When I find myself tapping an almost empty plastic bottle upside down against the side of the sink to coax out the last few drops of this product, or zipping to the mall minutes before it closes to pick up a spare and coming home with not one but two replacement bottles — that’s when I know it’s probably time to throw my arms up in the air, spin around in circles and sing at the top of my lungs like Maria does at the beginning of the Sound of Music…
“The hills are alive…” with the sound of MAC Cleanse Off Oil/Tranquil!
Err — so maybe my version of the song doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as Maria’s, but I still think this stuff is awfully amazing. Epic, even.
It’s a mineral oil-free makeup remover designed to whisk away face, lip and eye makeup, and it does such a good job on hard-to-remove products that I rarely feel the need to use it with a secondary cleanser.
As with many great relationships, MAC Cleanse Off ($30 for a 5-fluid-ounce bottle) and I started out as work friends. When I reviewed it the first time last summer, I liked it and gave it a B+, but I felt like we wanted different things in life… I wanted a makeup remover that wouldn’t mess with my vision, for instance, and MAC Cleanse wanted to cloud up my eyes.
We kept things strictly platonic for a while, but then one night a few months ago, one thing led to another (you know how it is), and now I’m completely head-over-heels in lust! MAC Cleanse Off has become one of my favorite products in the line.
Sure, I’ve strayed a few times since then, tried a few other cleansing oils, but none of them worked as well or as fast.
Cleanse Off cuts through even my hardest-to-remove products without batting an eye, like long-wearing lipsticks, waterproof mascaras, gel liners, stick foundations — you name it — and it does it quickly, without giving me breakouts or leaving my skin feeling tight; not having to follow it up with a dedicated eye makeup remover, even for products along my water line, also saves a little time.
And speaking of eyes, the beef I had with MAC Cleanse Off last summer had to do with it clouding up my eyes. Well, I’ve since learned a very valuable trick: closing my eyes. Yup, duh, Karen!
On occasion while using it, my eyes will still get cloudy, but they clear up quickly with a few splashes of water.
For wrinkle prevention/postponement, I’ve also been trying to get better about not tugging at my skin as much, so I’ve been laying off the makeup wipes. MAC Cleanse Off Oil seems to work just as well as my favorite wipes do, and it works without tugging. Another plus!
Love, love, LOVE this stuff, and I’ve officially added it to my list of favorite MAC skincare products (right next to Strobe Cream).
PRICE: $30 for a 5-fluid-ounce bottle
AVAILABILITY: Available now at MAC stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+ (updated from a previous B+)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,