Anyone who knows me personally and has admitted to me that they use makeup remover wipes has probably been the recipient of me climbing on my aesthetician soap box. I’m sorry. Because I’m sure what quickly followed was me giving you all of the unsolicited advice on how horrible they are and how you should not be using them.
I’m pretty snotty about it actually, but it’s only because I care! I know that most people use these at the end of the day when they’re super tired, and then they don’t rinse off the residue or go any further in their cleansing/moisture routine.
Guys, that hurts me. It hurts my soul deeply.
So when CeraVe brought us a new wipe this year I was intrigued. This is a brand I recommend all the time and use myself on the daily. When I saw the formulation I was even happier because this was an ingredient list, that left on the skin, was finally ok! I put it on my list to try.
Then, standing in the aisle of Target I stared at these wipes for months unable to pull the trigger, because, guys, I HATE MAKEUP REMOVER WIPES. I’d been on my soapbox about them SO long I felt like a hypocrite.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago as I was doing some last minute Christmas shopping, and I finally got over myself and grabbed a pack of these. I quickly shoved them in my cart and stopped hyperventilating long enough to move on with the rest of my shopping.
Then I forgot about them. I had shoved them deeply away in my closet, where I hide all my kids Christmas gifts every year (and they know it, not a very creative hiding spot) and just forgot about them.
Then Christmas Eve arrives, I’m tired, I’ve baked all day, it’s 11 pm and I’m just now pulling out gifts to wrap and it falls right out of the bag. Like some shiny Christmas miracle for the tired, the tired who really don’t want to wash their damn face at 2 am when they finished wrapping a gazillion oddly shaped gifts for kids.
So later that night, in a full face of ’16 hours later’ makeup, I tried these. At first, I was surprised at the cloths soft material, and then at the amount of moisture they held. I first swiped it over my eyes and it bulldozed through my Estee Double Wear Gel Liner and Waterproof Maybelline Great Lash with no issues.
Some slight warmth was occurring, but it wasn’t burning or tingling so I wasn’t too worried, so I flipped that bad boy over and started wiping off my foundation and that is where the honeymoon ends.
These burned. They burned my skin like the fires of fucking Mordor, and God help me, I should have stopped. Instead, I just finished up, rinsed and cleansed properly (you didn’t expect me not to, did you?) and the burning abated as I went on about my routine.
Everything was fine until the next morning when my skin started that “what the hell have you done now” chapping and flaking with horrible texture that happens when you eff up real bad. The kind of effed up that has you breaking out the Aquaphor as a sleeping pack.
It’s been barely one week and I’m just now normal enough to resume my chemical exfoliation process. I’m still a tad dry and flakier than normal, which on a good day is dry as hell, but as long as I keep on top of it, it will continue to heal.
After my nasty reaction I checked out the reviews (dumb, you didn’t do this first why?) and It’s hilarious to me Beautypedia LOVES these things, and the rest of the world is like: IT BURNS USSSSS. It’s rated as average almost everywhere and I definitely was not alone.
I really think the culprit here is the niacinamide. It can be sensitizing, especially on dry skin, and don’t mean just as a skin type, but on actual dry skin. When I use niacinamide I can be sensitive to it if I use it too early in my routine.
For example, Holy Snail’s Shark Sauce is a total no go on me unless my toning/essence/chemical exfoliation step is done first. If I just slapped that on first, without my moisture wicking wet layers, I would definitely feel the burn and a very unpleasant tightening, especially if layered too close in time to my BHA. Patience is a virtue in skincare.
But for the CeraVe wipes, it defeats the entire purpose to wash your face first, or wipe it down first, doesn’t it? Surprisingly enough I’ve been using this on my eye area just fine. Several times in the last week to remove my eye makeup, I just keep it away from the rest of my skin and I’m fine. *shudder*
Now for the pictures! Do these things work? I can say that they do but see for yourself.
Water, Mineral Oil, Ceramide 1, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-11, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Niacinamide, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, 1,2 Hexanediol, Polyacrylamide, Disodium EDTA, Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Carbomer, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate.
CosDNA Analysis: Check it out here.
CeraVe’s Product Info (including a $2 off coupon): Check it out here.
Where can I buy it? Your local Walgreens, CVS, Target or Walmart and also online here at Amazon.
NT = No Thanks | PM = Possibly Maybe | RP = Repurchase | HG = Holy Grail
So are these things worth the cost? At 7-9 bucks, depending on your area, yes, I believe so. Especially if you don’t wear makeup every single day. Also provided they don’t set you on fire. But would I buy them again? Not even if they were on a BOGO. And I love a good BOGO.