Sensitive Hungarian Water Essence Calming Makeup Remover Wipes
Olay Sensitive Hungarian Water Essence Calming Makeup Remover Wipes are great for all skin types, but not because of the Hungarian Water Essence, which this product is said to be “inspired by”. As it turns out, this contains a standard (but effective) roster of ingredients, including plain water, but the soft, sturdy cloths work to gently cleanse and remove most types of makeup.
Packaged in a standard soft plastic pouch with a resealable tab, we love that these cloths don’t leave a residue on skin. The mild formula doesn’t need to be rinsed, which is great because it contains replenishing niacinamide, glycerin, aloe, and green tea (Camellia sinensis).
On the downside, these cloths aren’t adept at completely removing long-wearing or waterproof formulas. They’re OK for mascara removal if you follow Olay’s “press, hold, and wait to wipe” technique, but even then you’ll likely find a regular cleanser or oil-based remover is more efficient. However, these are perfect if you wear light makeup or just want a quick cleanse post-workout.
One more comment: The cloth’s solution hydrates skin, but doesn’t contain enough heavy-hitting hydrators to “drench” skin as claimed.
Note: What appears to be the same formula is available in liquid form--without wipes--is Olay’s Hungarian Water Essence Calming Cleansing Water, which is the better value because it should last longer.
- Gentle, fragrance-free formula.
- Soft clothes are easy to use.
- Doesn’t leave a residue on skin.
- Deposits niacinamide and antioxidants on skin.
- Doesn’t work to remove all types of makeup.
Olay Sensitive Calming Makeup Remover Wipes, inspired by Hungarian Water Essence, are soap-free, so it’s gentle on skin and suitable to use as an eye makeup remover. These soothing face wipes cleanse away daily makeup & buildup and fortify skin’s surface by drenching skin in hydration — with no greasy residue left behind. Inspired by Hungarian Water Essence, this sensitive skin facial cleanser is infused with essences of aloe, cucumber and tea extracts, which work with Olay’s gentle skin formula to calm dry, stressed skin.
Starting decades ago with the now-classic Oil of Olay, this brand now offers an extensive range of skin-care products sold at drugstores and mass-market stores. Today's Olay lineup for those concerned about staving off the effects of aging skin is impressive, comprising their Regenerist, Pro X, and Total Effects lines. All of these (and several other Olay products) contain the B vitamin niacinamide. As you might expect, the claims made for it are inflated, but niacinamide is a very helpful ingredient for all skin types, capable of exerting multiple benefits.
In fact, perhaps the biggest complaint about Olay is that there are a number of repetitive formulas within and between the sub-brands make this line confusing and tricky to shop! Still, there is a lot to like about this drugstore stalwart, with its main drawback being a few formulas containing fragrance or other ingredients that have the potential to cause irritation.
For more information about Olay, owned by Procter & Gamble, call (800) 285-5170 or visit www.olay.com.
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