are beyond their power. I definitely needed eye makeup remover to provide backup, which is something I don’t need with the Say Yes to Grapefruit wipes.
If you require the kind of gentle cleaning that Cetaphil is known for, then definitely give these a try. But if you’re looking for a one-stop eye makeup and face makeup remover, then look elsewhere. Back to the drawing board.