Tested on animals:Yes
Simple Skincare parlayed the concept of their liquid Micellar Cleansing Water into Micellear Makeup Remover Wipes, and the overall results are good. No, the wipes don't have the same ingredient list as the Cleansing Water, but both formulas are gentle, fragrance-free, and unlikely to irritate sensitive skin. In fact, these wipes are great for all skin types except oily (we explain why below).
First, let's touch on the whole concept of "Micellar," which has become a bit of a buzzword in the category of facial cleansers and makeup removers. Micellar involves micelles, which are a type of charged particle—this is actually true of many cleansing agents. Micelle technology is one way of explaining how any surfactant (which this product and thousands of other cleansers contain) combines with water and interacts with oils (such as the sebum our skin produces) to clean any surface, including skin. Micelle technology is one of many methods to formulate a cleanser; it's not an "advanced" method, but there's nothing inherently wrong with it, either.
Micelle chat aside, how do these cloths work to remove makeup, and how do they feel on skin? In terms of makeup removal, the gentle formula works surprisingly well! However, we found that for complete makeup removal two cloths were needed to ensure no traces of makeup were left behind (and we used both sides of the cloth). If you find this to be true for you, that means the allotment of 25 cloths won't last even two weeks, so this isn't the most cost-effective way to remove makeup!
The cloths removed regular mascara pretty well, but struggled a bit with waterproof mascara. For best results, we suspect most who routinely apply waterproof mascara will prefer a "stronger" product to ensure every last speck of it is removed.
As mentioned above, these cloths are well made and feel nice when massaged over skin. The cleansing solution doesn't leave a sticky or tacky residue, but enough of a moisturizing film is left that those with oily skin probably won't be happy (a water-soluble cleanser you rinse off will likely be better for you).
Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes are a good option for removing most types of makeup. The soft cloths hold up well, the formula steeped into each cloth won't dry out skin or feel sticky once dried, and its gentle enough for sensitive skin (we'd even recommend these wipes to those with rosacea). All in all, not a bad product—just one to consider carefully if you wear more than minimal makeup and plan to use these wipes as your main cleanser; you'll be replacing them quite often!
- Gentle, well-made soft cloths don't fall apart or "shred" during use.
- Gentle, fragrance-free formula doesn't require rinsing.
- Removes most types of makeup without excess tugging or rubbing.
- Leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated, not dry and tight.
- Not the most cost-effective way to remove makeup; most will find two cloths are needed.
- Not adept at completely removing tenacious or waterproof makeup formulas.