I’ve long since been a fan of cleansing oils for removing makeup quickly and effectively at the end of a long day, but most of them come from higher end brands like Shu Uemura and MAC. Imagine my excitement when Garnier released their new Clean+ line that included a cleansing oil! Despite the appeal of an affordable version of the MAC Cleanse Off Oil or Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil, it took me quite a while to purchase. Let’s face it, makeup removers aren’t the most exciting product to buy, but they are extremely essential!
I finally ordered online but when the shipment arrived there appeared to be a bit of an issue with leakage. The temperature had been in the upper 90’s so I simply returned what I assumed was a heat damaged product and placed a second order, not a big deal. The second box arrived but there was once again an oily spot on the cardboard where this had leaked. Hmm. I had to come to the conclusion that it had nothing to do with the weather, but possibly to do with faulty packaging… Not off to a great start.
I’ve now used this for a couple of months and the packaging is still the biggest pain in the you-know-what for me. The pump screws on securely, but around the neck of the pump itself the oil constantly leaks out and makes a mess. It is never something I would recommend for travel! This is somewhat disappointing because the product inside is actually rather nice. It’s a touch thicker than other cleansing oils I’ve tried, similar the viscosity of olive oil. It does a good job of dissolving all types of makeup, even waterproof eyeliner and mascara. The formula includes jojoba and macadamia oils to help nourish the skin in a base of mineral oil. The majority of cleansing oils have a mineral oil base and I’ve never had an issue since I use it only for makeup removal and not as a facial cleanser. It also has a fairly noticeable scent. It smells nice but I’ve had the hardest time trying to put a good description to it!
I don’t find that it takes any more work than any other cleansing oil, and I use a standard two pumps for a full face. It emulsifies nicely and for the most part rinses well, but it does leave a slightly greasy residue on the skin that makes me extremely hesitant to recommend this as a single step cleanser. I always follow up with my CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser and Clarisonic. I feel that even for combination to dry skin the residue could cause acne, and only the driest of the dry could get away without a second cleanse. My skin is very soft after rinsing but I’m prone to breakouts so this is strictly a makeup remover for me. It doesn’t sting my eyes, although if you’re a contact wearer remove your contacts before using as it will leave a cloudy film on the lens once it emulsifies.
I’ve waffled back and forth on my final decision on this product… for my own personal tastes I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing unless I really just can’t afford to replenish with a tried and true cleansing oil (read: more expensive high end). If you are on a tight budget and cleansing oils are something you enjoy or want to try, the formula is good enough here for me to recommend a look. While it does remove my makeup as well as any other product of its kind, I could do without the residue it leaves behind and the packaging will probably continue to piss me off until I use it up. Currently I’ve wrapped it in a paper towel so I don’t have to wipe it off after every use. Lovely.
Animal Testing: Garnier is owned by L’Oreal, a company that does not perform animal testing. They do, however, sell their products in China where animal testing is required by local authorities before they can be sold.
- USA: Amazon.com, CVS, drugstore.com, Target, Ulta, Walgreens, some grocery stores
- UK: Not yet available at date of posting
4.2 fl oz/125 mL
Have you tried it? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!