For the longest time, all I wanted was a cleansing oil that worked. Something that removed all my makeup, didn’t leave any residue on my face, and didn’t break me out. After a comically long struggle, I found one, and I still think it’s the best no-nonsense, super functional, great value, oil cleanser out there.
But as they say, if you give your mouse a cookie, she’s going to ask for an even fancier oil cleanser that smells like rose red tea and has the same golden orange color as salmon caviar, which is what this cleanser is.
Fujifilm Astalift Cleansing Oil
Serious concerns need serious solutions. The Astalift Renewal Cleansing Oil has the ability to remove even the heaviest of make-up in one easy to use product. It effectively removes deep seated dirt and residue and leaves skin smooth and free of any impurities left behind.
Where does it fit in your routine?
This is an oil-based cleanser. Use it as the first step in your cleaning routine.
Size and Price
The bottle contains 120ml of product. I purchased this from the Master of Life store on Rakuten for ¥ 2,407, which is roughly $22. It is also available on Look Fantastic (UK based, free worldwide shipping) for $24.
This cleansing oil is housed in a red, plastic bottle.
When I first started testing this oil, I was worried that the fragrance was going to be an issue. It’s pretty strong and I remember thinking it smelled old-lady-ish. After using it a few times, I’ve done a complete 180°. Now, it smells like hongcha (China’s version of black tea) to me – sweet and floral in a deep, musky way – with a hint of rose. I imagine whether you like this cleansing oil will depend pretty heavily on how you feel about the scent. Personally, I love it!
Color and texture
The cleansing oil is a golden reddish orange in color, is of medium thickness, and has really good slip. One of the things I like most about it is how quickly I can move it around my face and remove makeup/sunscreen.
What’s in it?
With cleansers, my primary concern with ingredients is to avoid things that irritate my skin or break me out. Antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients are always nice to have but since cleansers spend so little time on your skin before getting washed off, they’re likely not doing much.
If you’re familiar with the Astalift skincare line and wondering why the namesake super-antioxidant ingredient, astaxanthin, is not in the ingredient list, it’s because the astaxanthin is provided in the Haematococcus Pluvialis Oil. Haematococcus Pluvialis is a fresh water algae species that produces and stores a large amounts of astaxanthin. They’re pretty cool looking too:
Acne Triggers & Irritants
Cosdna identifies ethylhexyl palmitate (4) and tocopherol (2) as acne triggers and ethylhexyl palmitate (1) and tocopherol (2) as potential irritants.
English: Ethylhexyl palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Polyglyceryl-10 Trilaurate, Diisostearyl malate, Hydrogenated polyisobutene, Tocopherol, Haematococcus Pluvialis Oil, Damask Rose Flower Oil, Acetyl Hydroxyproline, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol
Before trying this cleanser, I also tried a host of other cleansers, including the cult favorite DHC deep cleansing oil and the fan-favorite Fancl mild cleansing oil, both of which are excellent (particularly the Fancl) but neither got me excited enough to write a review.
What I like most about the Astalift are two things. One, the scent and color make for an ultra-luxe cleansing experience. For me, cleansing my face after work feels like a chore more often than not, and Astalift injects just enough skincaretainment to make the experience a little less tedious and a little more exquisite. Secondly, this oil has really great slip, which makes it easy and fast to use. I only need one pump (maximum 2 if my face feels extra gross), which I quickly spread all over, and it melts any makeup and sunscreen right off. As a point of comparison, I usually use 3-4 pumps of the Muji sensitive skin cleansing oil, and 2-3 pumps of the Cremorlab gel-oil.
As a result, this is my favorite cleansing oil to use when I really don’t want to spend a lot of time cleansing. It gets most makeup off with minimal massaging and also rinses off quickly. If I am wearing eyeliner or mascara that is a little more burdensome to remove, this oil does not sting or irritate my eyes (Cremorlab, for instance, does), which I very much appreciate.
In terms of pure function, the Astalift cleansing oil falls short in one crucial way. Whereas I find the Muji sensitive skin cleansing oil to rinse off my skin thoroughly, Astalift probably leaves my skin 92-97% residue free. It’s a fairly insignificant amount, especially if you follow up with a second cleanser, but I definitely notice a little bit of cleanser residue. However, if you are familiar with the aforementioned DHC or Fancl cleansing oils (or even the thinner, ethylhexyl palmitate version of the Muji sensitive skin cleansing oil), I notice the same problem with those but most people don’t seem to, so I might just be a little paranoid to these things just because I have a bad history of oil cleansers clogging my skin and causing breakouts (for the record, this oil has not caused any breakouts or irritation and I have been using it for three months). That said, one big advantage of the Muji sensitive skin cleansing oil (for me anyways) is that I feel totally comfortable skipping my second cleanser because of how well it rinses off, whereas I feel less comfortable going solo with the Astalift, or any other cleansing oil I currently have.
In terms of function, this oil does 95% of the things that I want a cleansing oil to do, which isn’t perfect but pretty damn close. In addition it also creates an user experience that makes me look forward to washing my face instead of dreading it, even after long work days when I can barely be bothered to undress for bed. For that reason, I love this cleansing oil.
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