Two years ago I saw a lot of American Youtubers rave about something called The Original Makeup Eraser and I've wanted to try one ever since. It's now available in the UK in Boots so I had to give it a go!
What is it and what does it claim to do?
The Original Makeup Eraser looks like a big, bright pink flannel / face towel that has a rounded edge. It's made of 100% polyester which doesn't sound very exciting, but this flannel says it will remove all of your makeup with just water, making conventional makeup remover products redundant, and thus saving you lots of money in the long term as you can use this for 1,000 washes. The fibres are very closely knitted together and they are so fine that they can break down the 'surface tension' of oils when they get wet, thus removing your makeup with just water.
The Makeup Eraser has two sides to it - a regular flannel side, and an 'exfoliating' side which has longer fibres which feel thicker. Both sides of the flannel feel incredibly soft (much, much softer than any of my normal cotton based flannels and towels), and the makers say it's suitable for all skin types including sensitive and blemish prone.
How do I use it?
Thoroughly wet the Makeup Remover with warm water then gently use it to rub off your makeup in circular motions. Rinse and repeat until everything is off. Make sure you wash it before using it for the first time, and wash it after every use.My thoughts?
Being a firm advocate of double cleansing, I was hugely sceptical about this product, but guess what? It actually works! I could not believe my eyes when I saw all of my full coverage foundation come off on the flannel! I even used a toner on a cotton pad afterwards to check if there was still any makeup on my face, and it wiped away clean. It even took off most of my waterproof mascara, though this did require some rubbing so it's not something I would choose to do again around the eye area. But all in all, it does what it says it will do and it does it very well.
Will it replace my makeup remover products?
No. Although I'm impressed that this works, I found that my skin started to feel quite dry after testing it out for two weeks and not using any makeup removers. This may be down to the fact that I live in a hard water area, but my skin felt like it needed something else to balance it out. I also didn't like how much I needed to rub at my eyes to get off my mascara, though I do wear a lot of stubborn waterproof formulas. However, I will happily continue using the Makeup Eraser on those occasions where I'm wearing a lot of makeup, but I'll use it with a separate eye makeup remover and follow it up with a cream or balm cleanser afterwards.
The Original Makeup Eraser* retails for £16.50 and is available from Boots.
Have you tried this?