Cleansing oils are a rapidly growing category in the world of skincare and for good reason: The best among them offer the benefits of a gentle water-soluble cleanser and a lightweight moisturizer, making them especially appealing for those with dry skin. BareMinerals' Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil gets a lot right, but its formula and results have a couple of hiccups that prevent it from earning a top-tier ranking.
Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil comes in a clear plastic bottle with an easy-to-use pump dispenser. Inside is a slightly yellow, translucent oil that BareMinerals recommends applying to your face dry, then adding water to it with your fingertips. Once you add water, the oil because an emulsion that you rub in circles around your face to cleanse it, and then rinse.
We found that this oil-based cleanser was very effective at removing both dirt and makeup, including waterproof makeup. It didn't require any hard scrubbing, just moving the emulsion gently across the face (and it has great slip). When it came time to rinse, it washed off easily without any greasy residue left behind.
Although the lack of an oily residue is a good thing, it also didn't leave skin feeling soft and smooth afterward as claimed. In the minutes after we dabbed off the water from rinsing, we noticed our skin felt dry and even tight, the way it would after using a soap-based cleanser—just the opposite of what dry skin needs.
The other issue with Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil is that it includes fragrance, along with the fragrance ingredients limonene and linalool. Though they're not present in the greatest amounts and this is a rinse-off formula, their inclusion makes this a less-than-ideal choice for sensitive skin, and many people with dry skin have sensitive skin as well. Of course, applying fragrance ingredients around the eyes is also not a good idea, making this an iffy option for removing eye makeup.
Were it not for these missteps, BareMinerals' Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil would rank among our top cleansers as it does have some impressive qualities. But given the trade-offs, you're better off using one of cleansing oils on our list of Best Cleansers.
Bare Escentuals At-a-Glance
Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. Founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s Bare Escentuals was one of the first brands to introduce the concept of loose powder foundation. Since then, they have moved beyond it to include liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers and an ever expanding line of color cosmetics as well as skincare products.
The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skincare products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.
We should note that loose powder makeup does take some practice to get the hang of—yet there is no denying that this type of foundation has its fan base. There is a lot to love about Bare Escentuals, even if mineral makeup isn’t your thing (especially their price ranges, which have remained affordable in comparison to many of their neighbors at Sephora).
Strengths: Good makeup removers; a few well-formulated powders with SPF; some nice eyeshadows and impressive mascaras; some impressive foundations; several elegant brush options; not too expensive.
Weaknesses: Some of the loose powder products have texture and finish concerns; some of the skincare contain potentially problematic ingredients.
For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.
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