5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails: Oil Cleansers

Well it’s that time again, for a 5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails series!

This time, we are going to kick it with Oil Cleansers!

I love applying makeup, but one thing that I do not like is actually REMOVING all that makeup at the end of the day. However, it is one of those necessities in life that you have to do.

I hate pulling and scrubbing on my skin, especially around my delicate eye area (come on wrinkles, I will resist you!). I want something that is gentle to use but doesn’t take a lot of effort.

In the past, I always shied away from using oils on my face, thinking, “My face is oily, why would I want to use more oils?”. I was so wrong. In fact, oils are smart to use, but you have to use the right products. Oil Cleansers and then using a more traditional cleanser after to actually clean your face (referred to as “Double Cleansing”) is super popular right now.

The reason that it is SO popular? It works! You can be very effective with removing all of the bits of stubborn makeup on your face (even waterproof makeup) and actually be cleansing your face in the second step. You can dramatically improve your skin!

Check out my other Holy Grails and Holy Fails Series Below!

Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

Result: GRAIL

I looked at the price of this and my first thought was, “This shit better be made of gold.” How the heck, can they charge this much for a product? Then, curiousity got the best of me and I just had to try this out.

I’m so glad that I did, this is freaking magic. Just 2-3 pumps of this oil and massage it into your dry skin. Go crazy over your eyes, that longwear lipstick, that full coverage foundation. It’s great because it doesn’t sting my eyes at all and once I rinse, everything is gone. I don’t mean almost everything. I mean every last bit.

I was also pleasantly surprised at how LONG the product lasted. I had a trial sized bottle that I used every day, for a MONTH. Yes, I am not lying, a MONTH.

SO despite the initial sticker shock. This product lives up to it’s claims and the full size bottle will last you FOREVER.

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm

Result: FAIL

This isn’t a liquidy balm like the last product, but a solid cleansing oil.

I found that even though, I was super excited about this being a green product, it just plain requires way too much work to get my makeup off.

I don’t like tugging on my skin, I want something gentle. So, I’m going to pass on this one.

Pixi Double Cleanse

Result: FAIL

I’m going to start with, yes this worked ok. It didn’t remove all of my stubborn eye makeup, it did take a little extra effort. So, to start it isn’t the best product I tried by far, but it wasn’t the worst.

It’s a neat design because you get the solid cleansing oil on one side and the cleansing cream on the other. I am going to equate this to if you had shampoo and conditioner that came in the same package. You are going to run through one of them much faster than the other! Then you have to keep it around while you buy another? Then stockpile… you catch where I am going.

My biggest gripe with this. I used a lot. I’m not certain if it’s because it’s a solid but seriously, I went through this in a week and a half. That’s just plain lame. It’s an expensive way to remove your makeup!

Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil with Coconut and Argan Oils

Result: GRAIL

First off, this has an amazing fresh scent. You only need to dispense a little bit of the product and very lightly rub onto your dry face. It will take off every bit of your makeup.

What I love about this product, is that it is so gentle! There is no stinging, no harsh residue. For it’s price point, I think it’s a definite dupe for the Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil.

Dermalogica Precleanse

Result: FAIL

This was the one that I was most excited about! Everyone was raving about it and it is the one product that really opened my eyes to Double Cleansing.

I really do love most dermalogica products, but unfortunately, this one is a pass from me. It burned my eyes. If I can’t use it on my eyes, why even bother?

Do you have any pre-cleansers that you like?

5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails: Oil Cleansers, Tatcha, Burt's Bees, Dermalogica, Farmacy, Pixi

3 thoughts on “5 Holy Grails and Holy Fails: Oil Cleansers”

  1. I definitely think I’m going to have to try the Burts Bee’s oil! Have you ever used to Pond’s Cold Cream to remove your makeup?

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