If you’ve ever donned a smoky eye to go get Baked Cheetos at 10 in the morning, or if you’ve ever “needed” to bust out three tubes of mascara to simply continue living your life, you already know that whatever makeup goes on, must come off, and that’s when micellar cleansers like these two new ones from Neutrogena are handy.
For the uninitiated, micellar cleansers are a type of liquid makeup remover comprised of tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules suspended in soft water, and they’re designed to remove makeup, grit, grime — basically everything, even the hard-to-remove stuff like waterproof mascara. Also key: they work without heavy scrubbing, so they’re gentle.
Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Micellar Cleansing Towelettes ($6.99) and Micellar Cleansing Water ($11.99)
Neutrogena’s micellar cleansers work quickly and well. I can completely remove a full face of makeup with one swipe, and I’m talking about a look with all teh things — multiple layers of mascara, highlighter, bronzer, foundation, concealer — and they don’t irritate my skin or my eyes.
They’re so much better than the last drugstore micellar wipes I tried (*ahem* Garnier).
“Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Micellar Cleansing Towelettes effectively remove makeup while gently cleansing and purifying skin. These gentle, ultra-soft face wipes provide a deep clean by targeting 100% of impurities, leaving skin feeling soft and refreshed. The pre-moistened cleansing towelettes purify and revitalize skin. The formula is powered by Triple Micellar Technology which combines three gentle cleansers that work together to help remove even the toughest makeup, effectively cleanse, and purify skin without being harsh. Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Micellar Cleansing Towelettes require no rinsing and are non-comedogenic and oil- and alcohol-free.”
Although…I’d still exercise caution if you’re thinking about removing the eyeliner on your water line with one of the wipes because IMO they’re kinda scratchy for such a delicate area. Instead, I soak a soft cotton pad (I highly recommend the ones from Shiseido) with the Micellar Water, which removes my eye makeup just as well (even waterproof mascara, liquid and gel liners, and other long-lasting stuff).
Neutrogena Micellar Cleansing Towelette ingredients:
Water, Polysorbate 20, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-8, Sodium Benzoate, Poloxamer 407, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Portulaca Oleracea Extract
Neutrogena Micellar Cleansing Water ingredients:
Water, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, PEG-8, Poloxamer 407, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Portulaca Oleracea Extract
One more heads up: Both the wipes and the cleansing water are supposed to be fragrance-free, but my nose detects an eau d’minty dish soap and celery… It’s not, like, Biologique Recherche P50 stinky, but it’s pretty strong. It’s only a minor issue for me, seeing as how both products work so well and don’t cost an arm, leg and a tabby tail.
A pack of 25 wipes is $6.99 (and the wipes are BIG — roughly 7 by 9 inches), and a big 11.3-oz. bottle of the cleanser is $10.99.
Pretty good deal, yeah?
For both items, ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 4 out of 5 hearts.
Your friendly neighborhood beuaty addict,