Thursday, January 23, 2014

Cleanse Off Mitt review

One of my most loathed jobs in life is removing my makeup.  I'm inherently lazy and most evenings have to force myself to get stuck in and remove the war paint.  Sometimes I pretend that I'm testing out the longievety of an eyeshadow or foundation, but it's just pure laziness at the crux of it.

You've probably seen eleventy million reviews of this already and after reading everyone's, I wasn't going to bother writing my own as I thought what's the point in saying what's already been said twenty times already.  But my review is different unfortunately.  And I'm very conflicted as you'll see below!

The Cleanse Off Mitt arrived here before Christmas and over the past couple of weeks I've finally gotten around to playing with it.  The idea behind it is that once wet, the microfibres hook under the bonds of your makeup, promising to remove it with just water, no cleanser needed.


The first time I used it was after a day of photographing a bunch of makeup products and I'd everything on from foundation to blush, mascara to eyeliner.  So a typical day for me!  Following the instructions, I saturated the mitt with warm water and got busy, working it over my skin.  You don't need to scrub at your face to see the product coming off, just use as much pressure as if you were using a face cloth.

It seemed to remove my foundation and most of my mascara and liner, but there was some residue left around my eyes and wouldn't budge no matter how many times I rubbed at it.  I don't like rubbing at my eyes too much, so left it.  I rinsed the mitt out after working on each section of my face, cheeks, chin, forehead and eyes to make sure I wasn't rubbing more makeup back into my skin.  It took all of a few minutes to do the job, as long as it would take you with a wipe.  Looking at the mitt when you've finished the job at hand is scary because it looks filthy and you'd assume all the makeup was gone from your face.

After I'd finished grimacing at the state of the poor mitt, I had a proper look at my face.  My skin looked clean but I wanted to test just how clean it actually was, so sprayed some toner onto cotton wool and swiped them over my face only to find them covered with makeup.  I'd to give it two rounds of toner on cotton wool before I was fully happy that my skin was clean.  So not the best first impression.

I've since used it another five or six times and spent a bit longer going through the motions.  Yes, it removes about 80% of my makeup but I still need to cleanse again and use an eye makeup remover to get rid of all traces of my mascara.  When I use it in conjunction with a cleanser, it's great but then I could use any facecloth for that and it doesn't make it stand out from my Emma Hardie Micro Fibre cloth.

Now, I'd still use it over wipes as apart from WaterWipes, they're generally full of chemicals and the mitt just involves using water.  As a makeup remover that claims to remove everything with just water, it's only ok.   And yet I'm still using it.  For days where I've to come home from work and head back into town for a meeting, I use it as a quick fix, knowing that I'll be putting makeup back on and don't need my skin to be fully clean.  I want to love it, I really do and I think that's why I keep using it in the hopes that some day I'll use my toner and have clean cotton wool!

 I know it's worked great for some people after reading lots of glowing reviews.  I feel like the odd man out but the cotton wool spoke for itself!

To clean it you can wash it with hand soap or plonk it in the washing machine and hang it up.  It's supposed to last three months which is odd because my Emma Hardie face cloth which is a muslin cloth on one side and a microfibre on the other lasts me months and months.   You can buy the Cleanse Off Mitt for €5 on Beauty Emporium.

Tell me, am I using it wrong or do you have any tips to make it work better for me?
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16 comments

  1. Meh,this wouldnt appeal to me at all,especially after reading your review. Am I missing something or is this not just a glorified facecloth?! I'm sure if one were to use a facecloth with water it would remove some but not all makeup,no? Think ill stick to my beloved oil& balm cleansers! X

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    1. I must say as much as cleansing my face is a chore, I love using different products and seeing them melting the makeup off! That and I have so many skincare products to go through ;)

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  2. Surely you would hqve to put this in the washing machine after every use. If you leave it to dry out ot would just harbour bacteria. Think its best off to stick with cleanser, eye make up remover and toner. Good honest review

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    1. You can wash it with hand soap between uses and also put it into the washing machine for a proper wash.

      Thanks Anon

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  3. I think this works well when used before the Clarisonic. It takes off most makeup but the Clarisonic then gives the deep clean

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    1. Yeah I've used it with the Clarisonic too, but if it's being touted as something that will remove all of my makeup, then it should do what it says on the tin! I could use any other cleanser to take most of my makeup off and deep cleanse with the Clarisonic. It just fell short of my expectations after reading everyone's reviews unfortch.

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  4. I'm not a fan of those cleansing mitts, they just don't remove all of your makeup like an oil or cleansing balm would... I use the Clinique cleansing balm and it takes off everything, complete with mascara & eyeliner!

    alex @ pinkelephantbloggin.com

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    1. The idea is great, it just didn't do what it said on the tin ;) I wrote this post last weekend and have still used it every night this week to make sure I'm not mistaken but no, I still need to cleanse again after using it.

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  5. I've side-eyed this myself. It's just a cloth. It's really just a cloth.

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    1. Ok glad I'm not the only one a bit wishy washy on this!

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  6. The thought of using just a microfiber cloth and water on my face just doesn't sound nice or good to me.
    I have dry sensitive skin and I could seem myself turning into a red desiccated mess.
    I use an oil/balm and I massage it into my face before a flannel/muslin cloth ever touches my face.
    Am I right in thinking that microfiber cloths are those that you use to buff polish into your car??

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    1. Haha! I use a micro fibre cloth (a different one to this one) to work my cleansing balm or oil into my skin and it exfoliates my face nicely while removing my makeup. I think I'm so used to cleansing my mush with lovely products that it feels wrong just using water!

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  7. Karen, you have the Origins cleansing oil dontcha? Well there's a couple of things I learned after trying the Nima Mitt (which I left behind me at the inlaws and never got back boo) and have put them into practice with this one too...
    First off, water alone can't remove oil based ingredients. My skin is not a fan of too much physical exfoliation, it's too irritating, so physically rubbing off those adherent oil ingredients isn't great for it.

    However, using it with a cleansing oil is amazeballs! Removes all the makeup with less rubbing (irritation) and I find the teeny microfibres grab debris in my pores and help clear it out. Try it with your origins cleansing oil and let me know how you get on!

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    1. Hey lady, yeah I have the cleansing oil and have used the mitt with it and it's grand. But my issue is, if the unique selling point is that it will remove makeup with just water, then it should! If not then it's just a cloth. I use my Emma Hardie microfibre cloth all the time with my cleansing oils and balms and so the mitt is essentially the same as that, except the Emma Hardie cloths are cheaper (€11 for 3) and last longer than 3 months.

      Maybe I wouldn't have such an issue if it wasn't being touted as a miracle product, holy grail etc But for me it doesn't do what it says on the tin. Maybe if it said "Takes off all your makeup with a cleanser" then I'd be happier ;)

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  8. Totally agree, and up to this point reading everyone else's reviews, I though I was the only one it wasn't working for with water alone! There's always one! Was thinking everyone else had skin more accepting of rubbing than mine or something. Not that rubbing is a good thing, especially around the eyes.

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  9. Right, I feel stalky commenting on this but I didn't know you'd done a review until I read your comment on Jane's blog a few days ago and I KNEW it had to be this you were talking about. What turned me off this was the PR campaign, I thought it was very crawl-up-your-arse and very over-friendly. We've seen this before with the NIMA mitt so it was hardly groundbreaking. I posted a DIY one ages ago - a microfibre cloth is just that. A microfibre cloth. 1.49 in Dealz. I don't get the hype, I don't think it's particularly essential, and I don't want to clean my face the same way I shine the windows. *bitchface* THANK YOU for being honest. This is the reason I google every product I want to see with the word "lovelygirliebits" after it.

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