I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but when I do it’s usually in the evening. The last thing I want to do after a late night is spend a lot of time removing makeup. In the past I’d always used a light cleanser and a warm towel, but it never completely removed the mascara. Instead it seemed to push the black off my lashes and onto the skin below my eyes.
On one of my regular grocery shopping trips, I noticed TopCare’s Hypoallergenic Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. TopCare, a low cost generic brand, claims to provide “affordable products that are as effective as the big brands.” I bought a 25 towelette package and used it on and off for a few weeks. They seemed to remove some of the mascara, but I still had to run the washcloth below my eyes to get rid of the last little bit.
Some time later I made an overnight trip to Poughkeepsie to visit friends. Getting ready for bed I noticed that they had makeup remover cleansing towelettes, which looked similar to the ones I used. Knowing they wouldn’t mind, I helped myself to one. What a surprise when after just a couple of wipes my makeup was gone! It was so effortless and complete. I looked closer at the package and realized it wasn’t TopCare at all–it was Neutrogena. The difference in the effectiveness of these two products was astonishing.
In the past I have found some off-label products to be as good or even better than brand name products. But in this case, there was no comparison. The next day, I bought myself two packages of Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes at the local pharmacy. When I arrived home I went straight to the medicine cabinet and replaced the old package with the new. There were only a couple TopCare towelettes left and they went straight into the garbage.