It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything. I wanted to apologize for my absence from this blog. I haven’t forgotten it – life has simply gotten in the way. To be completely transparent and vulnerable for a moment, I’ve been struggling with some fairly severe mental illness in the past three months and have had medications for it adjusted multiple times in just a short period, leaving me pretty sick, disoriented, depressed, and unwell.
I’ve had several panic attacks in the past three months and have really struggled to find the surface of the ocean that has risen up around me. I think it’s important for me to be up front about that for those who read my blog and struggle with their own mental illnesses. Never forget that no matter what you’re grappling with, you’ve made it through so much and survived. You are here. You are loved.
A couple of months ago, I was browsing Nordstrom online when I saw a deal for the Makeup Eraser – the reusable makeup removing cloth that claims to remove makeup with water. I’ve heard about these makeup-removing cloths before but my negative experiences with microfiber cloths of old held me back from giving them a go.
Thankfully, I can happily report that these cloths are actually amazing, especially for the sensitive-skinned folk who need to cleanse off makeup, makeup remover, or simply need a bit of gentle physical exfoliation.
When I first popped open my two-pack of the Makeup Eraser, I was floored at how soft they were. These were not the microfiber cloths I had around the house for cleaning surfaces, glasses, or drying my hair. They were buttery and fluffy.
They are two-sided, with both sides having a relatively similar texture. One side (the side with the tag) is advertised as the side for exfoliation, or the “second step.” The opposite side has very slightly shorter fibers and is the “eraser” side, for cleansing away makeup and wipe-off removers.
While the cleansing side has shorter fibers than the exfoliation side, it is nowhere near the microfiber cloths I had purchased in the past for facial cleansing. The Makeup Eraser is softer – much softer – while the traditional microfiber cloth is staticky, plasticky, and harsh. In fact, the traditional microfiber cloth, while advertised for personal care, was so harsh that I had to relegate it for cleaning countertops and floors.
And I think that’s an important distinction: I’ve read from many people that the Makeup Eraser is simply a microfiber cloth. While technically true, it is very different from every microfiber cloth I have purchased. It’s miles softer and gentler while being well-constructed – something my fraying microfiber cloths from Amazon and Costco cannot tout.
While spending the holidays away from home, I realized that I had forgotten to pack my new beauty tool that I had intended to try out. Anyone who has survived a harsh winter with lake effect snow can tell you that things get very dry and chapped in record time. Unfortunately for me, I have never been able to tolerate traditional exfoliation methods well. Washcloths are too harsh, AHAs almost universally exfoliate too much and flare my rosacea, and konjac sponges become too rough too quickly for me to justify repurchasing them so often. So off I went to the closest Sephora, 15 miles away, for a replacement or dupe.
As soon as I got home, I hand-washed my new Makeup Eraser (the directions inform you to machine wash it before use, but who has time for that?), applied my Clinique Take the Day off Balm (my HG makeup remover), and wiped it away with the “erasing” side.
Off came every trace of the cleanser and makeup, which is typically a bit of a lengthy removal process, involving a lot of splashing that inevitably drowns your countertops and gets down your sleeves. I followed with a couple rinses of water, cleaned out the cloth, and went back in to clean up mascara smudges and eye makeup with just the wet eraser. It all came off effortlessly. I quickly rinsed it back out, applied my second-step cleanser (Paula’s Choice Hydralight Cleanser), and began to gently exfoliate with the other side. After a few seconds, I checked the exfoliation side of the black cloth to see a bountiful supply of dead skin flakes. Better yet, my skin felt totally fine. Not tender, like it does after a traditional washcloth, or on fire, like it does with AHA products. It just felt smoother and appeared less flaky.
I’m a convert. I can’t believe I am saying that about what I previously considered to be overpriced microfiber cloths, but I don’t know how I would live without them. Since I purchased them, I’ve used the cleansing side each time I wear makeup and the exfoliation side at least once to twice a week (however much is needed).
If you’re looking to purchase them, I do recommend waiting for a sale. They are $20 a per cloth, which is still – in my opinion – a bit of a stretch for a cleansing cloth, but they do go on sale fairly frequently in packs of two. In fact, the last pack of two I purchased was on sale at Nordstrom for $17.50. I’ve also seen them sold at US Costco in a two-pack for $19.99.
I’ve also heard that there are duplicates of this product at Sephora as well as Walmart. Unfortunately, the Sephora near me never seems to have them in stock for me to compare, and access to Walmart is surprisingly difficult in Los Angeles.
All products for this review were paid for by me and were not supplied to me for review.
Do you use the Makeup Eraser or one of it’s dupes? How do you like it? How do the dupes compare? Let me know in the comments below!