- Poised between 3 and 4 stars (would repurchase? Idk)
- Wonderful for non-stripping, gentle, fragrance -free cleansing (am) when I'm just putting oil and/or sunscreen on top
- Does leave a slight film (oil) on skin which is great for avoiding water evaporation, but not so great if I want to use it before with certain water loving products /ingredients such as HA or glycerin
- Does not remove my eye makeup very well
- I need to use a quarter sized dollop to get this to effectively clean and rinse off. The tube is way too small for very many quarter sized amounts.
Overall impressions: So I've been using this for a couple weeks and i just don't find that I can remove eye makeup (non waterproof), heavy sunscreen, powder, and the sparse amount of bb cream that I use WITHOUT USING A TON OF PRODUCT (and it's a very small tube). I do like it very much as a gentle morning cleanser (or in the evening if I've stayed indoors and have no sunscreen or powder or other makeup to get off). For those purposes, a bb to pea size amount is sufficient. I wish it emusified a bit better on contact with water but other than that I would rate this a 4 star cleanser for mornings cleansing. I would repurchase this as I like to use gentle morning cleansers at least 3-4 days a week. As the multi tasking makeup remover/cleanser they've marketed as, though, I can only give it 3 stars unless they double the amount of product for the price (this is a bit off brand, as TO us usually has very generous amounts of products with super affordable prices).
1ST USE: The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser was not what I had hoped it would be and what the company describes: a gentle makeup remover and cleanser in one. I'll start by saying that I do not use waterproof mascara. I do use a fairly heavy / greasy mineral sunscreen (Neutrogena Baby) on my undereyes/lids, followed by sunscreen (physical or chemical, depending) on the rest of my face, a BB cream on my undereyes/lids, liquid eyeshadow, then liquid/pencil eyeliner and a fairly light (non waterproof) mascara.
I thought this would melt off my eye makeup and cleanse off all the mineral sunscreen/ loose powder on the rest of my face in one step. I did a test and took off my eye makeup on one eye the normal way (jojoba oil on a cotton pad, followed with a wet cotton pad for any residue). For the other eye, and the rest of my face, I tried to cleanse with this cleanser as indicated. The directions said to rub the product between my palms until it turned into oil, rub it into my face, and rinse with warm water. This method didn't melt my mineral sunscreen off very well (I checked with a magnifying mirror) and left a considerable amount of eye makeup behind.
The way I got this to work for me (pretty well) was to put a pea-sized amount of this product into a silipat brush, add water, and fold/rub the pad together. This caused the cleanser to emulsify (it turns kind of foamy) and it was easy to cleanse my face with it after that. It left my skin feeling clean but not over-stripped. So I think I STILL need to remove my eye makeup the old way, with oil and cotton pads but cleanse with this cleanser a brush/ emulsify it with water. I'll have to try this again, as I actually used this product twice to get it to work so I'm not sure if the first go-around as directed got half of the stuff off of my face. Also, the way I got it to work is in no way what the company intended so I'm not sure what to make of that.
I do think it's promising (as a gentle cleanser), it's just not what I thought it would be (a one step makeup remover and cleanser). Only giving this three stars until I figure out if it works (not as directed, just one pass) and make sure that it doesn't break me out.
Product description quote, TO website:
"A gentle cleansing product formulated to target makeup removal whilst leaving the skin feeling smooth and moisturized. The formula incorporates Squalane, alongside other lipophilic esters that are gentle, moisturizing, efficient in dissolving makeup and facial impurities and increasing the spreadability of the product. "