I’ve actually been interested in trying out a makeup eraser cloth for a while, but was so skeptical that I kept putting it off. Reviews on Amazon seem pretty mixed. And I really didn’t know if I believed that a cloth alone could remove my makeup well enough to bother using it.
But I was really interested because it is extremely important to remove all of your makeup (or any other dirt/oil/residue) before using your skin care regimen. That way, your cleanser product can actually penetrate your pores to truly cleanse your skin.
I have been using Clinique’s Take the Day Off to remove my makeup, which has been great because it is gentle, quick, and very effective. However, I have always been a little bit worried about whether or not any oily residue leftover from it was preventing my acne cleanser from being as effective as possible.
So after thinking about it for way too long, I finally went and ordered a cloth from The Original MakeUp Eraser site.
What is a makeup eraser?
A makeup eraser is a specially made cloth that claims to remove all of your makeup without using cleansers or oils. All you need is the cloth and water!
It’s not a microfiber cloth. Totally different. It’s 100% polyester, and apparently, the secret is in how that polyester is woven.
There are several brands out there, but the most popular seems to be The Original MakeUp Eraser, which is what I ended up buying.
One side of the cloth has a shorter weave and is the side that removes makeup. The other side (with the tag) is meant for gentle exfoliation and drying.
Before using it
Since the fibers were almost definitely flattened in the packaging, the cloth does need to be washed before you first use it. This will help “perk up” the threads.
Actually, it should be washed before first use anyways. You have no idea where that cloth was in a warehouse before it got packaged. Don’t put things on your face without making sure they are clean first!!
Luckily, the makeup eraser can be tossed right in the laundry with whatever detergent you usually use. And then it can go right in the dryer.
Nothing special. Super easy.
Removing my makeup
To use the makeup eraser, the instructions say to just get it wet and then wipe your face in a gentle circular motion.
The cloth is seriously so soft and I was totally doubting that it would remove much, especially my mascara.
And because it’s made of polyester, the water kind of runs right off it, so I had to hold the cloth under running water and squeeze it at the same time to get the water to soak into it.
And then I wiped….
And holy cow! Some of my foundation actually came off!
But that was the easy part. What about the mascara? And would it actually remove all of the foundation or just some of it?
To my surprise, the makeup eraser actually took my mascara off too. Now granted, I don’t use waterproof mascara because it’s so hard on eyelashes and I like to keep mine healthy and long. But I was still shocked to see the makeup eraser take my regular mascara off.
I didn’t even have to rub super hard or pull at my eyes. It did take a minute since it didn’t all come off with the first swipe, but it was actually pretty easy.
Once I felt like I was finished “erasing” all of my makeup, I figured it was time to really put this to the test.
So I grabbed a gauze pad and wiped it across my face, expecting to see some makeup residue. And….nothing! I’m dead serious. I even put some toner on the gauze pad and wiped across my face again. And there was no more makeup left to come off. The gauze pad was totally clean!
My final verdict
I have been turned from a total skeptic to an enthusiastic believer on this one. It really works!
The MakeUp Eraser does remove my makeup and I feel like it is very gentle on my skin. It’s quick, easy to use, and I now consider it the very best way to get my face ready for using my full skin care regimen.
It’s also pretty economical over the long run since the cloth will last several years. Contrast that with shelling out for the Clinique that I was using a couple of times in a single year!
I wish it hadn’t taken me so long to buy one. And even then, once it showed up at my house, it took my about 2 weeks to finally try it. Now I’m practically kicking myself for not trying it out sooner because it actually works very well and solves my dilemma of using an oil-based makeup remover.
The only catch is that I wish I had ordered several of the mini sized cloths instead of the full-sized one.
It claims to not collect odor and bacteria so that it doesn’t have to be washed after every use. But I’m not willing to take chances with acne-prone skin. I use a washcloth once before it goes in the laundry and suggest others do the same.
So for me to use it every night, I either have to do laundry every day or stock up on a lot of them and the full-sized cloths definitely aren’t that cheap as far as washcloths go.
So I wish I had purchased the mini size in a set of 3 or 4 from the beginning. Although, now that Makeup Eraser has proven its worth to me, I will definitely be buying those minis.
Where to purchase
The cloths can be purchased directly from MakeUp Eraser’s website. A full-size cloth runs $20.
But like I said, I would rather get the mini size cloths. A mini size costs $12 alone, but is discounted when you buy a 3 or 4 pack.
Interestingly enough, the 3-packs seem to be the best deal since each mini makeup eraser ends up costing about $9.33 (where the 4-packs cost $10 each cloth)
Do you wear makeup daily? Drop a comment below!