I have been searching for the best wipes I can find for the cheapest price, and so far, these are in the lead. I am not crazy about the fragrance, I'd prefer if they were unscented, but oh, well... I've smelled worse. So far, I have purchased and used MAC wipes, Sephora brand, Jeanne Pierre, and Neutrogena. MAC were my fave, but the price is more than I'd prefer to pay for this type of product. Sephora's are good, but they sting the skin around my eyes for some reason. Jeanne Pierre were my least fave; the price was right, but the scent reminded me of nail polish remover! (Yikes!) Neutrogena are good, but I don't like the texture of the cloth compared to the others.
(I'm sorry... I know... I always digress!)
Anyway, the Ponds Clean Sweeps are under $5.00 for 30 wipes (great price compared to MAC & Sephora). They don't sting the area around my eyes, they don't leave any sticky residue on my face afterwards, and the cloth is nicely textured, almost like an exfoliating cloth. I always follow-up with facial cleanser afterwards no matter what brand I use- but the Ponds wipes were the first I used that I didn't feel the 'need' to do so. It removed all the same junk from my face that the other brands do- no better, no worse. For the price and the performance, I would definitely repurchase and recommend these wipes.
UPDATE 12/01/08: Well, something about these cloths changed, and along with it- my rating. They changed the texture of the cloth (at least I think so) and I don't like them anymore. Also, the price went up, and I think they are a few bucks more now. Disappointed... \:o( continued >>
A little about me: Very dry, sensitive skin, that tends to overproduce oil, with possible mild rosacea on cheeks and chin.
I love Pond's Clean Sweep. I've been using them for years. They are great at gently removing makeup, even mascara, and they don't irritate my skin. They have never broken me out that I know of. They gently exfoliate, moisturize, and soothe. I love them. Give them a try. They are worth the money, and the travel packs are great when you have to go somewhere. Wonderful product! continued >>
I have been using these for quite some time now, and I recently took the advice from some of the reviews on here and purchased the Equate (Wal-mart) brand of these. I have to say though, that I much prefer the Ponds brand. Sorry! I found the Equate brand to be too greasy for my oily, acne-prone (sensitive) skin. Love these towelettes!
EDIT: (5-4-09): I had to stop using these about five months ago because they made me break out every time I used them. I switched to a liquid cleanser and it has helped tremendously.
I love this makeup remover! I have tried others, but I always go back to this one! It is very gentle and does a great job without irritating.
These are easy to use alot of cleanser on the towelettes even in travel pack form. Kind of sticky so I still rinse my face ,but they take off all cities gunk off my face at end of day . I do have a prob with it taking off wp mascara ,but thats not a horror as I don't always wear mascara .
These work very well removing my makeup at the end of the day as long as I don't use water-proof mascara, these don't remove water-proof mascara very well for some reason. For all other kinds of makeup, these perform well and leave my face feeling refreshed. I usually still splash some water on my face afterwards to remove any residue from the towelettes. I have not noticed these causing any acne for me.
I still think the Garnier ones are better, but these do the trick. Only downside is they made my already dry/sensitive skin MORE dry. Maybe these are good for more oilier skin types.
Unfortunately these broke me out on the very few occasions I have used them. I loved the smell and the way they made my face feel so clean afterwards, it's just a pity that I can't use them!
This towelette makes my skin soft and my skin looks kind of glowing after. It has a nice smell to it, its handy to carry around with you. I cant give it 5 lippies though because I need to still use a cleanser afterwards cuz it still leaves some residue on my skin. it doesnt fully remove dirt/oil.
The cloth is strong and well made. The texture is soft and soaks up makeup without leaving it on your face.
The strength of the makeup removing is actually a 4 out of 5 I would say. It's a bit on the dry side, so there's not much liquid on the towelettes. Maybe I am used to MAC wipes, so it's weird. However, it works for normal makeup. It's a little hard to remove fluidliner between the lashes and might not work with waterproof items. After using the towelettes it leaves the skin feeling fresh. I don't really enjoy leaving any type of makeup remover residue on my face, so I still wash my face afterwards. Though I do not feel much if any residue on my face even before I wash it off, so it is nice.
The packaging itself is sort of lame, but it works for now. I am not sure if it will keep on working. It is one of those plastic flaps that sticks to plastic. You'll know once you see it. Crappy packaging keeps the price low though, which is a plus.
The price was 5 or 6 USD at my local convenience store for 30 towelettes. It was the biggest size they had and it's a pretty good price. Not the cheapest in the land because you are still not achieving that bulk item price break.
The smell irks me a bit. I'm not much a fan of the scent and am not sure what it is yet, but... old lady, maybe? It's probably advertised as cucumber or something though, who knows, hahaha.
Overall, it's a decent product if you just want to get rid of non waterproof items such as foundation eyeshadow, etc... However, if you use MAC liduidlast liner on a daily basis you may want to only try a small pack of these and see if it works for you. I haven't used enough of these yet to decide if I would repurchase or not.