Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-gel (150ml), $41
USING IT: Made for damp skin, the cleanser has a luscious, satiny texture. Its hydrating formula moisturised my skin with tsubaki oil and Japanese sea kelp.
THE EFFECT: My waterproof eyeliner and long-wearing lipstick came off effortlessly after the first wash, leaving my skin pure, smooth and soft.

I love how gentle and effective the formula is, as well as the lingering floral scent after rinse-off.


Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt Gel-to-oil Cleanser (125ml), $48
USING IT: Unlike richer oil formulas, this gel cleanser transformed into a surprisingly lightweight cleansing oil that felt extremely refreshing.

It was gentle on my skin and had an uplifting, sweet citrusy scent with notes of orange, lavender and sage.
THE EFFECT: Makeup and impurities melted away after my first wash, except for faint traces of waterproof eyeliner.

I loved that the cleanser lifted off excess sebum without stripping skin of moisture – it left my face glowing.

Shu Uemura Oleo:moist Active-encapsulated Cleansing Oil Gel (150g), $50
USING IT: The cleanser is as mess-free as a gel, and as effective as the iconic cleansing oils Shu Uemura is known for.

Its micro-vitamin E capsules felt like ultra-fine beads on my skin. Japanese muguet herb helped to hydrate, and the cleansing oil had a nice green, floral scent.
THE EFFECT: Dirt, dullness and makeup were cleansed away. Even my long-wearing eyeliner and mascara were thoroughly removed.

But it did take slightly longer to wash off. My skin appeared clear, bright and plump after that.
VERDICT: 8.5/10

Kose Infinity Pure Advance Oil Cleansing Gel (120g), $49
USING IT: The cleanser felt delicate and nourishing on my tired skin after a long day. Transforming into a silky oil, it helps replenish moisture while cleansing skin.
THE EFFECT: An effective cleanser that dissolves dirt and makeup while cleaning out pores gently.

Some traces of long-wearing eyeliner and mascara were still visible after the first wash. However, I love that it soothed my sensitised skin and plumped it up.