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Review: Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil

Helloooo lovelies, how have you been doing?

I have been really busy with work, as well as online shopping in between *insert sheepish face*. You know how it is with working and retail therapy, and I tell it as it is: Clothes, nail polish, and beauty products are the usual suspects for me 😛

As I was shopping for clothes online, I chanced upon Sephora beauty products online at ZALORA. I wanted to get the free shipping above $40 at ZALORA, so I decided to throw in some beauty products from the Sephora range that I needed: Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil and Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner, both of which I heard good things about. Check out Musings of a Muse’s review on the Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil

Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil & Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner

Clean up the make-up I: Face

I was in need of a new makeup remover, as my Pond’s Cold Cream jar was nearly empty and I was thinking of switching to a cleansing oil, thanks to the immense popularity of Shu Uemura makeup remover cleansing oil.

Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil – Nothing Stays On

Previous makeup removal ritual: I have been using Pond’s Cold Cream to take off my makeup for as long as I remember. My skin leans towards dry and dehydrated, so I favour creams and oils over foams for cleansing and makeup removal.

If my makeup was heavy, I would usually have to double cleanse with Pond’s Cold Cream using cotton pads, and then wash the cold cream off with my Niks Professional Ultrafine Soothing Cleansing Lotion and water.

That’s a triple cleanse to remove my makeup!

Dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested – safe for eye makeup removal too!

Enter Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil: I got this on ZALORA as it was very attractively priced at SGD20 for 190 ml. As a reference, Shu Uemura sells their cleansing oil at about SGD50-55 for 150 ml.

As you can see from the ingredients listed on the bottle, it is primarily made up of mineral oil, and contains Jojoba seed oil, sunflower seed oil, Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) and Vitamin E (tocopherol). It seems that jojoba seed oil and sunflower seed oil are both beneficial as moisturisers to the skin as they penetrate the skin easily without leaving a greasy residue.

Here are the ingredients:
Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), PEG-6 Sostearate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, BHT.

Other pointers you should know about Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil:
– Dermatologically & ophthalmologically tested and suitable for sensitive skin and eyes
– Does NOT contain parabens and soap
– Removes even waterproof eye makeup

My experience using Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil: The cleansing oil had a pleasant floral fragrance to it, and was a clear runny oil in my hands when pumped out. On the website, these are the instructions for using the cleansing oil:

Directions to use:
1. Pump the oil once onto palm, then apply onto dry skin.
2. Add water to change oil into lotion. Rinse with warm water.
3. To remove waterproof mascara, gently rub lashes together between index finger and thumb before adding water.

Cleansing oil pumped onto dry hand

The important part is that the oil should be pumped onto dry hands, and spread on to the face that has not been wet with water. After spreading on the skin, then water should be added to change the oil into an emulsion which is like a white, milky lotion. This is the part when the makeup gets removed. Add water as you deem fit, to spread the emulsion over your face to remove all traces of makeup.

Milky emulsion formed when water is added

Then rinse with warm water, to remove the makeup. Being someone who’s used to double cleansing, I followed this up with my Niks Professional Ultrafine Soothing Cleansing Lotion, to wash off all remaining traces of the cleansing oil and any makeup.

After-feel: My skin felt comfortable after the entire makeup removal process, not in the least tight or dry. My skin can never do with foaming facial washes, or even Cetaphil, as I find that drying and tight. So I was quite delighted to find that the Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil had sat well on my skin, and although I did not use cotton pads to check whether there was any makeup residue after using it, my skin felt clean enough after using my Niks Pro cleanser (which is also a rinse-off cleanser), and I only needed to double cleanse, instead of triple-cleanse!

Overall, it’s a thumbs-up for me and I am quite converted to the makeup removing cleansing oil camp now, to be honest!

Here’s a test I did on both hands with Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil on my left hand, and Pond’s Cold Cream on my right and the result:

My left hand actually felt softer and smoother to the touch, compared to my right hand, but not oily at all! I’m sold!

Clean up the make-up II: Makeup Brushes

I also needed a brush cleaner that would help clean my brushes in between my deep brush cleaning ritual that comprised of washing my brushes with a shampoo under running water for a few rounds until I was quite sure the brushes were clean of makeup AND shampoo.

Deep cleansing brushes weekly is even too much of a stretch for me, but as I don’t exactly wear makeup that often nowadays, I thought a daily brush cleanser, quite like the one MAC first put out in the market, would be a good way to keep my brushes clean (and hence my face safe from comedone-causing bacteria).

Sephora Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner

In fact, I got really curious about this brush cleanser, after reading a friend’s review of it on her blog: Melva’s Review of Sephora Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner

So imagine my surprise that I didn’t have to physically make a trip down to Sephora just to get my hands on this since ZALORA now carries the entire Sephora beauty range!

Back bottle shot of Sephora Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner

I’ll do up a review of this once I have had the chance to try this out. Meanwhile toodles babes, and have yourselves a great (short) week ahead! 🙂

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