grey makeup towel and black makeup eraser
Skincare

The Makeup Eraser Vs The Microfiber Cloth Debate

For some reason, the existence of this type of product has NEVER been in my beauty vocabulary. Until very recently, that is.

And am I so glad to have finally made that introduction. Better late than never, right?

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Why Haven’t I Been Using This For Years?

OMG, I have literally just come to the realization that the days of me coming out of the bathroom looking like a beetroot Veruca Salt are over!

Seriously!

Now, I don’t have the most sensitive skin in the world, by any means.

But it does tend to flare up when I do any treatments or follow a regular skincare regime. No matter how gentle and benign the products in question may be, I tend to be left with very dry skin when I am too active in my skincare routine.

The best thing is that with the Makeup Eraser, that is all gone.

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I started to do some searching online, and have discovered there is much cynicism and debate around the Makeup Eraser and that you might as well look at it as a hyped-up microfiber towel. A brand with impressive marketing power, perhaps.

Sure, they are much the same type of product. Perhaps even in the same ballpark, but I’m here to tell you that the Makeup Eraser is my friend til the end and I’ll show you why!

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The Makeup Eraser

The Black Makeup Eraser

Pros

  • rewashable – get rid of makeup remover wipes once and for all (woohoo!)
  • machine washable
  • takes off makeup with warm water – ditch your daily make-up removers
  • quick-drying
  • gentle on skin
  • non-abrasive
  • hypo-allergenic
  • vegan
  • cruelty-free
  • dermatologist-approved
  • good for all skin types
  • long-lasting – around 3-5 years
  • available in an eternal list of shades and patterns to suit every decor, style, taste and age group
  • alcohol-free
  • astringent-free
  • paraben-free
  • fragrance-free
  • sulfate-free

Find the Makeup Eraser here.

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I’m not sure why they choose to list the materials that the Makeup Eraser is free of, considering it’s not an actual skincare product, but I chose to list them regardless. And I guess in lateral terms, the Makeup Eraser can be classified with makeup removers. It is a makeup remover, after all.

But one of the big ticket reasons for me is the long-term usage. And the days of my bathroom bin being filled by a mountain of single makeup-stained cotton pads and cotton balls are OVER!

Does anyone else despise makeup remover wipes as much as I do?

The use of 1 Makeup Eraser is the equivalent of 3600 Makeup Remover Wipes, as stated on their website.

If you think about that for a minute, that’s 3600!

3600 makeup wipes that do little more than push product around your face (aka they DONT actually remove makeup well) and are made from plastic, that never breakdown, and that then end up in our oceans and waterways because there is this tendency to flush them in the toilet.

Ah, so many things. If you do actually use a biodegradable makeup wipe that is efficient and does actually break down or compost well, please comment below. I’m open to the best of the best of those for set work because disposable makeup wipes are still common practice. But I’ll save that for another time.

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the makeup eraser in packaging
The Chic Black Makeup Eraser

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Okay, so I hear you saying, “Yeah, but what do I do with my Makeup Eraser after it loses its fibers and doesn’t feel so nice on my face?”

Remember in the olden days – repurposing everything?

Although I don’t think we called it then.

In my house, torn shirts became cleaning rags. A makeup eraser could very easily become a perfect cloth to wash the car with, for example.

We really do live in what’s become a disposable society, haven’t we?

The message is, there are so many ways to reuse things, and not everything has to be shiny, new, and single-use!

Okay, I’m stepping off my soapbox and getting back to the debate at hand.

Essentially, the Makeup Eraser has become an overnight success in my household.

It feels strong when you wring it out, but still so gentle on the skin. Yep, it’s so soft, it feels like little clouds gliding over your face. Really – I’m not joking – it’s divine! Makeup Eraser tells me that the fibers that help make it feel so delightful are tiny fibers that are 10 – 50 times thinner than a human hair! Incredible!

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Cons

So far I have very little to say about the cons of the Makeup Eraser. Perhaps the pricepoint which is in the double figures. But hey, sometimes (actually most times) you pay for quality, right?

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How To Use A Makeup Eraser

First of all, the Makeup Eraser website very clearly states and recommends that for the best results, you machine wash your Makeup Eraser prior to using it for the first time. This will prevent staining of the fabric and activate the fibers it is made with.

  1. Machine wash your Makeup Eraser in hot water settings (they tell us that it is safe to use fabric softener and dryer sheets with your eraser).
  2. Once washed, soak your Makeup Eraser in warm water. And as they suggest: the warmer, the wetter, the better! Love it!
  3. Now, I didn’t pay attention to this before I jumped in. Yes, bad student, Kerrin! But there are two different sides to a Makeup Eraser. Pay close attention, my friend. As, first off, you will use the shorter fiber length side to remove your makeup – even your waterproof makeup. Use in gentle, circular motions.
  4. Then, once your makeup is off, flip it over and use the longer side for a gentle exfoliation.

Makeup Eraser also recommends that you machine wash your eraser 1-2 times per week.

There’s a great amount of info on their website that you can access here about FAQ’s, and exactly how and why it works. It’s quite fascinating. But yep, I’m a fan.

And, yep – it does claim to take off even your stubborn waterproof mascara!

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Can I Use the Makeup Eraser With Skincare Products As Well?

Yes. Yes, you can, my friend!

And if you still like to use micellar water or one of your go-to makeup removers to pair with your Makeup Eraser, then go right ahead!

I love the notion that I can use the Makeup Eraser on its own, to remove my makeup. And then, follow it with my skincare routine with the very same Makeup Eraser. So good!

And that’s basically the routine I intend to follow moving forward.

  • use the Makeup Eraser and warm water to gently remove my makeup
  • then use a gentle cream facial cleanser to cleanse my face
  • I follow with cooler water to calm down my face and close my pores
  • I then apply a spray toner
  • I finish up with a moisturizer (or sometimes a hydrating mask!) and eye cream
  • and lastly, I love to finish with a quick pat of the Makeup Eraser run under really cold water!

And there you have my ideal daily skincare regime! It doesn’t necessarily happen every day, but I try!

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makeup remover cloths in sink
Putting the Makeup Eraser and the microfiber cloth to the challenge

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Microfiber Cloth

The Sinland Microfiber Cloth

I’m sharing with you the Microfiber cloth that I personally invested in when I began this Makeup Eraser Pepsi Challenge (google it if you’re under 40!)

Having said that, there is a massive array of styles, prices, and country of origin available in the world of reusable cloths in this space, but I’m just talking about the specific one I discovered and put to task up against the Makeup Eraser.

Find the Sinland Microfiber Cloth here.

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Pros

  • sold in a pack of 4 cloths
  • available in a small variety of colors and sizes
  • quick-drying
  • long-lasting
  • easy to hang ring design
  • gentle on the skin
  • non-abrasive
  • good value
  • more affordable option

Cons

  • the residue of dye is evident when washing and in the sink when wetting
  • not as strong a cloth feel as the Makeup Eraser
  • while still very soft feeling, the fibers just aren’t as soft as MUE

And that’s about it. So even though the dye did leech out of my Microfiber cloths, you could very easily purchase the white ones to avoid that happening.

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the grey microfiber cloth
Sinland Grey Microfiber Face Cloth

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Honestly, these are a very affordable alternative to Makeup Erasers, but for me, the texture and finish of the fabric of the Makeup Eraser just pip the Microfiber Cloth at the post. And I would always use this cleansing cloth with skincare products.

And from what I understand, these average generic make-up remover cloths are not made from the same type of fibers as the patented Makeup Eraser. And that’s the big difference.

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Makeup Eraser Vs Microfiber Cloth

The Makeup Eraser is for me the best of the best makeup remover cloths to use daily, weekly monthly.

And while its more affordable budget-conscious cousin still kinda does a similar job, it truly does feel like you get what you pay for. Yes they both remove makeup. Yes, they are similar in shape and size.

And aside from just loving this product, I truly hope we can put an end to disposable wipes in the long run once and for all!

And regardless of your choice or spending power, these are all great reusable options to remove stubborn makeup. Regardless of how you feel about the Makeup Eraser vs the microfiber cloth, they all provide a great alternative to the environment killer – my frenemies that are the disposable makeup remover wipes.

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