Walmart offers an alternative to Ponds makeup wipes

April 14, 2010

Ponds is well known for their popular Clean Sweep Wet Towlettes, which work great as a makeup remover and facial cleanser. But they only come in 30 packs and retail for around $5. Walmart created an alternative to the makeup removing wipes under their brand name Equate, which sells for even less than the Ponds towlettes.

The Equate Exfolitaing Cleansing Towlettes claim:

“[They] are the easiest, most effective way to get a complete skin care regimen. Use daily to deep clean skin and thoroughly remove makeup, dirt and impurities. Your skin is refreshed and toned (to minimize pores), while also nourished and moisturized. No rinsing necessary.

The towlettes come in packs of 60 and Walmart even has an online deal for under $6, where you get two of the 60-pack towlettes. That’s about five cents a towlette making it a great buy.  But how do they perform at this low of a price, and as a Walmart brand for that matter?

These wipes remove makeup with ease and even take off stubborn makeup such as mascara and waterproof eyeliners proving to work just as well as it’s pricier counterpart. One side of the towlette is soft and smooth, while the other side has tiny bumps covering the whole wipe. The bumps help with facial exfoliation to really clean out the pores getting rid of dirt and oil. The problem with using this side is you have to avoid using it around the eye area as it can get a little rough and will only irritate the gentle skin around the eyes. But it works great for removing foundation and highly pigmented blushes as the bumps help to scuff off face makeup. They also contain cucumber, aloe and green tea which helps soothe and calm the skin.

I found that the Equate Cleansing Towlettes aren’t as moist as other pre-moistened makeup wipes, so storing them upside down is a must in order to prevent the whole package from drying out quickly. A plus side of them being a little on the dryer side is that they easily remove makeup without leaving a residue on the face, so you are left with a clean, dry and makeup-free face. And, as with any makeup towlettes, always apply moisturizer after using them in order to prevent the face from drying out.

The towlettes are fragrance, alcohol and oil free. They are also hypoallergenic, dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested and are proven to be safe for contact lens wearers.

Overall, I feel that the Equate Exfoliating Cleansing Towlettes do a thorough job at removing makeup and dirt, although they are a little rougher on the eye area in comparison to other makeup wipes. And while yes, they are cheaper than other wipes such as the Ponds Clean Sweep Wet Towlettes, there are other less expensive makeup wipes that work even better and are gentler on the face.

So if you regularly shop at Walmart, it’s worth giving the towlettes a try, but they aren’t a must have and there are better wipes at even better deals available elsewhere, such as Costco’s Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Cleansing Towelettes (click here for the full review).