, £18 for three sponges, Beauty Bay
This eco-friendly and chemical-free microfibre sponge claims to completely remove all make-up using just water. It’s been described as a ‘game-changer’, generating serious buzz in the beauty industry, and is backed by Aussie beauty-blogging megastar Chloe Morello.
Katie Teehan, Chief Sub Editor
Dry skin with an oily T-zone and prone to spots around my jawline.
WHAT I USUALLY LOOK FOR IN A MAKE UP REMOVER:
Developing adult acne in my early 20s made me super-careful with my skin. I will not touch face wipes – except in the most desperate camping-related emergencies – and I am that person who does a full cleansing routine every single night, even at 3am after too many shots (don’t hate me). But that doesn’t mean I actually enjoy all that faff. So I need something that gets my skin really clean without irritating it – and if it allows me to get to bed quicker than my current regime, even better.
FACE HALO MAKEUP REMOVER REVIEW:
Can a fluffy pad really get rid of all your make-up, even waterproof mascara, using just water? It seems far-fetched, but there’s so much hype about this product, I was keen to try it for myself.
First impressions? It’s like rubbing a wet teddy bear on your face – only a lot more pleasant than that sounds. It’s super-soft, and while I assumed it would feel like it was ‘dragging’ on my skin without the extra lubrication of any product, it was surprisingly gentle.
The pad soon turned a lovely muddy colour as it took off my make-up (foundation, bronzer, eyeliner, mascara and lipstick), and it felt a bit wrong to keep rubbing it over my face while it was that grubby. But there was zero transfer – the fibres really do scoop up all the make-up and hang onto it as you go. To test this out, I even tried rubbing my face with the clean side of the pad once I was done, and nothing came off – not even any pesky last scraps of mascara. My face was totally clean and even a little bit glowy.
It’s not going to fully substitute a cleansing routine – I still felt the need to sweep a little cleanser over my face after – but for quick-fix make-up removal it is outstanding. After you’re done, just rub a little soap or shower gel onto the pad, rinse and it’s like new again. Face Halo say you can pop it in the washing machine up to 200 times, so I’d probably do this after every couple of uses.
The Face Halo turns out so much cheaper and more eco-friendly than face wipes (which, I’ve discovered, take 100 years to decompose – even more reason to swap them for this).
This super-handy pad is now a permanent fixture in my shower, gym bag and travel kit.
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