The 13 Best Makeup Remover Oil of 2022

Grace Hannigan
Jan 13, 2022

There are many types of makeup removers, including cleansing oil, cleansing balm, makeup removing lotion, micellar cleansing water, etc. Among them, cleansing oil is the most powerful in removing makeup to keep the skin clean and better absorb skin care products. Joshua Zeichner, Plastic Surgery Director of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, explained that oils can dissolve oils, so cleansing oil is an ideal cleansing product. Generally containing surfactants, it does not damage the skin barrier while cleansing. Cleansing oil is friendly to all skin types, yet you cleanse your face the right way, and people with facial redness, acne and other skin problems should think twice before use. Besides, eyes and lips need special makeup remover to avoid skin problems caused by excessive rubbing.

We rounded up a host of brands with a cult following, like Shu Uemura, FANCL, Tatcha and so on. Each brand boasts a wide range of super-quality products, most of which are the winners of multiple beauty awards. Now, if you’re ready to get the perfect cleansing oil, scroll down to check the following list of brands we’ve compiled for you.

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  • 1. Shu Uemura
  • 2. FANCL
  • 3. Tatcha
  • 4. The Ginza
  • 5. THREE
  • 7. Attenir
  • 8. M·A·C
  • 9. Dermalogica
  • 11. KOSE
  • 12. DHC

Shu Uemura

Shu Uemura is a brand named after its founder who is a Japanese makeup artist, acquired by L'Oréal in 2002. Shu Uemura is the pioneer of “Fashion Theme Makeup ” in the world and is good at expressing advanced concepts by matching colors. Shu Uemura is committed to artistic expression, so it has always held makeup shows or released products with famous artists. Shu Uemura launched the brand’s first-ever cleansing oil Unmask in 1967, which had been popular since hit the market.

Shu Uemura launched 5 types of cleansing oil that can emulsify quickly and remove makeup with no residues. You just need to rinse it thoroughly with water instead of a facial cleanser.  Anti/Oxi+ Pollutant & Dullness Clarifying Cleansing Oil is the best selling one. Based on the corn germ oil, the new version moisturizing SKIN PURIFIER ANTI/OXI SKIN REFINING ANTI-DULLNESS CLEANSING OIL helps lift the dirty out of pores, leaving a radiant complexion.

The Ultime8∞ Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil has the highest price tag among Shu Uemura cleansing oils. Infused with 8 precious oils, it can work against anti-aging, brighten and soothe the skin as officially claimed. Moreover, the most important function is to remove makeup gently, leaving the skin without dryness and tightness.

The lightweight and refreshing Porefinist2 Sakura Refreshing Cleansing Oil is favored by people with oily skin. However, you need to avoid applying it on the eye area, otherwise you may feel tingling. The Blanc:Chroma Lightening & Polishing Cleansing Oil and the Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula retain the mineral oil-based formula. They offer a weaker cleansing power compared with the Ultime8∞ Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil and the Anti/Oxi+ Pollutant & Dullness Clarifying Cleansing Oil, more suitable for removing light makeup.

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Fancl is a Japanese biggest skincare brand to innovate preservative-free skin care and cosmetics. Fancl features “100% Preservative-free, Sensitivity Safe, and Nothing Harmful”, and has been favored and trusted by people, especially those with sensitive skin.

The hero product Mild Cleansing Oil does not contain 102 preservatives listed by the Japanese government. It is free of fragrances and artificial colors, which may never cause allergy. The Mild Cleansing Oil can be emulsified quickly and can remove all makeup including water and oil proof eyeliners without leaving any residue, so it is loved by people with sensitive skin. The lightweight and soft Mild Cleansing Oil is non of irritation to the eyes and will never cause redness, leaving the skin supple.

Although cleansing oil is not as refreshing as makeup remover, it works without a cotton pad and avoiding scratchs to the skin. It is more suitable for people with thin cuticles. The preservative-free cleansing oil contains antioxidant, but it is more recommended to apply it within the 120-day shelf life.  

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Tatcha is an American makeup brand but made in Japan. The concept is derived from Geisha. Products have been recommended by Allure a well-known beauty magazine in American for many times. And the PURE ONE STEP CAMELLIA CLEANSING OIL had been regarded as the most recommended for oily skin by Allure in 2018.

Like the cleansing oil under Kose and The Ginza, the PURE ONE STEP CAMELLIA CLEANSING OIL also is also formulated with akita rice oil. The lightweight and skin-friendly cleansing oil can remove makeup gently without greasy. Infused with some moisturizing and nourishing ingredients, it leaves skin soft and refreshing. It can be emulsified quickly upon contacting with water which allows you to rinse with no residue. Begin with dry hands and a dry face. The PURE ONE STEP CAMELLIA CLEANSING OIL has a elegant appearance, and you can give it to your friends as a gift. Moreover, it is convenient to carry thanks to its practical package.

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The Ginza

The Ginza offers fewer but exquisite products. And including cotton pads, there are only 13 items in the entire series. And The Ginza only releases one type of cleansing oil. The Deep Cleansing Oil features a clear texture, leaving the skin refreshing.

The mineral oil-based Deep Cleansing Oil has a lightweight texture. It contains water and trace amount alcohol, which helps the skin weightless. With a satisfying fragrance, the fluid Deep Cleansing Oil make you relax. It gently and effectively removes all traces of makeup without irritation. However, you should apply it repeatedly due to its texture. People with dry skin may feel stripping after rinse with water, so it is recommended to moisturize the skin after rinse timely. Moreover, people with oily skin can match with a mild facial cleanser. You should avoid over-cleansing.

The Ginza adopts high-quality mineral oil with less impurities, which greatly reduces the risk of acne. However, it contains fragrance, people with sensitive skin should choose it with caution.

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THREE is skincare brand that emphasizes on organic and domestic raw materials under POLA group. The alcohol-free and water-free BALANCING CLEANSING OIL contains high-content oils, but it leaves a refreshing skin feeling. Infused with various botanical oils, it offers a good bendability and lightweight texture. The golden oil melts into the skin to rapidly dissolve make-up, leaving the skin supple after rinsing it off without stripping. The BALANCING CLEANSING OIL is more favored by people with oily skin and combination skin. It is not recommended to remover eye makeup as it may cause tingle. The BALANCING CLEANSING OIL is free of fragrance, artificial colors, so it is more gentle. Formulated with essence oils, it brings a subtle and sweet aroma.

THREE Cleansing Oil is the new version product released in 2018 that contains 98% naturally derived ingredients. It had been won the first award on many magazines such as BITEKI, VOCE since hit the market. The Cleansing Oil has a thicker texture, so it takes time to emulsify and it may leave greasy film after rinse. Like the BALANCING CLEANSING OIL, it also adds essential oils. The aroma and skin feeling of the Cleansing Oil are not as good as the BALANCING CLEANSING OIL.

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BOBBI BROWN is a professional makeup brand founded by makeup artist Bobbi Brown in New York in 1991. BOBBI BROWN pursues a natural, simple, and translucent makeup finish, which is known as the "Queen of creating a no-makeup look in Hollywood".

Infused with a blend of botanical oils, the BOBBI BROWN SOOTHING CLEANSING OIL gently and effectively dissolves makeup. It also can sooth the skin and reduce the sensitization probability. The elegant fragrance in SOOTHING CLEANSING OIL was to blend with high-end perfumes in the past that deeply loved by perfumers. The lightweight SOOTHING CLEANSING OIL can remove stubborn waterproof eyeliners and mascaras without leaving any residue. However, you should be careful to avoid contacting with eyes. The removing skill is important as well as an ideal cleansing oil. Moreover, you should apply with dry hands on your dry face or with cotton pads.

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Attenir, a cosmetic brand under Fancl group, features "Natural and Safe". Attenir launched the Skin Clear Cleanse Oil in February 2016, which ranked first in the COSME cleansing division at the same year. Compared with Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil, it is more cost-effective.

The Skin Clear Cleanse Oil not only removes makeup effectively but also nourishes and soothes the skin, and it is more refreshing compared with cleansing cream. It leaves no greasy film on your face and you may never feel tightness after rinse. People with acne-prone skin can apply it with confidence. However, you may feel greasy due to the thick texture, so it is more recommended for people with dry skin. The Skin Clear Cleanse Oil is not suitable for removing eye makeup as it may cause tingle. The Skin Clear Cleanse Oil is divided into citrus aroma type and fragrance-free type to meet various needs. However, essential oils have volatility and permeability, so it may cause allergy. People with sensitive skin are recommended to choose the mild fragrance-free type.

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M·A·C is a brand co-founded by professional makeup artist, photographer Frank Toskan, and Frank Angelo who runs a chain of hair salons in Toronto in 1985. MAC was acquired by Estee Lauder Group in 1998. MAC always surprise people for its avant-garde style and bold colors.

M·A·C launched the Cleanse Off Oil Huile Demaquillante for people with oily skin and CLEANSE OFF OIL / TRANQUIL for dry skin. The Cleanse Off Oil Huile Demaquillante can dissolve makeup quickly, leaving the skin supple and refreshing without a greasy film on your face. The refreshing and skin-friendly CLEANSE OFF OIL / TRANQUIL offers an excellent moisturizing power. It leaves the supple skin without tightness after rinse. Moreover, the CLEANSE OFF OIL / TRANQUIL relieves inflammation and sooth the skin, which helps improve the damaged skin barrier. Both cleansing oils are free of preservative and fragrance. Laced with essential oils, M·A·C cleansing oils has a subtle citrus aroma. The moderately-priced cleansing oils are worth considering.

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Dermalogica, an American personal care company, specially provides high-end products for professional beauty salons and Spas. Dermalogica was acquired by Unilever in 2015.

Dermalogica Precleanse is ranked fourth in Allure. The lightweight cleansing oil can easily and effectively remove makeup, leaving the skin refreshing. Infused with rosemary leaf extracts, the Precleanse helps sooth the skin and diminish pores.

As a salon brand, Dermalogica attaches great importance to the use feeling. The Precleanse has a subtle fragrance of essential oils, and you may feel satisfied and comfortable when applying. However, it contains allergenic ingredients, so people with sensitive skin should choose it with caution.

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Josie Maran is a natural cosmetics brand named after its founder who is a famous model. Products are popular and naturally made from pure and high-quality ingredients. Argan oil is the key ingredient of this brand, which is not only added to various products but also sold independently.

The Argan Cleansing Oil had been rated as one of the best natural products by Allure readers in 2016. The cleansing oil adopts sunflower seed oil as the main effective ingredient, which is suitable for people with dry skin. The golden sunflower seed oil looks like honey and helps nourish the skin. However, the dense and sticky Argan Cleansing Oil has weak bendability.

However, “Natural” does not mean “Safe”. Some botanical ingredients may cause allergies. And pure argan oil is not suitable for removing makeup as it is hard to rinse off. It also may cause some skin problems by excessive oil. So pure argan oil is more suitable for blending with other skincare products.   

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KOSE is a Japanese multinational personal care company founded in 1946 and also is a leading brand that launched affordable cleansing oils. Softymo Speedy Facial Cleansing Oil with a pink package always appeared on recommending lists.

The fluid and lightweight Speedy Facial Cleansing Oil is more recommended to remove light makeup as it may leave eyeliner and mascara residues. And it may cause tingle once contacting to your eyes. The Speedy Facial Cleansing Oil contains a small amount of silicon oil, which helps smooth the skin. The non-toxic silicon oil won’t cause breakouts, so people can apply it freely. However, some people may experience the occurrence of closed comedones and pimples; so you’d better emulsify it completely, and rinse deeply with a mild facial cleanser.

The thick Deep Facial Cleansing Oil with a yellow package is formulated with mild ingredients, which is more suitable for people with sensitive skin. However, the Softymo cleansing oils is not convenient to carry around due to its pump design. The Seikisho Perfect Cleansing Oil also is very popular under KOSE. The mineral oil-based cleansing oil contains a small amount of alcohol, leaving the skin refreshing. 

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DHC is a leading brand in cleansing, makeup removing and moisturizing industry, founded in 1983. It is ranked first in the total sales of Japanese cosmetics companies for 20 consecutive years. Organic Olive Oil is the key ingredient of DHC. DHC developed a series of skin care products based on it. Among them, the Deep Cleansing Oil, Mild Soap, and Olive Virgin Oil are the hero products.

Deep Cleansing Oil is the DHC’s best-selling product, which melts away makeup and dissolves impurities without residues. The cost-effective cleansing oil is an ideal choice for makeup beginners. The olive oil-based cleansing oil has simple ingredients. It is not suitable for removing eye makeup due to its thick texture. However, the Deep Cleansing Oil adopts a kind of emulsifier, so it can’t be emulsified completely. Moreover, it leaves greasy film on your face after rinse and you’d better emulsify and rinse it thoroughly. Otherwise it may cause acne and closed comedones. Plus, it is more recommended to rinse it with a mild facial cleanser. 

The texture of the New Mild Touch Cleansing Oil is more lightweight than the Deep Cleansing Oil, and it has a subtle fragrance. Although the makeup removing ability is not as good as the Deep Cleansing Oil, it can meet the need for daily makeup removing.

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Maybelline was founded by chemist T.L.Williams in New York in 1917. The brand name combined the name of founder’ sister with line in Vaseline. With colorful packaging, this brand integrates urban fashion and street culture. Maybelline products have withstood the test of time and is still popular among young generations.

MAYBELLINE EYE AND LIP MAKEUP REMOVER is the best selling product. The eye and lip makeup are hard to remove due to its heavy and oily texture. The EYE AND LIP MAKEUP REMOVER dissolves all eye and lip makeup effectively and easily, leaving the skin refreshing. The makeup remover is water-oil separation, so you should shake it well before applying.

In addition to the EYE AND LIP MAKEUP REMOVER, Maybelline launched 3 types of cleansing oils. Although, these cost-effective cleansing oils are less popular, they are cost-effective. These mineral oil-base cleansing oils have different texture. The City Rescue Miracle Oil Makeup Remover is the most refreshing type that can only remove light makeup. It is hard to dissolve waterproof eyeliner and mascara. And you should moisturize the skin after rinse timely to avoid stripping. The other two types of cleansing oils are thick and greasy, so they are not easy to emulsify. You’d better to rinse your skin with a facial cleanser.

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