cleansing oil: pay luxe or pay less?

July 24, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
There are some skin cleansers that do more than remove daily dirt. Some of them also use advanced ingredients to address pigmentation and hydration issues. A truly great face wash is also able to break down a waterproof mascara or a long-wearing lip stain. I have used many different methods of cleansing as my skin has gone through many changes, but in recent years I have become quite a fan of cleansing oils.
For a while I was addicted to the legendary Shu Uemura's Cleansing Oil. My oily/combo skin always felt completely soft and squeaky clean after using it. The best part about it is how fast the cleansing oil melts off waterproof makeup, and even breaks down lash glue. However, Shu Uemura is no longer in stores and only available for sale online in North America. Sometimes I don't want to wait for shipping and I need my product now.

I have heard good things about Boscia's MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil and I decided recently to give it a try. Even the toughest mascaras come off with very little rubbing around the eye, so there isn't an issue with excess manipulation stressing out that sensitive skin. After cleansing my face feels clean, smooth, and hydrated. My biggest pet peeve about this product is the smell. Some people say they like the slightly minty scent. Personally it reminds me of mentholyptus cough drops, but I'm not much of a mint lover (except for mojitos and Girl Scout cookies) anyway. Boscia puts out a good cleansing oil at a great cost, but I do miss the radiance that my skin had after using the Shu Uemura oil. Their formulas are always going to be pricey, but the added benefits are worth the cost if you have certain skin concerns.

I will probably buy MakeUp-BreakUp again, just because it is easily accessible at Sephora and Ulta stores for 26 dollars. However, if I have to choose between the two cleansing oils, I honestly don't mind throwing down the 77 dollars for Shu Uemura's Advanced Formula Cleansing Oil. It is absolutely worth every penny, and a little bit goes a long way. In my opinion, the legendary formula's skin brightening benefits and strong antioxidant properties gave me results that can not be duplicated.

The minty makeup melter will do in a pinch.

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