Despite not including it as a goal for 2018, a big thing I need to get back into this year is skincare. I have spates of having a great skincare routine then months of just about managing to remove my makeup each evening. I’ve always thought that The Original MakeUp Eraser Makeup Remover Cloth looked like it could be the answer to my quiet prayers, so when I spotted the Primark Makeup Remover Cloth (part of the PS collection) in early Autumn for a mere £1.50, as opposed to £16 for the original, this was an obvious buy for me.
The idea behind the original makeup eraser, and this one I found in Primark for 10% of the price, is simply to remove makeup with water and a cloth. In fact, the tag line on the Primark makeup remover cloth is removes makeup with just water. One side of the cloth feels like a muslin cloth, and the other has more of a fluffy towel feel.
My number one issue with this cloth is that it sheds everywhere. The instructions for the original makeup eraser cloth does state to wash the cloth before use, but this Primark makeup remover cloth neglects this instruction which was a little frustrating. After washing it, it sheds far less and makes it easier to use.
I was definitely a little wary when it comes to removing eye makeup as it doesn’t take much for my lashes to fall out. The cloth definitely works for mascara removal (even waterproof mascara), but it does require some scrubbing which I’m not a fan of doing around my eyes. I’d rather dissolve eye makeup with a dedicated remover or oil cleanser. In fact, a micellar water does a better job than the cloth for eye makeup removal. For face and lip makeup I’m a little more aggressive and happier to tug at my face a little, and this cloth definitely needs this force to get this makeup off.
There are a few brands out there who have released similar cloths, including Makeup Revolution and W7 , but I don’t think I’ll be bothering simply because I prefer other methods of makeup removal. This is definitely an environmentally friendly option, but I still need to use other products to get residual makeup off in addition to the Primark makeup remover cloth. I know I should be using fewer cotton pads and should opt for washable muslin cloths and flannels instead, but I’d rather use products than just water.
Whilst I won’t be using this as an every day product, this is brilliant for travelling. It doesn’t do as great of a job as my favourite micellar water, but it works enough for me to not throw it in the bin. This is definitely one for lazy days, and worth keeping a couple in your bathroom or travel skincare kit for emergencies.