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It’s not a far stretch to say we all love makeup, right? And with a love of makeup should then come a natural love for makeup removers—I mean, if you don’t want day old makeup seeping into your pores because you missed a spot with your facial cleanser that is.
I love trying new makeup wipes because I use them as my first step to my nighttime skin routine. The best wipes for me get most everything off leaving the poor wipe covered in brown, red, black, and bright pink (foundation, lipstick, mascara, and blush), but don’t make my skin feel dehydrated and also don’t dry out in their packaging. Smelling good and having an anti-aging property or two also gets brownie points.
This is exactly why my ears perked up even more while at a press preview for the new h20+ revamp. Packaging junkies will be pleased to know that the brand has given their logo and packaging a makeover, making it easier to shop the brand as each line is now color coded. But the second that a h20+ spokesperson declared that the brand made a makeup wipe to rival MAC’s, I knew exactly what I was trying first from my gift bag.
The Aqualibrium Cleansing Face Wipes ($19 for 45 wipes) actually is quite the contender for MAC’s wipes ($15 for 30 wipes or $28 for 100). I stopped using MAC wipes long ago, but I do remember what I liked most about them was how moist they were. My mainstay in wipes since then and for quite a while has been Ole Henriksen Truth to Go Wipes (and uh, they ain’t lying about truth) and I’ve yet to find makeup wipes I love more than them—they feel like I washed and moisturized my skin after using them and contain Vitamin C and micro algae to help brighten, firm, and smooth the texture of skin.
So for me the real question is how did Aqualibrium Cleansing Face Wipes measure up against Ole Henriksen? h20+ wipes are SUPER moist which I love because who doesn’t hate when you reach for a makeup wipe and it’s dry and feels like sandpaper? They contain anti-oxidant rich algae, lavender extract, and Provitamin B that made my skin feel supple after using them. Plus you can’t deny that they kinda make you feel like you’re at a spa. The citrusy scent and brightening qualities of Ole still maintains them as my number one, but h20+ has definitely come through as a major contender in the makeup wipe game.
You can grab h20+ products at the company’s retail stores and h20plus.com, Ulta and Ulta.com.
P.S. What I’m trying next from the brand is this h20+ sea CLEAR Mattifying Toner ($17 for 6.7 fl oz). Warmer weather is coming and I take all measures to ensure my oily skin can be as matte as possible without over-drying. Expect a review soon after NYC has consecutive days of summer-like weather ;)