Battle of the Wipes



I HAVE to use makeup remover wipes before I wash my face. It’s become a habit of mine because I’ve used them for so long. Using only a makeup wipe is a big no no. Always wash your face afterwards, because the wipes alone won’t do the job completely. I double cleanse most days, so I think it’s safe to say my face gets squeaky clean.

I’ve tried quite a few different brands of wipes. I was using Target’s Up & Up brand for the longest. They are more moisturizing than other brands, and really do a good job. I noticed that the other brands I have used in the past would start to dry out almost immediately after I opened the package, but the Up & Up’s held up for me. At around $3.84 for a 25 count pack, these babies were a steal. You could download the Cartwheel app and save more money occasionally too, which is always nice. I never really thought about the ingredients, until I received a package of Clinique’s Take The Day Off Micellar Cleansing Towelettes. I’ve compared the two, and have put both to the test this last month.

I found that the Up & Up has a huge list of ingredients I can’t even pronounce, while Clinique’s has a shorter list of more friendly ingredients.

Up & Up ingredients: Water, Isohexadecane, Dicaprylyl Ether, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Lauryl Glucoside, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitan Monolaurate, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber), Fruit Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance.


Clinique’s ingredients: Water\Aqua\Eau, Isopropyl Palmitate, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Arginine, Hexylene Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.


I’m not really a stickler about the ingredients, I just want a product that won’t make my face fall off, and that works at the end of the day. Both work very well in my opinion, but they do have some differences. As I mentioned, the Up & Up brand is very affordable. The Clinique wipes cost just a bit more, $14.00 for a pack of 50 wipes. I honestly don’t think the price difference is very significant. The packaging is really different too. Clinique sports a flip top that locks in place and is hard plastic, while Up & Up has a sticker type opening that can cause the wipes to dry out if not properly sealed.

Neither have a strong scent in my opinion, but the Clinique wipes have less of a scent than the Up & Up brand.

The Clinique wipes are less saturated than the Up & Up brand, which I really like because they don’t leave a residue, or any product on my face.

At the end of the day, both products are awesome in my opinion. The Target brand is a bit more affordable than the Clinique, but Clinique sports better packaging and less unnecessary ingredients. If you’re on a budget, pick up the Up & Up, you really can’t beat the price! I will always be a fan of Clinique, and think I will be switching to using the Take The Day Off wipes full-time. I like the fact that they have less ingredients, and the flip top packing is awesome!!




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I'm a beauty and lifestyle blogger from Southern California. I live with my husband and two German Shepherds. I love sharing my thoughts on makeup, skincare and life!

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