11.19.2013
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Treatment Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes
Rating
6.8 fl. oz. for $50
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:11.19.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This greasy, petrolatum-based cleanser is a cross between a cleansing lotion and a cleansing oil. It does remove all types of makeup, but isn’t the easiest to rinse without a washcloth. The company describes this as a botanical cleanser, but it isn’t, at least not in terms of the main ingredients. Adding a few plant oils and extracts doesn’t make for a 100% botanical product, any more than adding Splenda to chocolate cake would make it a health food. Treatment Cleansing Oil for Face & Eyes is an OK option for dry skin not prone to blemishes.

Claims

A delicate, botanical cleanser for the face and eyes that gently and effectively dissolves makeup and impurities, leaving skin soft, hydrated, and radiantly clean. With the addition of water, this formula transforms into a silky emulsion, safely and easily eliminating makeup and debris.

Ingredients

Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-8 Isostearate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 80, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Tocopherol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Isocetyl Olivate, Glyceryl Linoleate, Glyceryl Linolenate, Glyceryl Arachidonate, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance

Brand Overview

AmorePacific At-A-Glance

Strengths: A very good lip balm; antioxidant-rich facial oil.

Weaknesses: Some products use jar packaging, which weakens the stability of beneficial ingredients; toner with plant irritants; some formulas contain high amounts of skin-ravaging alcohol.

AmorePacific is a popular South Korean cosmetics line established in 1945, whose skincare products made their way to U.S. Sephora stores in 2009. At its core, AmorePacific claims to be all about “beauty secrets found in nature.” Some of those highly touted ingredients like antioxidant EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate, a polyphenol found in green tea) really are great for skin, whereas others (like bamboo sap and red ginseng) don’t have solid research backing their benefits for skin—but at least they’re not hurting it.

Either way, good skincare comes down to the formula as a whole, not just a “superstar” ingredient here or there, so how does AmorePacific rank in that regard? Like many brands, it varies product by product. Some products in the AmorePacific line offer a broad range of plant-based antioxidants and various skin-beneficial ingredients, while other formulas fall into the lackluster category due to overly basic formulas that can’t make good on their anti-aging claims.

Many of the products contain potentially irritating fragrance (which is never good news, particularly for sensitive skin), and worse yet, a handful are plagued by high concentrations of skin-ravaging alcohol which can increase inflammation in skin, provoke breakouts, and accelerate the signs of aging in the long term. In short, these can leave skin worse for the wear when they’re part of your daily skincare routine.

Well also have to point out that the use of jar packaging for some of the products is an ill-fated choice. Plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and most other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Not only that, but dipping your fingers into them can add bacteria, which further deteriorates beneficial ingredients. That’s disappointing at any price point, but since some of these products cost between $100-$450, that’s a major waste of money.

Standing back and looking at specific products, even though there are a few good options, the prices aren’t justified and you can find better products for far less in each category. However, if you choose to shop this line and are OK with spending more than necessary, at least you’ll know from our reviews which products are worthy of a purchase.

For more information about AmorePacific, visit us.amorepacific.com.

Note: The AmorePacific products reviewed on Beautypedia include those that are currently sold at Sephora in the U.S. The company offers an even pricier range of products at upscale department stores such as Neiman Marcus. We may review those in the future; for now, the demand from our readers simply isn’t there—likely because many of them have gotten the message that in the world of skincare, hyper-expensive doesn’t mean better products or better results!

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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06.13.2014
Well worth the price. Best I've found so far.

This is the best cleansing oil I've used - beats MAC, Clinique, Mercier, or Lancome. This is thin & very spreadable, nice built-in pump. It doesn't take much. A bit in my hand, then rub around on my dry face, then add water & rub a little more, rinse. I have oily skin & always use about 1 drop of gel cleanser afterward to make sure I'm almost "squeaky" then pat dry & tone. Realistically, the second light cleanse is unnecessary if you use toner on a cotton pad but I pat mine on with my hands.

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09.02.2013
Great stuff

Great stuff! A little goes a long way so a bottle lasts months. The scent is fresh and clean, and it removes all and any trace of makeup, even the toughest eye makeup. Def worth the money.

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