Today I'm going to be experimenting with 3 cleansing oils (because I REALLY don't want to study for my exams tomorrow)!
Warning: very picture heavy.
These are the three I'm going to review:
DHC Cleansing Oil (left) Shu Uemura Skin Purifier (center) Elianto Green Tea Cleansing Oil (right)
First I drew this on my arm: 1) Water only 2) DHC 3) Shu 4) Elianto 5) Control
After 5 strokes of each substance (i washed and dried the finger i used to apply to avoid contamination), it looked like this. The water looked to be the most effective.
After 5 strokes with water, it looked like this. Elianto looked to be the "murkiest."
After 5 more strokes: At this point, it seems as if the Elianto was taking out the most dirt.
Now DHC looked "cleanest." But...
After putting a tissue over, it seems that 3 (Shu) took a lot of marker with it.
But my arm looked like this after it dried. Close up, you can see that the DHC (2) cleaned up most of the line, but left the most residue. Shu (3) and Elianto (4) cleaned up equally well, but Shu (3) left the more residue than Elianto (4).
I don't know if you can generalize it for make-up, but if stain removal on skin is what you're looking for...
1. All three cleansing oils (2,3 and 4) did better than the water only (1) condition.
2. Water (1) still had a significant effect compared to the untreated condition.
3. Using a cleansing oil still means you have to rinse it off well.
I, myself, would prefer Elianto as a cleansing oil because of the price difference between it and Shu and DHC.
Edit: You can actually get rid of the marker stain by rubbing it like a madman, but I doubt that's what you want to do with your face.