The MAC Cleanse Off Oil certainly isn’t anything new to the beauty world. In fact I think it’s so… not new… that it may have been forgotten. Well ladies and gents, I’m here to bring it back! A little while ago I went on the prowl for a new oil based cleanser. My Clinique Cleansing Balm is on its last legs and I decided to mix it up for a change, maybe get a little saucy. I settled on the Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil Gel, thinking it sounded like a good choice and potentially quite similar to the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel that everyone raves about. It wasn’t. It was terrible. Don’t go there is all I can say. I returned it and decided to put my trust in a classic – the aforementioned MAC Cleanse Off Oil.
This is still a new product to me, but I knew it was love from the first pump. Wow, that was absolutely filthy. But true nonetheless. First of all, points for the packaging. The packaging is convenient, simple and sleek and the pump is well designed (it doesn’t send product firing out at top speed like The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil). But the packing really isn’t a priority. The product inside is what matters and man is it good.
I noticed right away how similar the MAC Cleanser felt to the Clinique Cleansing Balm once melted into the skin. They both have that luxurious, silky, lightweight texture, which is something that I found to be lacking from The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil (that felt a bit more heavy and greasy to me). I was also quite irritated by the overpowering fragrance in The Body Shop Cleanser. MAC’s version, however, has no added fragrance and only a very faint, almost undetectable scent that comes only from the natural ingredients.
In terms of efficacy, it’s a 10/10 for me. It completely dissolves all makeup and rinses off without leaving any residue behind. It also doesn’t dry my skin. In fact my skin feels plump, silky and smooth after using it. Finally, I think the price is pretty darn tootin’ reasonable too. Sure, it’s not drugstore prices, but it performs well above what I’d expect from a drugstore product. At $31 for 5fl oz, it’s an even better deal than my beloved Clinique Cleansing Balm ($35/3.8fl oz). This isn’t to say I’ll never buy the Clinique Cleansing Balm again. I’m sure it’ll make its way back to me one day, but for now I’m feeling pretty pleased with what MAC is bringing.