As beauty lovers, the one thing we generally all agree on is the importance of removing our makeup at the end of the day. The reasons for this are pretty obvious. Our skin needs time to breathe and regenerate, especially while we sleep. If you’re not cleansing your skin properly after a long day, it can cause your skin to build up with debris, leading to clogged pores, acne and a while host of skin issues.
For the longest time, I’ve had a preference to the double cleansing method. The process of using an oil based cleanser to remove my makeup before using a water based cleanser to cleanse the skin. But another method of makeup removal has recently caught my attention. That of course being The Face Halo. Which is what I’ll be talking about today. So if you want to know my thoughts on Face Halo, just keep reading!
FACE HALO ORIGINAL – $13.00 – $39.00 – facehalo.com.au
Now, the use of microfiber cloths to remove makeup isn’t all that new. But Face Halo is supposedly a massive step up from what was already on the market. The idea being that the dampened super fine fibers on the cloth (which they call HaloTech fibers) really grip onto the makeup, removing it from the skin with minimal effort and in half the time. Thereby reducing the amount of chemicals you’re using on your skin and making it perfect for the lazy makeup lover. The Face Halo’s are also much smaller than the usual microfiber cloths you see available, making them more convenient for travel.
The other big thing going for them is the reusable factor. When your Face Halo gets too grubby, you can simply throw it in with the rest of your laundry and it will be clean and ready for reuse. This, I will concede, is really cool and perfect for the environmentally conscious beauty lover As the use of these means less makeup wipes in landfill. Also, these are good for over 200 washes, so you get a long time out of one. They normally come in packs of three but you can now buy them individually from some retailers.
But, even with all of that, I was quite skeptical as to how well The Face Halo would stand up against a full face of makeup. So this is how I decided to go around putting it to the test. I wore what I considered to be a fairly standard face of makeup. The sort of face I would wear on a daily basis. But I made sure to include a long wear lipstick (Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink) and a water proof mascara (Covergirl Last Blast). I then went about my day, wearing said makeup for well over 10 hours. And then used the Face Halo to remove it at the end of the day.
When I used the wet Face Halo to remove my makeup, it did visibly appear to remove my foundation with relative ease. I did have to rub a little bit, but the end result was definitely noticeable. It was only when I followed up with my second cleanse (I used my Clarisonic Mia 2) that I saw that there was still a lot of residual foundation on my face. So I definitely wouldn’t recommend using it on it’s own without a second cleanse.
I will say though that it did remove the liquid lipstick fairly easily. Where I did run into trouble was the mascara. I did hold the Face Halo in place for a few seconds first, like the FAQ on the Face Halo website says to do, but it didn’t get all of it off and I did have to use an oil based cleanser to get the rest of it off. (Em’s Edit – I did this test a week ago. I have since tried the Face Halo with other non waterproof mascara’s and it removed them far more easily.)
So while I won’t be using the Face Halo as my one and only makeup removal method, I definitely understand why it’s so popular and I will continue to use them as a first step in my routine. Have you tried the Face Halo Original? Let me know in the comments below.
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