Review: Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil

Phew~! The mega 15 Days of Christmas Love is finally over! I spent the weekend scrolling through thousands of entries (yes there were that many!) and then doing the unglam method of writing down all the names onto tiny bits of paper and then drawing them from a box. After that, I still had to sort out the tonnes of stuff (cos I’d unpacked them for easier storage), hunt for the accompanying brand-name paper bags and then contact all the winners – that’s a whole lotta work for a weekend, doncha think? But hey, since I’m about sharing the love (and clearly, I’ve inspired others to do so since I’m seeing a similar Christmas love-themed giveaway on IG), it’s all good baybeh!

Anyhoos, now that the frenzy is over, it’s back to usual programming – more product reviews! Here’s one that I’ve just gotten around to trying. I guess I never really saw the need for a cleansing oil  since urban myth has it that those with oily skin shouldn’t use cleansing oils. Let’s put this to the test.

Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing OilLaneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil – S$48


Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil poster

Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil (1)

Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil instructions

Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil (2)Innisfree’s Creamy Tint Lip Mousse is one of the stronger lip colours I have, while I wear the Etude House Skin-Fit Foundation on a daily basis (or unless I’m having a hot date with Godfrey Gao or something something, then I’ll switch to the Dior Star hurhurhur)


Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil (3)Just add a few droplets and massage it into the skin gently…


Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil (4)… and then wet your hands and continue massaging – here you can see the oil beginning to emulsify


Laneige Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil (5)… finish off with a rinse and this is the result. Note that I did not use any soap/cleanser.


I say…

  • First of all, it comes in a hygienic and safe packaging – safe from being accidentally discharged / leakage during the shipping process. The bottle is firmly capped with a screw-on cap, and comes with an additional pump dispenser.
  • The pump dispenser also comes with an Open-Close lock – just turn left/right to release the pump.
  • Though at first I was pretty apprehensive at using oil (for fear that it would be -duh- too oily), this Cleansing Oil is actually not as thick as I’d expected it to be.
  • It was a rather watered-down version of an oil – yes it’s still slightly greasy, but just ever so slightly.
  • It smells fantastic – I LOVE the scent – it’s a floral/fruity fragrance without being overpowering.
  • The recommended dosage is 3 pumps for the entire face.
  • Pump it into the palm of your hand, and then massage it onto the skin for about 30 seconds (I usually just do 20-30 seconds). It stays on pretty well without dripping or gushing, but like all normal liquids, it of course starts to make its way down your face slowly.
  • Next, wet your hands and using the wet fingers, continue massaging again. Try not to use sopping wet hands cos then it’ll cause the oil to start running/dripping down the face.
  • By now, the oil should be emulsifying (you can see it getting whitish/foamy).
  • Massage for another 30 seconds, and then rinse off and follow up with your usual cleanser.
  • Even if I rinse off with just water, I find that there’s not much of a greasy film on the skin – BUT of course you should cleanse with your usual cleanser still.
  • The skin doesn’t feel too stripped and retains most of its moisture.
  • It removes makeup relatively efficiently – BBs, foundations, lippies and eye makeup go off pretty smoothly.
  • Because it can tend to drip after emulsifying, I prefer to just use this on the face and avoid the eyes (I don’t know why I can’t seem to close my eyes properly) – it doesn’t really sting that badly, but it can give you slightly blurred vision until you rinse it away.

Overall, it’s a pretty decent makeup remover for those looking for a good oil-based makeup remover to help melt away the makeup .  This version is said to contain apricot seed oil and grapefruit extract to soothe and calm your skin while giving it a boost of Vitamin C. For those with trouble skin, try the other version – Laneige Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil, which contains lavendar and chamomile to help fight bacteria.






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