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Unlike other tall, towering cleansing oil cases, this oil from Laura Mercier comes in a dwarfish pumping bottle. The perfectly clear and colourless case (and the oil iteself) lives up to its 'purifying' nature at first glance already.
This is a cleansing oil that really doesn't feel like oil; it doesn't have much of an oily scent and is rather quite runny (if you're not careful half of what you pumped will go down the drain literally). It's almost as if it doesn't have any of the natural viscosity of oils.
Maybe it's because this oil is too runny, but you tend to get the crumbly feeling rather than the smooth feeling that you usually get from oils. This also means that you need a bit more of this oil than normal (about 5-6 full pumps).
Since this oil is mainly targeted for those with oily skin, it seems to concentrated on cleansing only without providing extra moisture or nutrition. Because this oil feels rather dry, you may experience slight irritation if your skin is not used to such products.
This oil seesm to be relatively weak against colour make up, such as tint, pencil piners, liquid liner etc. It doesn't quite cleanse them spotlessly and if you rub it in order to cleanse thoroughly, tends to end up irritating the skin. So I would probably suggest this oil as a morning cleanser (to wash and get rid of dead skin before make up) than an evening cleanser (which would have to clean all the make up on the face).
The relatively light, dry texture of this oil is actually effective in terms of cleaning the pores and getting rid of blackheads.
This oil has a very fresh after feeling; great for those with oily skin and probably too drying for others.
This was given to me as a gift a few months ago, but I had not gotten around to writing a review about it.
After reading a glowing review on dooyoo about this product I decided to give my version just to create some balance.
Laura mericer is an expensive brand and generally if something is expensive we assume it must be good for us. This purifying oil boasts that it contains deep sea water, what the difference between deep and shallow sea water is not something I pretend to know, but I highly doubt that it is worth the expensive price tag.
The oil is a transparent runny type it doesn't have the thickness of vegetable oil, as its base is mineral oil (why oh why, do they always put mineral oil in skin care products? Its awful stuff and its only benefit is that it is cheap!).
This oil is designed to work as a makeup remover and you are instructed to massage it on your dry face, then add water and rinse off or wipe off with a warm cloth. Using oil as a makeup remover is a no brainer, oil based makeup products are easiest removed with a oil based makeup remover, and it leaves your skin feeling supple and soft as well, not tight and stretched like a soap would.
After a day out with full makeup, which would include, mascara, eyeshadow, foundation, concealer and powder, I decided to test this product.
A added a small amount in my palm and started to rub it unto my face, I soon realized I would need a bit more as it didn't spread as easily as I had anticipated. After covering my face I added some warm water and waited for the milky film that was supposed to come next. A few splotches of whitish film started to appear but it wasn't the amount I had expected. Most of my concealer had come off, but my mascara wasn't near being removed (I know that it isn't designed for that specifically, but I tend to use just one makeup remover and not a separate one for my eyes).
I washed my face once more with this product before being satisfied that all the makeup was off completely. Now my skin felt very soft and supple and I have to admit that this was the best part of the whole experience.
This is not a cheap product 200 ml will set you back 35-45 pounds on Amazon, and for that price I expected A LOT more. I tended to use more rather then less, when I used this to remove my makeup and so it didn't do much for value for money, and in the end since I use a moisturizer after removing my makeup, the soft supple feeling wasn't really worth the price either. So the end it all I would say that yes this product works, yes it feels good, but No it isn't worth the price. Three stars because yes it works, one minus star for the mineral oil, and one more for the ridiculous price tag.
Mineral Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Dicaprylyl-Carbonate, Artemia Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-6 Diisostearate, Ethyl Oleate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sea Water, Water.
"Wash my face in oil? Are you serious?" was exactly what I was thinking when the Laura Mercier make up artist who was doing our make up for my friend's wedding told me she was going to use their Purifying Oil Cleanser. Surely that would make my face greasy or worse make me break out in a rash? I mean I always buy oil-free products and it's not like I am unknown to Laura Mercier products - apart from the make up bag full of their products I use Laura Mercier's oil free tinted moisturiser so why would I want to put oil on my face to clean it?
Don't get me wrong I wasn't totally adverse to the idea (my friend was paying for us to have our make up done so I wasn't going to kick up a fuss) and in fact I was quite intrigued. In truth I had been looking for a decent cleanser for years - I'd gone from Eve Lom to Boots own and I'd be happy for a few weeks (or minutes in some cases) but having sensitive skin has meant that I know fairly quickly if a product is going to work/irritate my skin and then I would spend a fortune on other products to sort out the problems that the cleanser had caused. I was curious to see what the product was like but I explained that I had sensitive skin and I use oil free products and that I didn't want my skin looking blotchy if I reacted to it and the make up artist told me not to worry and started to explain about this oil does.
Laura Mercier Purifying Oil (which is part of the Laura Mercier Flawless Skin range) is a mineral oil infused with sea mineral and tea (camelia sinensis) extracts which gently removes all traces of make up and dirt and other impurities (dead skin cells etc) by absorbing and suspending it in the oil and then when you rinse your face all the bad stuff goes with it. She said that this was a Japanese way of cleansing (OK so at this point I was getting quite sold on the idea as I love anything to do with Japan!) and was very simple and effective.
When explained like that it made sense to me that the dirt would mix and stick to the oil and then when you apply water it will float on top of it and get washed away but I was still concerned about the greasiness. She told me there were two types of Purifying Oil product - Light (which I am reviewing) and Rich for more dry, dehydrated skin. The Light version was for normal to oily skin.
Still a little sceptical I asked if she could use the Light version which she did. The first thing she did was take two pumps of the oil (which is light in texture and actually doesn't feel that greasy and also has no real smell) into her cupped hand and rubbed between her hands. She told me to close my eyes and began to spread the oil all over my face. She didn't wet it first - she just applied it on to dry skin. Then she began to massage my face in firm but gentle circular movements for about 10 to 15 seconds in each area. She rinsed her hands and this is where the clever bit happens. Taking a small amount of clean warm water on her hands (literally only the amount you would have on your hands after you wet them) she began to again massage my face. She told me to open my eyes and I could see that the clear oil was now a milky white film on my face. She then got a clean white flannel, soaked it in warm water and gently wiped over my face. I was horrified to see the state of the flannel. Although it was early in the morning, I had washed my face before I went out and I had removed my make up the night before. You would never have thought it looking at the flannel.
One of my own tests when I use a new product is the smile test - if I smile and my skin feels tight I know I have problems. But there was no tightness or tingling or blotchiness. My skin just looked really clear and fresh. It looked bright like it does after I have used an exfoliate mask - I would even go as far to say that it felt soft and comforted. The mineral oil (according to their website) is a non-comodegenic (seemingly this means that it doesn't cause block pores or other skin irritations) cosmetic grade oil which is designed to soften the skin and remove excess oil and build up which leaving essential nutrients for your skin's lipid barrier. I didn't know this at the time but I told the make up artist that I was impressed and about my cleanser woes so she decanted some of the oil into a bottle for me to try at home. I was pretty amazed by this (she was only doing her job I suppose) but the proof would be in how quickly it greased up my face. Come 12.30am when the last of us were thinking about leaving the reception I was still waiting for this to happen.
So I got home and tried out my sample pot to remove the make up and not a smudge on my pillow in the morning. One week later I was off to Selfridges to buy this product (Laura Mercier is not that widely available everywhere and tends to be found in larger department stores such as House of Fraser or SpaceNK apothecary stock it on their website www.spacenk.co.uk) and 8 months later I have just finished my first bottle.
My skin is noticeably clearer and healthier looking. I only need to exfoliate once a week to keep my bright skin looking fresh (which is a blessing when you have sensitive skin). My skin feels hydrated and nourished after I cleanse as well as feeling soft, smooth and supple. I used to suffer from wide pores and blackheads around my nose but these have cleared and my pores are more refined. I also use it as my main make up remover even for my eyes. I admit it does take a bit of time and is more tedious than a dedicated eye make up remover but at least it is all removed and not on my pillow! It's especially great for getting rid of under eye concealers which can dry your delicate eye area out. And I have got some in my eyes before and it doesn't sting but you are advised to wash it out asap.
I use one or two pumps of the oil (depending on how dirty my dace is) morning and evening and normally I use a fresh flannel to wipe away all the residue every day (same one morning and evening - I'm not that good!) but you can just use water (although the flannel is more effective). I admit that as a routine it is a little labour intensive but if I really am in a rush I put the oil onto my face and quickly massage it in before I jump in the shower and I do the second stage quickly before I was my hair and then by the time that is done the shower has rinsed everything away.
The product comes in a clear square plastic bottle with a white pump dispenser. It does look stylish I must admit on the sink. Each bottle contains 200ml and it says to use within 6 months. Well I've had mine for 8 months and just finished it and not seen any deterioration in the product in the intervening 2 months so don't panic if you don't use it all in that time. The only thing I have found is that in recent weeks it has been harder to dispense (I've had to pick it up and move the oil around to get some by the tube!).
The slight disadvantage with this product is that the last time I bought some it was £30 - a hefty price tag I admit but in the last 8 months I have spent less on my face than in the 8 months prior. I have also looked everywhere on the net for Laura Mercier's policy on animal testing but as an american company they don't have to declare one way or the other so if you are particularly concerned about this issue then I would do some research or contact Laura Mercier prior to purchasing any of their products.
Personally I love this product and what it has done for my face so of course I would recommend it to anyone but especially those who have sensitive skin or have tried loads of different products but not found the right one for them. I've even had people comment on my skin when I've been out asking where I get my foundation from because my skin looks so good - and I'm not wearing any foundation. It just goes to show that I have finally found the right cleanser for me if I'm getting comments like that and despite the ritual and the price, I certainly won't be changing brands in a hurry.
Light-textured skincare cleanser that removes makeup and impurities while revealing fresh, glowing skin /