Tiss Deep Off OilDuring my trip to Taiwan last fall, my DHC Deep Cleansing Oil was about to run out. I was on the lookout for cleansing oil. At that time, I wanted to try something from the drugstore. One of my girlfriends recommended me to try Shiseido's Tiss Deep Off Oil, which she has been using for a while and considered it as a good inexpensive find.
Tiss Deep Off Oil retails for 1260 Japan Yen (about USD$12). I bought it at about USD $9 when it was on sale at Watsons. I am going to share my experience with Tiss Deep Off Oil today.
Tiss has two types of cleansing oil; Deep Off Oil and 2 Way Off Oil. Deep Off Oil (in clear yellow packaging) is designed to be used on skin only when it is dry. According to the product description, not only does it remove makeup, dirt, oil and debris, but also helps dissolve, loosen and clear comedones from the pores.
2 Way Off Oil (in clear turquoise packaging) comes with a grapefruit scent, and can be used on dry or wet skin for taking off makeup, debris and impurities.
Deep Off Oil is packaged in a clear and yellow pump bottle. It has no fragrance and the oil is colorless and transparent.
The texture is gentle and lightweight. Compared to Shu Uemura's cleansing oils and DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, it has a thinner and more watery consistancy. It is very easy to spread it over the face. The oil emulsifies very quickly, when it is in contact with water, and turns into a milky white shade.
For light makeup, I use 1 to 2 pumps of this cleansing oil. For heavy makeup, I use 4 pumps or more. I gently massage the oil through the face with figertips in small circular motions for 1 to 2 minutes until all the makeup is dissolved, then rinse it off. It removes all traces of dirt, oil and makeup effortlessly. It does a good job removing waterproof makeup thoroughly.
This cleansing is gentle on my skin and cleanses my face without leaving any irritating or drying feeling. It does, however, leave a slightly oily film on my face. This doesn't bother me since I usually use a gel or foam-based face wash afterwards.
Tiss Deep Off Oil contains mineral oil, which is widely used in cosmetics for its moisture retaining ability. (Note that cosmetic grade mineral oil is not comedogenic and does not cause breakouts. Many cleansing oils on the market are formulated with mineral oil. Shu Uemura is one of the examples. Check out this article for detailed information about mineral oil).
I noticed some people experienced breakouts after using it. Personally, I don't have any experience of breakouts or acne with Tiss Deep Off Oil. It helps reduce whiteheads and blackheads on my nose. However, the effect is not very significant.
Deep Off Oil emulsifies into a milky white lotion very quickly, when it is in contact with water, and loses its ability to dissolve the makeup and debris. If you are interested to try it, make sure you apply it when skin is dry (both the face and hands).
Overall, Tiss Deep Off Oil is a great drugstore bargain buy. The texture is gentle and lightweight. The oil-based makeup remover has a relatively watery and runny consistency, compared with other cleansing oils I have used. It removes all traces of makeup and impurities very well.
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