I am a big fan of the oil cleanser – I was sceptical at first, but it was actually one of the first things that I learnt in beauty blogging. The first one I tried was a DHC cleansing oil and I absolutely loved how it made my face feel so clean, but not at all tight or dehydrated as some cleansers can. So since then I’ve been testing and trialling various oil cleansers (I pretty much always have one in the skincare rotation) so wanted to do a little ‘spend vs save’ comparison of a bargain one versus a luxe one. So the two we have here are: L’Oreal Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil and the Nude Perfect Cleansing Oil for Face and Eyes.
Coming in at a bargainous £5.33 for the L’Oreal Miracle Cleansing Oil, it firmly sits on the ‘save’ side of the fence, with the Nude Cleansing Oil coming in at £28, this is the ‘Spend’ side of things. When it comes to using them and the different texture between them each, I find the Nude oil feels slightly thicker and the L’Oreal far runnier. So if you put a pump into your hand (they both have pump dispensers – very handy for notoriously messy oils) the nude is less likely to run off when you lift your hands to your face to apply. But when you get to applying to your skin, the L’Oreal feels like it ‘merges’ a bit easier with skin, where the Nude slightly feels like it sits on top and takes that little bit more work to massage and see the make-up dissolve.
But the proof is in the pudding when it comes to an oil cleanser, and what it comes down to is how well is removes make-up and how skin feels afterward. Whilst the Nude one feels like a little bit more work, it does really melt make-up off (mascara is the biggest test, if you go from long dark lashes to messy panda eyes in a few rubs…you know you have a good one on your hands). Then, when you apply the water (warm) the oil should go milky and rinse away. I find that of the two, the Nude is the best at doing this in an obvious way – the L’Oreal goes a little milky but feels like it doesn’t always quite lift the make-up away as you rinse.
Having said that, it does lift some off – so can’t totally dismiss it. What I would say is that if you’re having a lazy cleanse and just want the oil to remove as much make-up grime as possible in one go, then go for the Nude. But if you want the oil to be a quick part of a multi-step cleanse, then you’re ok with the L’Oreal if you want to save a few quid (and make sure you follow up with a second level cleanse).
All that being said, for this one – I’m going to be sticking to the SPEND side. I do like my oil cleanser…and think they’re worth a few extra pounds.
L’Oreal Miracle Cleansing oil is available from Boots (£5.33)
Nude Cleansing Oil is available from Space NK (£28)