Wednesday, 14 March 2012


MAC Cleanse Off Oil

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MAC Cleanse Off Oil: MAC (£7 30ml or £16 150ml)*

I love makeup, but I really, REALLY hate taking it off. I find it so much effort to get every scrap off before I go to bed, I always seem to have something left no matter what I do. I raved about Shu Uemuras Cleanse Off oil a few months ago, which always took everything off in one step. I recently ran out and the price tag made me want to cry I always ponder over it as I walk past the counter in Selfridges but can never make the commitment for another bottle. I decided to pick up a Mini MAC Cleanse Off oil as I wanted to try a new oil based cleanser and it was the only one I could think of. I think on the whole I prefer oil based cleansers to take my makeup off, I feel like my face is cleaner and fresher without any dryness or tightness. I decided to get the MAC one as I have a Pro card so it was only about £4 so was worth it just to test out.

MAC Cleanse Off Oil is a really easy to use product, perfect for lazy girls like me who hate taking their makeup off before bed. Its really gentle and works well at getting makeup off with very minimal effort. It feels very luxurious on the skin, You apply it to dry skin and use 5-6 pumps (from the mini bottle, I presume the big bottle will have less pumps) then leave for 30 seconds, splash on some water to emulsify the oil and then buff my facewith a cloth. I have used this on my eyes but I don't think it works that well. I get "foggy eyes" which freaks me out a bit, and however it does remove most of my eye makeup (I wear a lot, if you haven't noticed!). I do feel like I still have to go over it with a wipe or cotton pad of Bioderma to get the last bit of my panda eyes off. Regardless it does take off all my face makeup off with very little effort.

Cleanse Off Oil is good, and Id say its worth the the price tag and it does do it's job very well. But I just don't love it, it does what its supposed to do but just doesn't compare to my beloved Shu Umera. Maybe if I tried them the opposite way round I may have liked it more.The Mini (30ml) is £7 and the full size is around £16 (150ml).
Does anyone have any other recommendations for cleansing oils? Or should I cave in and get another bottle of Shu Uemura?

27 comments:

  1. I'll have to try it. Nude (Bono's wife's organic ski care line) do an amazing one. Perfect for my sensitive skin. X

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  2. you should try the dhc cleanser, its a japanese brand as well and works the same way buts its only £20 which is a steal in comparison! xx

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  3. I have never tried oil based cleansers, good idea! Im so lazy at night, i just go over with a facewipe and im crashed. I really should start doing my skin routine more often...

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  4. I hate hate hate taking my make-up off its such a task! I've never even thought of an oil based cleanser i'll have to give this a go!


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  5. I've never really used oil cleaners on my face. I like to use baby oil to get off my eye makeup. So I know what you mean about the foggy eye problem! Always freaks me out too. I'll have to check this product out. :)
    xo Smitty

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  6. Great review, I have never tried a cleansing oil, always too scared of putting ;oil' on my oily face haha :D :) xxx

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  7. I use oil based ones because they are better for my skin and one I recommend is Clinique "take the day off!" it is amazing.

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  8. LOVE YOUR POST!
    HAVE A NICE DAY!
    XXXXX

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  9. I have never tried oil base cleaners,I always use a microfibre tissue.I have combination skin and this really helps.
    xoxo
    Sabrina

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  10. I always get foggy eyes when removing make-up! so horrible, i always remove my eye makeup seperatley to cleansing my face - the body shop camomille eye make up remover is literally the best thing i've ever tried in relation to my 'foggy eyes' :)x

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  11. I hate 'foggy eyes'! shame its oily, my skin hate oil x

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  12. Think I'm going to try the small bottle of this as I definitely can't afford the Shu Uemura one! I think you should cave in and get it though as you'll probably end up spending just as much trying loads of new ones that won't be anywhere near as good! That's what always happens with me!
    Rebecca-Louise
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    :)

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  13. Dermalogica pre cleanse is oil based and amazing. You can get it cheaper online, really recommend it! x

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  14. ultrabland by lush is so good for removing make up, it takes off mascara etc so easily :)

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  15. Sanctuary spa have just brought one out but i have no idea what it's like.
    Might have to try that and the MAC one. My skin is awful at the moment and I need to find something to sort it out.
    xx

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  16. The new Sanctury one is amazing! I think I like it better than the shu uemura cleansing oil in gel I used before. Plus it's half the price! X

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  17. I swear by Dermalogica's Pre Cleanse! an oil based cleanser and I love the smell, I use it on clients at work (I'm a beauty therapist) and it's one of the favourite cleansers to use!

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  18. You can always make your own oil cleanser. 50% castor oil and 50% jojoba oil, sweet almond oil or something similar. Works amazingly well and heaps cheaper :)

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  19. This really sounds like something I will have to try, I literally am so bad at taking my makeup off before bed. I need to get stricter on myself!

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  20. I don't use cleansing oil but look up the muji one. Think it's around a tenner

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  21. oh i need to try this xxx

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  22. I was planning to get the small bottle to try it out, as so many people raves about face oils. I might get it on my next trip to mac. I really want to try out the Shu Uemura one.

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  23. I'll have to try this now....

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  24. I use Botanics soothing eye make up remover (http://www.boots.com/en/Botanics-Soothing-Eye-Make-Up-Remover-150ml_34087/) to take off my eye make up and it's quite oily as well, but is amazing! If your having trouble taking off eye make up I definitely recommend it X

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  25. definately try Clinique 'take the day off'make up remover. It's perfect for eye make up :) x

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  26. the sanctuary ultimate cleansing oil is amazing takes everything off (i wear loads of makeup too) and makes your skin unbelievably soft

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  27. I used to use the Shu Uemura one too but can't justify spending so much on my daily cleanser. I've currently been trying the Muji Cleansing Oil which is just about under a tenner - & it's fab & getting all the traces of my make-up off without irritating my skin & leaves me feeling super soft & clean. & for eyes I lie to used the Botanics Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover which is a tad greasy but great at getting everything off (including my extremely water proof mascara) without having to scrub or tug at my eye. I really would recommend them both.

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