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Which Wipe Works For You?

Talk about an ambiguous title!

Just in case you're new to #TeamModen I'm not talking about personal hygiene, flushable or disinfectant wipes. This is a makeup blog and I'm comparing makeup remover wipes.

How do you even compare such a thing? First off, what's important to you is going to depend on how you use them. Fuh my one part I use makeup wipes as a first step in my cleansing routine if and only if I have on makeup. I always wash my face afterwards - so dem ain't mean me with that "no need to rinse" ting - and I rarely use them to remove swatches on my arms. If you're the type that uses these solely to remove your makeup I think factors like: ingredients (since whatever is in them will be staying on your face), size (becausin' that would determine how many of them you go through at a time, moisture saturation (see previous reason) and price are critical things to consider.

On with the story...

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes 'Night Calming'

The Neutrogena wipes are very popular on YouTube and like a good little binge viewer I had to see what all the fuss was about. The first type I tried was the 'night calming' version because I am a big fan of lavender. Nowhere on the packaging does it actually say it's lavender scented but yuh know how our brain and colours and deciphering things work. From the site: "PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Clear away your makeup after a stressful day. Gently and effectively dissolve all traces of dirt, oil and makeup—even waterproof mascara! Neutrogena® Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes - Night Calming are gentle, ultra soft calming cloths for clean, fresh, makeup-free skin in one easy step. Remove all traces of makeup while enjoying a unique calming fragrance that helps you unwind and prepares you for a good night's sleep.

Ophthalmologist tested
Dermatologist tested
Allergy tested

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes 'Night Calming'
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes 'Night Calming'

Wipes Per Pack: 25
Price: $27.99*
Size: 7.4" x 7.2" (19 x 18.5 cm)
Ingredients: Water, Cetyl Ethylthexanoate, Isostearyl Palmitate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hexylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-4 Laurate, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Sucrose Cocoate, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance (1270-85) US Patent Nos. 7,262,158 and 6,762,158.

*Seems like I bought these a long time ago and what's worse, I don't see them in local stores anymore.

Since these come in the standard wipe packaging (read: sticky tab resealable pack) it is recommended that you rotate storing it right side up and upside down to equally distribute moisture saturation over time. Of course, that only matters if you're like me and don't use this type of thing every day. At any rate, I found the wipes to be adequate to initially remove my makeup from the time I opened them until they were all gone.

Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract

I picked these up from Bio Beauty since I am a fan of the Burt's Bees line. This brand can also be found locally in Collins but Bio Beauty carries some products they don't. Burt's Bees says: "Experience our best face wipes for all skin types. Remove make-up, cleanse and tone in one easy step. Infused with vitamin-rich White Tea, calming Cucumber plus soothing Aloe, pamper yourself with our make-up remover wipes. Thanks to our handy natural facial cleansing towelettes you can give your skin the care it needs no matter where you are. . . 

• Removes dirt, oil and make-up without rinsing.
• Formulated with White Tea and Cucumber Extracts.
• Dermatologist-tested and ophthalmologist-tested.
• FSC Certified, natural fabric

Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract
Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract

Wipes Per Pack: 30
Price: $30
Size: 7.09" x 7.88" (18 cm x 20 cm)
Ingredients: "Featured Ingredient: White Tea — Over 1500 years old, White Tea is an amazing thing. It has three times more polyphenols as Green Tea and is believed to neutralize free radicals as well as help minimize damage from environmental pollutants.

Ingredients: aqua (water), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glycerin, camellia sinensis leaf extract*, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, tocopherol, citric acid, parfum (fragrance)**, xanthan gum, polyglyceryl-4 caprate, dicaprylyl carbonatecaprylyl/caprylpolyglyceryl-4 caprate, dicaprylyl carbonate, caprylyl/capryl glucoside, glycine soja (soybean) oil, benzyl alcohol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate phenoxyethanol, amyl cinnamal, citral, citronellol, limonene, linalool. *White Tea Extract **Natural Fragrance"

This packaging is a bit more reinforced due to the plastic 'cap' - for lack of a better term - that encloses the sticker-sealed opening. I think the texture of these is more of a 'towelette' nature than the aforementioned ones. Due to the thicker construction they also dry out faster; despite having 'better' packaging. The ingredients list is also superior but I didn't find that these performed any better than the Neutrogena ones. However, I would definitely recommend these if you have sensitive skin...just be very careful around the eyes.

Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes

These, like the Neutrogena ones, come various types; I chose the 'oil balancing' ones cause I really don't know how a wipe can do that but anyho... From the site - "Range: Clear Skin

When your skin is happy and clear, you feel healthier and happier too!

Our Clear Skin Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes are a perfect blend of ingredients to help to remove make-up traces and impurities, leaving your skin clean and fresh. Perfect for even sensitive skin.

For best results: Lift resealable sticker and remove one wipe. Gently wipe over face and neck to cleanse the skin. Ensure the pack is properly resealed to prevent the wipes drying out. After use, dispose of wipes in bin, do not flush. 

Simple goodness: Our special blend of Simple cleansing goodness containing Zinc PCA and Phytosphingosine, a natural antibacterial, helps to remove make-up traces and impurities and absorb excess oil leaving your skin clean and fresh.
No alcohol, no oil for a non drying and non greasy formulation
No artificial perfume or colour
No unnecessary ingredients so it won't upset your skin
Dermatologically Tested and Approved

Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes
Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes
Simple Cleansing Wipes display in Massy Stores

Wipes Per Pack: 25
Price: $30.15
Size: 7.525" x 7.25" (I measured this myself so leave room for human error)
Ingredients (as stated on the package): "AquaZinc PCAPhytosphingosine HCLPropylene GlycolCetearyl IsononanoateLavandula Angustifolia OilAnthemis Nobilis OilGlycerinCeteareth-20, Cetearyl AlcoholGlyceryl StearateCeteareth-12Sodium CitrateCitric AcidDipropylene Glycol, Disodium EDTAPhenoxyethanol, MethylparabenPropylparaben2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Linalool".

Interestingly enough, the ingredient list on my package and what's on the website is not the same. Maybe things changed...

As stated on the UK website: "Aqua, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Zinc PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Dipropylene Glycol, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Ceteareth-12, PropylparabenPhytosphingosine HCL, Citric Acid, Anthemis Nobilis Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia OilLinalool".

As stated on the US website: "Water (Aqua, Eau) (Solvent), Cetearyl Isononanoate (Emollient), Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5),Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Zinc PCA (Skin Conditioner), Phytosphingosine HCL (Skin Conditioner), Glycerin (Humectant), Propylene Glycol (Humectant), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Ceteareth-20 (Emulsifier), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), Ceteareth-12 (Emulsifier), Sodium Citrate (Buffering Agent), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent),Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Sodium Dehydroacetate(Preservative)".

As I always encourage you to do, check out Paula's Choice Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary to find out more about those things we can't pronounce.

I've told you before that I don't buy into the whole Simple premise anymore since I actually started researching ingredients...but since I always wash my face after use anyways I'm not too concerned about it. These wipes are nothing special. They feature the standard packaging and are a little thicker than the Neutrogena ones but not to the Burt's Bees level. I mostly certainly do not like the price; and I don't understand why they should cost more than the others from the brand.

I think that's enough for part one. Let me know your experience with these products in the comments.

***update*** more recent - October 15, 2015 - pricings of the Simple wipes as seen in Massy Stores (Collins would be cheaper).

Simple Oil Balancing Wipes display in Massy Stores
Simple Brightening Wipes display in Massy Stores
Simple Spotless Skin Wipes display in Massy Stores
Simple Exfoliating Wipes display in Massy Stores

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