March 05, 2011

Review: Superdrug Essential Facial Wipes

When you are as much of a make-up obsessive as I am, you like to save money wherever you can- provided quality isn't compromised. Make-up wipes are a necessary first step of my skincare routine BUT they are so ridiculously expensive. 

My mam goes up to Belfast quite regularly and, when she does, she stocks up on Sainsbury's own-brand wipes for myself and my two younger sisters. It works out much so cheaper and the quality is on par with that of Simple, Nivea or, even, Olay. However, the last time she went up she was in Superdrug and picked up some of their own Superdrug Essential Facial Wipes.

First of all, they claim to be;
  • Fragrance Free
  • Suitable for Sensitive Skin
  • A 4 in 1 Product: Cleanser, Eye Make-Up Remover, Toner and Moisturiser
Yes, they are, indeed, fragrance free so, no false claims there. However, here is where it starts to go bad. I have kinda-sorta-not-really sensitive skin but, these made my face extremely red, raw, stingy and as though it was on fire. Around my nose, chin and lips came out in a blotchy irritation and it took a long time for the sensation to wear off, only cooling slightly when I applied my moisturiser but, still tingly. 

As for the "4 in 1" claim? Pah. Anyone who JUST used these wipes as their one and only step to their skincare routine would look and feel grungy and disgusting and probably would have woeful skin. In terms of cleansing, sure they get the surface make-up off but, no way does it clean out your pores. If a burning and tingling redness is a sign of toning then yeah, these tone your face. But, I don't think so. The moisturising claim is laughable as these do quite the opposite. My face was left feeling tight and dry, as though the life had been sucked out of it, and, combined with the fiery tingliness, it feels as though you have had a bad sunburn. And, as for the suggestion that they remove eye make-up? Sure, they will remove your eye make-up if you are prepared to rub a hole in your face trying. My eyes ended up looked red and puffy and felt as though I had gotten shampoo in them. Not fun before bedtime.

As you can tell, these face wipes did not impress me nor did they live up to their claims. Sainsbury's own are at a similar price point but, are of such superior quality to these Superdrug ones. I would warn you all to steer clear of these unless you want your face to look like it has been badly sunburned and then stung by a jellyfish (slight over exaggeration but, not much!)


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