Facial Wipe Wednesday: Target’s Up & Up Brand

As facial wipes become more and more popular, stores are putting out their own brand, as well. I picked up Target’s house brand, Up & Up Facial Wipes. This package of 25 towelettes was around $2…

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I am glad I chose the 25 count over the larger packaging. The first week of using these, I found the clothes to be on the dry side. I don’t like scrubbing my eyelashes hard to remove my mascara. However, I found that I actually needed to in order clean the mascara off.

Let’s step back a bit…I picked Up & Up Cleansing Towelettes in the Sensitive because they mention they are comparable to the Simple brand. I reviewed Simple for a Facial Wipe Wednesday installment here. I wanted to see how the two compared. I found the Up & Up stung my skin and, I was rather glad when I passed day 15 of using them. I stopped then. It mostly stung on the tops of my cheeks and right under my eyes. Also, I felt that my skin became drier than usual from using these even though I continued to use the same moisturizers I regularly use.

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As I mentioned, the first week, I was so disappointed that the towelettes were so dry. However, as I worked my way down the pack, they did get more moist. That’s one of the drawbacks, I have found with wipes: There’s no way to tell how long they have been on the shelf. The Up & Up Cleansing Towelettes have been the most pronounced at being dry in the beginning.

Even when I did get down to more moist towelettes, I found these to not clean my face very thoroughly. I use a toner after cleansing to see if there is any remaining dirt on my face. The entire time I used Up & Up towelettes, the cotton pad I used with toner finished up with lots of mascara residue. I never felt like my skin was completely clean just  imagining I was smearing makeup all over.

The packaging states that the towelettes are made with Botanic (TM) fibers…

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It doesn’t say anything more than that on the package other than the company that makes it…

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While these towelettes don’t have any scent, they don’t have much cleansing ability, in my opinion. I was rather turned off by how much dirt was left over after using these and, that my skin started to sting. For a product stating to be for sensitive skin, I cannot recommend these to anyone, especially since I don’t have sensitive skin, myself.

Have you tried Target’s Up & Up Facial Towelettes?

 

  • I’m glad I read this. I usually never go for a store’s brand of anything like this. I have my fave brands and stick with those…even if I have to spend a little more.

    • I would normally do that for most beauty things. I get to say I did this for ‘science’!!! LOL! OK, for the love of beauty blogging, more correctly.

  • Aleya Bamdad

    I’ve never tried any of the Target brands products. Good to know that they work.

    • Well, as I mentioned, they don’t really work well at all.

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    Oh, I’m so disappointed that these didn’t do the job at removing your eye makeup. I am in the market for inexpensive towelettes for those occasions when I don’t feel like doing my regular cleansing routine. I just got Skyn Iceland towelettes in my ipsy bag, but it say you can’t use them on or near your eyes. What good is that?

    • Girl, let me turn you on to the BEST ones! I’ve been doing this semi-regular feature for over 2 years now and my very favorite are the Lavender facial wipes from Forever 21. They are inexpensive and they work! Second favorite are the actual Simple brand.

      • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

        Forever 21, here I come! Thank you, Kimberly for the tip.

        • Let me know if you love ’em as much as I do, OK?

          • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

            Kimberly, I went to Forever 21, and they didn’t have the lavender ones. They rotate which ones they have. There were green tea/jasmine, grapefruit, and cocoa shea. I got cocoa shea, the moisturizing ones. Unfortunately, they are dry as a bone. I don’t know if they are old and almost dried out, or whether that’s how they’re supposed to me. It took me forever to take off my mascara (non-waterproof). I plan on returning them. Maybe I got a bad one??

          • Oh, no!!! Allison, I haven’t tried any of their other ones. I was going to pick up a Rose one last time I was there but forgot. Well, I think I’ll skip on the cocoa shea, then. I’m so sorry they didn’t have the lavender ones. I didn’t know about the rotating product situation. 🙁

          • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

            Not to worry! I have a feeling that this is an older batch. And at $2.90, it’s not a big loss 😉

  • TinaBowling

    Welp, definitely will NOT be trying these after reading your review! I love the Simple wipes so I’ll stick with those. Also the Aveeno wipes are pretty great if you have not tried them already.

    • These were so not like Simple! Simple is my second favorite brand after the Forever 21 lavender ones. Hey, you read my mind….I got the Aveeno wipes to review next!! 😀

  • I love the Simple wipes, and was hoping these would be a cheaper dupe.. Bummer! For now, I’ll just buy the Simple wipes on sale, instead.

    • There is the possibility that my skin has changed in the two years since I did the Simple review. I have moved from Orlando to Denver and the climate is very different. Also, I am two years older and for a woman in her 50’s, that can be more of a change than say when I was 35 to 37. However, going on what I experienced with these, I can’t recommend them to ya, Girlfriend!

  • Thanks for the heads up, I will avoid!

    • I was grimacing over the ‘sensitive’ part these wipes should have had!!! Ouchy on the stings!

  • I will definitely skip these & stick to my Simple wipes – Thanks for the heads up

    • Yep, stick with your Simple if you like ’em! 🙂

  • Thank you for your honest review. Now I know there is no point purchasing these.

  • cindyprimebeauty

    I’d rather pay a little more and get some that work and don’t dry out my skin. I love the Neutrogena ones!

  • I can’t use facial towelettes, they irritate my skin

  • When I wear heavy makeup I use the makeup wipes as the first step before I actually wash my face and cleanse. For days when I don’t wear makeup I just wipe the Murad Clarifying Wipes over my face and go to bed. It’s my lazy girl love lol

  • I’ve not tried these – but I have a reaction to Citric Acid, so I doubt I could try these.

  • Justina

    These are such a steal of a deal!

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    I haven’t tried these, but I’m going to go ahead and skip them

  • FabZilla_Kath

    what a through review of facial wipes! I love facial wipes btw, I hoard different brands 🙂

  • It’s a shame they don’t perform as well as you’d hoped but I do like that there is no scent.

  • I am all about facial wipes… but my skin is so sensitive and so are my eyes so I am limited to just a few that I can use that work for me. It’s a bummer these did not work as well as you had hoped.

  • Anastasia

    Hm, these look like more of a refreshing type wipes than a makeup remover to me.

  • I use a bazillion facial wipes every day. Cleaning swatches, cleaning my face, refreshing my face.

  • If I use one like this I end up using a toner afterwards for a deep cleanse!

  • Betzy Carmona

    I haven’t tried them but target brand is normally great

  • No way jose, I do *NOT* deal with stinging!

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