I'm a fan of cleansing oils, or I should say I'm a fan of DHC's Deep Cleansing Oil, as that's the only one I've used for about 5 years now. It's my holy grail cleansing oil, hands down. However, I'm always open to trying new products, because you never know when one will surpass your expectations. Sadly, Josie Maran's Argan Cleansing Oil wasn't that product for me. This one is a mixture of five different oils: sunflower, safflower, argan, grape seed, and olive fruit. Instructions say to apply over a dry face, then wet face and massage into a rich milk, which is fairly standard for a cleansing oil. I like to massage the oil around on my face for about 30 seconds prior to wetting. After rinsing, all traces of makeup and dirt should be gone and your skin should feel clean, non-greasy, and ready for whatever steps your skincare routine calls for.
The problem here? This left a greasy residue that rinsing did not get rid of. It also did not completely remove my eye makeup, in particular my mascara. I don't use waterproof mascara so that was not the problem, and an oil based cleanser should deal with waterproof mascara anyhow.
I swatched various eye pencils, mascara foundation, blush, and a cream and powder eyeshadow on my hand to give you an idea of how this worked. After massaging with the oil but not adding water, the foundation, powder eyeshadow, and blush had started to dissolve. After adding water and massaging some more, the cream shadow and black eye pencil are still present. Given that I probably rubbed my hands more vigorously than I would my face (particularly my eye area), you begin to see the problem. This, combined with the greasy residue, makes it a fail for me. Maybe dry skinned folks will feel differently.
|Makeup left after using Argan Cleansing Oil|
|Sheen after applying Argain Daily Moisturizer SPF+40|