I got on the Japanese beauty train this year (along with the trains of the French, the Americans, the Koreans…), and the most awe-inspiring discovery yet is the Japanese cleansing oil. It shouldn’t come as a surprise because of the coveted Shu Uemura goods, but who knew that there would be an amazing dupe like DHC Deep Cleansing Oil?
Quick Specs: 70 ml bottle, but I think there’s a bigger one available; made in Japan
- There are a lot of impressive makeup removers out there. (I haven’t even gone to micellar water territory!) What makes a particular cleanser stand out is how effectively it can remove makeup and how easy it is to spread over the skin. Referring to the latter: When rubbed between damp hands, the oil immediately turns into a thin, milky-white liquid that coats the skin comfortably. In that way, it reminds me of Shu Uemura.
- It doesn’t take a lot of effort to remove makeup, particularly long-wear eye makeup. Waterproof mascara, however, is a different story.
- A simple, no-nonsense packaging hits the nail on the head as it highlights the functionality of the product. Besides, seeing how much cleansing oil I have left tells me when it’s time to start hoarding.
- Half a pump is enough to cleanse light makeup, whereas a full face (with sprinkles on top) requires a full pump. In all fairness, it is so seldom I use a full pump, so this bottle should last me a long time.
- Since this is being advertised as an olive oil-based cleansing oil, expect to smell just that. It has a raw olive oil smell, but it’s the fruity kind. You could love it or hate it, depending on your attitude towards EVOO. (Rachael Ray, is that you?)
- Though gentle on the skin, there is slight clouding of vision when used on the eye area. It’s not a major con, since it’s a rinse-off cleansing oil. You won’t even have to endure it for a minute.
- I believe you can find this in the local beauty black market, but it’s not officially available in the Philippine market yet.
Verdict: This goes directly on my “Why Isn’t This Here Yet?!” list. It’s such a no-brainer makeup remover that I see myself repurchasing ASAP. If only it could take off waterproof mascara, I’d give it a 10 for 10.