[illi] Anti Aging Cleansing Oil
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
This wasn't going to be a long review because I can sum up how I feel about this oil in three words:
I hate it.
Poor [illi] cleansing oil. It doesn't deserve this kind of loathing.
I had forgotten (or maybe I never really made the connection) how much I hate the feeling of isopropyl esters on my face. Remember how much I disliked The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil? I'm really more partial to lighter, dry-feel cleansing oils.
Mineral Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-8 Isostearate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Natto Gum, Dextrin Palmitate, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Butylene Glycol, Water, Fragrance
I do like more intense eye makeup at times, and that tends to call for very pigmented products close to or on the waterline. I've relied on Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil for years to break down eye makeup completely with gentle circular movements, and then I absorb/wipe away the resulting panda eye mess with a sponge. While it's decent at removing light base makeup, the [illi] oil is not cut out for more dramatic makeup. Even if I used three pumps (!!!) of the oil, I would get a lot of dark smears around my eyes that wouldn't break down. Similarly, when I'm doing the whole steadfast foundation routine (pre primer, primer, concealer,foundation, powder), it'll leave behind quite a bit of product. If I was going to rely on this oil as my first cleanser, I would need a hell of followup cleanser to clean up its mess.
I will say that people who like a more moisturizing cleansing oil might be happy with this [illi] Anti Aging Cleansing Oil. It doesn't strip the skin, quite the opposite. After rinsing with a lot of warm water, I always felt like there was a slight film over my face; a barrier that hindered subsequent products from absorbing well. However, it also kept my face from dehydrating. That something-left-behind feeling, well, it's just not for me.
In the end, I used this cleansing oil up almost exclusively to clean my sponges. I didn't want the [illi] Anti Aging Cleansing Oil to go to waste and die a lonely death in my skincare graveyard. It does a fantastic job of breaking down foundation on a dried out beautyblender. Not all sponges can handle such a treatment- I tried to clean a disposable rounded sliced sponge with this oil and it made the sponge kind of... crumble.
Other cleansing oils I prefer over this one: Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, $48, Manyo Factory Pure Cleansing Oil, $15.
[illi] Pure Cleansing Oil is $25 (on sale for $20) from Memebox USA.
What cleansing oil are you using at the moment? I've tried a slew of them over the last few weeks, playing Goldilocks in an effort to find something I really truly love, like the Kose Softymo Speedy.
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