|Would buy this product again.||70%|
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
This is a pretty good cleansing oil that has pros and cons. For comparison, I've also used DHC's cleansing oil and Clinique's take the day off balm that has similar oil properties.
All three products seem to remove makeup/sunscreen well. However, the Lumene does not rinse as thoroughly as the DHC or the Clinique. It does leave a filmy feeling, which if you have oily or combo skin, may not be pleasant. If you have very dry skin or use a washcloth/puff this may not be an issue. On the other hand, it did not dry me out with repeated use the way the DHC did. I tended to use this in the winter when I could use more moisture. It's probably too much for my combo skin in summer. It also will cause a milky film if you get it in your eyes when removing eye makeup. Not the worst thing, and not burning irritation, but still somewhat annoying.
I didn't notice any strong fragrance like some others have mentioned, and I'm usually rather sensitive to those things. The pump works well enough, although a few drops do tend to roll down the sides (DHC pump is more efficient) and you can get every last drop. Price is getting up there for a drug store product, but probably cheaper than either the DHC or Clinique. Although I've used two bottles, purchased a couple years apart, I won't repurchase due to the lack of clean rinsing. I really like the idea of an oil-based cleanser, thus my initial repurchase, but quickly remembered why I wasn't a big fan of this particular cleanser.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Works great as a cleanser, takes off everything including waterproof sunscreen with just some fingerpad massaging, but there are a couple of sticking points that keep this from crossing into "better than adequate" category. The fragrance is strong. It's the last ingredient on the list and I'm not sensitive to fragrance but it almost bothers me it's so strong. I think the big sticking point is that it doesn't feel like it rinses clean. I'm a combo-dry skin type and my face feels almost oily even in my driest areas.
To be fair, this is marketed as appropriate for dry to very dry skin, so if I were a tad bit drier I would probably give a higher review. Overall, I think it's okay, but a better choice for those at the really dry end of the spectrum who are not sensitive to fragrance.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Im a big fan of cleansing oils and creams but for some reason this one just doesn't do it for me. First off, I really dislike the smell. It has this nasty, synthetic floral scent that smells like scented trash bags. But more importantly is the formula. It manages to somehow make my skin feel greasy and yet dry it out at the same time. Since Ive started using this my t-zone has been super flaky and yet I am also continuously breaking out on my chin. I just don't know. I wish this worked for me since it is such a reasonable price for a cleansing oil but it just has not made the cut :(
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I have very dry skin all year round, and I've found that I need to take off my makeup in steps. First, most of the eye stuff with micellar water, and then a massage the rest of my face with this. Three pumps on dry hands, applied to dry face, and everything comes off. Of course, my face still feels oily, so I scrub gently with a washcloth, and follow up with a heavy cream for night. I only use this at night. I've been using it as my primary makeup remover for about a month, and by now if it's not dried out my skin terribly, it's probably not going to.
I'd like to try MAC's cleansing oil, but this one works so well that I don't really need to. When I run out I'll definitely repurchase.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
I use this twice a day. In the morning I put it on as soon as I get in the shower, and don't rinse it off until I'm ready to get out. Makes my face nice and soft and moisturized and ready for all my products. At night I use it with my Olay battery operate scrub brush. Really, really good for 'older' skin that's dry and prone to flakiness. I am acne prone, and this does not break me out at all. No odor to it, so I like that too. I've probably used it for 4 years now and have to order it from Amazon.com as it seems CVS no longer carries it. Target might, but I haven't checked there in a while.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I like this cleanser OK. I never wear waterproof mascaras, but I have found that this cleanser won't always remove my mascara. Because I normally use makeup removing wipes, though, that's not a huge issue. When I use this my skin feels soft and clean. I dislike the scent once it's on my face. It smells fine out of the bottle, but when I start to rinse it off it has a weird scent. It's not a particularly strong scent, though, and this cleanser smells like other Lumene products I have tried.
To use I add one pump of product to my hand and rub that into my skin, and if I'm too lazy to use a makeup removing wipe I will add extra to my eyes to remove mascara. I massage it into the skin and rinse with warm water followed by another, gentle cleanser to ensure all the oil is off my skin. While rinsing it takes on a milky texture, which it's supposed to. The extra cleansing step isn't necessary at all as my skin feels clean if I just rinse the oil off and dry my skin, but I'm a little weird about washing my face.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Love this. It removes *everything* and leaves my skin nice and soft. I experience no irritation and it doesn't leave my eyes filmy, like using straight jojoba or olive oil. Plus, you can emulsify it to rinse it off. I've been using it for years and haven't used any other cleanser in that time-- just sometimes I'll use a washcloth after to exfoliate gently. It's a nice feeling to have clean skin without that stripped, dry feeling. I hate the bottle, so I decant it into a glass liquid soap dispenser. Skin is dryish, and in winter is horribly dry.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
This is one of the only emulsifying oil cleansers available at drugstores and it is definitely an awesome find. This is a fantastic oil cleanser that does exactly what oil cleansers should do--it efficiently removes my makeup completely (I wear sunscreen, waterproof mascara and waterproof liner, among other things) and rinses away easily. I have used a number of different higher-end oil cleansers (DHC, Shiseido, Origins, Lunasol) and this one performs just as well if not better as all of them. I always follow up with a mild cleanser, usually Philosophy Purity Made Simple to get rid of any residue, which I think is necessary with the vast majority of oil cleansers. I find that this one removes makeup completely, doesn't break me out one bit and isn't too stripping/drying. Best of all, it works this well and is at least half the price as most other oll cleansers on the market. Very impressed, will definitely repurchase.
I usually see it at CVS, for around $11 but there are sales so watch out for those. Bottle is a semi-transparent pink, making it easy to tell how much product remains. Pump mechanism, I usually use 2-3 pumps.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I had been wanting to try an oil cleanser for a while, ever since sampling DHC's. Lumene had lots of good reviews here (note to self- look at the bad reviews first!) and on Beautypedia. I started using it just after I started using Alpha-Hydrox cream and my normally clear skin began to break out in small pimples and just looked irritated in general. I suspected the Lumene and stopped right away. Fast forward 3 days, pimples are healing, still using the Alpha-Hydrox.
The Lumene made my eyes blurry and stinging, it smells like cheap perfume, and I had to use Purity after because my skin felt really greasy. Clinique TTDO balm is much better at removing makeup and rinses much cleaner. Doesn't smell , either. Maybe I can use the Lumene to shave my legs...
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
After using this cleanser for about 2 months.. I can tell you this is my HG cleanser. I use it at night... I put two pumps on my wet hands and smooth it over my face....... after my face does not feel dry nor do i feel that I need to moisturize right after. I usually remove my makeup with a babywipe then cleanse my face and my face feels clean. Sometimes I use witchhazle as a toner and usually the cotton pad is not all grimy or gross. This cleanser also does not irriatate my dermatitis under my eyes that I suffer from. I hope they never discontinue this product
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I've been using this for a couple weeks now and am still undecided. Yes, the bottle is a little flimsy and the pump tends to shoot, but you just pick up the bottle and dispense it right into your hand and it's not a big issue. The scent doesn't bother me either. My problem is, I can't really use this to get my eye makeup off...if I rub the oil on my lashes to get my mascara off it really ends up irritating my eyes and they end up red all night. So I've been using a seperate eye-makeup remover beforehand. I will give it a few more tries and maybe do things a little different before I make a final decision. Other than that, It does seem to take all the makeup off and I like how soft it leaves my skin, and even though I have combo/oily skin it doesn't make me break out.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Curly Eyes: Green
After I started using Revlon Colorstay foundation, which is pretty much waterproof, I realized my old makeup remover wasn't cutting it. I then went on to try various makeup removers and wipes, but I felt that they still didn't leave my skin 100% clean. After checking reviews here I thought the Lumene Cleansing Oil might be a good choice, especially since people have said it helps with clogged pores, which is a big problem I struggle with.
First time I used it I massaged it on my skin for a few minutes, then rinsed with a warm washcloth and cleanser. My skin felt like it had a coating on it and I was pretty sure it made me break out. 2nd time I washed my face twice but I still broke out. 3rd time I rinsed twice again but followed up with a toner. I barely broke out that time but it really dried out my face using toner. Final time I used a face mask (Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask) after washing my face and finally my face felt nice and didn't break out. *phew* This is way to difficult to get to work out right!
So why do I keep trying to use it? It is the only product I've tried that completely gets off my waterproof makeup. I'm still looking for a better product though. It makes my skin really soft and moisturized. I haven't noticed any improvement in unclogging my pores though.
The packaging is horrible. The oil keeps leaking out of it. I keep the cap in the "closed" position after use and always wipe it off after I use it. But somehow oil keeps leaking out of it, getting all over the bottle and on everything else around it in my medicine cabinet. I really like the idea of cleansing oils but this one isn't for me.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
This is a mix between a soap and oil. If you get it wet it does react like soap does (sudsing). I do have to say that after using this my skin ended up dry instead of soft and moisturized. I thought my skin would get over it but nope. It didn't and I ended up with acne.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
I enjoy using this cleanser. It is gentle, lightly fragranced and pleasant to use. I use it to do the Oil Cleansing Method by blending a dab of castor oil with a couple pumps of Lumene oil in my palm; apply to the face and lightly massage in circular motions for a few minutes. Apply a washcloth wrung out in very warm water to steam the face and dissolve/remove the oils. Because Lift Touch contains an emulsifier, the oil is a snap to remove - leaves no sticky residue, just a barely perceptable, dewey finish. My skin feels soft, smooth and refreshed after this. It is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to thoroughly remove mineral makeup. Combined with the Castor, it acts to decongest and shrink pores, in addition to minimizing breakouts caused by clogs of dried cells and excess sebum. I will continue to purchase Lumene Lift Touch. Originated in Finland, it is especially helpful for skin that is exposed to cold temperatures/harsh winters. Love it.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
I have very sensitive and dry skin. For years I had been making my own cleansing oil, but I find that when I need a new batch, I am always out of one ingredient or another.
While at CVS I came across Lumene Lift Touch Rejuvenating Cleansing Oil and decided to give it a try. It is by far the best commercial cleansing oil I have ever used. Others I tried dried out my skin or were too harsh for my sensitivities. I have been using the Lumene for several years and although I miss my homemade version a bit since I could customize it to my skins seasonal needs, I love the convenience of being able to pick this one up so easily.
I do experience some very mild breakouts from stress, but this doesn't seem to make them any worse. I have had absolutely no sensitivity to this one.
I just hope the never discontinue it!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Black
I've used several cleansing oils since I have dry skin. I was looking for an inexpensive buy and I found this at my local CVS. Overall, it works OK...doesn't seem to clean my face very well and it gets everywhere on the bottle. I would definitely try something else.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
It is gentle and does remove sunscreen, makeup, etc. I was looking for a less expensive oil cleanser (love DHC, but can't afford right now). Does not rinse as well as DHC; I need a washcloth instead of just splashing water to rinse face. Will use until I can go back to DHC.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I'm going to all the CVS stores and buying this to save money. The Lumene CO is one where you really need to follow up with another cleanser, it has fragrance, and it does not rinse as well as Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil.
However, if you want to remove Japanese sunscreens and other waterproof makeups and sunscreens, this is your only local product unless you go for the MAC...or order online.
My point is that the oil cleanser is a wonderful way to fully remove eye makeup, *sunscreen*, and any other makeup you wear---completely. I started with the oil cleanser to remove my Sofina ss. Found out it really works for everything.
Ever since I've started using an oil cleanser, my skin has changed dramatically for the better. The point is, oil dissolves oil. I follow up with an organic foaming cleanser in the warmer months and a non-foaming [MD Forte] cleanser otherwise.
At any rate, I keep finding this on the shelves at my CVS--and you can also order online. It does have fragrance, so you can check it out for your skin. I'm sensitive, but because I remove with another cleanser, there is no problem with me.
I love my Fancl MCO, but to make like easier, I have been stockpiling the Lumiene. Definitely worth keeping on hand for the price---less that $10.00 per bottle.
One thing--it does not rinse as well as the Fancl MCO. Again, this one def needs a follow-up clease. However, if that's what you are doing already, why not go for the less expensive (as long as the fragrance does not bother you). Definitely worth a try while it's still available. The ONLY cleansing oil.available in USA drugstores (CVS).
Edit: which you deserve.
After* months* of use, I realized that my chronic red eyes were due to this oil cleanser. I suppose it's the fragrance and the fact that it does not rinse well, but when you check out the majorly long ingredient list, it's hard to come to a conclusion.
It did not cause breakouts, though. So that's good. Really, that's why I kept using it.
Either way, it's great for removing m/u and ss, but for people like me, there's a problem with the formula--either one of the many ingredients/fragrance, a combo of ingredients...does not matter. This caused my eyes to be irritated and red. Once I discontinued using, my eyes were clear again!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
Not sure how, but this cleansing oil was actually too harsh for me. It did clean well, but I found myself peeling afterward.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Worst cleansing oil, ever! Well, of the ones I've tried, anyway. I love DHC and Origins' Clean Energy but have to order the former and wait for it in the mail or else haul my cookies to the crowded mall for the latter. I ran out and hadn't decided which way to go when I remembered MUA reviews of Lumene as a good alternative. I picked this one up from my local CVS on my lunch hour due to all those comments I'd read on MUA that it was an acceptable DS cleansing oil along the lines of the ones I already used and enjoyed. Sorry to say I was so disappointed in it. Doesn't remove my mascara and eyeliner and they aren't even waterproof nor heavily applied. Leaves a greasy film on the skin that doesn't rinse clean away as well. Also has the lovely added scent bonus of mothball roses left in a moldy old trunk for 20 years...Ugh. Add this to the additives in the ingredients listing that the other cleansing oils just don't have and it's a no brainer. This one's getting returned and I'll just have to wait for my no-fail DHC to arrive. I sincerely hope this helps someone who is thinking Lumene might make a good alternative for what they already use...don't waste your time!