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I bought this Facial Cleansing Oil by Nip + Fab on a whim when I was browsing the beauty section of the Debenhams website looking for bargains. They sell these for £10.25 each but they also had a pack of 3 for £10.25 as a special deal so I thought I'd give it a go as 3 for the price of 1 seemed like a bargain to me.
It comes in a cylindrical bottle made of clear plastic so you can see easily when it's running out. The bottle has a pump action dispenser on the top which is good as it gives a specific amount of the cleanser with each press so you din't end up wasting loads by getting too much out. I like the design of Tue packaging, even though it's quite plain and simple I think it looks fresh and clean and quite expensive.
The texture and consistency of the cleanser surprised me at first because it's described as a cleansing oil but it's actually more of a thin gel. It feels really smooth and is easy to massage over the skin. You need to use it on dry skin, not wet or damp, for it to be effective as the water will just repel the oil if you use it on wet skin and it won't work.
The texture of the cleanser feels quite nice as I massage it in, despite it being called an oil it's not overly greasy. It has a very chemical citrus scent that is more like a household cleaner than anything I would want to use on my face. It rinses off quite quickly with water but you do need to be thorough as you can't always tell it's not been removed properly until your skin has dried off.
I find this does leave my skin feeling very clean, and it removes all my makeup very easily, even waterproof eye makeup, so it negates the need for a separate makeup remover. The only slight downside is that I don't really like the way it leaves my skin feeling, although it does feel clean it doesn't feel particularly fresh feeling and it does feel slightly greasy to the touch even though it doesn't look shiny or greasy, it just feels like it leaves a slight layer on the skin.
All in all I do think this is a good, effective cleanser, and pretty good value for money, but I don't like the way it leaves my skin feeling so I won't be buying it again.
Nip+Fab Clean fix is one of my favourite products in their range. Not only is the oil a great cleanser but it is one fantastic make up remover. It's available from the Nip+Fab website, Boots, ASOS and Harvey Nichols for just over £10 and definitely worth it.
The packaging is a 120ml pump bottle which doesn't have any extra outer packaging. I'm guessing mine got damaged in the post as the oil tends to run down the bottle through the threads on the screw top and gathers around the base of the pump. Not a big problem but has wasted a few ml. The pump is easy to press. I tend not to push it right down and I've found it's better to let it squirt into the palm of my hand rather than fingers so it doesn't run everywhere. All it takes is 1 pump to cover all of my face.
To use, just massage the oil onto a dry face (so also make sure your hands are dry). I love this process finding it definitely worth spending time just massaging it in to stimulate blood flow and it's relaxing. Massaging the face helps relax the muscles which in turn help prevent wrinkles but it's also important to work upwards rather than pulling the skin down.
After it's massaged in, just wet your fingers and massage again and the oil will emulsify. There isn't a huge difference in the oil, it does turn milky white but isn't thick or bubbly and it's easy to just rinse off. If I've had a lot of foundation on I find it removes it so easily without having to keep scrubbing my face. With mascara the best way I've found is to just apply a bit of oil to my fingers and cover the lashes, applying a little water to let it emulsify then rinse. I have tried putting it on a cotton wool pad but there was just too much oil which ended up in my eye.
Nip+Fab claims this product has:
Gentle oils to cleanse + remove make up
Neroli to soften + rejuvenate
Mandarin to purify + decongest
After rinsing the great thing about this cleanser is my skin doesn't feel tight or dry. Not only that, but there is no trace of any make up. After using it with numerous mascaras from Rimmel to Clinique, they all came off so easily. It also came off far quicker than the cream remover I used to use saving a lot over-rubbing my eye area. My skin is left shiny but from it being clean rather than greasy or oily and it's lovely and soft especially if using this after the Scrub Fix which I'll then follow up with Moisture Fix.
If using this with the Scrub Fix or other exfoliator, I would say to make sure you rinse that off fully so there are no particles to rub over dry skin.
With hypoallergenic and non comedogenic oil (oil which doesn't block pores), this cleanser is very gentle on my skin. Where it was rather oily on my T-Zone, it seems far more controlled but hasn't dried it out and I've not had any breakouts. As it can be used on both eyes and face it is quick and easy to use without the need for a separate eye make up remover although I do like spending time massaging it onto my skin. There is a light fragrance to this which I think is mainly the mandarins but as an orange hater, it's definitely not off putting and the fragrance isn't obvious once rinsed off.
I use Clean Fix daily whether I've had make up on or not. Although the PAO is 6 months going by my usage, I don't think it will last that long. The pump goes right to the bottom of the bottle though and it's easy enough to unscrew the lid to get most of the oil out of it. I'd definitely say it was worth the £10 considering it's a cleanser and make up remover suitable for both face and eyes. It really works so well while being gentle on skin and not leaving it greasy or oily - just clean and smooth.