May 17, 2011

La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes Review

Dear Makeup World,

We need makeup remover wipes that can attack waterproof eye makeup!

k, thanks!

Looking forward to what you can come up with.

the Muse

What’s the dealio with makeup remover wipes that refuse to remove waterproof mascara? Is it some sort of conspiracy to drive me mad?

My fav wipes are undoubtedly MAC ones but even those have a difficult time getting off all my mascara without a hell of alot of rubbing action. The Kao Group in Japan makes a Biore Makeup Remover with oil that removes waterproof eye makeup…um, hello why can’t we have it too?

La Fresh, my kinda new fav indie brand, created Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes for eyes and lips….

Wonder if they work?

Check it!

Waterproof makeup remover wipes for eyes and lips.

These come in a pack of 24 for $9.99 and feature a smaller size than your average wipe. I’d say they are about half the size of a traditional wipe. This could prove irritating to some if you prefer a larger wipe but I personally like the size since I’m not left with a whole bunch of extra cloth that I’m wiping my eye area with so it’s kinda the perfect size for my eyes. The wipes have a pleasant lavender herbal scent.

I used them last night on a loaded eye…shadow, waterproof mascara, eyeliner, the works… actually did a fairly decent job of removing almost everything I had on but it left some residue on my bottom lash line (bit of left over mascara on the lower lash liner and some eyeliner on my waterline). Although they have an oil based formula that saturates the wipes I didn’t have trippy cloudy vision after use.

The thing I didn’t like about them….

I do wish they were a little more saturated as I find they are uncomfortable to use and tug my eye a fair bit. There isn’t any glide as you remove makeup and the cloth isn’t soft enough to feel comfortable as you swipe so it’s kinda tugging alot to get your eye makeup removed.

They kinda leave my hands feeling a tad greasy after use. Not too big a deal but it’s kinda crummy if I want to pick something important up after I remove my makeup like my computer mouse or another product…as it’ll leave greasy fingerprints on the item. So I make sure to wash my hands after use.

The fragrance is pleasant but quite strong so if you’re sensitive be aware prior to use.

  • Those who prefer removing their makeup with wipes and want a formulation that will remove waterproof mascara, eye makeup, and lip products.
  • Those who travel alot and don’t have extra room for bottles of eye makeup remover.

  • Those who aren’t keen on tugging their eye area a bit to remove makeup (if you’re scared of tugging your eye area for fear of wrinkles, can’t blame ya, you may wish to avoid as these involve a bit of tugging).
  • Those sensitive to scented products.

At $9.99 for 24 wipes these are an ickle expensive and the overall performance wasn’t as great as I had hoped however they are one of the few waterproof remover wipes on the market and for that alone they remain priceless. They do the job that’s for sure however I think they either need to saturate the wipes more or invest in softer cloth so the glide is a bit more comfortable around the delicate eye area as no one wants to tug too much around this area. I do appreciate them for travel as I think it’s irritating to have to pack another bottle when I’m on holiday plus La Fresh makes them in individually wrapped packets as well for easy travel so long as you don’t mind the extra packaging.

You can get them from

Do you have any recs for good oil based eye makeup remover wipes that you tried?

Or any that you really love using?

Tried any from La Fresh?

Share ’em!

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  • Cj

    I might check these out, I completely adore their body soother wipes! But tbh since I started using cleansing oils, I rarely ever use my mac wipes anymore. I still keep a small pack in my bag for emergencies tho :).

    • the Muse

      hey cj I totally keep mac wipes around too ;-D but I love my cleansing oils, wouldn’t give ’em up for the world :D!

  • Resa

    I’m partial to Skyn Iceland’s makeup wipes! It smells really fresh and cleans everything off! They’re really clean smelling and helped clear my skin!

  • sillylilacs

    24 wipes for $10?! O_O eeks 🙁 Sticking to my Kirkland ones ^_^

  • Rose

    so far nothing has removed makeup better than Pond’s Original (the blue & white pack– not the other versions). just start with eye makeup, do the rest of the face with the reverse, then get the (softened) remaining eye makeup.

    (if I’m using wipes that aren’t great I usually use something like clinique’s MU remover that you shake or almond oil on a cotton pad before the wipe)

    my facecloths appreciate the effort

  • Rose

    PS: for individual wipes you can go to the med aisle in the drugstore (or or anywhere) and buy EZY Dose Pill Pouch 100 ea for under $4. You can take almost any wipe (or cotton rounds with your own solution), fold and zip. They even have a write on label and I’ve had them keep a wipe wet at least six months (found one, wasn’t testing but surprised it was JUST as moist).

    I’ve also used these to hold stuff like Listerine strips to stay dry, small amounts of BE shadows for travel (yes, messy, but workable). And they keep things like Sephora samples from drying out so fast. Total steal.

  • Suzanne

    I used just their regular makeup remover wipes at a hotel this weekend and fell IN LOVE! They weren’t greasy at all and effectively removed all of my makeup, even eyeliner and mascara (although my mascara is water “resistant” not waterproof). Now I’m trying to figure out how to buy them without buying a bunch of individually wrapped ones (total waste of packaging if I’m just using them at home) and without paying $0.50 or $1.00 a piece.