Jan 22, 2013

Review: Jane Iredale Magic Mitt

In my search for the "right" minimalist approach to my skin care, I have tried quite a few different products. One thing I have struggled to find is a way to completely remove my makeup without irritating my skin in the process. Another goal of mine is to find products that are budget-friendly. In my opinion, it's not very budget-friendly to spend $6 per month on makeup removing wipes because they irritate my skin and I have yet to find a brand that doesn't feel absolutely greasy on my skin. Oh, and a lot of makeup removing wipes are heavily fragranced, which tends to give me headaches.

Enter the Jane Iredale Magic Mitt. I have read about this item before, but naturally I was curious about how well it would actually work. I didn't understand how a piece of microfiber cloth and a little bit of water could remove all of my face and eye makeup. Spoiler alert: it did its job and it did it well. I did use toner after removing my makeup and there were no remnants of my makeup on the cotton pad after I used my toner, which isn't something I can say after using most makeup removing towelettes.

I am not sure how the Magic Mitt works with waterproof mascara because it has always been such a hassle to remove that I just avoid it completely (plus my mascara hardly ever smudges on me).

I just drench the Magic Mitt in warm water (it works best if it is completely saturated in water) and use it the same way I use makeup removing towelettes. Once I think I have most of my makeup off, I use the other side of the Magic Mitt to get off anything I might have missed. I wash it with Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap (liquid version), squeeze out the excess water, and hang it up to dry. It really doesn't take long for the mitt to dry. I haven't really timed it, but it is always dry before I even go to bed.

Now I will show you all a side-by-side comparison of the Magic Mitt and the cleansing towelettes I was using before I got the Magic Mitt.

Product Name Jane Iredale Magic Mitt Burt's Bees Sensitive Cleansing Towelettes

Price $15 $6
How Long It Lasts I have read very different opinions on this detail. Some people have found that it will last 3 months (this is the smallest number I have seen) and other people have had the same mitt for over a year. I have only used this for a couple of weeks, so I can't say how long it will actually last. I will, however, post a follow up review once I find myself needing a new one. If you use one towelette every day, one package will last you a month. However, when I used these they didn't remove all of my makeup, so I would need more than one type of makeup remover in order to effectively remove my makeup.

Pros: doesn't irritate my skin, removes makeup entirely, will be great for travel, and it dries quickly after washing.
Cons: you have to hand wash it after every use. If you throw it in the washing machine it will likely destroy the mitt and cause the texture to become very rough (I don't know this from personal experience, but I read tons of reviews before trying it).

Bottom line: I highly recommend trying this out, especially if you find other forms of makeup removal to be irritating to your skin. I still have breakouts, but my skin looks and feels healthier overall.

You should be able to find this in most places where Jane Iredale is sold (but don't quote me on that since I have only been to one place that sells Jane Iredale products) or online.

*Note: as of right now, it costs more to buy it from Amazon or Ebay, so my personal recommendation is to buy it elsewhere. Here are some places you can find it online for its retail price: Jane IredaleNordstrom, Dermstore, and Beauty.com

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will answer them to the best of my ability! If I can get a good enough setup, I will try to record a demonstration of how this works on my YouTube channel.

FTC: The Jane Iredale Magic Mitt was sent to me for review. I was not compensated for this review and everything said in this review is of my own opinion.