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Everyone can relate to that feeling of getting home after a long day of work (not to mention squeezing in a sweat session, some social life, and meal prep, NBD) and feeling too lazy to wash your face. Even though there’s not a skin-care expert alive who recommends sleeping in your makeup and/or grime…
Enter the genius invention of makeup removing wipes, which allow you to wash your face and strategically remove eye makeup without the hassle—or, hey, the need for water.
But not all makeup remover towelettes are made equal. So to help you get through those nights when you’re more inclined to fall into bed than to oil cleanse (or if you’ve got a face full of heavy-duty makeup on—cough, Halloween, cough), Well+Good’s editors tested out all of the options to see which wipes can handle your tinted moisturizers, non-toxic mascara, and bold lipsticks in one fell, er, swipe.
We looked at everything, from how quick and effective they were at removing makeup and how they made our skin feel afterwards to whether they were likely to give you a face full of hives due to harsh ingredients.
OGEE DAILY FACIAL CLEANSING CLOTHS: Real talk: There’s nothing more annoying than re-opening a pack of makeup remover wipes and realizing that they’ve gone drier than a stack of cotton pads. (Not just me, right?) Luckily, the Ogee cloths don’t lack in moisture—even when you’re down to the last one. And that nourishing feeling extended to my skin post-swipe, thanks to the hydrating jojoba (all sustainably produced in the US, as an added bonus) and botanical oils like ylang ylang and geranium. Plus, they contain organic oat extract, which works as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant (hey, I’m all about multitasking). —Rachel Lapidos, assistant editor