Milky Oil

3.40 fl. oz. for $ 12.00
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Glossier’s Milky Oil performs well and has a great texture, but an unfortunate ingredient choice keeps it from ranking among our list of best makeup removers.

This makeup remover comes in a plastic squeeze bottle with a needle-nose dispenser. As the name implies, this is a dual-phase emulsion consisting of a milky fluid sitting atop an oil solution. When you shake the bottle the phases combine, transforming into a lightweight liquid that you can smooth over your face with your hands or with a cotton pad.

Milky Oil does a good job removing makeup, whisking away even waterproof formulas without the need for pulling or tugging at skin. It’s fragrance-free and non-greasy, making it suitable for all skin types.

As for this being a “perfectly-proportioned combination of micellar water and weightless oil”, it’s surprisingly similar to many other dual-phase liquid makeup removers. The micellar aspect isn’t really that unique, or a competitive advantage; it’s just one more way to use cleansing ingredients, that’s it.

At issue here is the inclusion of comfrey root extract (listed in the ingredients as Symphytum officinale root extract). Though some of the components in this plant (like allantoin and polysaccharides) can soothe skin, another group known as alkaloids can irritate skin and eyes, especially if used on a frequent basis. While it’s true Glossier says to wash skin after using, the potential to get it in your eyes is strong, not to mention there are other plant-derived soothing ingredients that don’t have comfrey’s mix of pros and cons.

Were it not for this one ingredient, we’d be happy to recommend it, but with the comfrey root extract it’s better to consider less problematic makeup removers.

  • Does a good job removing makeup, even waterproof formulas.
  • Non-greasy formula is suitable for all skin types.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Includes comfrey root extract, which can irritate skin and eyes.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

A perfectly-proportioned combination of micellar water and weightless oil is the strength behind Milky Oil’s makeup dissolving powers. The formula starts working immediately to gently lift off and melt away long-wearing and waterproof makeup, without any rubbing or tugging on skin. With an opening designed for mess-free delivery, Milky Oil is optimized for targeted application on eyes and lips—and comes in handy to wick away mistakes made when applying makeup. Like Milky Jelly Cleanser, Comfrey Root Extract and Pro-Vitamin B5 condition and soothe, so skin feels soft and fresh right after use. No greasiness, no stickiness. Milky Oil and Milky Jelly are designed to complement each other. If it’s a long-wearing or waterproof makeup day, first take it off with Milky Oil. Follow with Milky Jelly for a fresh, fuller face clean.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Isohexadecane, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Panthenol, Glycerin, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Symphytum Officinale Root Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride.

Glossier At-A-Glance


Glossier is the brainchild of Emily Weiss, whose successful beauty blog IntoTheGloss.com inspired the spinoff skin care/makeup line launched in 2014. Weiss describes the concept behind Glossier as a lifestyle beauty brand with a highly edited selection of streamlined skin care and makeup products.

We consider Glossier's makeup the strong suit of the brand. Their tagline of uncomplicated makeup staples that live with you, not on you, rings true with their simple yet impressive lineup of color products. Each is intentionally designed as a low maintenance option to enhance your appearance but not overpower it, allowing your natural beauty to shine through. By and large, the makeup products perform well, and while the shade options aren't vast, we're impressed by the flattering, attractive colors they've curated.

Glossier's skin care fares a little lower on the rating scale. While the majority of formulas are decent, they tend to be lackluster in terms of a well-researched cocktail of beneficial ingredients. Not bad, but not great either. Aesthetically-speaking, the skincare products stick to their reoccurring promise of dewy, glowy looking skin.

We're happy to report the majority of Glossier's skin care and makeup products are fragrance free, which is a rarity in the cosmetics industry and better overall for the health of your skin.

To sum it up: Skin care-wise there's room for improvement, but if you like the minimalist approach and cool girl vibe, Glossier makeup delivers. We're intrigued to see what they come up with next!

For more information on Glossier, visit glossier.com.

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