Beauty Review: Cleansing Oils

Updated: Oct 1, 2018

Cleansing oils are probably one of my favorite things that I’ve recently discovered. I highly recommend cleansing oils over any other method of makeup removal because:

1. They’re more effective

2. They’re easier

3. They’re gentler on the skin

4. They’re more cost effective than makeup removing wipes

On the last point, while some cleansing oils can get pretty pricey, overall I feel that they're more cost effective because makeup wipes are generally expensive and you go through them a lot more quickly. For example, if I only have concealer on, I would be using an entire makeup wipe just to remove the concealer, the same amount of product I would be using to remove a full face of makeup. With cleansing oils, I can choose how much product I need to dispense without being wasteful.

I’ve tried a few cleansing oil options out there, so I’m going to give a general overview rather than going into each product. I’ve tried the Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil, the Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil, the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, the Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil, and the Neutrogena Ultra Light Facial Cleansing Oil.

Long story short, my winner is the Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil. First, you get the biggest bang for your buck with this product. It retails for $15 for 6.4 fl oz, making it comparable to drugstore options, which retail anywhere between $8-$15. The Simple and Neutrogena cleansing oils, for example, retail for around $8, but only contain about 4 fl oz. The Burt’s Bees cleansing oil retails for $16 and contains 6 fl oz, making it more expensive than the Sephora one.

The biggest thing that sets the Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil apart from the others is that I find that I need less of this product to remove my makeup than the other ones I’ve tried. I only need less than one pump of this to remove minimal makeup and two pumps to remove a full face of makeup. With other products, I usually need about one to two pumps to remove minimal makeup and three to four pumps to remove a full face of makeup. When it comes to a product like this, using one pump versus two is important because that’s what’s going to determine how quickly you run out of the product and how often you’re going to need to repurchase it.

Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil

To compare the Sephora cleansing oil to its drugstore competitors, I find that the Sephora one does a better job at removing makeup and is gentler on the skin. The Simple cleansing oil has a bit of an unpleasant smell, which is never a good sign to me. It’s also thinner, which makes it less effective at removing makeup and requires more product to remove makeup. The Neutrogena cleansing oil also doesn’t remove makeup as well as the Sephora one, and stings around the eyes.

To compare the Sephora cleansing oil to its high-end competitors, I find that the Sephora cleansing oil is simply more cost effective because it’s cheaper and requires less product. The Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil was the first product I tried when I was first introduced to cleansing oils, so I naturally repurchased that product before trying others. Big regret! The Boscia cleansing oil retails for $32 for 5 fl oz! That’s over double the price of the Sephora cleansing oil. Not only that, you need a lot of this product to remove all your makeup. I found myself using 3-4 pumps of this every night, which made me run out of the product extremely quickly. A product like makeup remover that you’re going to be using almost everyday needs to last as long as possible. Not only that, this product leaves a film over your eyes that leaves your vision blurry for a bit. Not a huge deal, but if you’re going to be paying for thirty dollars for a makeup remover, you want it to be perfect.

I have the same critique of the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. I was using more product than I would have liked, and it left a film over my eyes. I also prefer an oil to a balm that you constantly have to dip your fingers into. It’s just so much easier to me!

There are so many cleansing oils on the market now, from Tatcha to Farmacy to Bobbi Brown, and I'm so glad we have so many options to choose from. I'm also glad that cleansing oils are starting to come to the drugstore. I remember when cleansing oils were a relatively new craze, but now the days of makeup wipes and cotton rounds are over. Do you like cleansing oils? Let me know!

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