Buy or Ditch: Marcelle Hydra-C Double Action Cleansing + Exfoliating Cloths review

Are these cleansing wipes up to the job of removing all your makeup and daily face gunk?

While on vacation to Hawaii recently, I purchased a  pack of these Marcelle Hydra-C Double Action Cleansing + Exfoliating cloths to use in place of packing my usual arsenal of cleansing products. I prefer a lighter approach to my beauty routine while on vacation, so cleansing wipes are a great option for easy, on-the-go cleaning. So can these wipes clean off a full day's worth of gunk, makeup and sweat?

The Product
As Marcelle puts it, these cleansing cloths are "purity made simple." One side of the cloths cleanse and remove dirt, makeup and impurities, while the other side is gently textured to provide daily exfoliation. Hypo-allergenic and fragrance-free, these cloths are designed to work with all skin types.

The Guts
The first ingredient to this product is water, so I'll skip that and continue on with the next largest components:

  • Olus oil - a fancy term for vegetable oil, this ingredient acts as an emollient
  • Glycerin - a common moisturizer
  • Lauryl glucoside - derived from coconut oil and sugars, this ingredient works as a mild foaming and cleansing agent
This product also contains vitamins C, E and B5 and has no parabens, which is why I chose it over Marcelle's over cleansing wipes.

Price & Packaging
The cloths are packaged in your standard resealable bag. I appreciate that these come in a bag as others I've seen come in plastic containers, which aren't as easy for packing. This product is also very affordable at $10.36 for 25 sheets.

While on vacation, I wore less makeup than normal as I was doing a lot of water sports, so a normal day consisted of foundation (or often not), sunscreen, waterproof eyeliner and waterproof mascara. I found the wipes to be effective and quick to remove all traces of makeup. However, when I continued to use these at home, while wearing my regular complement of makeup (DD cream, concealer/foundation, powder, mascara, eyeliner and/or eye-shadow, blush, eyebrow pencil), I found it removed makeup, but it had a hard time removing all of my face makeup as evidenced when I used my toner and found that there was still tons of residual dirt left. Instead, I've been using this as a makeup remover and then doing my regular face wash and toner routine, which kinda defeats the purpose of this one-step product.

Since I usually wear less makeup while on vacation, I think this product is probably sufficient for my travel needs, but as an everyday alternative to face wash? Not a chance.

The Verdict

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