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Enriched Cleansing Cloths
Rating
25 cloths for $8
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansing Cloths
Last Updated:03.31.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

These Enriched Cleansing Cloths aren't enriched with anything of great value to skin, especially the amount of fragrance included and questionable preservative. Even the tiny amount of good ingredients it has would be a problem because you would have to leave the residue on your face to allow them absorb and for the most part you don't want most of these ingredients to do that. In this case it's not great to leave the cleansing solution on your skin because the formula contains a detergent cleansing agent that should be rinsed or you could end up with dryness and irritation.

If you're willing to rinse after use (which, let's be honest, defeats the convenience of using a cleansing cloth), these do a good job removing makeup, though not waterproof mascara. They're an OK option for normal to dry skin, but there are better cleansing cloths that cost the same-and are also sold at Ulta.

Getting back to the "enriched" part of the name, your face will only be enriched with far more fragrance than beneficial ingredients, but fragrance is never skin care, as we explain in the More Info section.

Pros:
  • Removes most types of makeup.
  • Inexpensive.
Cons:
  • Contains far more fragrance than beneficial ingredients like antioxidants.
  • Should be rinsed because the cloths are steeped in a detergent cleansing agent that shouldn't be left on skin.
More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

Claims

Vitamin E enriched formula removes dirt, oil and makeup from your skin without drying. Gently removes makeup and impurities for the deepest clean possible. Gently removes mascara. Good for all skin types.

Ingredients

Purified Water, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Glycerin, PEG-40 (Hydrogenated Castor Oil), Polysorbate 20, DMDM Hydantoin (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Bisabolol, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Lavender Extract, Cucumber Extract, Chamomile Extract, Cornflower Extract, Ginseng Extract, Camellia Oleifera Extract (Green Tea), Aloe Barbadensis Extract (Aloe Vera).

Brand Overview

Ulta Beauty At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; several good mascaras; the blush, brow pencil, eyeshadows, and most of the foundations are worth a look; a few intriguing skin-care products (but nothing you cannot find from lots of other brands).

Weaknesses: Testers are not always available nor are the Ulta displays consistently clean; bad liquid eyeliners; poor-to-average cleansers; nothing-special pencil eyeliners; requires careful shopping because the makeup is such a mixed bag--for every good product there are two unimpressive ones.

Since Ulta was founded in 1990, the company has continued to carve out a unique position as a specialty beauty store by offering a large selection of upscale and drugstore cosmetics in all price ranges, all under one roof. There are currently over 675 Ulta locations across the United States, and, like Sephora, Ulta sells its own product line right alongside more familiar brands such as Revlon, Murad, and philosophy.

The Ulta Collection offers a variety of basic makeup products, from foundation to eye shadow to lip gloss. Nearly all items in the Ulta Collection are inexpensive, and its lower price point is a major draw.

As with most cosmetics lines, Ulta has its share of good and bad products; however, it seems for every good to great makeup product the line has two average-to-poor options. Testers may or may not be available, so choose wisely.

Among the safer categories of Ulta makeup are the eyeshadows, many of the mascaras, brow products, and most of the foundations, particularly the cream-to-powder and powder formulas.

Despite our enthusiasm for Ulta's large selection of eyeshadow, the quality is inconsistent, especially when it comes to texture and how they apply, even among different shades in the same category. The best way to shop this line is to pay attention to which products we've reviewed favorably and to take extra time to play with the products in-store (assuming the Ulta you frequent keeps testers available).

In recent years, Ulta has branched out from makeup to skin care. Their namesake skin care has the same affordable price point as the makeup, and some of the products are actually quite good. Skip the cleansers, ignore the moisturizers in jar packaging, and forget about the pore-tightening products...the rest is worth exploring, but again, this is not a brand to shop without some knowledge of what you're buying and how it performs.

For more information about Ulta Beauty, call 866-983-8582 or visit www.ulta.com.

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