Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil - New 2015 Formulation
(retail: $14, 6.4 oz.)
So let's see how the new formulation has been working for me...
First of all, you may recall that the original formulation, released in 2012, came in a teal-colored bottle (here's a picture). The new formulation comes in a translucent, gold-tinted bottle (the product itself is a clear, colorless oil). Standard pump applicator.
From the Sephora website:
What it is:
A cleansing oil with the effectiveness of an oil and the gentleness of a lotion for skin that is immaculately clean without dryness.
What it is formulated to do:
This oil transforms into a lotion when combined with water to cleanse deeply and effectively, gently removing any and all types of makeup—even long-lasting formulas—from the face and eyes. It is enriched with nourishing cottonseed oil to leave the skin incredibly soft and comfortable with no oily film.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
What else you need to know:
This product is formulated without mineral oil. It is dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested and suits all skin types, even sensitive skin.
Ethylhexyl Stearate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hexyldecyl Stearate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, BHT.
So right off the bat, those who have issues with mineral oil will be happy to know that this product is mineral-oil-free (and also paraben-free). Looking at the ingredients above, the main ingredient in this cleansing oil is Ethylhexyl Stearate, which is an emollient/emulsifier that Paula's Choice gives a rating of "Good." Other oils in this formula include castor seed oil, cottonseed oil, sunflower seed oil, and Vitamin E.
To answer the questions I always seem to get asked when it comes to cleaning oils, yes, cleansing oils can be great for those with oily skin. I have very oily skin myself, and I find that cleansing oils can effectively remove all makeup and dirt from my face without over-drying my skin. If you have oily skin, you know that using a harsh cleanser can rob your skin of all oil, leaving it dry and tight. This can cause oily skin to actually over produce oil, ultimately leaving the skin even more oily than it was to begin with. So a gentle, yet effective cleansing oil may actually help balance oil production.
To date, I have reviewed the following cleansing oils: DHC (my holy grail), Garnier, The Body Shop, and Neutrogena. I have also tried (but not reviewed) many Asian cleansing oils over the years, and also the Eclos Cleansing Oil. I have not yet tried the Burt's Bees, Simple, or Palmer's cleansing oils.
Now that I've gotten that out of the way, let's talk about this new Sephora cleansing oil.
In short, I really like it. As with all cleansing oils, you apply this to your dry face with dry hands. Almost immediately, you'll start to feel your makeup (even stubborn mascara) melt away as you work the oil into your skin. When it comes time to rinse, I like to get my hands wet and then work the product in some more, and this is when it emulsifies and takes on a more lotion-like consistency. After it emulsifies, it then becomes easier to rinse off the skin. I find that it rinses pretty cleanly (much cleaner than the Garnier did for me) and there is only a faint trace of an oily residue left behind. But patting my face dry with a clean towel removes the faint residue completely for me.
Just like with the Neutrogena cleansing oil, this product leaves my face feeling extremely clean, to the point of ALMOST feeling a little tight. My face doesn't actually feel dry or tight after I use this product, but it's right on the border of feeling just a little tight. I find that this cleansing oil removes every last trace of my makeup, provided that I take some time and really work it into my skin (you really can't rush a cleansing oil, but I'm sure you already knew that).
As for the fragrance, I find it to also be similar to the Neutrogena cleansing oil. To me, it smells like Cherry ChapStick, and I swear I can even detect that slight waxy note that you get with Cherry ChapStick. I happen to love the scent of Cherry ChapStick, so this is a positive for me.
When it comes down to it, I really can't distinguish much difference between the Sephora and Neutrogena cleansing oils. They behave almost identically to me, despite the fact that the ingredients are different (the Neutrogena contains mineral oil, while the Sephora does not). Neither product breaks me out, and they both perform in the same way. Cost-wise, the Sephora product actually turns out to be a slightly better value. The Neutrogena is $9 for 4 oz., while the Sephora is $14 for 6.4 oz. That breaks down to $2.25 per ounce for the Neutrogena, while the Sephora is $2.19 per ounce. (But do keep in mind that Neutrogena goes on sale at the drugstores quite often, and you can use coupons and store rewards to bring the price down even further.)
FINAL VERDICT: If the thing that was holding you back from trying the Neutrogena cleansing oil was the mineral oil, I think the Sephora cleansing oil is a perfect alternative. They're extremely similar to me in almost every way and I do not regret purchasing the Sephora product, considering that I like the Neutrogena product quite a bit. But on the other hand, due to their similarities, if you have already tried the Neutrogena and you didn't care for it, I think you probably won't care for the Sephora. I feel that they're almost interchangeable, and I personally really like both of them equally.
What's your favorite cleansing oil? Have you tried the newly reformulated Sephora cleansing oil (and/or the Neutrogena)? I'd love to hear from you!
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