This is actually not my first experience with a makeup remover because back when I was in high school, my knowledge of makeup made me smart enough to take it off after putting it on. The apostles creed on how to remove makeup was — never to sleep without washing it off and the next best thing since soap and water back then was the Eskinol makeup remover (hey, if you have had other makeup removers back then, pray do tell!). The experience was coarse and unpleasant and the kind where you feel like you are scraping off the first layer of epidermis whenever you rub Eskinol on your skin. So fast forward to years of practice and several samples thrown away later, I tried out the MAC Cleansing Oil to replace all makeup removers I have had on stock.

MAC Cleansing Oil

Because this is my first experience with a makeup remover that is not water-based nor cream based, it took me two to three pumps to realize that the MAC cleansing oil actually did its job on the first pump. This makes your makeup removing ritual fun and I have to admit that I actually look forward to taking off my makeup before going to sleep! See, taking off your makeup after a night out doesn’t always have to be quite a chore and believe me I have its-so-tiring-to-take-off-my-makeup-I’ll-do-that-tomorrow moments and I always regret it after. Mascara is one of those things that requires a lot of time to rub off and we women have to be very careful about removing mascara to avoid any eye allergies so if we can afford to pile on makeup, we can also afford to be cautious of the ramifications of being careless with it. 

The MAC cleansing oil may be a little expensive for a cleanser ($22 or $220HKD or P1,200) yet the bottle looks like it will last quite a while. There is a citrusy smell to it that I can’t place my finger on and the texture is not as thick as you think it is. It does a great job of taking off water resistant foundation and mascara though. Great packaging, too, so yes I’d definitely find myself buying this again or until I discover something less expensive yet does the same job.

How to employ the oil cleansing method:

1 Make certain your hands and face are dry
2 Pour some of the MAC Cleansing oil in your hands (or cotton balls) and massage it into your face for 20 seconds. Let the oil break down the makeup.
3 Run a wash cloth under very warm to hot water
4 Ring it out and place it over your face. The steam helps moisturize and soften your skin. It is also said to help open the pores thus helping your skin rid itself of toxins
5 Leave the wash cloth on for about 30 seconds and wipe the excess oil off my face with a face towel
6 Continue on with the rest of my cleansing, toning, and moisturizing routine

Note: You can skip Steps 3-5 and go on with your cleanser if you really are that sleepy *wink*. You can perhaps learn more here.

After rinsing it off, every trace of makeup you have on dissolves. Its a ta-da moment, yes? Seriously, this stuff will remove clown makeup. Or even soot from your face after mining! The best part is that it emulsifies when you rinse with water – it disappears just like that! No breakouts for me so far.

If someone had told me on my Eskinol years that rubbing oil on my face would remove all traces of makeup and leave my face clean and soft, I would have doubled over in laughter. I guess that I haven’t even been that educated yet with MAC cleansing oil. 

MAC Cleansing Oil form MAC Cosmetics:
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 percent 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.

MAC Cosmetics is currently not available in Cebu.

*Photo taken by Kristine Roa

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