From wipes to cleansers, I've trialled and tested many face and eye makeup removers over the years. My favourite wipes of all time were the Johnson & Johnson 3 in 1 Facial Cleansing Wipes before I moved on to Clinique's Rinse-Off Facial Foaming Cleanser and Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips. While I loved my Johnson & Johnson wipes, I'd use them up so fast, it became annoying having to buy them all the time, plus, being a beauty junkie, you get bored easily and are always wanting to try something new. I liked Clinique's makeup removers, but it wasn't the best. The cleanser felt like it was taking off all the makeup, but then when I'd tone my face, I'd always get traces of foundation on my cotton ball. Not nice! It lasted me ages, which I liked, but I wanted something that'd give me a more thorough cleanse. The eyes/lips makeup remover was good, though nothing special and using two different products for my face and eyes/lips became annoying too because I'm lazy like that.
I wanted something that would take everything off at once like makeup wipes and something that would last me a while like a cleanser. After doing some research on various blogs and YouTube videos on cleansing oils, I came across Tanya Burr's video, which convinced me to try out Laura Mercier's Light Purifying Oil. Having acne prone skin, I was quite skeptical of washing my face with oil, but I love Tanya's videos and trust her opinions. The reviews on MakeupAlley were quite positive too.
Needless to say, so was mine. It thoroughly removes all traces of makeup in one easy wash and because it's an oil, I feel it's very moisturising too without breaking me out.
I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but I've almost run out of my Laura Mercier oil, so about two months ago, I decided to give MAC's Cleanse Off Oil a go and I think I love it even more. Don't get me wrong, Laura Mercier's is amazing, but I feel like I have to use less with MAC's and that it's just that little bit better because it's a slightly thicker oil. Plus, it also has a lovely lemony cakey scent, which is so yum!
To use these cleansing oils, I wash my hands with hot water, put two to three small pumps of the oil in my wet hands and then massage all over my face and eyelids until I feel all the makeup has been removed. Once the oil meets water, it turns into a watery milky liquid, which you then just wash off with warm water. After my makeup has been removed, I like to take a wet cotton ball over my face to make sure there are no traces of makeup left, though there aren't usually any. You could use a muslin cloth too... I still don't know why I don't have one of those.
If you're after a new makeup remover or simply bored with your current skincare routine, cleansing oils come highly recommended from me!