Moving beyond the realm of passing trends to take a more permanent space in our collective consciousness, sustainability is a hot topic in fashion and beauty right now. We're all more interested in learning how to dress more responsibly and discovering brands that make sustainable choices. I have to admit, though, that it can all feel a little overwhelming.
Even as a beauty editor with access to insider advice and brand experts, I struggle to determine whether I'm taking the right steps towards enjoying beauty in a more sustainable way. However, there's one switch I've made this year that I can confidently say has resulted in me producing less waste and buying fewer products—without compromising on the results that I'm used to.
Enter: Face Halo. Described by the brand as a "modern makeup remover," Face Halo looks just like a big, fluffy cotton pad. When they landed on my desk a few months ago—along with claims that they could remove an entire face of makeup using water alone—I'll admit I put them straight to one side. I don't wear tons of makeup on a daily basis, but I couldn't fathom how H2O could possibly do the same job as my favourite balm cleanser when it came to removing my foundation, concealer, brows and an occasional red lip at the end of a long day.
All scepticism aside, though, the sustainability stats of the Face Halo is decidedly impressive. Just one Face Halo can do the work of up to 500 makeup wipes or cotton pads, so by switching, you'll be drastically reducing the amount of waste that other makeup-removal methods might be creating. Plus they can be washed up to 200 times. So assuming that you're only removing makeup at night, two Face Halos would last you an entire year.
But does it actually work? Turns out, yes. When soaked in water, the innovative HaloTech fibres trap makeup and remove it from your skin. Plus, they do a pretty decent job of cleaning your complexion and gently exfoliating. (Although I couldn't forgo cleansing entirely in favour of Face Halo—it's too much of a relaxing evening ritual for me.) I was so surprised at how effectively this little pad removed all traces of makeup from my skin without any pulling or tugging.
The only thing I will say is that after one use my Face Halo was totally covered in makeup and needed a wash before its next use. Each pack comes with three pads inside, but I'm not always on top of my washing (understatement of the year), so I bought an extra pack so I can use a clean FaceHalo each day and then wash all the dirty ones as part of my weekly clothes wash.
And while my makeup removal method of choice was previously a cotton pad and micellar water combo, I can genuinely say that removing my makeup using a Face Halo has replaced the need for cotton pads, makeup removers and face wipes entirely.
While I've got a long way to go with mine before reaching the 200-wash mark (which is when Face Halo recommends that you replace them), I'm also impressed that the brand introduced a new upcycling programme in the UK this summer. It means that once your Face Halo has reached the end of its life span, you can send it back to be upcycled in an effort from the brand to further reduce the amounts of waste being sent to landfill. Who knows? Your used Face Halo might just get a new life as a car cushion or a seat cover!
Shop Face Halo and My Other Favourite Reusable Makeup-Removal Methods
Simply run under warm water and buff over your face to wipe away all of your makeup with ease.
One of the first reusable makeup-removing clothes, the Makeup Eraser is made from super-fine microfibres that feel so damn soft on your skin.
An affordable water-only makeup remover cloth that lasts up to 1000 washes.
These ultra-soft cleansing cloths are ideal for sensitive or irritable complexions, as they're so gentle on the skin.