$6 Clean and Clear Makeup Dissolving Facial Wipes Do Double Duty

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Product Reviews, Skin Care


To streamline my travel beauty routine and the airport screening process, I try to avoid packing products that 1) are liquids and 2) require a bunch of steps to use.


That’s why, for my trip last week, I grabbed a pack of Clean and Clear Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes ($6 for a pack of 25).

They’re pre-moistened and come in a re-sealable bag that fits snugly into my carry-on luggage (a suitcase small enough for an overhead bin).

These beauties do double duty, making them ideal for travel. They remove most kinds of makeup (gloss, foundation, powder, blush and eyeshadow with ease) and cleanse skin at the same time. Even better, you don’t have to rinse.

After late nights playing Kitty Glitter, I liked returning to my room and removing my makeup in a flash.

They feel soft against my skin, have a light soapy scent that smells fresh and clean, and I don’t detect a residue or sticky film (I use them on my face and neck) after using one.

But when pitted against waterproof makeup, they kinda disappoint.

It took a lot of gentle rubbling to thoroughly remove long-wearing products like MAC Fluidline, Stila Lash Visor Waterproof Mascara and Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner.

It’s not a dealbreaker for me, but it does keep them from earning flying colors.

Being just $6 per pack, feeling great on my skin and smelling so nice, I think they’re a great bargain, but I do wish they worked a little better on waterproof stuff… Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B


Casual Fridays

Tabs is taking advantage of the new MBB Casual Friday work attire policy. What do ya think of his new outfit?


I think he needs an ascot to complete the look. πŸ™‚

How was your afternoon? Are you finished with school/work?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Tavia says:

    I’ve heard about them but I never had the chance to try them out. I use facial-wipes very rare (when I’m exhausted and too lazy to do my cleansing routine)and my last choice was L’Oreal De-Maq Expert Wipes. They were pretty good and I was pleased with the result.
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… NARS Holiday Makeup Collection 2009 Γ’β‚¬β€œ Information, Photos & Prices =-.

  2. Scifi says:

    Tabs looks so cute πŸ™‚ If I tried to do that to my cat, she’d probably rip my face off. And she has extra toes too, to really get into those fleshy areas.

  3. Ashley says:

    Oh my gosh, I have the same tie for my cat! Lol, he isn’t the biggest fan of it though.

  4. Tiffany says:

    Tabs looks adorable!!!

    I actually just picked these same wipes up last week, because I couldn’t find my beloved L’Oreal wipes despite going to 2 target’s. I think the clean and clear ones are okay but I LOVE the L’Oreal ones so much more! They are softer and smell better and work better πŸ™‚

  5. Danielle says:

    If you want a soft wipe that takes off waterproof makeup I suggest you try Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes in Original Clean scent. I’ve been using them for years, and they always make me feel fresh and take off my waterproof mascara with gentle rubbing. My MAC fluidline comes off ridiculously easy, too.

    Hope they’ll work for you as well! πŸ˜‰

  6. Rebecca says:

    Ugh, these sounded awesome til I got to the waterproof makeup part. I live in New England, and apparently right now is monsoon season, so I can’t live without my waterproof makeup!
    Tabs looks fierce in that tie! I wish my cats would still let me dress them up… it’s been an ongoing struggle ever since they realized they have claws.
    .-= Rebecca’s last blog post… Search for my Mascara Soul-mate, part 3: the Colossal VolumÒ€ℒ Express =-.

  7. Kate & Zena says:

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwww, Tibby Tabs looks so cute. I could pinch his cheeks. I’m sure he isn’t too amused that I’ve said that. Maybe you should get him a tie with a fish on it; the ladybug is a little girlie for Tabs, I think.

    Well, I got one essay completely done (yay!) and one needs one more page plus revision and the last one…I don’t even want to think about it. I don’t even have the header on it yet. Even Zena is bored of my typing on this here computer.

    We are on day two of rain. Yep, day two. Zena has done nothing but sleep all day. She doesn’t even want to play. Yep, the rain is hampering even Zena’s mood. Maybe a bright ribbon would lift her laziness a bit.

  8. Ruth says:

    Tabs, you heart breaker, I love your stylin’ tie little dude !

  9. Tavia says:

    I’ve in home all day πŸ™‚ blogging, watching TV and being lazy. I have nothing planned for this weekend…all my friends are working during the weekend πŸ™‚
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… NARS Holiday Makeup Collection 2009 Γ’β‚¬β€œ Information, Photos & Prices =-.

  10. Ashley says:

    I bought these wipes awhile ago but my skin can’t stand them. I have a tendancy to get irritations from facial wipes πŸ™ So I ended up with red splotchy skin and a tight face. My eyelids burned a little too o__o After that incident I banned myself from trying any other facial wipes but quickly turned to baby wipes…. Though I hate the fact that even baby wipes contain parabens πŸ™ Huggies Lavender and Chamomile baby wipes are just lovely<3

  11. Sarah says:

    The Ponds wipes work great with any waterproof makeup. So easy!

  12. Glosslizard says:

    Tabs looks sooooooo cute! I think he needs a li’l bow tie so he can channel James Bond (The name is Kitteh. Tabs Kitteh.) πŸ˜€

  13. amy says:

    Tabs is so handsome. I like to use cleansing wipes for several occasions.I like using cleansing wipes when I am not wearing a lot of makeup; when I need the extra step to remove makeup residue like foundation; and during those late nights of going out. In general, most cleansing wipes I have used make up skin feel very soft and moisturized afterwards.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… MAC Magic,Mirth & Mischief Mineralize Eye Shadow Blue Sorcery Product Picture, Swatches and Review =-.

  14. Hyzenthlay says:

    I use the Kirkland Signature wipes . . . My sensitive face started reacting to the Pond’s wipes. I often use them at night to get the more difficult makeup off (like my UD glitter liner and mascara) before I wash my face. Sometimes I *just* wash my face with the wipe and go to bed. They’re super cheap, too. Another thing that I like about them (versus some of the other wipes) is that they have the tabbed closure, rather than the sticker-kind of closure. Those sticker ones always end up unsealing and drying out half of my pack of wipes.

    These are GREAT for camping/backpacking/climbing trips, too. I use them for other places besides my face, too. Because you don’t have to make these wet, you don’t run the risk of contaminating the outdoors with soap and such.

  15. i’ve tried makeup wipes before and they work fine on the face but do little to clean my eye makeup.. i guess I’m still sticking with cleansing oils..
    .-= Blovet Beauty’s last blog post… T-ARA Makeup Tutorial =-.

  16. Megan **** says:

    Do these wipes leave your face feeling moisturized? That’s my biggest concern. Well, that & the fact that I use MACs fluidline in black on my top lashline basically every day so I would need something that helps me out with that. Sometimes I end up rubbing my eyelid until it’s a little puffy πŸ™ I definitely don’t need that with my naturally sleepy-lookin’ eyes.. Thanks for the review πŸ™‚ I love loove *looove* your detailed product reviews πŸ™‚

  17. Nora says:

    I had to stay overnight unexpectedly at a stranger’s house and they had Pond’s cleaning wipes and I used one of those and it amazed me. It removed everything cleanly including the waterproof eyeliner.

  18. Sonja says:

    I prefer Nivea Aqua pads that come in a plastic box with a lid, since these always leak that liquid all over my bag so I have to make sure they are in a plastic sealed bag. After a year of using Niveas ones i just a month ago discovered that they’re only for eye make up. But I still use them all over, since most of my make up is on eyes…

    I’m good, resting from a not so peaceful flight home…

  19. gio says:

    Awww Tabs looks so cute!
    .-= gio’s last blog post… QOTW: What was the last lip product you bought? =-.

  20. Marina says:

    Tabs looks ADORABLE! Love the photo πŸ™‚
    Today I got a new Vogue November from Russia and there they have great photos with cats wearing jewellery. They are so lovely I just have to post some photos later πŸ™‚
    .-= Marina’s last blog post… Makeup O My Rose Collection by Lancome for Spring 2010 =-.

  21. Dao says:

    Love his new tie! His eyes are very Cullen like πŸ™‚

    Whenever I travel, I always pack makeup wipes with me so I don’t have to bring them home. It’s nice to know this one works well, too!
    .-= Dao’s last blog post… My New Moon =-.

  22. Christy says:

    Heheh, I love dressed up pets!
    .-= Christy’s last blog post… NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil Swatches =-.

  23. Anastasia says:

    If you buy him a toupee to match his tie I am officially getting an intervention together LOL

    Seriously though, he looks adorable but also ready to scratch someone’s cornea off LOL

  24. Step says:

    Oh my word, Kitty Glitter looks like the kind of slot machine game you’d find in heaven. Also your cat love amazing and dignified. Anyway I tried one makeup remover towelette thing that I liked a lot. I think it was Dove and you had to moisten it and it foamed up, but it left my face a lot less dry than the wet kind. I’ll have to try these out sometime!

  25. Alexandra says:

    Awwww tabs looks so cute πŸ™‚ My cat would kill me if i tried to dress her up lol. Im currently using some cucumber cleansing wipes from a drug store over here in the uk,called Superdrug. There cheap and not bad at all

  26. Solé says:

    I really like the Neutrogena wipes in the blue package. I’m surprised no one mentioned them in the comments. I haven’t had any issues removing waterproof makeup with them, they’re also about $6, and they don’t leave a film on my face. I tried to save a few bucks last month and bought the store brand ones…yuck. They leave an icky residue on my face and they smell cheap, if that makes any sense.

  27. MIchelle says:

    The Neutrogena Makeup removing towelettes are my favorite ones! They easily remove fluidline and waterproof mascaras. And they smell nice.

    I love products that make my life easier.

  28. L says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Kitty Glitter. That’s amazing. Someone needs to make eye glitter named that. It can come in a very tiny litter box with a little scooper! It’s amazing that I’m not in marketing, I know.

    Tabs looks adorable. I could never get my kitties to wear anything. Back in May of ’94, I made little paper crowns for my family’s two kittens who were turning 1 (sadly, Iceman is no longer around, but Aisha is still happy and healthy). There are photos of them with the little hats on, but they do not look pleased.

    I feel like I should add that this took place at the end of second grade. I swear I wasn’t making paper cat hats in college or anything.

  29. Tiffany says:

    Yep, I LOVE the pink-package genesis ones! I bought them based on your review and they are amazing! Too bad they are so hard to find… my hubby actually picked some up for me this morning – he said it was the last package!

  30. Tiffany says:

    And they are so soft! I know it – he’s a keeper! He was like, which Olay ones do you want? I was like L’OREAL!!! πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tiffany,

      Ha ha ha! πŸ™‚ I’ve seen guys in the beauty section talking on cell phones to their girlfriends/wives many times! They always look a little bewildered and confused.

      How’s your day coming along so far? It’s time for met to grab some breakfast.

  31. Tiffany says:

    I’ve seen that too and think it’s pretty cute!

    My day is moving too quickly – I need to get lots of studying done today πŸ™

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