What it says on the MAC site: An industry-strength, oil-based makeup remover that's gentle on the skin. Botanically formulated with oils of olive fruit, evening primrose and jojoba seed and absolutely 100% mineral oil free. Massages onto the skin to loosen all makeup, including waterproof mascara. Emulsifies into a lotion-type liquid with water: rinses off easily, no tissues required - and no residue! Protects with Vitamin E. Skin softening and conditioning. Good for all skin types.
I read a review by TalluluhBella a while back which spurred me to make this purchase. I hate taking my make up off in the evenings. I find it tiresome, boring and anything that eases this process is a good thing for me!
MAC Cleanse Off Oil appears to be one of MAC's better skincare products but I was still hesitant about its performance after being less than impressed by their Moisturelush Eye Cream which ended up being used as a B2M half way through usage.
I like the sleek, minimal packaging the oil comes in and I find the nozzle on the bottle fairly easy to control without too much product spilling out. I apply this to a dry face, massaging it firmly all over. I rub it well into my mascara and can see it loosening up. I tend to massage continuously for at least a minute.
However, I do find that when concentrating on mascara removal, my eyesight is temporarily clouded when I add water! The first time this happened it freaked me out a bit and I hurriedly rinsed it off my face but my eyesight remained blurry for at least a further 2 minutes. Luckily it doesn't sting or irritate but it's not the best feeling when you cant see properly! I find it impossible to remove my mascara properly without rubbing the oil thoroughly onto my lashes, so the cloudy sight is something that I either have to put up with or I'll just have to avoid trying to take my mascara off which means more work with an additional make up remover afterwards.
When water is added the oil transforms into a milky solution. It's fairly easy to rinse off and doesn't leave an oily film on the skin. My skin necessarily feel soft once I've patted it dry with a towel but it doesn't feel tight either which I'm glad about. I then use my usual cleanser to wash my face as normal.
By the time I use my toner I literally have to scrutinise the cotton pad to view any dirt that it's picked up. I also sometimes swipe make up remover over my eye to see if any mascara has been left - the pad comes away completely clear. I do pay special attention to my mascara when using the oil but I have to say I'm impressed with how easily it removes waterproof varieties.
I haven't yet decided if I'll repurchase this and I still have approximately half left. I like the feeling of the oil when I'm massaging it in but I'm not a fan of 'milky' cleansers, even though this one is effective. I'm very aware that far less make up is left on my face after use so I know it really does work at removing it which is fantastic but the burred vision really isn't sexy!
Price wise I think it's reasonable for £15. A similar product by Shu Uemura costs more than double and arguably does the same job.
Where can I find it? MAC, Freestanding MAC stores