As self-admitted night owls, we know how convenient disposable makeup wipes can be. If you can relate, switching to reusable makeup remover pads might seem more like a sacrifice than a logical move. But by seeing how the clean beauty movement has influenced the way so many people stock their makeup kits with more sustainable, thoughtful products, we’ve also observed the smart options brands have invented for removing that makeup. Makeup remover cloths and reusable cotton pads aren’t just more eco-friendly (by helping cut back on landfill waste caused by disposable cotton rounds and makeup wipes), they’re also a more affordable option. While a microfiber towel or washable round might initially cost more than a pack of single-use wipes, you’ll also be able to use them for months—or years.
Within the reusable category, there are a few ways to go. Whether you want a cloth that simply activates with warm water or one you can pair with your favorite toners and micellar waters, there’s a machine-washable solution. Then there are shapes: Do you prefer a something that resembles a cotton round, or is it easier to use a washcloth-sized microfiber remover? We rounded up the 10 best reusable makeup remover pads on the Internet, as evidenced by thousands of 5-star rave reviews. Below, take your pick of sustainable ways to melt off every last trace of waterproof mascara.
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