A fun fact about me: I absolutely hate makeup wipes. Rubbing them against my skin irritates the hell out of it, most of them have an overwhelming odor, and a lot of the times, they're still no match for my mascara.
But I've only ever used wipes from the drugstore, so I have to ask: Will splurging on high-end wipes finally change my life? Is cheaping out what I've been doing wrong this whole time?
So I tried them both. I compared the cheapest makeup wipes on the market to the most expensive ones to find out once and for all if expensive = better.
I'll start with my favorite, which happens to be the cheapest wipes at my drugstore: Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes.
The pack is easy to find at most drugstores, and it's usually priced around $5. For that, you get a plastic pack full of 25 wipes. The packaging doesn't have any bells and whistles, but it doesn't completely suck, either.
Although this wipe doesn't have any practical texture to it, I can tell right off the bat that Lancer uses a higher-quality fabric to make its wipes than drugstore brands.
Remember that time I tried out eight different drugstore wipes? Since then, I have a very keen sense for synthetic materials, and I can feel that these are just a little bit softer than pretty much every drugstore wipe out there.
Also, there is little to NO scent on this, another feature I adore as my skin is sensitive to fragrance.
But, when it came time to actually put that cloth on my face, I was let down.
The Lancer wipes got the job done, sure, but it took some time and effort to get there. Lipstick and foundation came off without a stitch, but my eyeliner and mascara required me to rub my eyes quite intensely. My contacts fogged up from the wipe's residue, and my skin immediately developed that tell-tale tingle I get from most makeup wipes.
Womp womp womp.
That being said, I don't think I'll ever understand why anyone would spend $40 on makeup wipes when they could buy themselves a quality cleansing balm for a few bucks less.
But hey, to each their own, I guess.
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