It's Review It Wednesday and I have a confession to make. I hate washing my face. I just do. Years ago, I was thrilled to discover makeup remover pads (I forget which brand). Every night, I'd open the plastic container, take out a pad, wipe off my makeup and go to bed. Of course, that's before I realized the environmental impact of disposable makeup removers. And it was before I realized the toxins embedded in most of these products.
So I've searched for solutions. One such solution is called The Original Makeup Eraser. This shocking pink cloth comes cleverly packaged in a light pink box that is the shape of an eraser... you know the kind we used to use in school. Cute marketing.
When Jessica Lucero contacted me and asked to review the Makeup Eraser, I readily agreed. To make it a fair deal, there were three cloths sent to me -- one for me to try and the other two were for my adult daughters.
I followed the directions and washed the cloth first. I used soap nuts liquid detergent, vinegar, and absolutely NO fabric softener (I gave that up over four years ago). Then came the time to test the cloth. I wet it and, using only a small section of this generously-sized cloth, I wiped all the makeup off my face. It cleansed easily without any tugging... even removing my stubborn mascara. As I was rinsing the cloth out so I could hang it to dry, I started to itch. I looked in the mirror and discovered there was a fine pink lint covering my face. I started "peeling" it off with my fingernails and as I did, I watched as small welts broke out across my jawline and cheeks. It was unpleasant, to say the least. Obviously, I was allergic to something in the cloth and I guarantee you, I've never used it again.
On the other hand, when I went to DC with my daughter a few weeks ago, I noticed she had her Makeup Eraser with her. As it turns out, she loves it. It's the only thing she uses on her face. Interesting. As I said, I was probably allergic to something in the cloth. That, coupled with my post-menopausal skin with the feel of a very fine sandpaper, was probably the problem for me. I don't think it was the cloth, per se, but rather, it was the condition of my dry sky.
With my daughters being in their late 20s, early 30s, their experience was totally different than mine. So I am going to recommend that you try it. There's an easy way to do that, too, because Ms Lucero has graciously agreed to send a cloth to a lucky Green Grandma community member. All you need to do is post a comment below.
But first, let me tell you a little bit more about The Original Makeup Eraser. This cloth is completely chemical free, although it is made from a polyester blend, which is not known to be the most eco-friendly material. But, because you use it every day and wash it once a week, you'll save packaging and manufacturing implications of soaps and cleansers, as well as a bunch of money. The cloth boasts an unfavorable environment for harboring bacteria and is guaranteed to last for at least 1,000 washings. Of course, you want to use a mild detergent and absolutely no fabric softener (you really shouldn't use fabric softener for anything... seriously). Plus, it's completely effective in quick removal of waterproof makeup and it is safe for false eyelashes.
In my daughters' cases, the Makeup Eraser leaves their skin soft, exfoliated, and residue-free. Since it's not microfiber, it doesn't dry out your skin. My experience was different, but like I said, I'm sure that had to do with my aging skin.
Reasonably priced at just $19.97, this is one purchase that is going to save you plenty of money in no time.
So, who wants to win one? I'm going to make it simple. All you have to do is post a comment below telling me how you remove your makeup or cleanse your face every night. A winner will be chosen via Random.org based on the number of entries received and The Original Makeup Cloth will be sent to you directly from the distributor. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 1st and is open to US residents only. You must be 18 or older to participate.