Every Top Makeup Artist Is Obsessed With This New Sustainable Makeup Remover
I think I speak for more than just myself when I say that my least favorite part about being a makeup-wearing human is not putting the stuff on, but taking it off. Like someone who loves to cook but hates doing the dishes afterward, I will giddily load up my face with foundation, concealer, powder, blush, bronzer, highlighter, the works, but when the end of the night arrives and it's time to erase it all, I'm flooded with dread. Most of my frustration stems from the fact that thoroughly removing my face makeup is a time-consuming task, requiring intensive combinations of cleansing oils, gel cleansers, and makeup wipes to have any hope of getting all the gunk out of my pores. Not to mention I am ethically in conflict with all the disposable pads and wipes the process requires. I'm ashamed to admit this, especially as a beauty editor, but as a result, there's at least one night out of every week when I say screw it and go to bed without taking my makeup off at all. Yes, I feel you cringing at me, and yes, I deserve it.
So last year, when this Australian-made, reusable makeup-removing pad called Face Halo hit Byrdie HQ, I was deeply intrigued.
Best for: All skin types
Uses: Removing makeup
Star Rating: 5/5
Potential allergens: None
Price: $22 for three
About the brand: Face Halo was founded by Lizzy Pike in May Her unique background in fiber technology inspired her to create an Earth-friendly, non-toxic makeup remover.
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Face Halo, which comes in a pack of three, is this incredibly absorbent plush pad that you just soak in regular tap water, and then glide over your face to remove your makeup. The pads are made of a special high-performance, ultra-fine form of a microfiber (HaloTech Fiber, the brand calls it), which was designed specifically to pick up makeup and dirt from human faces—pores, crevices, and all. The original Face Halo has a white surface, which allows you to see how well it's working because it quickly becomes completely covered in makeup. Unlike a makeup remover wipe that simply smears your makeup, the fibers trap the makeup so it doesn't go back onto your face.
The Face Halo is satin on one side, while the other has the brand's signature HaloTech fiber that is times finer than a strand of human hair. This translates to an incredibly soft feel that doesn't tug or pull on the skin at all.
How to Use
Using the Face Halo is super easy. You don't even need soap or a cleanser—all you have to do is get it wet with water (and I mean actually, really wet—basically submerged in water). Squeeze out any excess water and gently glide the pad across your face. If you're like me, your instinct will be to rub or scrub it against your face, but there's no need. It does all of the heavy lifting for you. When you're finished, clean the Face Halo with warm water and soap and let it dry.
Once the pads get totally dirty, after two uses or so each, you just throw them in the washing machine along with the rest of your laundry and then you're free to use them again, good as new. Each makeup round can be washed about times, so they'll last for quite a while before you need to replace them.
Our former wellness editor Victoria reviewed the Face Halo right after its launch and was impressed by how easily it removed her face makeup using nothing but water. I got my hands on a trio of pads a few months later and was equally smitten with how well it took off my foundation, lipstick, and mascara. I was even more convinced after watching the brand give a demonstration to prove how much better the HaloTech picks up product than a regular makeup wipe: A Face Halo rep performed a side-by-side comparison in which she applied foundation to the skin of a grapefruit, which has pores similar to humans, and then removed half of it with a makeup wipe and half with the Face Halo. While the wipe left some foundation behind, the Halo was able to get inside all the nooks and crannies to pick up nearly every remaining trace of product.
Why Pro MUAs Love It
Hollywood makeup artists were also taken with the product as soon as it came out and began adding to their kits in place of makeup wipes. Just a few who've sung its praises are Monika Blunder (whose clients include Amanda Seyfried and Emilia Clarke), Rachel Goodwin (Emma Stone, Selma Blair), Lisa Aharon (Anna Kendrick, Rachel Brosnahan), Molly Stern (Reese Witherspoon, Lily Collins), and Jamie Greenberg (Elisabeth Moss, Jessica Alba). "It's nice to the skin because it isn't stripping it with harsh ingredients or textures, so I don't have to worry about disrupting my clients' PH balance," Goodwin said of the product. Lisa Aharon has also used the product on her client Anna Kendrick and said, “If you are looking to make a change in the world as a makeup artist, this is a great place to start."
The OG Face Halo, with its bright white surface, though great for an at-home user, wasn't exactly ideal for makeup artists, since it could get stained inside their kits and look less than professional. So the brand had an idea to come up with an all-black version named Face Halo Pro. The all-black product is available now, so consumers can decide whether they want the white version or the black version. Both are the exact same price, $22, and made of the same sustainable HaloTech material.
If you want to see how well the Face Halo is working, opt for the white version, but if you're a MUA or just looking for something chicer and cleaner, then the black version is your best bet.
Makeup artists are using the Face Halo Pro on their celebrity clients and are freaking out so hard over it, that it makes me want a trio of these chic black disks for myself. After all, I've been wracking my brain to think of a makeup remover that's both more elegant-looking and eco-friendlier, and I can't come up with anything.
I honestly don't think there is a more cost effective way to remove makeup besides the Face Halo. Let's do some math: each set of three pads is $ Each pad can be used up to washes, so that means you have washes of product. If we're assuming you're only using it once a day, for days a year, you have about a year and a half of product before you have to replace them. If you've been spending $5-$20 bucks on face wipes, pricey makeup removers and cotton pads every few months, then making the switch to using the Face Halo is a no brainer—and it's better for the planet.
The Original MakeUp Eraser Makeup Remover Cloth: If you want a more traditional feeling makeup remover experience (aka you like wash cloths), this is a great option. Priced at $20, this double-sided cloth features one side to remove makeup, and the other to gently exfoliate the skin.
Croon Cleanse Starter Kit: For $29, you can get two microfiber makeup remover discs, a reusable pouch for storage and a cute laundry bag to wash them in. Each disc is also good for up to washes.
If you're looking for ways to make your skincare routine more sustainable, the Face Halo is a fantastic option. It's really effective at removing your makeup (and I mean all of your makeup) and the fact that professional MUAs love it is just the icing on the cake.
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Last week we listed my favourite moisturisers for oily and/or sensitive skin, this week were taking on make-up wipe alternatives.
Eco-friendly makeup removers that actually work are really hard to come by, but we did the work so you dont have to! Get into your ships ladies, theres a new world to conquer.
If youre trying to make your post night-out routine a little greener, then the easiest thing to do is to ditch makeup wipes. Theyre made up of little synthetic fibres that stop them from being recyclable or compostable. A study found that the amount of wet wipes found on British beaches went up by 50% in just a year!
Reusable makeup pads are the way forward if you prefer that method of makeup removal, they can easily be washed (although definitely make sure you dry them quickly in a dryer or on the radiator so they dont pick up traces of mould!) and are gentle on the skin.
Theyre also amazing if you hate using any cleansing products in general!
- Face Halo
A rising star in the reusable makeup remover pad world is the Face Halo, created by YouTuber now turned beauty mogul Chloe Morello. It has rave reviews on Twitter and Instagram, and all you need to do is just add water.
They are a little pricey, but last for ages and can take off thick makeup in one wipe. If you live in the UK you can buy it here or you can get it on the Face Halo website.
2. Norwex Cloths
Ok so this is a weird one. People on the internet are using these eco-friendly house cleaning cloths on their face? I checked it out and it turns out its perfectly safe to use them on your face. They have absolutely no chemicals in them, just very good micro-fiber material!
According to users, it’s great if you have ultra sensitive skin, as all the fiber is really gentle and it only requires water. Plus, it’s extremely absorbent and literally takes a couple of wipes to remove every thing.
Norwex is a great company as well, it funds research into plastic and chemical free cleaning alternatives and reducing the use of both in general. Plus, theyre cheaper than many cloths actually marketed as makeup remover pads.
You can buy it here
3. The Afterspa Magic Makeup Cloth
At just £, this is the cheapest alternative to reusable pads that is genuinely loved by its users. According to this independent review, its gentle and maintains its quality after lots of machine washes.
Just add water and youre good to go! You can get your own here
4. The Jelly Ball Cleanser
Honestly hats off to the people paid to come up with exciting alternatives to cleansers. Back in the s, people thought would be home to flying cars and hovercrafts. But here we are in this Brave New World and you can now wash your face with a jelly ball.
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When you try to do one of those click-bait Instagram cover photo thingys but end up actually eating the product & it taste like 💩 #relatable __________________________________________________ Omg you guys I just tried the new @boscia Charcoal Jelly Ball Cleanser and it was very interesting 😂 __________________________________________________ Here's instructions on how to use it from the website: ⚫️ -Open box and remove plastic-enclosed jelly ball and provided pick. Peel off tape around plastic-enclosed jelly ball. Please note that jelly ball is covered in a thin latex balloon inside the plastic encasement. ⚫️ -Using provided pick, puncture jelly ball in plastic encasement from seal-covered hole at top of ball to break balloon. ⚫️ -To cleanse, remove jelly ball from bottom plastic base and massage it directly over wet face in gentle, circular motions; or, wet ball, lather in hands, and massage product onto face with fingertips. ⚫️ -Rinse face clean with warm water and place jelly ball back into bottom plastic base or top plastic lid to dry. Can be used daily, morning and night. With continued use, jelly ball will become smaller. __________________________________________________ MY REVIEW: I actually really liked it! It was fun to use & my face felt clean but not tight afterwards. Plus I've had it on my sink for a few days and it does NOT dry out! Which I think is super cool. I would buy it again! I purchased this from Sephora for $20! __________________________________________________ Would you guys try this?! Are there any other crazy beauty products you want me to try? Let me know down below! ⬇️
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People love this, but they have to cool it on the plastic packaging (its excessive). Apparently it lasts for ages though, and because it has charcoal in it your skin feels light and breezy after the wash.
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5. Beauty Balms
If youre over the coconut oil trend (it can end up blocking your pores!) but love using oil to take off your makeup- then beauty balms are a great mess-free alternative.
They come in solid form but immediately melt as you work them into your face, and are great if you have very dry skin.
This Body Shop Balm has chamomile extract in it and leaves the skin feeling ultra soft.
To get its full potential, use it with a makeup remover cloth for max makeup removal, or just use war water if you like not having to moisturise after. Although I would % use your standard face cleanser after this step (especially if you have oily skin!).
If youre feeling like splurging, Neals Yard do a lovely wild rose beauty balm. It smells amazing and is primarily made up of wild rosehip oil an antioxidant that helps repair, firm and smooth the skin. Rosemary seed oil also helps decongest the skin.
You can get that here
6. Muji Cleansing Oil
My first thought when seeing this product- wait Muji do skin care?? If its as good as their stationary (which Twitter swears if it is) then we are good to go!
Whats great about this oil is that it washes off with water, so if youre worried about overdoing your cleansing routine and dont like the feeling of cloth on your skin, then this may be the way forward!
If you dont usually use cleansing oils, it works wonder for heavy (and drag!) makeup. So if you have oily skin maybe save it for a post big night out cleanse.
Its % plant based, fragrance free, paraben free and alcohol free!
Get this oil here.
7. The Soap Saver!
Finally, if youre old fashioned and love your soap, then this is the dream. Its a soap saver, a little bag made to put a used bar of soap into. So you dont have to throw away the bar when it gets too small and slipper to use!
Made from cotton and hemp (all recycled materials), it turns any soap into a makeup remover. The material feels light on the skin and is easy to wash (it wont shrink like polyester does!).
You can buy it here
Thats it for this week! Till next week ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡
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Today is the second post of my year long AliExpress series, where I’ll be sharing AliExpress bargains here on my blog every single Saturday throughout There’s been so much hype about the Face Halo “original makeup remover”, I’ve been trying to find an AliExpress Face Halo dupe. If you’re new to the Face Halo, they’re circular cloths with non-toxic fibres which are designed to remove makeup to replace the need for makeup wipes.
The Face Halo Makeup Remover Pads are £ for three pads working out at £ per pad or you can purchase them individually for £7 from Boots. I managed to find an AliExpress Face Halo dupe for £ for three pads meaning they’re only 73 pence each which is a massive saving. The seller sells the pads individually for £but it’s much better value to purchase them in a trio.
I didn’t expect them to be as big as they are. They are much bigger than they look online, with a soft satin edge surrounding the pads with a super fluffy cotton fibre pad on both sides. The pads are very soft and feel very gentle on the skin, and I was a total sceptic that a pad could remove makeup without needing a makeup remover, and they’re impressively effective.
The pads remove makeup quickly and effectively without makeup remover, but they work well alongside cleanser too. Face Halo claim that one of their pads replace up to makeup wipes which is incredible, and obviously much better on the environment. I personally love using these AliExpress Face Halo dupe pads for removing swatches in-between blog photos. I usually swear by my Superdrug Micellar Wipes, but these pads are fab for quickly removing swatches without having to use a cleanser to remove them and it’s more gentle on the skin. They wash up nicely with a makeup brush cleanser, and it blows my mind that they’re only 75 pence each, I cannot recommend them enough.
You can purchase the makeup remover pads right here, from the same seller that I bought mine from.
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Best Makeup Remover Cloth Thats Portable and Eco-Friendly
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Makeup wipes are convenient, but not the only way to clean your face when you travel, especially when small wash towels aren’t a guarantee in your hotel or you want to be more eco-conscious. TFG readers share their list for the best makeup remover cloth!
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Traveling with solid makeup products can help lighten your liquid allowance, but what about other toiletries such as makeup remover? Check out some liquid-free, travel-friendly options as shared by TFG readers below!
Best Makeup Remover Cloths for Travel
Kiki & Josie Makeup Remover Glove
Editor’s Pick: Kiki & Josie Makeup Remover Glove
The Kiki & Josie makeup remover glove is easy-to-use and effective for erasing your makeup after a long day of sightseeing. It’s made of soft microfibres that is kind to all skin types.
These makeup remover gloves are liquid-free, meaning they don’t take up valuable real estate in your bag. Plus, they’re reusable and chemical-free, making them an environmentally-friendly choice for skincare.
This is the TFG editor-in-chief top pick for a makeup cloth. It comes in cute colors and can double as a bag to carry your makeup brushes in.
You’ll want to look your best when you travel! Read my travel tips to Pack Light Stylishly!
Always Off Makeup Removing Cloth
Always Off Makeup Remover Cloth
The Always Off is a plush microfiber cloth for removing your makeup. You simply add your favourite cleanser or remover (and a touch of water if required) and gently wash away your makeup.
One TFG reader explains, “I use microfiber washcloths, they’re amazing. No makeup remover or single-use wipes needed. They even remove waterproof mascara, exfoliate the skin, and can double as a glasses cleaner.”
This pack comes with five fashionable colors of reusable cloth choices. Throw one of these in with your toiletries and you’re ready to head out on your next trip.
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Campanelli Fresh Face Cloths
Campanelli Fresh Face Cloths
The Campanelli Fresh Face cloth removes your makeup without harsh chemicals, even if its waterproof. You simply have to add water then use it to exfoliate and clean your face.
One TFG reader shares, “I recently got a set of these reusable makeup remover towels, and Ive seen a version at Ulta as well. They work surprisingly well with just water.”
This cloth can simply be washed in your machine and tumbled try. This reusable cloth might just save you a ton of money in the long run and cut down on the products you have to pack!
Here’s what our readers say are the best sweat proof makeup products out there!
Danielle Erase Your Face Cloths
Erase Your Face Cloths
Erase Your Face make up remover cloths come highly recommended by TFG readers. With just a touch of warm water, this cloth can help you refresh your face and wash off all of that makeup after a long day of exploring.
After adding water, you gently apply pressure and wipe the cloth across your face. In a few minutes, you’ll have a nice clean face!
One of the best ways to minimize travel makeup is to choose multi-use products!
Jane Iredale Magic Mitt
Jane Iredale Makeup Remover Mitt
If you’re looking for a facial cleansing cloth that will easily remove your makeup, then the Jane Iredale Magic Mitt might just be the perfect thing for you. It’s made of a knitted microfiber that quickly and completely removes makeup using water only.
One TFG reader shares, “No solution necessary, just plain water. I have one in my bathroom, one in our RV travel trailer, and one in my toiletries travel bag.”
To use this cleansing mitt, simply put it on, add warm water and gently wash your face using circular motions. Readers recommend this product because it’s easy to pack and doesn’t require packing any liquid.
Check out our top five functional and cute travel cosmetic bags!
Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
A great alternative to the traditional cloth is reusable makeup remover pads. These can be a more eco-friendly solution for removing your makeup as opposed to your traditional disposable cotton pads.
One reader raves, “I have these and love them. I bought them to make less trash and I use them every day.”
These pads are made from organic cotton fabric and are safe to use on all types of skin. One pack comes with seven pads and a small laundry bag to pack them in. TFG readers say they’re a fantastic choice for travelers aspiring to a zero-waste lifestyle.
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Makeup Eraser Cloth
The Makeup Eraser Cloth is a widely popular choice when it comes to best makeup remover cloths for TFG readers. You don’t have to bring anything else along with it, simply just add water and remove your makeup (including waterproof eyeliner and mascara).
One TFG reader mentioned being skeptical about these clothes but was pleasantly surprised. Another reader shares, “I love mine and they dry really quickly.”
It’s great and lightweight, ideal for travel. The short soft fibers are comfortable to use on your skin. And it’s machine washable, so when you get home it’s easy to clean!
Find out what our readers recommend as the best makeup remover wipes and cleaners for travel!
Norwex Makeup Removal Cloth (5-Pack)
Norwex Makeup Removal Cloth
The Norwex makeup removal cloth is also popular with TFG readers. They’re designed with delicate skin in mind, made with an ultra-soft microfiber that removes your makeup with ease.
One TFG reader shares, “I just bought the Norwex face cloths and facial mitts to travel with instead of the disposable facial washcloths. Total game changer! They did a great job of removing all of my makeup with just water.”
You don’t need to bring along any additional cleansers to use with this cloth, just add water and wash the day away. These are a superb choice for travel due to their lightweight and portable nature.
Check out our ultimate guide to travel makeup!
Face Halo Makeup Cleanser Puff
Face Halo Makeup Cleanser Puff
TFG readers love the Face Halo makeup cleansing puff for a quick-and-easy face wash while you’re traveling the world. You simply add water and cleanse your face.
One TFG reader explains that they tried out the Face Halo based on another readers recommendation and raved at how well it worked. “I love them! I don’t wear makeup often and when I do, I don’t wear a lot of it, so these are perfect for me.”
This brand comes highly recommended for those traveling, especially to Europe, as hotels there often don’t have face cloths in the bathrooms. These are also machine washable so you can easily clean them when you’re back from your trip.
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Dupe for Face Halo | Reusable Makeup Remover Pads, Round
Face Halo Reusable Makeup Remover Pads vs. e.l.f Cleansing Cloud Duo
Tired of spending money on makeup-removing wipes? Reusable Makeup removing wipes are a one-time investment that help the environment and your bank account. Not to mention, most of them are softer and therefore better for your skin.
About the Product
The Face Halo Reusable Makeup Remover Pad is a product that makes removing makeup a quick and effortless task. This product contains fibers that reach deep into pores to remove any makeup. The only downside to this product is that these pads cost a high price of $ Luckily, there is a high-quality dupe available on the market.
About the Dupe
The e.l.f Cleansing Cloud duo makeup removing pads are soft makeup removing pads that allow you to remove all your makeup using only water. This is an excellent dupe for the Face Halo Reusable Makeup Remover Pads because these also use fiber technology to gently remove makeup.
The Main Difference
To get your hands on the Face Halo Makeup Remover Pads, you’ll shell out $22, while you can snag the e.l.f Cleansing Cloud Duo for just $6.
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