“ Brand: Marks & Spencers / Type: Cleansing Wipes / Suitable for: Face / What it does: Cleanses, „
I'm not brand loyal when it comes to face wipes, I'm happy to use whichever face wipes happen to be on offer, and as such I've tried absolutely loads of different ones. I've tried some which have quickly become favourites, the M&S wipes are one of my favouites, and I've tried some which I'll never buy again no matter how cheap they are.
If I'm feeling flush then I'll treat myself to the M&S balancing face wipes. I do have to be feeling flush to buy these as I do think that are overpriced for face wipes, when I know that I can get face wipes just as good for a third of the price. I do really like the M&S wipes though which is why I do treat myself to them now and again. I do have a rule though, that I'll only buy them when I see them on offer. They retail at £3 per packet, but they're very often on 'buy one, get one half price'. which is when I normally pick them up.
I don't use face wipes every day, I'm normally a wash off cleanser kind of girl. But I will use face wipes if I've ran out of cleanser, or in the evenings if I'm just too tired to go through the whole cleansing and moisturising process, or to freshen my face and neck on a hot day if I'm not wearing any make up. I do always take face wipes with me when I travel or stay over at a friends house for the convenience factor.
I really like the fragrance in the M&S face wipes, I think they smell really clean and fresh. The fragrance is quite subtle, it's not too overpowering, and only a hint of the fresh fragrance lingers on my skin for a little while after using them.
The M&S wipes themselves are actually quite thick, thicker than most other face wipes that I normally use. The wipes are actually quite wet as well, I do like this as it means that one wipe is more than adequate to clean my face and to remove all of the days muck and grime from my face, one wipe will even remove a face full of make up (whereas with other face wipes it can take two to remove my make up). The only thing that they won't remove is waterproof make up. However a downside to the large wipes is that sometimes one wipe feels like it's too much, it feels like it would actually clean two faces. My husband suggested cutting them in half if my face wasn't grubby enough to need a whole wipe - it's a novel idea but I'm not that much of a skinflint to actually consider doing it!
I find that these face wipes are really gentle on my skin and they don't irritate my skin at all. They actually leave my skin feeling quite soft and smooth, and ever so slightly moisturised. They don't replace a moisturiser, but if I'm tired and just use a face wipe before bed then I don't find that I wake up with dry or taut skin at all. These leave my face feeling clean and refreshed, and they get rid of any greasiness on my skin as well. They are easy to use, I just need to gently rub a wipe all over my face, eyes and neck, and there's certainly no need for any vigorous rubbing.
The packet is resealable so that the remaining wipes stay wet until I've finished the packet. The seal does actually reseal every time, unlike some other wipes I've used where half way through the packet it stops resealing and so my remaining wipes dry out.
I've been using these for years now on and off, and as I said they are definitely one my favourite face wipes, it's just a shame they're not a bit cheaper, if they were I'd certainly buy them more often than I do at the moment. I would certainly recommend these face wipes, but I'd definitely say to wait and buy them when on offer.
I've tried a number of Marks & Spencers skin care products recently after being told that all M&S skin care items were in fact made by Clarins. I figured that I could save myself a bit of cash by switching from my expensive Clarins or Clinique and try this range instead. I have to say that so far I'm hugely impressed and if I'm being perfectly honest I don't think my skin has looked this good for years! I use these wipes as the first step of my skin regime to remove all my makeup. I've found them really effective at removing all makeup including my mascara (though I don't wear waterproof mascara so can't comment on whether they would work on this). I do find though that I normally like the reassurance of using two wipes; one to do a first cleanse and then another just to make sure that my face really is clean and that I haven't missed any bits. They smell nice and fresh and leave my skin feeling really soft and smooth. I've found that the odd occasional spot I used to get (probably from not cleansing thoroughly enough) have stopped and my skin is really clear and toned looking. They don't cost half as much as high end cleansers and toners and if you catch the timing right M&S often do them on a 3 for 2 offer so you can stock up while they're even cheaper!! I would definitely recommend these to others (as well as the rest of the skincare range too!)
I'm normally pretty good with my skincare regime and managed to cleanse and tone most nights... well that might be a slight exaggeration as if I've had a long day in work or been out drinking or am just too tired my skincare regime goes out the window. When I was younger I used to go to bed with a full face of makeup but have since discovered that it is best to make an effort to take it off, no matter how small! Hence why I decided to try some cleansing wipes in an attempt to make a quicker skincare regime when I couldn't be bothered with my normal one.
The Formula brand belongs to Marks & Spencers and is a fairly cheaply priced brand that I would probably compare to a brand such as Nivea. Although it is cheaper than Nivea its main characteristics seem the same in that it promises to be gentle to your skin and is quite a calming product for the skin as well. The brand name Marks & Spencers has been around since 1884 where it started off as a market stall in Leeds. Forumla is just one of the own brand names that Marks & Spencers has introduced over the past few years to its beauty section.
The facial wipes come in a pale blue plastic packet, similar to what other wipes are often displayed in. The pale blue colour gives quite a calming effect and although it doesn't look top of the range, it's far from cheap looking. To dispense the wipes simply peel back the plastic lid in a sense and pull one out, the lid can then be resealed to keep the rest of the wipes moist.
The wipes themselves are white in colour and folder in half when they are first removed from the packet. Before you use the wipe you should open it out to get the most use from it; you'll find that each wipe is roughly 7 inches by 7 inches. They have quite a pleasant smell which does remind me of Nivea products, a fresh and slightly clinical smell, not distasteful at all.
Now to use the wipes you simply need to wipe it gently over your face with your hand a couple of times, focus on the eye area or any areas that you have considerable amounts of make up on as well. Once you've used one side of the wipe it's a good idea to fold it in half and then continue, or turn it over and use the other side to get maximum use out of each wipe.
And so onto the beauty of these wipes... it's advertised as a three in one wipe which effectively means that it's a cleanser, exfoliator and toner all in one. It apparently lifts away daily impurities to leave the skin clean, refreshed and balanced which should all help to normalise the complexion. They are formulated to deliver a unique moistures burst to the skin too.
In a sense all the ingredients that you'd find in a cleanser for example are contained in the moisture that is actually in the wipe which means you get the three benefits from one wipe. The only thing I was a little unsure about was how a simple wipe could also act as an exfoliator as in the past all the exfoliators I've used have always had some sort of grains in them.
During the day I do wear quite a bit of make and by that I mean foundation, a bit of bronzer and blusher as well as eye make up too. Normally when I wash my face and then tone I do find that make up residual still remains on my skin and that I have to use the toner again to go over it to ensure that it's all off. So how did the wipes square up in comparison to this?
Quite poorly really! I used the wipe on all of my face and found that it did bring off a lot of my make up, however I then used a second wipe to check it had all been removed and found that I had to use this several times... and even then I wasn't convinced it had all gone. They also didn't remove all of my mascara and I found I had to use eye make up remover as well.
They left my face feeling fairly soft and quite moisturised but it didn't really feel overly clean, now when I've had a drink that's not a problem as I probably wouldn't notice but when I'm stone cold sober I can't face going to bed with an un-clean face! As such when I've used these wipes I've also found myself using a seperate toner quite often to ensure that my face is clean.
These wipes are priced at £2.50 for a pack of twenty five which isn't too bad in comparison to other brands of wipes although when you consider that you would probably need two a day the pack would only actually last you just over a fortnight which isn't such good value. When I bought mine they were on a Buy 1 Get 1 Free offer which made it better value although this has ended.
The wipes also come in a Nourishing and a Sensitive form depending on your skin type and the Balancing range itself also has a 2 in 1 exfoliator priced at £2.50 and a moisturising day cream priced at £3.00. There are several other products in the ranges such as cleansers, eye creams and toners but as I've never used them I'm not too sure of the prices of them.
I probably wouldn't invest in these wipes again as I really didn't rate them that highly at all, they're certainly not the best ones I've used and I feel much better using a cleanser, exfoliator and toner all seperately. I think I just need to become a bit more disciplined and make sure that I follow my routine every night... even when I've had a few drinks!
Thanks for reading.
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