What it does: Gently dissolves all traces of make-up leaving skin clean with no residue and no need to rinse
Key ingredients: Water, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Isostearyl Palmitate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hexylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-4 Laurate, PEG-6 Caprylic, Capric Glycerides, Sucrose Cocoate, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance
Why we love it: Is it just me or is taking make-up off way more exciting than putting it on these days? When I get home at night, wiping off foundation is the beauty equivalent of releasing the straps of my bra, flinging the skin-coloured cups deep into the caverns of my cupboard and enjoying 12 glorious hours of not being at work.
It’s gotten to the point where I’ve become a bit of a make-up remover connoisseur; weighing up the scent appeal versus cleaning power versus oil-drenching or dessert-making properties of the various products (admit it, you’ve dallied in the cosmetics aisle of the supermarket doing exactly the same complicated pro-con analysis at one point)?
You see, I love a good face wash, BUT it never quite gets the job done (unless you really wanted to wear that smudged liner and flecks of mascara to bed). I’ve also been a fan of soaking cotton wool balls in oil-based remover BUT when the cotton wool runs out I always end up using toilet paper instead, which kind of just rubs off on my face. (And I don’t think I need to say any more about awkwardness of TP on the face.)
Which brings me to cleansing towelettes. While the name clearly bestows the kind of upmarket sound I look for in all my shopping centre purchases (“A cleansing towelette, madame?”), these puppies also boast the strongest make-up removing power I’ve found, deleting even the most hardcore waterproof mascara with no need for extra scrubbing (read: lash extraction) and leaving me with skin that’s neither too oily or too dry (take that, Kraft Peanut Butter!).
With 25 to a bunch, they’re neatly folded into an indestructible 13cm x 10cm pack you can shove to the bottom of your bag/car/desk drawer that will never burst open and wreck your gear. And because they’re from Neutrogena, they’re also dermatologist, ophthalmologist and allergy tested to be legit for the most sensitive skin and eyes (that means you too, contact wearers).
You might assume that such stringent quality control would make for a strictly no-frills product, but there’s a little sugar with this simplicity. For starters, there’s the “night calming” fragrance – a gentle milk cookie freshness that’s the scent equivalent of plunging my face into a freshly washed pillow. Then there’s the matte purple/silver foil pack which, while no means life-changing, lifts them a notch higher in the cabinet stakes than ordinary wipes. But my favourite part of all this? The fact they do exactly what they say and give you change for a tenner to boot. Now, excuse me please, while I go plunge my face into a freshly washed pillow.
How to use it: Gently wipe face with towelette, removing all traces of face and eye make-up. There’s no need to rinse. Throw the towelette in the bin (do not flush). After removing, reseal pack.
This is a sponsored post by Neutrogena. All opinions expressed by the author are authentic and written in their own words.