Friday, March 15, 2013

Almay Oil-Free Makeup Remover Towelettes Review

I'm on my last pack of my favorite Neutrogena makeup cleansing wipes, so I figured I'd try out some wipes that I found on sale for 50% off:  the Almay Oil-Free Makeup Remover Towelettes.  Stepping after my love affair with Neutrogena wipes, Almay had some big shoes to fill....

The Almay wipes are of a good size, big enough to remove all your foundation, blush, eye makeup, and lipstick with just one.

They feel very moist to the touch, but when you're done cleaning your entire face, your face isn't left feeling overly moist.  They also glide easily across the skin.  

In the photo above, I have a couple swipes of a black, waterproof gel liner.

This is what the swatches looked like after a few seconds of heavy scrubbing.  As you can see, the wipes did not completely remove either swatch.  Rather, they are left looking merely faded.

In action, the wipes do take off most of my face makeup and eyeshadow without too much trouble, but I have to be a bit more heavy-handed and persistent than I'd like to be to remove any liner or mascara.  There's been a number of occasions when my mascara doesn't completely come off either.

Perhaps the most bothersome aspect, however, is how my eyes feel after I've used the wipes.  Sometimes my eyelids burn a bit.  I'm not sure if it's due to the ingredients, the texture, how hard I have to scrub, or a combination of these aspects, but it's uncomfortable nonetheless.  

Bottom Line:  Definitely not a repurchase...

I'll be using these towelettes up, mostly for removing swatches off my arms since the skin there can handle the heavy scrubbing necessary better than my face, but I won't buy them again.  The $1 pack of wipes I got from Big Lots (which I can't find lately, please don't tell me they don't have them anymore!) worked better.


  1. Great review. I used to be hooked on these face wipes and I would get massive pimples and one day I thought ... maybe it's the wipes and TADA my skin is so much clearer now without them. I think they just smear the dirt and oil into your skin more.

    Hope you have a great weekend!
    World According to Shia

    1. Thanks Melissa!

      You've got me thinking now if I even want to keep using them. I used one last night to take my makeup off and my cheeks were burning afterwards....

  2. O.o I love these wipes. Granted when I do my skin care routine, my 9 to 5 cleansing lotion gets rid of the rest. I use a separate eye makeup remover for mascara though.

    1. They really don't get along with my skin unfortunately. I've been using them this past month to take my makeup off before bed and I've been noticing some bad dry spots around my eye area :-/

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