I know when I repurchase a product three times in a row that it must be a good'un and I have surely gone out of my way and shunned my high-end cleansing oils and balms in favour of this bad boy. This L'Oreal Miracle Cleansing Oil was my first dalliance in the oil cleansing market and it's the only one that ticked all my boxes. This L'Oreal Skin Perfection range always seems to be on offer in Boots and in supermarkets- so not only can you pick it up easily, you can also pick it up at knockdown prices.
What I love about this cleanser is that it is just the business for quickly removing the vast bulk of your makeup. I always do a double cleanse, I find no matter how thoroughly I cleanse my skin the first time there is always some residue. When I get in from work in the evenings, four pumps of this into the palm of my hand, rub my hands together, rub is all over my face including my eyelids, and it just melts and dissolves all the makeup I have on my face- even waterproof mascaras. I use a nice warm fluffy facecloth to just wipe away the oil and makeup residue and it works a treat.
What I like the most about the oil is that it's not greasy and sticky the way I expected oil cleansers to be, and unlike the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm which I do like, it's quite lightweight and not heavy on my skin. When I wipe it off with a facecloth, my skin actually feels quite fresh and smooth and there is no greasy, oily residue remaining. A couple of swipes (and it's important to differentiate these from rubbing motions) and almost every trace of makeup is gone. It doesn't have a strong or offensive smell- it smells kind of fruity- but I don't mind it and I don't really pay any attention to it to be honest.
This oil does not cause any tightness, redness and any other discomfort when I apply it to my face, and my sensitive eyes are holding up perfectly fine to this being applied in my eyelids to remove eye makeup. Now, it does contain mineral oil which I know will be a dealbreaker for many, but it's not doing any harm by me.
Don't forget that Shu Uemera is part of the L'Oreal umbrella so if you were interested in trying out the SU cleansing oils without coughing up the bobs, try this one instead for a more budget friendly alternative. At full price, this is around €12 for 150ml but I always pick it up for around €6/7 mark and it's often on a special offer of some sort from Boots.
Have you tried out this cleanser yet? How do you rate oil/balm cleansers in general?