Finally it’s time to review one of the most popular Korean cleansing oils – The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil – the bestselling cleansing oil that I couldn’t get to love 😭😭😭. It’s become a habit of mine to include a detailed ingredient analysis in all of my skincare product reviews and this review isn’t an exception – I was very curious to research it myself! Let’s start 😊
Right away, let me tell you my skin type and main concerns. I’m in my late 20s and my skin type is combination. My T-zone is normal to oily and my cheeks and chin are normal to dry. As a rule, the oiliness of my T-zone is aggravated by certain foundations, skincare products, and in the summer, but even then it’s just a bit of shine, so I wouldn’t call it oily. The cheeks and chin are usually normal to dry (sometimes very dry, especially during the colder months). I am allergic to some artifical colorants and fragrances in skincare products – usually my skin gets itchy and flares up, more rarely I can get a rash.
What I want from a cleansing oil? My ideal cleansing oil would be: effective emulsifying, gentle yet deep cleansing effect, no oily residue after washing the emulsion off, fitting in the double-cleansing routine (cleansing oil+face wash). I usually use Korean BB creams and foundations, which require good cleansing. In my experience, cleansing oils are the best solution to prevent skin issues caused by ineffective cleansing. Micellar water makeup removers don’t always work for me, which is why I go for cleansing oil.
THE FACE SHOP Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil Overview
The product promises to “completely remove skin impurities and deep makeup for oily or combination skin with its refreshing and light texture.” It also claims to leave the skin hydrated, brightened, soft. This particular cleansing oil is recommended for oily or combination skin type, which makes it a perfect match for me.
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Used for: 3 months, not regularly
Packaging: plastic bottle that has a convenient pump with a stopper clip. All the info is on the bottle:
Texture/consistency: very similar to melted coconut oil or sunflower oil. The oil itself is transparent, has a miniscule yellowish tint in the bottle:
Scent: very potent flower scent, can’t say it smells bad, but simply too strong.
THE FACE SHOP Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil Ingredients
Isopropyl Myristate – texture enhancer and emollient, enhances the skin penetration of the product
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – naturally occurring fatty acid made from combination of coconut oil and glycerin, works as an emollient, helps bind other ingredients together, and antioxidant
Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate – self-emulsifying surfactant, the ingredient that turns the oil into emulsion when interacting with water, helps make the oil rinsable
Polyglyceryl-10 Diisostearate – skin-softening, emollient ingredient and is also used as an emulsifier and cleansing agent
Oryza Sativa Bran Oil – crude rice oil that’s not edible, but has good skin-softening and moisturizing properties
Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil – jojoba oil, very skin friendly, easily absorbed into the skin because it’s similar to the protective layer of the human skin, has moisturizing properties
Water – the good old H2O
Glycerin – non-toxic ingredient that moisturizes and softens the skin
Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract (15mg) – plant ingredient used in cosmetics to condition and soften skin, derived from the outer brown layer of rice kernels
Saponaria Officinalis Leaf Extract – aka soapwort plant extract, helps to soothe dry and irritated skin, good for blemished skin
Fragrance – perfume to mask the scent of the product and/or create a pleasant scent, common irritant
Overall the ingredients look good, I didn’t find anything potentially harsh except for the fragrance. Another ingredient that is suspicious is Isopropyl Myristate – I’ve found a lot of reviews saying it’s comedogenic, even though scientific tests suggest that it’s not (source). One way or the other, these tests weren’t thorough enough to confidently state that this ingredient is non-comedogenic, which makes me a bit weary since it’s the 1st ingredient on the list, meaning that it’s got the largest % in the mixture. I definitely encourage you to do your own research on the ingredient list, but for now let me share my experience using this product.
THE FACE SHOP Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil Review
My impressions: the first time I used it, I was immediately underwhelmed by the consistency. The best cleansing oils I’ve used have the consistency of olive oil, they are smooth and a bit thick – this one is almost watery. I applied it on dry face, massaged, then added a bit of water and started massaging more. I got almost no (!) emulsion. It seemed like around 30% of the oil on my face was emulsified, but the rest just stayed there as greasy oil. It didn’t dissolve my makeup properly and I had to rub my eye area a lot to get rid of eyeliner (which I ended up washing off with micellar water later – this oil didn’t work).
To get rid of the oily residue, I had to wash my face twice. I’ve used it multiple times since then and every time I had same experience. I tried using less/more of the product, tried different temperature water – nothing made it really work like I expect a cleansing oil to work 😞😞
I’ve browsed many reviews for this oil and most of them are very positive, while only a handful of customers reported experience similar to mine. I have no idea what happened here – maybe bad batches, different expectations, or different skin types (although combination skin seems to be quite common). Besides, using this oil for several days in a row made my skin dull-looking, pores got darker, and I got a few tiny pimples and red spots – not an allergic reaction, but seemed like my skin simply flared up, which is when I stopped using it.
By all means, this is just my experience with this product – yours may be completely different (I surely hope I’m the minority here!).
Efficiency: quite high cost-per-use, it’s so watery that it won’t take long to use the whole bottle up. For comparison, I need only half a pump of my favorite Holika Holika Cleansing Oil for the whole face, while with this oil I needed at least two pumps.
Would I Repurchase? Definitely not. I repurposed it for cleaning my makeup sponge now.
Do you use cleansing oils in your skin care routine? Have you tried this cleansing oil and if so, what is your opinion about it? I’d love to know!
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