Kleenex has entered the beauty market. Grading two products

Kleenex Cotton Soft Pads and Moist Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Kleenex Cotton Soft Pads and Moist Eye Makeup Remover Pads

After reading a few reviews of some products that Kleenex brand has brought to the beauty market I decided I wanted to try them out. After years and years of using both DHC Silky Cotton Pads and Mary Kay Eye Makeup Remover I thought that maybe there was something better out there. Did these two products convince me to change? Yes and no.

Kleenex cotton soft pads

Kleenex cotton soft pads

Let’s start with a qualified yes. KLEENEX COTTON SOFT PADS ($4.99 for 85 pads) are the ones I am enjoying and would gladly rebuy. There isn’t much I would change about these other than the fact that you can’t buy them in a store. Kleenex isn’t a company though that I want to purchase online. Shipping is free at $25 so I made sure that I spent that much but I doubt I’d do it again.

They call this a 5-in-1 beauty tool – 1) Removing makeup. 2) Applying toner. 3) Correcting makeup application. 4) Washing face instead of using hands or cloth. 5) Removing nail polish.

Kleenex cotton soft pad

Kleenex cotton soft pad

It does all of those well but so do the other cotton pads I like. I can remove every bit of my makeup, including eye makeup using just one pad which makes this cost efficient. It also easily removed two different manicures without needing another pad. One was a cream polish, one had a little shimmer to it and it held up both times.

The pad itself is really big at 4″ x 3.5″ compared to the size of DHC and Shiseido at 3″ x 2″. It’s very thin but soft and sturdy.

Kleenex soft cotton pads vs DHC Silky Cotton Square

Kleenex soft cotton pads vs DHC Silky Cotton Square

Kleenex soft cotton pad

Kleenex soft cotton pad

While I like the Cotton Soft Pads, I can’t recommend purchasing Kleenex Moist Eye Makeup Remover. The package I bought ($9.99 for 65 pads) is a refillable dispenser. Refills can be purchased for $4.99. But I’d return this if I had bought it locally, that’s how much I dislike these.

Kleenex Moist Eye Makeup Removers

Kleenex Moist Eye Makeup Removers

These are a premoistened pad created to remove your eye makeup without needing any other product or tool. I admit I have an aversion to fragrance though I’m much more tolerant than I used to be. I don’t like the sickly sweet artificial fragrance of these. I was willing to overlook that since I figured the scent would disappear but they just don’t work for me. I have better luck using just micellar water with the Kleenex soft cloth pads than I do with the formula they’ve used to remove eye makeup.

Kleenex Moist Eye Makeup Removers

Kleenex Moist Eye Makeup Removers

The formula is oil free and it doesn’t leave a film. But I have to rub so hard to take off even eyeshadow and it doesn’t remove all of my mascara. They claim it removes even long lasting makeup but if it doesn’t remove any of the neutral eyeshadows I wear with ease then I won’t trust that statement. My plan for these is to use them to remove swatches during photography but not on my eyes.

Kleenex cotton soft pad and moist eye makeup remover

Kleenex cotton soft pad and moist eye makeup remover

(Ingredient list: water, isopropol palmitate, steareth-2, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, phenoxyethonol, sodium benzoate, malic acid, potassium soyate, ppg-5-ceteth-20, panthenol, tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, fragrance, polysilicone-20, tocopheryl acetatem, sodium hydroxate)

Grades? A- and D. Can you guess which is which? Would you buy any of these? — Marcia

*nothing to disclose

 

 

Try a little magic with tarte eye makeup remover wipes and blotting papers

I’m sure by now you all know the good things about tarte cosmetics. tarte is the leader in eco-friendly products. They’ve gone to faraway places to discover ingredients that are good for us (I’m sure they have a magic carpet for that). I’m always happy when I receive tarte to review. But now I’ve discovered that tarte has hired a magician to work for them. This is a little known fact, actually I may be the only one that knows this, but I’m sure it’s true.

tarte fresh eyes maracuja waterproof eye makeup remover wipes

tarte fresh eyes maracuja waterproof eye makeup remover wipes

The reason? tarte fresh eyes maracuja waterproof eye makeup remover wipes. These are truly magic. When I first received these I wondered what I could say about remover wipes that I hadn’t said before. But that was before I used them. From the first day I opened this package of 30 wipes and used one I was blown away. It was like being a kid again and seeing that rabbit being pulled out of the hat.

tarte fresh eyes maracuja waterproof eye makeup remover wipes

tarte fresh eyes maracuja waterproof eye makeup remover wipes

These wipes are the best eye makeup remover product I’ve ever used. Seriously! I can’t believe how little effort it takes to remove every bit of my eye makeup. I’m not shy when it comes to eye makeup; most days I wear the whole shebang. I love eyeshadows that are very pigmented, I crave rich black mascara, I adore eyeliner. When I use my other eye makeup removers I use a cotton pad and put a liberal amount of remover on them, hold for a while, and wipe several times. Then I usually have to go back and remove my eyeliner better with a cotton swab. But the magician that created fresh eyes maracuja waterproof eye makeup remover wipes made them work in a very short time and made them non-greasy. I have only once had to work a little harder at removing an eyeliner – once!

tarte not so slick blotting papers and fresh eyes - size comparison

tarte not so slick blotting papers and fresh eyes – size comparison

The premoistened eye makeup remover wipes are about a third the size of a facial wipe yet one wipe removes makeup from both eyes. Fresh Eyes don’t drip with moisture, they are a little on the dry side. You wouldn’t think they could be the magic that they are when you felt them. They have a fragrance from the fruit extracts combined with maracuja. The fragrance is noticeable when I open the package and then it’s gone. I don’t notice them to be oily at all but if I were reapplying eye makeup I’d probably wipe my eyes with water first. But using them at night before bed leaves the nourishment of the ingredients to help moisturize and help with the signs of aging.

Here’s what tarte has to say about the ingredients: Powered By: maracuja: rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs) and vitamin C known to replenish and rebuild for firmer, brighter, smoother skin and maximum hydration; grapeseed oil: rich in antioxidants and fatty acids known to moisturize, fight free radicals and brighten dark circles; papaya extract: contains enzymes known to exfoliate skin to improve tone and texture; pineapple extract: contains enzymes, vitamin A and C known to promote exfoliation and anti-aging properties

Here’s what I have to say about the ingredients: it’s magic!

tarte not so slick oil-absorbing blotting papers

tarte not so slick oil-absorbing blotting papers

tarte not so slick oil-absorbing blotting papers

tarte not so slick oil-absorbing blotting papers

Another product to check out from tarte is the not so slick oil- absorbing blotting papers. This convenient pack of 30 papers is excellent for that mid-day shine or oil slick. The blotting papers are weightless yet they are infused with green tea which is rich in polyphenols and is an excellent anti-oxidant. I’m impressed with how quickly they work. Since tarte is so eco-friendly I’m not adding to waste in the environment with plastic type blotting papers. They don’t add a powder like some. They don’t disturb makeup. They just work.

tarte fresh eyes and not so slick

tarte fresh eyes and not so slick

Add some magic to your life with these tarte products. Then maybe the founder of tarte will introduce us to her magician or at least get him/her to work on more amazing products. Have you tried these yet? If not I can assure you that you need to do so! — Marcia

*received for editorial consideration