[REVIEW] Etude House Monster Oil In Cleansing Water

Etude House Monster Oil In Cleansing Water Review:

Many people prefer micellar cleansers over oil cleansers, but honestly in my case I mostly preferred oil cleansers. Although that said I always liked to have a micellar water on hand for those lazy days or for when I was going away and needed something easy to use. The problem was that I mostly found the Western cleansing waters too drying for me and just generally unpleasant to use, which was why one bottle tended to last a long time because I rarely used it.

When Etude House came out with their new range of Monster micellar waters I was curious to see if I would like a Korean one more than the ones I got here. I actually received a sample from an order, and I felt the Etude House one was much nicer than the ones I get here so I decided to try a big bottle. But instead of ordering the normal one I decided to try the newest one with oil, I felt that the oil might make it work better at removing sunscreen.

One of my issues with micellar water is that I’m never sure if it fully removes sunscreen, so I hoped with the inclusion of oil that it might actually do that better. You could say that I decided to buy this on the spur of a moment, so I actually didn’t know much about it, I just hoped it would be as good as Etude House’s regular monster micellar water.


+ The cleansing water is formulated with yellow oil to remove water proof and heavy makeup.


Water / Aqua / Eau, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Isododecane, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Caprylyl/capryl Glucoside, 1,2-hexanediol, Lauryl Methyl Gluceth-10 Hydroxypropyldimonium Chloride, Dipotassium Phosphate, Coco-caprylate/caprate, Fragrance / Parfum, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Phosphate, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Lipids, Maltodextrin, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract

Etude House Monster Oil In Cleansing Water Review

Volume: 300ml

How to use:

1. Mix the two layers completely by shaking well.

2. Soak a cotton pad with an appropriate amount and gently wipe skin clean in the direction of skin texture, starting from the inner part of the face and working outwards.

(To remove point makeup, steadily press soaked cotton pad on closed eyes and lips for 10 seconds, then wipe skin clean.)

My skin type: Dry, easily dehydrated skin with mild rosacea

Etude House Monster Oil In Cleansing Water Review:

This oil in cleansing water comes in a no-frills clear plastic bottle, from memory I think it simply had a seal on the top. It had a plastic thin tape holding the lid closed I believe, and probably a white seal under the cap.

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On the bottle it says “Strong” which somehow always amused me because I wondered what it was implying was strong. The cleansing power or something else?

Etude House Monster Oil In Cleansing Water Review

To use it you have to shake the bottle quite vigorously, and you can see that the oil and water combine and make a frothy foamy mix.

Anyway, as soon as I shook the bottle and applied it to a cotton pad, I immediately understood why it was labelled as “strong”. The fragrance was incredibly strong and overpowering in my opinion, and maybe that wasn’t what Etude House meant by “strong” but it was what I thought.

Thankfully it doesn’t feel irritating despite the strong fragrance, but the fragrance is quite overpowering so if you dislike scents or find them irritating I’d give this product a skip.

Etude House Monster Oil In Cleansing Water Review

I tried to take a photo of it (ignore my dry palms) and you can see how it’s not clear but almost a white grey liquid. Typically, you use it with a cotton pad or ball and not directly on the skin like I showed in my palm.

I wondered for a long time what “yellow oil” was, since on the bottle it says “with yellow oil” which to me is completely pointless. What the hell is yellow oil? Is that meant to make us go “oh great, yellow oil is great because it’s yellow”.

I see on the ingredients that it contains coconut oil, and I am guessing there are other oils in the mix too since coconut oil is usually yellow.

It also contains green tea and aloe which should be both soothing and good for the skin. But honestly, I don’t think the ingredients matter too much because in most cases you should rinse your face after using this or else use a second cleanser.

Etude House Monster Oil In Cleansing Water Review

To show how well this works I put sunscreen on the inside of my wrist, which I left to dry for around an hour, I think applied quite a thick layer of bb cream on top which you can see in the photo. This I also left for an hour, so that it had time to set. I don’t usually use cotton balls that come with micellar waters but because I had so many cotton balls I decided to use them.

You can see how after one swipe with the cotton ball doesn’t remove much of the bb cream and sunscreen. I actually held it in place in the centre of the swatch and swiped down (not sure if you can even see where I swiped it).

You can see my wrist did clean but I used two cotton balls and had to swipe it multiple times. You can see a little bit of a shine on my wrist, and how it looks perfectly clean. It removed all traces of the bb cream and sunscreen too.

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I’ve been using this oil in cleansing water for several months now. What I found is that when I use it on my face it doesn’t seem to work as well.

And it often leaves an oily whitish kind of residue on my skin so I always feel like you have to use a second cleanser after using this. Which to me kind of defeats the purpose of it, I want a micellar water to be able to remove everything and not require a second step.

It is quite irritating too if you use it too close to the eyes, at least I found it so. It stung my eyes when I used to too close to my eyes. And sometimes I found it didn’t remove some of my sunscreen, even if my neck looked clean, I would find that once I applied toner there would still be sunscreen on the skin even if it wasn’t completely visible.

So, I don’t think it cleans as deeply as an oil cleanser, I usually use only an oil cleanser at night and that seems to work perfectly fine for me without a second cleanser.

I also notice that when I use it several nights in a row my skin doesn’t look so good and I can’t get rid of all the traces of sunscreen on my face. It’s called “strong” but I don’t think it’s actually that good at removing make up and sunscreen. I only wear sunscreen and bb cream – no eye make-up or lipstick, so I’m surprised that it can’t remove those two things.

In conclusion I won’t buy this oil in cleansing water, I think oil cleansing works better for me. My skin also seems to prefer the oil cleanser to these types of cleansing waters. I might try another micellar water from an Asian brand but not right away.

I think this works for all skin types except maybe it isn’t good for people with sensitive skin or skin that reacts to fragrances. I’m a little disappointed that this didn’t work out for me, but hopefully someone else will have better luck with it.

Where to buy:

eBay | Cosmetic-love

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