Spend vs Save: Oil Cleansers

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.

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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)



  1. March 26, 2014 / 6:45 pm

    I have been bought cleansing oils as gifts, I have MAC, Bobbi Brown and DHC none of them which I’ve tried. I guess in my mind I think that putting and oil on my already oily skin would be wrong but I know a lot of ladies love them. Maybe I should just take the plunge and try them out xoxo

    • Jen
      March 26, 2014 / 6:47 pm

      That was my thought exactly at the beginning, but trust me – they’re actually perfect for balancing oily skins as it helps the skin not feel the need to produce more. Give them a go, well worth a try!

  2. Rebekah
    March 26, 2014 / 6:56 pm

    I have never actually tried an oil cleanser as I guess the ‘oil’ title puts me off a lot.

  3. March 26, 2014 / 7:51 pm

    I’m in make-up artistry school and that was the first thing they teached me: using oil is the best way to remove makeup 😀 I haven’t tried out these particular ones but I really like oil cleansers.


  4. Stacey
    March 26, 2014 / 8:07 pm

    Your review came just at the right time as I have been looking at the Nude cleanser for a while. I use a Shu Uemura oil cleanser but it contained mineral oil and made me break out so it put me off oil cleansers but I researched the ingredients for Nude and it’s mineral oil free so I may pick it up next time I am in Space NK

    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict xx

  5. Rhea
    March 27, 2014 / 3:45 am

    Oil cleansers are good ,and I prefer them to normal ones as they have more benefits, and this was really helpful thanks;)

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