I’m all for an easy life. I’m also for saving the planet, so I’ve been trying my hardest to stop using makeup wipes and cotton pads to remove my makeup. I actually haven’t bought any more wipes or cotton pads in the last 4 months or so and was just working through the ones that I already had – and it turns out I apparently compulsively buy different wipes to try when I’m buying other toiletries without giving any thought to what I already have at home… tell me I’m not the only one?
My first option for removing my makeup with no throwaway products was using Micellar water with a muslin cloth. Which was working well for the first few weeks but eventually I felt like I was washing the muslin cloth that often that whatever planet saving that I was doing by not buying one-use wipes was being cancelled out with the amount of electricity I was using washing the muslin clothes not to mention the extra washing powder and they never actually ended up that clean anyway.
I had seen microfibre makeup removal pads around the internet, especially on YouTube, but I really wasn’t into spending £20 plus postage and customs charges for 3 pads. Hey, I’m a cheapskate ok? So when I noticed the Derma V10 Make Off Mitt when I was out shopping for just 99p, I figured it was worth a punt to try it out.
I’m glad that I picked this microfibre cloth up. It works really well at removing all my makeup – including my mascara – using just water. My routine for removing my makeup now involves holding the mitt under the tap for a few seconds to get it damp and turn off the tap (I’m trying to save the planet, remember? Get that tap turned off when you’re not using it) and start gently with a little pressure, moving my hand in a circular motion to remove foundation and concealer from my cheeks and forehead first. Then I wash the mitt to get the liquid products washed out as best I can before moving onto the tougher eyeliner and mascara removal. This takes a little more effort, but it’s not horrendous nor does it take forever to remove. I’ve not tried this with waterproof mascara because I generally don’t wear it, but I can confirm that it does remove my mascara without leaving my eyes looking red or like I’ve been rubbing them for 5 minutes (disclaimer: I don’t have sensitive skin, so I’m unsure if you do have sensitive skin if this would leave redness behind from the gentle scrubbing).
Again, I was out the remaining makeup from the mitt before popping it on the towel hanger in my bathroom to dry naturally overnight. There is a little staining from mascara but it’s so much better than the muslin cloth that seemed to just let all the makeup cling to it no matter how much I rinsed it out.
The great thing about the Make Off Mitt is that you don’t need to use any additional products, so you’re not changing the PH of your skin – or spending money on remover or micellar water. Which suits my bargain-loving self.