I have made it my mission to test as many facial/makeup removal wipes that I can, in order to find the best ones! Many people will say that makeup removal wipes are rubbish and that cleansing with water and a makeup remover is best. While that is true (you shouldn’t rely on makeup removal wipes alone for cleansing purposes), life can throw all different challenges at you and sometimes skincare is not a priority. For those occasions, it is more than ok to use a wipe to help you speed up the cleansing process. When I come home from work exhausted, after a day out in the city, there is nothing more refreshing than using a wipe to remove the grime and sweat that has built up on your face (gross but true!). I then usually follow on with my regular routine before bed, but of course, if I get home super late and I’m about to pass out from exhaustion, I’d rather use a makeup removal wipe, than nothing at all. So today, it is the Dermalogica Precleanse Wipes that I will put under the microscope for you!
Achieve ultra clean and healthy skin on the go with the Double Cleanse regimen that begins with PreCleanse. Each biodegradable wipe melts away layers of excess sebum (oil), sunscreen, waterproof make-up, environmental pollutants and residual products that build up on skin throughout the day. Add water to transform this hydrophilic (water-loving) formula into a milky emulsion that easily rinses debris from the skin’s surface, allowing your prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser to penetrate even further for professional cleansing results. Formulated with skin-softening Aloe and Apricot oils, conditioning Rice Bran and Vitamin E, this gentle blend can also be used around the eye area to remove waterproof mascara. Offers a deep-cleansing ideal for even the most oily skin conditions. Formulated without artificial fragrances, colors or parabens.
The Dermalogica Precleanse Wipes are soaked in their famous makeup removal oil, Precleanse. I have used their original Precleanse oil before and while it removes makeup brilliantly, I never understood why they would use citrus oils (in particular orange peel oil) in a product to be used around the eye area…. I don’t have very sensitive eyes either, but after a while, the Prescleanse formula would make them more sensitive and slightly irritated with regular use. In saying that, I hoped the Precleanse wipes would be gentler and they are, because you can’t get as much product in your eye, when removing eye makeup. But let’s start from the beginning!
Upon opening, you will notice that the wipes have a citrusy-fresh smell, but with a tinge of alcohol. Now, there’s no alcohol in the ingredient list (a big plus for most!) so it must be from something else but I’m not sure what (think, soured citrus fruits). Not my favourite scent in the world, but I can live through it. The wipes themselves feel like smooth cotton but oddly dry. They also feel a little dry on your skin, but they leave behind a light layer of oil, which stops your skin from drying out. It’s not the nicest finish in the world, so after a little while you do feel like washing your face with a liquid cleanser and water (quite handy in a way lol). The wipes pick up makeup brilliantly and I have found these wipes to be the best so far, at removing mascara. I’d go as far to say, they remove up to 90% of mascara, which for a wipe is phenomenal.
Overall, I have a love-hate relationship with these wipes. Yes, they remove makeup superbly as they say they will, but the feel of the wipes, scent and citrus oils (orange peel oil, lavender oil – not a citrus, but can be irritating) annoy me. A major plus is that they are biodegradable, remove makeup and grime, whilst leaving your skin with a few protective oils and skin softening ingredients (apricot oil, glycerin, amino acids). They sell for about $20 for 20 wipes, which is on the premium side of things. Coming in at about $1 a wipe it’s quite a difference when compared to Uriage’s Eau Micellaire Thermale Wipes, which come in at $0.40 a wipe! While I won’t be buying them on a regular basis, it would be good to have a back around for days I’m wearing more makeup and for when I travel. If you also love the original Precleanse Oil, you will also like these wipes without a doubt. I would not recommend the wipes or Precleanse for sensitive skin or if you have sensitive eyes. I gave the Uriage wipes a 3/5 and because these Dermalogica wipes remove makeup so so well, I give them a 4/5. They loose some points for price, feel and scent. These are minor next to effectiveness however.
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, Dicaprylyl Ether, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Mentha Viridis Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Sodium PCA, Sodium Benzoate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopherol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Chloride, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Citral, Phenoxyethanol.
You can find the Dermalogica Precleanse wipes at Dermalogica stores (there’s one in the QVB Sydney!) or online at Adore Beauty (free shipping is included with every order) which is where I bought mine 🙂
Are you a fan of Dermalogica beauties? Or their famous Precleanse Oil?
Catch ya next time,