Beauty Review: Muji’s Mild Oil Cleansing

If you’ve ever heard of Muji, chances are you’re familiar with the wide range of products this no-brand company has to offer- from nifty stationery to minimalist clothes to all manner of sizes in way of containers, Muji is a definite haven for shoppers out there. And best of all? Everything’s tagged with reasonable prices! What a steal. But what about its less known beauty section?

It’s reasonably priced for sure, but is it good?

Here, we’re about to dive into my findings on this hidden gem from Muji: Mild Oil Cleansing 400ml. Priced at a hard-to-beat RM59.90, this beaut bests my previous cleansing oil buy, Philosophy’s Purity Cleansing Oil 174ml, by a solid RM45.10 and more than double the volume! I admit I experienced a bit of buyer’s remorse right after stumbling over this Muji giant, because I had just bought the Philosophy bottle less than an hour ago that day. Laughs. I could have saved so much!

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Of course, being the weak-willed person that I am, I purchased the Muji cleansing oil not too long after. What is self-control?

So imagine my elation when I finally finished off my Philosophy cleansing oil. I was quick to give this Muji version a try, and I was not disappointed.

My first impression of this product is that the oil is just the tiniest teeniest bit thick in viscosity, which concerned me a little. As in, do I need to use more to see it work? It performed without a problem though, as it was able to remove dirt and make-up from my skin with just one pump. That said, it does leave a hint of residue behind, which can be easily fixed with a foam cleanser.

Here are before and after shots for a glimpse on how well it works on melting away my foundation, eyeliner and mascara:

Products from left to right: Benefit’s Hello Flawless! Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation, The Body Shop’s Liquid Eyeliner and IT Cosmetics’ Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara.

Honestly speaking, it works just as well as a pricier cleansing oil would, but if there is one thing that bothers me about this product, it has to be the smell.

Bluntly speaking, it smells like cooking oil. So much that it feels like I’m rubbing essence of fried noodles all over my face. Thank goodness it doesn’t have to stay on my skin for long, or else I wouldn’t tolerate it.

That, and I started seeing results overtime; my skin is clearer, smoother and brighter than it used to be.

The pros outweigh this tiny con, I say. For the price and benefits, I’m willing to buy this again without a second thought.

Packaging

Encased in Muji’s signature minimalist-style packaging, this product is pleasing to the eye. Really, it was partially the reason why I was immediately drawn to it in the first place, curiosity aside.

This bottle is not all about looks, though. It comes with a pump, which not only means a tinier likelihood for spillage, but that you’re able to control the amount of product used more easily. Great, huh?

It also comes with a tiny clip to clamp underneath the pump for travel purposes. This will help prevent spillage while you have the bottle neatly tucked in your luggage.

Where can I find it?

Muji.

Verdict?

  • Product rating: 4.5/5
  • Packaging rating: 5/5

Encouraged by the results, I’m definitely going to scavenge Muji’s beauty section again for another hidden gem.

Ingredients

Hydrogenated polyisobutene, peg-7 glyceryl cocoate, ethyl oleate, sorbitan oleate, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, simmondsia chinensia (jojoba) seed oil, helianthus annuus (hybrid sunflower) oil, dpg orange (citrus aurantium dulsis) flower water, water, bg, tocopherol, prunus, persica, peach leaf extract, prunus armeniaca (apricot) juice, glycerin, propylparaben, butylparaben.

Beauty Review: Biore’s UV Perfect Milk SPF50+

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Sliding in here for a quick beauty review; it’s not something I usually do but this is a product that I think is worth giving a shout about.
At the risk of sounding biased, I have never been happier with a sunblock than I have with this one. Which is fantastic for me because having oily skin means extra pain when it comes to applying such products.

But I won’t waste time complaining, so let’s roll on to the review.

What is it like?

With a price tag of RM32.65 and such a small, slim 40ml package, I wasn’t especially keen on purchasing this. I never really had any good experiences with sunblocks, and the thought of spending money on yet another that might leave my skin feeling sticky and grimy throughout the day wasn’t exactly appealing.

Yet I thought, “Why not?” The features listed called out to me and I really needed to have a good sunblock to incorporate into my beauty routine. At last, vanity won out and I made the purchase.

Here are the key features of this sunblock:

  • Waterproof
  • Resistant against sweat
  • Non-sticky formula with light powdery feel
  • Does not leave white residue on skin
  • Can be used as a make-up base

All of which I was pleasantly surprised to find out hold true.

Unlike most, this sunblock has a slippery, watery texture that can easily drip down your skin. Different, definitely, but the greatest difference I found was when I applied it on my face; it slid on easily and left a comfortable, powdery feel that I am never going to complain about.

It was almost as if I had not applied anything.

It’s light, easy to apply and best of all, allows my skin to breathe. A common complaint I have with sunblocks, as most of the ones I’ve tried tend to be sticky and caused breakouts on my skin. What a relief it was to finally find something that works for me.

Scent

Unscented. Thank goodness for that.

How long does it last?

For the amount of product itself? It takes me about 2-3 months to finish a bottle, though it should be noted that I strictly only use it for my face and neck. I expect it’ll run out much faster if I apply it on my arms and legs as well.

Packaging?

Slim and wonderful for travelling. You can pretty much slip it in anywhere without a problem.

My only issue with it is that it might be a bit hard to control the amount you pour out but thanks to the tapered tip, you won’t have to worry about it spilling on the bottle itself.

End result

Comfortable all-day feeling. It helps some in oil-control too.

Adding on, I’ve also noticed that parts of my skin that I apply it to are a bit lighter than the rest, so it’s definitely working.

As for whether it works in fighting ageing, I guess I’ll have to tell you that in ten years’ time.

Where can I find it?

Watsons.

Verdict?

  • Product rating: 5/5
  • Packaging rating: 4/5

Definitely something I’ll keep buying for years to come. Bioré has earned a loyal fan in me.

Ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Alcohol, Water, Dimethicone, Lauryl Methacrylate/ Sodium Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Talc, Styrene/ Stearyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Methicone, Polysilicone-9, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Peg-32, Titanium Dioxide, Peg-3 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dimethicone/ Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica.

Beauty Review: Philosophy’s Purity Cleansing Oil

For those who are familiar with the ever famous 10-step Korean beauty regime, the thought of cleaning your skin with oil definitely isn’t news for you. For those who aren’t, it’s about time to be enlightened.

What are cleansing oils?

Cleansing oils have been around for decades now, though the idea of using them hasn’t penetrated the market as thoroughly as the usual foam cleansers have. A shame, though it is understandable why people shy from it. Why put more oil on your face when you want to get rid of the grease on your skin?

The answer is simple: it’s because this oil is here to gently pull away the dirt and oil from your skin without drying it. It is commonly used as the first step of the Korean double-cleansing routine, to allow your foam cleanser to work more effectively in cleaning your skin afterwards.

The end result? Super clean skin without dryness.

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What is it like?
Like most, I was initially a bit apprehensive about using a cleansing oil but after hearing the glowing praises people have for it, I decided to give it a shot. So into Sephora I went, where I decided on Philosophy’s Purity Cleansing Oil.

Priced at RM105, this cleansing oil is admittedly on the more expensive side of the market. Fret not if you do have the money to spare, however, because it does do its job.

Thanks to its lack of viscosity, this blend of natural oils glides on my skin like a dream. It managed to remove my powder, foundation, eyeliner and mascara without much effort- just make sure you really get that oil in there! What’s more, washing it off is really easy too. It immediately emulsifies upon contact with water and my skin is left feeling comfortable with zero dryness.

Pretty much a fuss-free experience.

My only comment on this product is that it does leave a slightly grimy film even after rinsing it off, but this is easily fixed by following up with a foam cleanser.

Additional note: Make-up used in removal are Christian Dior’s DiorSkin Forever Compact, Benefit’s Hello Flawless! Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation, The Body Shop’s Liquid Eyeliner and Benefit’s Roller Lash.

Scent

This oil carries a sandalwood scent, one that is thankfully not overwhelming. While I’m not exactly a fan of scented products, this isn’t meant to stay on my skin for long anyway, so I let it slide.

I’ve also noted that the smell fades after a couple of months. Something people like myself would rejoice in.

How long does it last?

Surprisingly, I’ve had this bottle for well over half a year now and I still have about a third left. Pretty amazing, right?

Talk about a bang for your buck.

Packaging

I’m personally not a fan of the bottle this comes in. Aesthetically speaking, it is sleek and easy to pack for travel (no fussy pump to deal with!), but when it comes to practicality? No, not really. Spills occur more easily; so much that I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had half of the poured out oil on my palm, and the other half on the bottle itself.

Then there is the matter of having to be more careful with how much you pour out. Too much, and you’re wasting precious product. A contrast to the controlled portions pumps give you.

Definitely not a good mark in my book. This bottle could do with a pump.

End result

Noticeable results were seen in about a week of using this. After incorporating this into my beauty routine, my skin is clearer, brighter and has less visible pores than before. Less blackheads too! Which makes me wonder, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”

Where can I find it?

Sephora.

Verdict?

  • Product rating: 4/5
  • Packaging rating: 2/5

Something I might go back to if I have the cash. Till then, I’ll be scoping out the market a bit more for something better.

Ingredients

Isopropyl palmitate, isopropyl myristate, sorbeth-30 tetraoleate, hydrogenated polyisobutene, caprylic/capric triglyceride, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, polyglyceryl-10 myristate, aqua/water/eau, limnanthesalba (meadowfoam) seed oil, glycerin, tocopheryl acetate, tocopherol, parfum/fragrance, ppg-2 hydroxyethyl cocamide, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol.