Thursday, 27 February 2014

AmazeMitt: The re-usable make up remover






    I have tried on several occasions to find a more environmentally friendly way to remove my make up, I tried some re-usable cotton pads which I found far too fiddly and which I didn't enjoy the texture of at all. Then came your regular muslin cloth and cleansing balm which works incredibly well but and there is a big but, is it me or is it nearly impossible to get them clean once they have been covered in make up? It is so frustrating and I end up having to replace them fairly frequently because they become a hideous shade of orange and grey with the odd splodge of mascara. So every attempt eventually leads to me going back to using a cotton pad (or two!) to remove the bulk of my make up before going in with a flannel or muslin for my proper cleanse. I do find I feel guilty for the amount of cotton wool I use even if it is organic, but I have discovered a product that has solved all of these problems, introducing AmazeMitt* (£8-5) the product you can use to remove your make up with just water.

    This was a product I didn't have any pre-conceived ideas about when I received it, I hadn't even read any other reviews but after giving it a really thorough test I can honestly say that it does what it says it does which is a refreshing change when so many products are hyped up to the max and fail to perform. I was sent both the large and regular AmazeMitt, the smaller size is just perfect for popping in your gym bag, I often go straight to the gym after doing the school run and I don't like having to take make up remover and cotton wool and all the other things you need, this is small and easy to use when you get there.  I keep it in a resealable plastic bag and give it a wash when I get home.

    To use your AmazeMitt all you have to do it run it under warm water to dampen and then use it in small circular motions to remove your make up, this copes well with all my every make up including mascara, for more heavy duty make up I found removal took a little longer but I do think for the most part it is possible to use this for all make up including most mascaras. When you are finished removing your make up I simply take a bar of soap and wash the mitt, all make up rinses off easily leaving it ready for the next use. One of the perks of Microfibre is how quickly it dries, so unlike muslin cloths you don't need lot's of these, just one of two are enough. When it came to removing very light make up I found that you could also use it dry happily, the microfibre is very soft and I didn't find it irritated my sensitive skin at all, in fact I found it gentler than other ways to remove my make up. After using my AmazeMitt I just cleanse my skin as normal with my regular cleanser. 


Mineral make up and bronzer removed with a dry AmazeMitt, for heavier make up it's best to use it wet. 

    So I think you have gathered by now that I really like the product and how it performs, but I wanted to touch a little more on it's eco-credentials, as after all that is the focus of my blog. First of all I want to point out that Micro-fibre is not actually a natural material but it is synthetic, as such it isn't perhaps initially as eco-friendly as a natural fibre such as cotton or bamboo. However because this product requires the use of no extra products and lasts up to a year I think that pulls the balance back in it's favour in terms of waste saved from bottles of make up remover and cotton wool over that time. I do want to point out that from what I have read microfibre isn't biodegradable, so I don't plan on tossing my product out when it is passed it's best but I will reuse it for cleaning the car or the house in some way, on the AmazeMitt website it suggest that the mitts are great for cleaning shoes, which I think is a great idea!

    I would love to hear your thoughts on this product, is this something that would appeal to you? 

www.amazemitt.co.uk

Ana x

*Sample provided for my consideration
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24 comments

  1. This sounds great. I have ruined so many muslin cloths and flannels from getting my make-up off or even when removing a face mask....I recently used a white flannel to remove a red clay face mask...big mistake ahah! Although it isn't an eco product as such I think it definitely outweighs how many cotton pads you would use in a year!

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    1. Oh yes masks are terrible for staining muslins, when you weigh up the how much you use over a period of time I think this is definitely worth it. I love how it rinses completely clean with soap Xx

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  2. Jane Iredale's Magic Mitt essentially does the same thing. I agree, while it isn't biodegradable I will use it for other things once its no longer good for facial cleansing.

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    1. I will have to take a look at the Jane Iredale version, thanks for the tip. I agree very easy to reuse :) Xx

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  3. I have the Jane Iredale one, in fact I used it on my recent trip. I love it but I tend not to use it for eye makeup removal, my eyes are ridiculously sensitive. Agree about the whole muslin cloth thing, and I have stopped using them as my skin always seemed a little too pink and irritated after them, don't get that with the mitt. I don't use every day as I don't often have full makeup on but I've had mine for at least 2 years and it still works like new

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    1. Two years means they are a great investment, I think with eye make up it definitely depends on how sensitive your eyes are like you said and how much make up you use Xx

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  4. What a genius product! I use a mix of cotton flannels and muslin cloths and absolutely hate how stained they get, even if you boil them once a week, it doesn't seem to get everything off. I don't think I would use this mitt for my stubborn waterproof mascaras because I'd be worried about rubbing the eye area too much, but it sounds perfect for getting rid of foundation etc x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. For waterproof you would definitely need a separate remover I tend to find oil based the best, but your right for the rest of the make up it's brilliant and no staining! Xx

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  5. Sounds interesting! :) I also hated when I removed my makeup with muslin cloths and they were all dirty..The best way for me is that I firstly remove the majority of my makeup with coconut oil, rinse it off with a cleanser and then use a cleansing balm to remove all traces :) xx

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    1. Sounds like a lovely routine Jana, I would struggle to remove coconut oil with a cleanser with my skin, but I will try it out :) Xx

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  6. Thanks Ana for the great review! :-) Jane Iredale mitt is good but a lot thinner than AmazeMitt, almost see through, and not as soft. Not to mention that it costs over £15! I definitely suggest using eye makeup remover for stubborn mascaras but everything else gets removed in seconds with AmazeMitt!

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    1. Your welcome Milica always nice to hear about interesting products, I thought JI would be more expensive they generally are a pricey brand, I use a natural mascara day to day and it comes off well, but with waterproof something oil based tends to be best I think! :) Xx

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  7. I agree with everyone, grubby muslin cloths are the worst!
    These mitts look like a good alternative though. I'm currently using washable cotton pads but these are really dirty too, even on a boil wash. x

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    1. Agreed they are such a pet peeve of mine, hubby calls them scraggly rags, they are inexpensive and certainly worth a try, I have been very impressed! :) Xx

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  8. I've kinda gotten over how dirty my muslin cloths look now and just hide them if anyone visits so it doesn't look like I don't clean them ;) I find using soap/dr bronners between each use has helped a bit....have to admit I still haven't given up the cotton wool pads when it comes to using my ACV toner. Just can't think of anything else to use for that :(

    Think the fact this is made of synthetic fibres isn't all that bad. I read an article not so long ago that bamboo muslin cloths are actually made from rayon, and they only get away with calling it bamboo because the plant is used to make the rayon. But the main thing is that through the process they loose the natural anti-bacterial properties that they're often marketed to have.

    Mayah x

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    1. I agree for toner cotton pads are the only unless you spray directly and pat in which I do with some products, I had imagined that bamboo is highly processed to make muslins you have to look at certain brands to see that is the case Xx

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  9. Oh, what a good innovation. I usually use cotton pad + coconut oil to remove my make up, or just water, but never feel secure about those ways. First, cotton pad ends up as rubbish, and I'm not sure that running water may clean all the make up and oil properly, I can't see how much make up is removed by washing it only.
    I think, this mitt is fun! Maybe we can use something like that ordinary towel we have if we can't get the AmazeMitt or any branded one? :D

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    1. You can get microfibre cloths everywhere but this is one super soft and designed to be used on the face, it is worth investing in I think if you can get hold of one Xx

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  10. This sounds so interesting! I double cleanse with my cleansing balm and have two or three old muslin cloths which i use exclusively for my eye make up. But these do get filthy and after a few months, even a good hot wash doesn't really clean them properly. It's a really good point about the fact that micro-fibre isn't bio-degradable, yet because it's going to last you end up wasting less than you would with even organic cotton pads. Definitely going to have a look into this :) x

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    1. I think to be honest you could use this with a cleansing balm too, I will have to try that, it's a very nice little product and not expensive at all, so well worth a look! :) Xx

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  11. It looks really good. I still like the konjac sponges though x

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    1. I still like my Konjac sponges, but more for exfoliation as they don't really remove make up and as they are porous would get very dirty if you started doing that with them :) Xx

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  12. I use white microfiber cloths to remove my make-up. I buy them from the $1 store.

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    1. If it works for you then why not :)

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