I got a Makeup Eraser The Original MakeUp Eraser Makeup Remover Cloth with a Scouted By Sephora Set recently and let me tell you I was beyond excited about reviewing it. I have had so many doubts about this and I was determined to call it a complete gimmick. I mean seriously, removing your makeup with a cloth and mere water? Never happen.
But it proved me wrong.
If you want to experience the joys of the Makeup Eraser I would highly suggest checking it out in the Scouted by Sephora Set. The set is $24 and includes a mini Makeup Eraser as well as a range of other products including ones from brands you may have never tried before like Milk, Besame, and Wanderlust Beauty. Granted, you aren’t getting a full-size Makeup Eraser in this set but the size is big enough to determine whether or not you need to splurge $20 bucks on the full-size one.
Makeup Eraser is actually a great product and it uses one the best ways to exfoliate your face technique that I use. Basically, that consists of a warm, wet wash cloth that I rub all over my face to gently exfoliate my skin. Makeup Eraser acts in the same way. It’s a 100% polyester so it has a very soft, fluffy feel with a slight drag when wet which works a treat at gently buffing skin which results in a smoother, softer complexion.
But this isn’t technically about exfoliating your face, it’s about removing your makeup!
The first time you use the Makeup Eraser it is suggested to throw it in your washing machine for a cleaning. I’m not sure why they suggest this when it just came out of the packaging but I did just that. As I mentioned above the cloth is very soft and it has a fluffy texture which feels quite lovely. It’s like a snugly blanket! As my Eraser was in the washing machine I decided to watch the “How to Use Your Makeup Eraser” video on Sephora.com and was horrified at how harshly the founder of the Makeup Eraser was rubbing her eyes. People, you do not want to remove your eye makeup with that much pressure! It’ll cause a host of fast aging issues like wrinkles, loss of elasticity, etc…Gentle is the key when removing eye makeup in my opinion.
After my eraser came out of the washing machine I allowed it to dry. I was going to wet it again anyway but meh I let it dry first for some odd reason.
So, to use the Makeup Eraser you simply saturate it well with warm water and wipe your makeup off. Sounds like a gimmick right? I thought so too! Particularly because they hail it as an easy way to remove all your makeup including eye makeup and waterproof mascara. Water and a wet cloth removing waterproof mascara? Never! But it works. It actually does remove about 95% of your entire face full of makeup. I typically remove my eye makeup with eye makeup remover before cleansing my face but I decided I wanted to test this out fully so I left everything on my face and eyes to test. It scrubbed away my foundation, my blush, even my dark brown eyeshadow, eyeliner, and waterproof mascara.
It isn’t a gimmick! It removed almost all my makeup and left a LITTLE tiny bit of mascara on my lashes but nothing too crazy. I followed up by cleansing with micellar water after to see if any makeup was left behind and aside from a bit of mascara my cotton pad came back clean.
But there’s a dilemma.
You have to really scrub your skin and tug at it quite a bit to get your makeup removed especially the makeup on your eyes. As I said above, you really don’t want to tug and scrub at the delicate skin around your eyes the way you have to when using this. Likewise for your face! The cloth is very soft but the scrubbing involved to remove makeup is a big no in my opinion.
Secondly, from what they suggest on the video you should wash the cloth once a week. Wait, what? That’s rather disgusting. I mean you can rinse it off at the end of the night but your harder to remove makeup won’t be removed completely until you throw it in the washing machine. I can’t see myself doing a load of laundry every single day because I need to wash my Makeup Eraser.
I like the idea you don’t have to use a bunch of chemicals on your skin to remove makeup. It’s also money saving when you don’t have to stock up on cleansing oil, facial cleanser, and eye makeup remover. Imagine the amount you’d save if water and a cloth is all you needed to remove your makeup? But the Makeup Eraser isn’t quite a product I’m willing to use as my full time makeup remover of choice. I feel like I have to put a lot of pressure into scrubbing away my makeup and personally, I don’t believe that’s good for my skin.
Great idea and it does work but I don’t think it’ll be good for my skin long term.
Do share your thoughts on it.