Ah cleansing oils! Probably my favourite stage of my night time skin care routine. It signifies the end of a long day and the begin of sweet slumber~ (how poetic!)
Cleansing oils in general have been a bit of an obsession for me since discovering them a few years ago. I tend to have a range of brands in my stash at any one time. I enjoy rotating through them just to see if there is a difference and I thought I would give 5 mini reviews / comparisons between the 5 you see pictured above. Please note the prices are what I personally paid / found, but they can vary depending where you go.
All cleansing oils listed below did what they were suppose to do well, they did a fantastic job at cleansing my skin, that includes removing any heavy makeup I was wearing. Think Book of Fables mask like makeup, and each of these did the job perfectly (though I’d recommend double cleansing if you were planning to go to bed soon). So each of my comments below will focus on other aspects.
Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Cleansing Oil *
One of Shu Uemura’s signature products is their cleansing oil range, they have a number of different choices to suit a variety of skin types. This particular type is best for dry skin, which I suffer from so it was perfect. I love how thick the oil was here because I felt like it gave better coverage for less. Not to mention, it wasn’t harsh on my eyes if some accidentally got in.
At 450ml, you can purchase this online for $131AUD
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
Another lovely thick cleansing oil, it worked wonderfully and left my skin feeling amazing but it did have a tendency to sting my eyes if any got in. Not a pleasant experience, left my eyes appearing a little red after my shower.
At 200ml, you can purchase this online for $37AUD
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil
Always had good experiences with Clinique cleansers and this was no different, it was a little on the thinner side. I felt like 3-4 pumps was enough to cover my entire face (full face of makeup), it did sting a little on the eyes, but generally not as bad as DHC.
At 200ml, you can purchase this online for $45AUD
SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil
This felt like luxury in a bottle, it actually felt a bit like the Shu Uemura cleansing oil, it was very thick so only 2 pumps is needed, maybe 3 if you have a lot of makeup. Very gentle on my eyes, great experience overall.
At 250ml, you can purchase this online for $70AUD
Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil
Despite Shu Uemura’s fame in the cleansing oil market, Bobbi Brown’s was actually the first I’ve ever tried. I love that this doesn’t have any notable smell and works a treat, but I wish the formula was a little thicker because it does run on the thin side so I feel like I need around 5 pumps to do a good job, which just isn’t very economical. Does sting the eyes a tiny bit, but again nothing like DHC.
At 200ml, you can purchase this online for $60AUD
For me, I’m willing to spend a bit more for good skin care that leaves me in a good mood and makes me happy. So if I had to choose, I’d go either with SK-II or Shu Uemura, both was equally as lovely and are sold at a similar price point. Unfortunately yes at the more expensive end, it takes me about 2-3 months to get through a 200ml bottle, and that’s with everyday use so these bottles do last a very long time.
I will note that I’ve also tried MAC’s Cleansing Oil and NARS, I wasn’t a fan of either. While both did a great job at cleansing my skin, they both smelt strange to me, wasn’t a fan.
Products marked with a * were provided for consideration.