This ‘Magic Makeup Cloth’ Thing Both Works And Is Terrifying

This ‘Magic Makeup Cloth’ Thing Both Works And Is Terrifying

For a reason I now forget (perhaps having run out of regular face cleansing cloths and tiring of running out of regular face cleansing cloths), I impulse bought one of those “magic makeup remover” rags a few weeks ago.

At best, I was expecting a makeup optimized washcloth, but not something that would actually remove makeup without cleansing balm, oil, or soap. Also, I believe I reasoned that the cloths were not going to interfere with my lash extensions by tugging at or dispensing oil-based product near them.

Almost scarily, they really work. You wet the cloth and wipe your face clean, and makeup really and truly comes off. Completely. In a broad sense, it’s all you need to remove makeup from your skin.

That said, whatever property of the cloth enabling it to “erase” makeup is efficient- almost too efficient. Almost. Your skin definitely feels somewhat incompletely attended to after using one, particularly if you’re accustomed to one or more hydrating steps during your nighttime cleanse. It would feel uncomfortable to me without a swipe of witch hazel and (ideally) an emulsion, then a water/sleep pack/moisturizer — but technically it isn’t necessary.

There’s an original, brand name Makeup Eraser ($20) – description:

What it is:
A reusable, ultrasoft makeup remover cloth that erases makeup with only warm water.

What it does:
Remove smear-proof, waterproof makeup and mascara with The Original MakeUp Eraser®. Free of chemicals, this makeup remover gets rid of all types of makeup, including stage, sports, and theatrical makeup. Each cloth will last a thousand washes, and you only need to add warm water and then remove makeup. This ultra-soft, woven polyester-blend cloth gets rid of tough makeup without leaving behind a residue—just a fresh, healthy feeling.

What else you need to know:
The Original MakeUp Eraser® is machine washable. It measures seven inches wide by 16 inches long.

The one I purchased was a Sephora makeup eraser “dupe” ($12) called the “Black Magic Set of 2 Makeup Remover Cloths.” Since I only have the latter, cheaper version I can’t compare — but the Sephora one has a higher star-rating and better reviews than the pricier name brand for which it is a dupe. And there are two cloths included in the Sephora version, making laundering easier to handle and cutting the cost to $6 per cloth. Description:

What it is:
A set of two machine-washable wash cloths that remove makeup, oils, and pollutants with just water—no cleanser necessary.

What it does:
Just add water to these towels to clean your face and remove all makeup. The cloths are gentle on the delicate skin around the eyes, remove make-up easily without cleanser, and may be washed and reused again and again. The included travel pouch makes it easy to take these essentials on the go.

What else you need to know:
These products are not tested on animals.

Figuring out how to use a makeup eraser isn’t difficult, but it isn’t expressly intuitive either. You have to wet them through so they work, and it’s akin to an eraser on a chalkboard in that there’s a slight residue-y lingering feel. (They’re also kind of hard to soak.) But it’s certainly not unbearable and they’re definitely useful for stripping product from facial skin.

Presumably, the manner in which they work is identical to one another — and the “magic makeup” erasing quality is certainly there. However, the cloths’ thirst and high efficacy is something to keep in mind when considering their role in your skincare routine. According to the website for the original issue product, this is because cloths are “made from a specially knitted polyester/silk fibre which is many times finer than human hair, [and when] wet the eraser creates a hydro-mechanical process that breaks the surface tension of the oils that bond make up to the skin.” So.

Ancillary steps can certainly be skipped, but unless you have fairly oily skin it will feel odd at first since they mop up every thing on your face. They seem like they’d be excellent for travel and the odd but annoying times you get all the way to bed before remembering you have to wash your face and getting out.

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