The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil Review:
My life—and not to mention, my skin—has been forever changed since getting into Asian beauty. This journey began with The Face Shop’s Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil, which I picked up after hearing about the double cleansing method.
I realized that just plain ol’ make up remover or facial wash just wasn’t enough to remove the concoction of gunk (hello waterproof make up, sweat, sebum and grime!) that was sitting on my face for hours. And so, I scoured the internet for noteworthy Asian oil cleansers that were cheap, effective and readily available—all of which pointed to the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil from The Face Shop.
+ Deep cleansing which dissolves impurities and removes all traces heavy make up
+ Brightens skin while leaving it clean, fresh and supple
+ Enriched with rice bran and jojoba seed oil
+ Free from mineral oil
Isopropyl Myristate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Polyglyceryl-10, Diisostearate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Water/Eau, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf Extract, Parfum/Fragrance, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool
The main ingredient, Isopropyl Myristate, has been ranked 5 in Cosdna. This indicates that the component is highly comedogenic and may irritate the skin for some people.
Jojoba seed oil has also been ranked 2 as a potential acne trigger. In addition to this, the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil also has added fragrance in it.
The powdery scent is quite pleasant—but if you have sensitive skin, you might want to take this into consideration before purchasing.
VOLUME: 150 mL
HOW TO USE:
- Apply to dry face. Massage into skin using light circular motions to dissolve makeup.
- Rinse off with lukewarm water.
- Follow up with a foam cleanser if double cleansing.
MY SKIN TYPE:
Combination, Oily in T-zone and below the eyes, Acne-prone in forehead and chin areas.
New The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil Review:
The Face Shop is a skincare and cosmetics brand that hails from South Korea, but has expanded internationally with over 2,600 stores across the globe. Their claim to fame are plant-based products which have the best of both science and nature.
Thus, majority of their skincare lines are centered around natural ingredients such as rice bran, the shining star of the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil.
The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil is one of those highly raved products in the Asian beauty community. I’ve heard a lot of good reviews about this product and I’m sure that it has worked magnificently for other people, but it may not work for you (as it did for me… as you will see later on in the review).
This cleansing oil comes in a sturdy but elegant pump bottle. Personally, I am drawn to products that are well designed and packaged, so I must award plus points to the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil for this.
The plastic bottle is light pink and transparent, so you can see how much product you have left.
I’ve also found that the pump dispenses just the right amount of product for use. The Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil comes in a 150 mL bottle, which I believe is a generous amount for the $18 I paid for it. The bottle lasted me more than 6 months of daily use.
The cleansing oil has a light watery texture. The consistency is very viscous, which is good for distributing over and massaging into the skin. I believe the fluidity prevents you from using up too much since it is very easy to spread. However, you need to be careful when dispensing because it tends to drip.
In the several months I’ve been using this, I can honestly say that this oil does an excellent job in removing make up.
There is nothing this oil cleanser can’t effectively remove. To illustrate my point, I’ve swatched a variety of face, eye and lip products on my arm.
Now let’s see how well the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil does in removing make up.
The makeup I swatched on my arm have all been totally removed. In the second photo, you can see how well the oil cleanser dissolved the make up with just light rubbing motions. The oil still remains viscous and easy to massage as it removes the make up.
After washing the oil away with water (as in the third photo), my arm is completely free of make up. My skin feels smooth and supple afterwards, as if I’ve applied moisturizer.
However, it leaves a light oily residue as with all oil cleansers. I strongly advise you to follow up with face cleanser to truly clean your face.
In addition to cleansing and not stripping your face dry, the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil may also have brightening effects. My face is less dull looking these days, although it may be due to other products I’ve been using so I can’t really vouch for the brightening effect. However, if you’re looking for a product to liven up your skin, it doesn’t hurt to add this to your regimen.
While the Cleansing Oil seems like a really great product, I’ve had one major issue with it: it causes breakouts. For months I’ve been struggling with acne in my forehead, chin and cheek areas. This was strange because my usual time-of-the-month hormonal pimple does not usually appear in these areas.
For a long time I attributed my acne to pollution, diet and other causes. That is, until I discovered that it was the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil that was causing it.
I stopped using the cleansing oil for a month to test if it was the culprit, and my persistent acne gradually disappeared. I (regrettably) used it again because my new cleanser ran out and lo and behold—two new zits sprung on my face.
If you’re reactive to the aforementioned ingredients or just have sensitive/acne-prone skin, you might encounter the same problems as I did.
I would rate this cleansing oil 3/5. The Face Shop’s Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil truly does live up to its promise of deep cleansing and removing all traces of make up from your face. It is not drying or stripping, but may in fact also be lightly moisturizing and brightening.
However, the ingredients raise some significant red flags. It contains products which are comedogenic and irritating. If you’re acne prone or sensitive, I highly recommend that you stay away from this product or at the very least test it out first.
You may be better off with another cleansing oil/balm which will not leave you with massive break outs. However, if you aren’t, the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil truly is a great product and works amazingly as a first cleanser.
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Have you tried The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil?
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