Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Review: The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil

[Product was purchased by me; no affiliate links.]

Super duper quick post, because people were interested in it when I posted this on Instagram. I ran out of my last cleansing oil and didn't feel like shelling out for Shu Uemura again, so I picked this up on Amazon (I paid $10.20); it's Korean brand The Face Shop's Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil.

(Incidentally, I realized that there is a store near me now, but I've never been there).

I pump a little bit into dry hands and massage onto a dry face, then rinse off with water (usually as I hop into the shower at the end of the day). The texture is more watery than Shu Uemura or Tatcha, and it has a light scent, bright scent.

It doesn't do the best job of removing liquid eyeliner (I use Smashbox, which is waterproof). I keep the Neutrogena eye makeup remover around for heavy makeup days, but if you're used to Shu Uemura (which is a pro at removing stubborn eye makeup), it's an added step to use a separate eye makeup remover. Again, not a deal breaker for me, but it depends on what you are used to. I think it does decently daily, so long as I take care to massage my eye area gently to remove the liner. Everything else seems to come off well, but I don't wear a full face of foundation daily, either.

The biggest point, though, is: if you don't double cleanse (I do, with Neutrogena after my shower, to also remove residue from conditioner, etc.), I don't know how you'd fare with this one - I definitely feel like there's still something on my face afterward. On the one hand, it's definitely not drying (it's supposed to be hydrating, so that's fine). On the other hand, it doesn't really feel like a serum or something that has been purposely applied; it just feels like everything hasn't been washed off. Since I double cleanse, I don't care - nothing remains after washing with the Neutrogena, which is pretty gentle.

I think this retails for $13 (5 oz) at actual The Face Shop retailers (US), and I did get it a few dollars cheaper on Amazon. It's easy to pump a little too much out, but once I figured out how much I needed, I was able to control it and I think it's a decent price. I probably would repurchase it (although Clinique also has a cleansing oil that I might want to try instead).

Any favorites from The Face Shop?