Etude House Real Art Moisture Cleansing Oil Review:
Cleansing oils seemed odd at first to me, the idea of using oil to cleanse your skin just seemed backward or odd. I had first seen this oil cleanser (or an earlier version) in Seoul and I couldn’t quite get my head around it. But at the same time, I became curious about what it would be like to use oil to cleanse skin. Naturally this wasn’t the first oil cleanser I used, but it was the first one that I saw, so, it made sense that at some point I would end up trying this oil cleanser out. Especially when I saw how cheap it was compared to some of the other oil cleansers.
This is a moist type cleansing oil containing moisture providing coconut oil and grape seed oil, apricot kernel oil effective for removing dead skin cells, cleansing away makeup residue and old skin cells.
Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Triethylhexanoin, Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Peg-8 Isostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isostearic Acid, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Squalane, Nelumbo Nucifera Germ Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Pinus Koraiensis Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Fragrance
How to use:
1. Apply appropriate amount of cleansing oil onto dry hands and gently smooth over dry face to dissolve makeup.
2. Emulsify by adding water (the oil will turn milky while) then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
My Skin Type: Dry, easily dehydrated with mild rosacea.
Etude House Real Art Moisture Cleansing Oil Review:
Etude House’s Real Art Moisture Cleansing oil was actually the second oil cleanser I tried, the first being an Innisfree one. This oil cleanser comes in a large plastic box that you unhook at the back. The cleanser itself has a screw top, with a separate pump (sealed in plastic) inside the box. So, it definitely can’t leak if it’s posted to you.
Under the screw top there is also another seal, which frankly was quite hard to get off. And the pump also has a plastic piece that you clip on, so when you travel the pump can’t get pushed down. It is quite sturdy and well designed so that you shouldn’t have any issues with the bottle leaking when travelling.
The pump dispenses a good amount with one pump, and the oil itself doesn’t feel overly oily to me but it is very slippery and runny. I tried to get a swatch of it on my arm (for the photo) but the oil ran around my arm so that in the photo it was impossible to even see where the oil was.
This is both good and bad – good because it spreads easily across your skin. But if you pump too much out at once (say two pumps) it’ll make a mess and spill out of your hand easily. What I usually do is pump one pump into my hand and then spread it across my face before I pump a second amount into my palm.
Scent wise, I haven’t really noticed a strong scent or one at all, if there is a scent it hasn’t bothered me the slightest. I have smelled the oil and it has a faint chemical smell but to me it’s not really that strong or offensive. After all the oil will only be staying on my skin for a short period of time, so I’m not that concerned with the smell of a cleansing oil. I also noticed that with oils that do smell good, after I’ve used it a few times I stop noticing the smell completely.
The cleansing oil has quite a few oils in it – which are only really to help cleanse your skin. I don’t think you’ll get much benefit from them because they only stay on the face briefly before being washed off. However, if you are acne prone or have sensitivities to certain oils then you should check the ingredients carefully. I don’t have any problems with oils so it’s not usually a concern for me, unless it irritates my eyes.
To test how effective the cleansing oil is, I put sunscreen (not visible), bb cream, lipstick and a silver eyeliner on my hand, as you can see in the swatch. The oil itself is slick and runny, at first, I tried to take a photo of the oil on my hand, but it ran everywhere, so I took a photo of it on my palm.
Once I applied it to my hand, some oil ran down onto my fingers, which sounds bad but it doesn’t usually run into my eyes luckily. You can see from the swatches that it spreads easily, and one pump was a bit much for my hand, and it easily removed the make-up and sunscreen. It was also hard to get a photo of the oil emulsifying, because once I added water the emulsified oil ran down my fingers.
Surprisingly my hand looks perfectly clear once I washed it, so the oil removed all of the sunscreen, bb cream, lip stick and eyeliner. It removed it quite easily, but I have to say that sometimes on my face it’s hard to remove all traces of the sunscreen. Especially around my eyes, it does remove most of it, but sometimes there might be a little left. But overall, I find this oil cleanser removes most make-up and sunscreen which is great.
Overall, I think it’s a reasonably priced oil cleanser, and it works quite well for the price. You get quite a lot of oil and it lasts several months. So, it’s certainly economical, and a decent product for removing sunscreen and make-up. I also think that since I started using an oil cleanser my skin looks a little clearer and my skin seems to be in a better condition than before.
I notice if I’m tired and skip oil cleansing for a few nights that my skin seems to be more irritated in the morning. This oil cleanser also doesn’t irritate my eyes that much, some I tried in the past made my eyes burn or sting, or my vision went all blurry. This one rarely makes my vision go blurry (unless I leave it on for a long time) so mostly it’s fine.
However, I don’t think this oil cleanser would work well if you wear a lot of make-up, I don’t think it would remove it completely. I think this oil cleanser is best suited to those with normal or dry skin, who aren’t too sensitive or acne prone.
And maybe it’s best for those who don’t wear too much make-up, although I could be wrong about that. I would also repurchase this oil cleanser, because it is easy to use and effective for me, however I do want to test other oil cleansers too so I might take a break from this one. But it’s definitely one that I would return to, and one that I would keep around as a back-up.
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