It is general knowledge that dermatologists lie awake at night about makeup cleansing wipes and how this is a big no-no in terms of proper skincare*. I seldomly use makeup wipes myself, but occasionally there is just no other way. Let’s face it, it is rather convenient for traveling when you don’t want to drag you expensive glass bottle cleansing system with or decant the products and makes a huge mess and waste precious milliliters. Or even more commonly, it surely is better to quickly wipe off your makeup with a cleansing wipe instead of going straight to bed with makeup on, right? My dermatologist will strongly disagree and be very displeased if he finds out I do occasionally use makeup remover wipes. But he is a busy man and I doubt he reads my blog, so I sometimes use makeup wipes purely for the convenience of it.
I do a fair amount of traveling, often with only hand luggage on shorter trips and then I have to abide to the restrictions of course. The hand luggage 100ml liquid restriction rule is just not practical when it comes to cleansing products. Hence I find myself occasionally putting a packet of makeup wipes in my basket as a result. On exactly such an occasion I picked up the Garnier Goodbye Dry Cleansing Wipes (the name and packaging are adapted for EU/Netherlands language/legalities, the content is exactly the same) recently and only took these with on my trip, no other cleansing products. Rookie error that I soon regretted. Let’s have a look at why.
Garnier Goodbye Dry Cleansing Wipes
Product: Garnier Goodbye Dry Cleansing Wipes are makeup wipes infused with two doses cleansing milk, rose extract and vitamin E. The wipes are supposed to effectively and gently remove makeup, they even claim to remove waterproof makeup without the need for rubbing. This product is recommended for normal to dry skintypes. There are 25 quilted wipes per packet.
Packaging: The opening of the packet re-seals very well, so I have to give them points for preventing the wipes from further drying out. The packet is compact and a convenient size to take with on travels as it won’t take up much space.
Wipes: The Garnier Goodbye Dry Cleansing Wipes are supposed to be soft and infused with product. It is not. It is honestly the driest makeup wipes I have ever purchased. I remember taking a wipe from the packaging and instantly regretted not tagging any other cleanser along. How was I going to get my makeup off with such a dry wipe?
Fragrance: As if the product clearly lacking moisture was not enough, then the overpowering fragrance was the final nail in the coffin. I noticed on the packaging that it is ophthalmologically and dermatologically tested – I would love to know what dermatologist will sign off on such a strong fragrance for a skincare product? It has a strong soapy, sweet, rose (not the good kind) fragrance that I do not find pleasant. I couldn’t wash my face quickly enough just to get rid of the smell. I am not overly sensitive to fragrances in skincare/makeup products, but this was just too much for me.
Effectiveness: I am afraid I don’t have good news in this category either. It took on average six wipes to get my face even remotely clean. When I afterwards rinsed my face with water (mainly to get rid of the fragrance) and dried with a towel, I properly stained the hotel towel with residual foundation and mascara that was still left on my skin. In my opinion there is no way that these wipes will be able to properly remove waterproof makeup.
What did I think? If it is not obvious yet: it is a no from me in terms of the Garnier Goodbye Dry Cleansing Wipes. Although I do not shy away from writing a (deserved) negative review when appropriate, I always make sure before publishing that it is not perhaps me using the product incorrectly or that I made a mistake in terms of my expectations. I read plenty of reviews after my own less than desirable experience and about half of the online reviews are not gold stars and praise either. Apart from the flap that seals well, I have nothing positive to say about this product. The wipes were dry, the fragrance is off-putting and doesn’t even remotely do what it says on the tin in terms of makeup removing.
I want to stress that this is just my personal experience with this particular product, so please do not be angry at me if these are your favorite wipes. Different strokes for different folks. Garnier provides us with some incredible products, but for me this just wasn’t one of them. As much as I disliked this particular product, I absolutely love their micellar cleansing waters. In my opinion Garnier’s micellar waters are the best affordable micellar water money can buy. I am also keen to try their micellar cleansing wipes – really hoping for a better result this time.
Will I buy this product again? No, definitely not.
*Do you want to read more as to why makeup remover wipes are bad for your skin? Click here to find out more.