Do Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleansing Cloths Live Up to Great Expectations?

Published in: Product Reviews, Skin Care

Great Expectations isn’t just the story of an orphan named Pip. It’s also what I had for these facial cleansing cloths from Philosophy.


But can you blame me? Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleansing Cloths are named after one of my favorite products of all time, Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple liquid cleanser.

Yep, PMS and I go waaaay back… 🙂

I couldn’t even venture a guess at how many bottles of it I’ve used over the years, but it’s been a lot.

Like the liquid version, the cloths, which have been out on shelves for a while now, are supposed to remove dirt, oil and makeup, except they do it without the need to rinse.

Are they soft? Yes, ma’am. And they do what many lesser cleansing cloths can’t — remove long-wearing makeup — but they also contain something that causes a mild tingling sensation, and it kinda gets on my nerves.

That said, my waterlines take to ’em pretty well and aren’t irritated by whatever causes the tingling (no watery eyes). It’s really quite mild, but I still wish it wasn’t there.

Forgivable? Absolutely, because they are, in fact, great at doing what they’re designed to do. They cut through the stubbornest makeup and leave my skin feeling clean, albeit a little drier and tighter than it feels when I use the liquid version.

The cloths also leave behind a light film and surprisingly aren’t imbued with the lovely liquid version’s herbal scent (these are fragrance-free).


Simply put, Purity Made Simple facial cleansing cloths are good — REALLY good. They cut through long-wearing makeup with ease, but are they good enough to justify the price? They just might be.

PRICE: $20 (45 count, 8 x 5 in. cloths)
AVAILABILITY: Sephora stores and online

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. TGIF! 🙂 I’m so excited it’s Friday, and I really want to do something fun tonight. Maybe dinner and a movie. Do you have any plans?


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  1. Kim says:

    Skating and a haunted house with the boys for me tonight! 🙂 Have a good weekend!

    • Karen says:

      That sounds like fun!

      Okay, so you know you’re a child of the ’80s when you hear the word skating and automatically assume it’s roller skating. Dang I miss roller rinks!

    • Karen says:

      Oh, I’ve been meaning to ask you — have you had time to play with your Lorac Private Affair Palette?!

      • Kim says:

        OK, now I’m really laughing. YES! I totally miss roller skating. There’s a roller derby league in the “city” closest to us and we’re always laughing about joining (except we’re too old with too many torn ligaments!).

        The other reason I’m laughing is because I just wrote back to you on the last post and used the word “dang”. We must be sharing a Joe Dirt moment! HAHAHA!

        I actually did fool with the Private Affair a bit but stuck mostly to the lighter colors. I love that dark wine but can’t quite get the hang of it on my upper lash line – it just looks too goth on me. I end up having to pat a lighter shadow on top of it but I’m looking like grim death with it on. Any suggestions? 🙂

        PS I am LOVING the UD Jackpot liners, though. I wear a different color everyday (today is El Dorado and it’s surprisingly flattering)!

  2. mkdallas says:

    I’m thinkin’ that price is too high, even if they’re terrific. I use the L’Oreal Skin Genesis ones and they’re really great…only $7 for 30, too.

  3. Tracy says:

    I’ve wondered how good these are. I’d get them to just use them when I use some long wearing makeup then. But I do like my Neutrogena ones!
    Going shopping tonight!! Got a Sephora Friends & Family card that’s burning a hole in my purse! In Canada, you have to know somebody to get the discount right now when the US has the online sale. Luckily I do!
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  4. Trude says:

    I think I’ll stick with my Say Yes to Cucumbers wipes. My skin is pretty sensitive so tingling on you would probably mean tomato red on me! 🙂

    We’re having a Wii gaming night at my house, pajamas preferred. Most likely pizza and junk food will be involved too! 😀
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  5. Nicki says:

    I had a free sample of these about a month ago. I thought the worked pretty well but the tingling sensation kinda bothered me.

  6. Nina says:

    my sephora f&f cart was all skincare – and 2 of em were philosophy items. 🙂 i cant wait to try this wipe!

  7. lexi says:

    Passing since you are not the only one to complain that these sting. I almost forgot to put this in my Sephora shopping cart.

  8. JJ says:

    Mmm, thanks for the review! I might pick this up in the Sephora FF sale going on right now!

  9. Mary says:

    Karen, which do you prefer these or Costco’s? XXOO

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mary,

      I like both, but prefer the Costco ones for the price and the non-tingly action. The Philosophy ones do remove long-wearing stuff faster though.

  10. Etsy Breslin says:

    Ouch! These burned my eyes like crazy!! I had to throw them out becase of it!

  11. veronica says:

    I’ve been using PMS for a few weeks now, and I’m really liking it! The smell is awesome. I’ve stopped using wipes since I read that they can give you wrinkles because they pull on sensitive skin too much, and now I’m paranoid.

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