REVIEW: L'Oreal Sublime Radiance Sensational Cleansing Oil

by - August 18, 2014

It's been about a year since I jumped on the cleansing oil train, and it seems like there's really no stopping me. I was definitely part of the massive group that was terrified of putting any kind of oil on my skin for fear that it would cause some catastrophic explosion of acne, so at first the idea seemed absurd to me. For years, mainstream skincare advertising and lore definitely pushed that idea and I was all about keeping it oil free to keep my skin pimple free. Now, however, I've done a little bit more research on skin care and I'm a little more open to trying new things in my skincare regiment. And now my nighttime skincare routine pretty much always starts with a cleansing oil.

Keep reading to take a closer look at this particular cleansing oil.

From the Loreal website:
Beyond makeup removal, this incredibly gentle oil removes traces of makeup and impurities to reveal skin that looks amazingly hydrated, sublime and glowing. This radiance-infused formula instantly removes traces of makeup (even waterproof), for face and eyes, with no greasy finish. 
For the most part, I feel like these are the claims that every cleansing oil I've tried makes, but it's also exactly what I expect a cleansing oil to do so... Makes sense!  

Now, onto the criteria of cleansing oil, according to me...  

Price: This product retails for anywhere between $8.99 and $12.99 in Canada, depending on where you buy it. I think this is a very affordable price point for any good drugstore skin care item.
Packaging: I actually quite like this packaging. It's a rectangular bottle, not particularly tall and certainly not luxurious, but it has a look of something sort of lovely. Does that make sense outside of my head? From what I understand, many people feel that the orange shade of this bottle is meant to mimic one of the Shu Uemera cleansing oils... which makes perfect sense since Shu Uemera is CULT as far as cleansing oils go. (Why do I write so much about packaging... Apparently I do judge books by their covers...) Anyway. This is actually the kind of pump top that I like for a cleansing oil. It's not fussy and it easily dispenses a nice amount of product so that I don't have to be too careful or work too hard. This product contains 150ml of product, which I feel is a very good size and will be quite long lasting even with consistent use. For the purpose of this review, I've been using this consistently for the past couple of weeks and have hardly made a dent.

Scent: Yes, this product does have a scent. Obviously this will be a turn off for some people, since putting scented products on one's face is a turn off for some. However, I quite like the scent. I find it pretty and clean smelling, but not overpowering or cloying (which would be a huge turn off.)

Texture: When you first pump this out and smooth it onto your skin, it has a very light, thin consistency. I've used a lot of different cleansing oils and I definitely think this is one of the thinnest consistency ones that I've tried. That, however, doesn't make it less effective. Once I've worked the oil into my skin and my makeup seems to be dissolving, I add some water to my hands to emulsify it. At this point, it turns to a milky consistency and really does feel like it's cleaning the skin as well as removing the makeup.

Cleaning: Obviously the most important part of a skin care product is how well it works. For me, one of the most important things about a cleansing oil is that it rinses clean so that my skin feels soft and moisturized without any kind of oily residue left behind. This product definitely delivers on that. It doesn't take a lot of work to rinse this away and I've never had a residue left on my skin from it. Now, that being said, I've found that I do always have to go in with some Bioderma to get all of my eye makeup, particularly my mascara. Also, when I get lazy on don't do follow up with a traditional cleanser (Yes, I employ the double cleansing method) , sometimes I do find a little bit of makeup left behind on my cotton pad when I do my toner. However, it's not enough that I'm overly concerned about it.

Verdict: Thus far, this is the best cleansing oil that I've tried from the drugstore and it also beats a couple of the higher end cleansing oils that I've tried. I wouldn't say that it's my favorite cleansing oil (pretty sure Julep Bare Face cleansing oil still holds that crown for me) but it's definitely a very good, affordable option. I would recommend this product to someone who is new to cleansing oil and wants to dip their toe in the pool without diving in with their whole wallet, or for someone who likes cleansing oil and is looking for a budget friendly option. It's definitely, I'd say, worth a try. 

Do you use cleansing oil? Do you have a favorite? Comment down below!

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