Clean Express! Facial Towelettes

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$5.99 - 25 towelette
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Category:
Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansing Cloths
Last Updated:
7/15/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

These cleansing cloths work well to remove most types of makeup, but despite the fact that Maybelline states "no rinsing necessary", you'll want to rinse the cleansing solution from your skin, or at least from around your eyes. Why? The formula contains a potentially problematic amount of fragrance and fragrance ingredients known to cause irritation. Ingredients like linalool and benzyl salicylate are not the best to leave on skin, so, for best results, you're going to need to use these as if they were a water-soluble cleanser—which defeats the convenience element of a cleansing cloth.

Assuming you're willing to rinse after use, these cloths are a good option for normal to dry skin that's not extra-sensitive. The Moringa seed extract is a good antioxidant, but has zero ability to "remove impurities". It just sounds a lot better to say a natural ingredient is doing that rather than the truth, which is that synthetic (and perfectly safe) cleansing agents are responsible for removing impurities!

Pros:
  • Removes most types of makeup with minimal effort.
  • Good mix of gentle cleansing agents plus skin-softening emollients.
Cons:
  • Amount of fragrant ingredients isn't great to leave on skin, so you'll need to rinse after use.
  • Moringa extract cannot remove impurities.
  • Amount of fragrance poses a risk of irritation when used around the eyes.
Towelettes quickly break down and remove makeup. Moringa Seed extract removes impurities
Aqua/Water/Eau, PEG-7 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Poloxamer 184, Poloxamer 124, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Parfum/Fragrance, Glycerin, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylene Glycol, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus Indica Flower Extract, Litchi Chinensis Extract/Litchi Chinensis Pericarp Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the world—it's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996 and that's when things really started getting much better. Both companies specialize in offering a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, and many of their foundations have the same strengths and weaknesses (smooth textures and finishes plus the inclusion of sunscreens that are often without much-needed UVA-protecting ingredients).

The powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor are impressive and inexpensive. Although L'Oreal remains the more sophisticated and refined of the two lines (and now they have credible products, not just sleek ads, to back this assertion), Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Price-wise, Maybelline is the least expensive of the L'Oreal-owned cosmetic lines (which also includes Lancome, Biotherm, Vichy, and Kiehl’s), and smart shoppers will note the similarities among brands that, with conscientious shopping, can really save you money without sacrificing quality or performance.

For more information about Maybelline New York, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.

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