I have never been more excited about testing out an influencer’s partnership / product than when Chloe Morello announced she joined Face Halo. Mind you, I rarely watch her channel so it wasn’t because I was a dedicated supporter. No, it was solely because I was intrigued by the product. The face halo is a microfiber cloth that claims to remove your makeup with just water.
They launched towards the end of last year and since then I have seen it in stores here, but I haven’t committed to purchasing a pack of 3 yet. When I was in Korea I saw that they sold them individually, which I thought was perfect to test it out. After rigorously testing it last week under different conditions, here are my final thoughts.
» COMPANY PROFILE
Face Halo was founded in 2017 by Bec Williamson and Lizzy Pike, long – term friends that were fed up with the process of removing make up. Lizzy had experience in microfiber technology, that is 100 times thinner than the human hair, and together they came up with the idea to create a microfiber make up remover. Their Halotech fibers, which is made in Korea, will thoroughly clean your pores and doesn’t require an additional cleanser – just water.
Chloe Morello was intrigued by the product and joined as the face and advisor for the brand, officially announcing this on her Youtube channel in August 2017, following by an official Sydney Launch in September.
FACE HALO – "WATER ONLY" MAKEUP REMOVER
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An eco-friendly alternative to remove all traces of makeup on the face, this Face Halo pad is engineered with the label's exclusive HaloTech fibres that work with cold or warm water to thoroughly cleanse the skin for a refreshed, healthy-looking result. Non Toxic (Made with Microfiber), Reusable (Up to 200 washes), Water Only.
» SIZE AND PRICE
Each Face Halo can last up to 200 washes, which is equivalent to about 6 months, meaning that 3 will last you 1.5 years at US$ 1 – 1.50 per month (assuming that you use it every single day). This is by far one of the most affordable options out there in the market to date.
» PACKAGING AND MATERIAL
The Face Halo is shipped and sold inside a sealed plastic bag that contains the pad and instructions. As mentioned earlier, it is made up of microfiber material that is 100 times thinner than human hair.
It is recommended that you (hand) wash your Face Halo with warm water and soap after each use to avoid staining. You can pop them in the washing machine (with light colours to avoid colour transfer) once every week or two. They also mention that it is best to wash them before first use and never to wash them with a fabric softener as that can deter your pad.
Personally, I soaked it in boiling water and cleaned it before my first use. I like to give the Face Halo a quick hand wash and then pop them into my laundry machine along with my other clothes after each use.
» MY EXPERIENCE
When the Face Halo is dry, it is indeed very soft but once it is wet, it doesn’t really feel as soft as I expected it to be - based on the hype surrounding how soft and gentle it was. After my first use, I was a bit confused, because while it did clean my makeup, it actually felt pretty rough to wipe the cloth over my face. In addition, I was wearing a waterproof mascara, which didn’t come off completely during my first try.
In the Shower
I felt that I wasted quite a bit of water in the shower. I was standing there several minutes just trying to make sure all the makeup is removed. I even cleaned the Face Halo in the shower, used it again, and I could still feel mascara in between my lashes. The upside of using this in the shower, is that you can easily remove your foundation on your neck and in your hair line.
With different layers of makeup
While wearing either waterproof or washable mascara, I found that it was hard to clean both formulas and that there would always be mascara left in between my lashes regardless of how wet the Face Halo was. I gently pressed the Face Halo in the eye area for a few seconds and wiped it away as instructed, however because my eye area is very delicate, sensitive and doesn’t like tugging, it started to irritate when I was wiping the cloth even on my entire face.
On lighter makeup application days, I could easily remove all my makeup with both sides and it was easy to use. On heavier application days, I found that it didn’t do a great job at removing my makeup in harder to reach places, like around my nose. I also found that I had to spot clean the Face Halo a few times, while I was cleaning my face, to ensure that all my other makeup was removed. Whether I used it in the shower, over the sink, if it was soaking wet, or just wet, I still had the issue that it was tugging on my skin as you wipe your makeup off – regardless of the pressure I applied.
With a balm cleanser
To avoid the tugging and roughness I felt, I tried it with my favourite balm cleanser that never fails me – Pond’s. While Face Halo does actually recommend to use something organic and natural like coconut or argan oil (should you want to use something else in combination with it) I don’t like the feeling of oils on my face. It was a lot more gentle to remove my makeup when these two were combined, however it did leave a film of residue on my face and my mascara was still in between my lashes, which doesn't happen with my regular cloth or towel to remove the Pond’s cleanser.
» SUITABLE FOR ...
Budget and environmentally conscious, those that want a quick, simple makeup removal option ( I do recommend to double cleanse regardless), and that don’t have sensitive skin
» THE CONCLUDING PROS AND CONS
- Not ideal for travel
- Rough on the skin, especially the eye area (if you have somewhat dry, sensitive skin)
- Environmentally friendly
- Quick and Easy - User friendly
» FINAL THOUGHTS
I truly wanted the Face Halo to work for me, I think it’s such a great concept but because it was just too rough for my skin, it would be a pass for me. I also think that “just the water” aspect of it, while ideal if you’re on a budget, is not really for me. I like my makeup removers and cleansers to have some form of moisturising properties to them.
This is not the first makeup removing microfiber cloth on the market, but because of great marketing it is highly hyped about. I don’t think I’ll be trying out any other brands in the market soon but you never know.
Have you guys tried the Face Halo or any other interesting makeup removing methods?