Clinique's Take the Day Off products each offer a different method of gently and effectively removing makeup. We're excited to report that Micellar Cleansing Towelettes for Face & Eyes meets the expectations set by its predecessors.
Micellar cleansing waters are saturating the market, but what is micelle technology? Simply put, It's a way of formulating cleansers that involves how the cleansing agents combine with water to interact with the oil and cellular debris you want to remove during cleansing. There's nothing inherently special about this technology, though, and it's not what sets these towelettes apart.
What does make these stand out is an irritant- and fragrance-free formula suitable for any skin type, including extra sensitive. Although these cloths are gentle, they effectively remove makeup, even waterproof mascara (though Clinique doesn't make a specific waterproof claim).
Micellar Cleansing Towelettes for Face & Eyes come in a standard disposable wipe bag with a flip-top opening. We appreciate the flip-top (as opposed to an adhesive closure) for keeping the wipes fresh but did occasionally experience two wipes dispensing at once.
If you're wearing a full face of makeup, you'd likely need two cloths (as is the case with most wipes). Fifty wipes come in a pack and even if you use two at a time, from a monetary perspective, these are on par with cloths from drugstore brands, which tend to offer fewer cloths per package.
The wipes themselves are stretchy, soft, and slightly longer and more rectangular than others. As an aside, we've read reviews that these wipes are smaller than others, so we put that to the test. By cutting the extra length off of a wipe — forming a square — we found they were only a half inch smaller than 4 other brands' cloths. They're sufficiently saturated with liquid, dry quickly and leave no residue behind.
Overall, if you're a fan of the other products in Clinique's Take the Day Off line and like the concept of facial cleansing wipes, we recommend checking these out!
Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.
Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.
Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.
That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).
Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.
The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.
Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.
For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.
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