Waterproof and long-wear makeup are a godsend in a hot, sticky tropical climate. However, they are harder to completely wash off. Don’t scrub vigorously (which irritates skin!) or sleep with makeup residue (which clogs pores and causes acne). Instead, take it all off with one swipe with the best oil cleanser for waterproof makeup. Here are some of our picks!
- FrankSkincare Magic Wipe Cleansing Oil
- Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil
- Chanel L’Huile Anti-Pollution Cleansing Oil
- Three Balancing Cleansing Oil
- Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil
- Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
- Skin Inc Pure Trinity Serum-Infused Cleansing Oil
- Huxley Cleansing Oil
- DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
- Caudalie Make-up Removing Cleansing Oil
- Sunday Riley C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil
- Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil
- ZA Deep Cleansing Oil
- Kose Cosmeport Softymo Lachesca Oil
- The Face Shop Bright Cleansing Oil
- Boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil
FrankSkincare Magic Wipe Cleansing Oil
This proudly Singaporean-born skincare brand has a cult following. All their products are 100% organic, formulated for Asian weather, and were made after years of research! It has no parabens and GMO, and uses only the top quality oils!
Their Magic Wipe Cleansing Oil is really popular, and it comes with a bamboo wash cloth! “Removing makeup with feels like being in a spa without leaving your bathroom!” says Anne, a loyal customer.
This cleansing oil has skin-nourishing apricot, castor, tamanu and kiwi extract. Massage into your face and neck, then wipe it off with the wet bamboo wash cloth.
You can visit their flagship store (6 Shenton Way, OUE Downtown Gallery, Singapore 068815) or order online. Check their website for more updates!
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil
$55, Kiehl’s Singapore
This is one of the best cleansing oils for waterproof makeup and heavy-duty sunscreen! It breaks down all the day’s dirt and grime, and then infuses your skin with hydrating squalene and soothing lavender oil.
Like all the other products in Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery range, this cleansing oil rejuvenates the skin and helps fight ageing. It’s a winner!
Find the Kiehl’s store nearest you with their online store locator.
Chanel L’Huile Anti-Pollution Cleansing Oil
If you prefer the lathery you get from regular cleansers, but want the hydration you get from an oil cleaner, this is for you. The oil turns into lather once you wet your face. It feels very light and fresh, and the smell is amazing! It removes makeup, dirt and pollution and then strengthens your skin with marine extracts. While expensive, it’s worth the price — it got 4.7 stars on Makeup Alley!
Three Balancing Cleansing Oil
This oil cleanser doesn’t just wipe off makeup. It contains plant extracts like laurel leaf and frankincense that strengthen your skin from the effects of pollution (and the dreaded Singapore Haze!) and stress. It has a fresh scent and is easy to rinse off, too! Suitable for sensitive skin.
“I’ve been using this cleansing oil for a month, and I love it! My skin feels much softer and looks very glowy especially when I spend time massaging it into my skin,” says Sasha, 38.
Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil
Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils have been around long before cleansing oils (and double cleansing) became a skincare trend. For years, it was the best kept secret of beauty insiders — that marvelous double-purpose product that took of your makeup but left tons of anti-ageing benefits.
While the Japanese skincare brand has several cleansing oils for different skin types and concerns, the Ultime8 is one of our faves for anti-ageing. It has 8 powerful ingredients that improve skin quality and radiance — loooong before your first wrinkle appears!
It’s pricey, but for many, it’s investing in your skin. Besides, you only need a little to wipe off your makeup so a bottle lasts for months!
Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
If you want a Japanese cleansing oil but aren’t quite ready to spend $165 on Shu Uemura, try this. It has rice bran oil to fight ageing and brighten your skin, Vitamin E and camellia oil to fight environmental damage. It got 4.6 stars on Influenster and 4.0 stars on Makeup Alley
Skin Inc Pure Trinity Serum-Infused Cleansing Oil
This all-in-one oil cleanser has a special tri-phase formula that combines cleansing water, oil and serum. It breaks down dirt, hydrates your skin, and evens out your skin texture. While it’s not the most powerful anti-ageing cleansing oil, it’s perfect for the busy woman who wants a shorter, simpler beauty routine.
Huxley Cleansing Oil
This natural oil cleanser protects your skin from free radical damage with its powerful blend of plant extracts. These include prickly pear seed oil, cactus extract, annatto oil complex, seabuckthorn pulp oil and calendula flower. It’s very hydrating, but won’t clog your pores or feel sticky.
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
It’s one of the best cleansing oils for waterproof makeup — and wow, you can’t beat the price!
This is one of DHC’s most popular products worldwide. It gets rid of long-wear foundation and even waterproof eye makeup and matte lipstick. It rinses off really easily, thanks to its water-soluble formula.
It also has olive oil and vitamin E, to so it’s great for dry or sensitive skin. “A little goes a long way, so this tiny bottle lasts forever! Be careful when using it around the eye, because it can sting when it gets in your eye,” says one beauty review.
Caudalie Make-up Removing Cleansing Oil
Looking for an affordable AND natural oil cleanser? Try this! It has 100% natural ingredients which break down makeup while soaking your skin in healing ingredients. This includes sweet almond oil and grape seed oil to repair your skin, and Vitamin E to strengthen your skin barrier. It’s ideal for sensitive or irritated skin!
Sunday Riley C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil
Influenster reviews say that this is one of the best oil cleansers for facial massages. Work it into your skin with your fingers, starting from the center of your face to your jawline and temples. While it lifts the dirt and makeup, the natural oils penetrate into the skin and help decongest pores and lighten dark spots, and brighten your complexion.
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil
$52, Clinique counters
This is another great oil-based cleanser for sensitive skin and acne-prone skin. It’s been clinically tested and dermatologist-tested to be free of any ingredients that can cause allergies, redness, skin reactions and breakouts. You don’t even need to rub your face to get rid of waterproof eyeliner and lipstick — it melts everything away! Influenster reviews say it’s their Holy Grail cleanser. “This is my go to when I’m feeling lazy and don’t want to full on wash my face!”
ZA Deep Cleansing Oil
Za is one of the most trusted yet affordable Japanese skincare brands. It’s actually owned by the Shisheido group, so its products are also based on research and testing — but are a much more pocket-friendly price!
This is a gentle yet effective cleansing oil for waterproof makeup. It’s made of plant extracts and washes off so easily. “I first started using this when I was a student and didn’t have a lot of money for skincare. But even after I started working and had more money for splurging on beauty, I still kept using Za! In my opinion, it’s just as good as the more expensive brands!” says Lei.
Kose Cosmeport Softymo Lachesca Oil
This is another affordable Japanese cleansing oil for waterproof makeup! Aside from the incredibly cute bottle, it’s also free of fragrance, dyes, parabens, alcohol, and silicons. It also contains fruit acids that can help deep clean your pores. If you don’t have acne problems but tend to get blackheads and whiteheads (especially during that time of the month) this may help!
The Face Shop Bright Cleansing Oil
This Korean cleansing oil is very affordable yet packed with skin-brightening ingredients. Moringa oil and rice water fight dullness and discoloration, while ceramide and vitamins B and E treat roughness and dryness. If you have dry or dull skin, try this budget-friendly oil-based cleanser.
Boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil
Do you hate the sticky, hot feeling of oil on your face? Try this Korean cleansing oil. It uses special nanotechnology that uses micro-sized oil particles to break down dirt and makeup. You won’t feel the oil, but you’ll still enjoy its hydration and deep-cleansing.