I think cleansing oils rock. Good ones take makeup off as well as actually removing dirt from the skin without stripping it – all ideal for my dry skin. Discovering Shu Uemura, the Grand Daddy of cleansing oils, many moons ago was a revelation.
L’Oreal has recently launched a new cleansing oil…deep breath…called Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil. When I first spotted the bottle on the shelf it looked like it would be dupe for the Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Enriched which I use. Apart from the ridiculously long product names, how similar are the two products?
L’Oréal own Shu Uemura (as well as half the beauty brands in the known universe including Maybelline, Kiehls, Lancome, The Body Shop, Giorgio Armani, Urban Decay and Yves Saint Laurent to name a few. See the full list of companies owned by L’Oreal here) so I’m not surprised about the similarities. The L’Oréal cleanser is actually a clear oil, it’s just the bottle that is orange to mimic the Shu I think.
L’Oréal have this to say about the cleansing oil: “Instantly dissolves even waterproof make-up, skin feels perfectly clean with a non-greasy finish. The oil formula helps to re-balance skin’s natural oil production for healthy-looking skin.”
I have to agree with all of the above though the re-balancing bit is more applicable to combination and oily skin. I found that it effectively took off all makeup, without any irritation, as well as cleansing the skin thoroughly.
Compared to the enriched Shu Uemura it doesn’t feel quite as moisturising and pampering. Looking at the ingredient list it’s obvious why that is – the Shu Uemura is packed with additional oils. The L’Oréal cleansing oil was perfect during this lovely hot summer and on holiday when my skin produces a little bit more sebum. If you have very dry skin be mindful that this might leave your face feeling a little bit tight.
As you can see the main ingredient is mineral oil. I know a lot of people have an issue with mineral oil so bear that in mind. My skin doesn’t react badly to mineral oil (miracles of miracles) and as this is washed off anyway, it doesn’t really bother me. The L’Oreal cleansing oil also has the distinct whiff of baby oil which I’m not crazy about, however it’s not a deal breaker.
Would I recommend L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil? YES. It does the job effectively and is great value
L’Oréal Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Oil Cleansing Oil 150ml RRP is £7.99 but it always seems to be on sale somewhere. I’ve recently seen it for £4 in a supermarket. For comparison the 150ml Shu Uemura cleansing oil RRP £29.50