I had a Pavlovian response to these Biore Makeup Removing Towelettes ($8 for 30 wipes) when I spotted them at the drugstore the other day… I saw the words “with Green Tea” on the packaging and reflexively reached for the box.
I thought, “Gee, I like green tea.” Sounds like a match made in heaven.
After checking myself and making sure I wasn’t just thinking about getting them because they contain green tea — I had just run out of my MAC Wipes — I placed them in my cart.
The cleansing rinse-free makeup wipes are also, according to Biore, supposed to be able to handle waterproof mascara. Full of hope, I thought, “We shall see.”
First, the good stuff…which right there tells ya that there’s a flip side to this (sorry!), LOVE the green tea scent. I find it refreshing, especially coupled with the feel of the soft cottony wipes.
To their credit, the wipes feel great, both during and after using them. No thick or sticky residues left behind on my neck or face, either, so major points for that.
Unfortunately, they lose points with me for efficiency. It takes two wipes and a few minutes to remove a full face of non-waterproof/long-wearing makeup, and three wipes (and even more minutes) if I’m wearing waterproof stuff. That’s not awful, considering the price, but it’s not fantastic either. With MAC and Kirkland Wipes, I usually need just one wipe, even to remove the toughest products.
And I’m not completely sold on these for people with sensitive and/or acne-prone skin. I have both, and after the first time I used these I felt a sting (ouch!). A few days later, I also noticed a couple of small pimples on my chin.
I’d been using my regular routine of face and makeup products at the time, so the wipes were the only new additions to the mix.
Unless I get a green tea craving I just can’t resist (which is entirely possible), I probably won’t be buying these again.
PRICE: $8 for a pack of 30 wipes
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: C
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,