I am so happy I found this. I have very dry skin in Winter, and this took all of my makeup off, including waterproof eye makeup. I use Clinique's foamy makeup remover in spring and summer, when my skin is normal/dry, but I will use Mac's in Fall and Winter, when my skin needs the extra moisture. This didn't break me out in zits, and it goes well with the line of cleansers and moisturizers I'm using now (Clinique). I've used it two weeks, and it barely has a dent, so it will last a long time. The only problem is the packaging, because it's so easy for the little knob to turn, so I would be afraid to travel with this product; and since it's an oil, it would ruin anything it spilled on. This is my miracle remover, and, I don't need a face remover, and a separate eye remover, so I'll save money on this, since it's all I need! It also doesn't leave a film on my face, but I do use a face wash after this. Even though I'm saving it for Winter, this has made my face five times more moisturized, and I feel like I don't even need a moisturizer sometimes after using this.
This cleanse-off oil is the only makeup remover I will ever need to buy again. I love how quickly it removes all makeup: foundation, blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, waterproof liner & mascara, and all with about 2 pumps of product. Sure, it's a little more expensive than the drugstore makeup removers I used to buy, but they just don't compare, and I can see this remover lasting a long time for me. I've used it every day for almost 3 weeks, and have barely made a dent in it. It just makes my makeup removal a lot less time consuming. With other makeup removers, I would remove what I thought was all of my makeup, and would then wake up the next morning with faint racoon eyes from traces of mascara left behind. I haven't experienced that with the cleanse-off oil.
I have very oily, acne-prone skin, and this hasn't broken me out or increased my oiliness. It's a very light, thin oil that feels great, and turns almost milky when rinsed off. For me, it doesn't leave my face feeling greasy, slimey, or slippery; my skin just feels soft and clean. Yeah, it does leave my eyes a little blurry, but that's nothing an eyedrop or two won't fix. After using this, I always follow up with a cleanser, just because my skin is acne prone. But on some nights when I'm in a really lazy mood, I can get away with using just this and wake up without any problems. Yeah, it's a little pricey, but a little goes all the way and it will easily last 2-3 months.
This is a good makeup remover for the face, but I do not use it around my eyes. When I use it to remove eye makeup it makes my vision blurry for several minutes, no matter how tightly I keep my eyes closed. For this reason I do not feel comfortable using it on my eyes, I use 100% jojoba oil instead.
However, it is good to use to remove face makeup. I have sensitive acne-prone skin and it has not caused me to have breakouts or irritation. I always follow it up with another cleanser or exfoliator.
I wouldn't say I would never buy this product again, but right now I am currently using The Body Shop foaming tea tree wash to remove face makeup. I find this to be just as effective, if not more, and much more affordable.
This is a great cleanser/make-up remover if you don't have skin that can become dehydrated and a bit sensitive. I have never had a reaction from this and it has always removed all make-up etc, but it was a bit drying sometimes. I have since found dermalogica pre-cleanse which is just as great at removing make-up and cleansing, but it is never drying and my skin feels nice after using it.
EDIT-23/10/2011- I recently ran out of my HG Dermalogica pre-cleanse, and used this as I had a near-full bottle sitting in my cupboard. I was shocked by how drying and harsh this MAC cleanser feels. I have changed my rating from 4 stars to 3 stars, as it does remove makeup, but is way to harsh. Trying this again after using Dermalogica pre-cleanse for the last 6 months made me realise that this MAC one is just a makeup remover, whereas Dermalogica pre-cleanse not only removes makeup, but cleanses my face and makes it feel balanced and glowy. Will never use MAC cleanse off oil again, despite having a nearly full bottle-having 'happy' skin is more important!!
This is a fantastic cleansing oil! I've been using it for a few weeks and my skin looks clear and hydrated. I typically use it with my Clarisonic skin brush, but even when it's used on its own, the result is awesome. It definitely removes all traces of makeup.
I like this. Removes waterproof/Japanese sunscreens and all traces of makeup, apart from maybe the last traces of super-long-wearing formulas like Diorshow waterproof and Hypnose waterproof (for that I use a bit of Bifacil).
I follow up with a rinse-off cleanser and moisturiser. Leaves skin a little dry, so moisturiser is a must. Definitely easier than cold cream - I don't like excessive rubbing in/wiping off etc..
This rates higher on my list than similar (but I assume lower-end) cleansing oils by Softymo and Hipitch, because less product is required. Worth every penny.
amazing face wash leaves my skin hydrated not stripped HG for me
I was pleasantly suprised with this cleansing oil as I am not generally a fan of MAC, especially with their skincare and face products. This cleanser was really gentle on my skin and removed all traces of makeup including foundation, mascara, gel liner and bronzer. My skin was left soft and not feeling stripped of moisture. It is quite pricy though considering how quickly I got through my bottle. I also found that the bottle leaked a lot despite having a lock function.
This is my first cleansing oil. I bought it 2 months ago and have been using it every day.
What I like most about this product is that it takes every bit of eye make-up off!!! Taking eye make-up off has always been one of my main issues. With other products I tried before, it was always so hard to take eye make-up off that my eyes would get very sensitive due to all the rubbing (not to mention that all that tugging and pulling is bad and very aging for the delicate area) and I hated it. But this takes every bit off eye make-up very easily and quickly including gel eye liners which was my main problem. This product is simply phenomenal at removing eye make-up.
I like to use another cleanser after using this: Cleanse Off Oil to take my make-up off and the other one to actually cleanse my skin. But sometimes I feel lazy or tired and just use this one and haven't had any problems like breakouts, etc. when I do so. Still, I prefer to follow it with a cleanser as I like to feel squeaky clean.
The price is a bit high. But little goes a long way. For everyday make-up I use 2 pumps for the whole face. When I do something more elaborate, I use 3-4. Although I used it every single day since I bought it, 85-90 % of the bottle still remains. So, it is kinda good value for the money.
My 1st Cleansing oil. I like it, but i do not LOVE it. It doesn't completely take off all of my foundation. but does take my eye make up away! Im not sure if i would repurchase because Olive oil does a better job at removing my foundation!