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The Face Shop: Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil | Review

I have been on the lookout for a oil cleanser that can remove waterproof mascara without stinging my eye. Safe to say I have been miserably failing in this quest. I really do like wearing mascara but the prospect of removing it at the end of the day was getting daunting. To rise above this fear I gave it another shot with The Rice Water Bright – Light Cleansing Oil.

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil Review and Ingredient Analysis (3)

The Face Shop: Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil | Review

Cost: 999 INR for 150 ml

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  • It is a brightening deep cleansing oil that effectively cleanses away impurities and heavy makeup from the skin with its light watery texture.
  • The plant based ingredients such as rice bran oil and jojoba oil, it keeps the skin looking clean and bright. This cleansing oil is formulated without mineral oil.
  • Removes oil based impurities like sebum, SPF, makeup, etc
  • Serves as the first step of double cleansing
  • Brightens the skin
  • Takes you a step closer to glass like skin


Isopropyl Myristate, Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Polyglyceryl-10 Diisostearate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Water/​Eau, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf Extract, Parfum/​Fragrance, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool

Note: Ingredients marked in red are Fragrance Ingredients and some of these need to be separately listed and cannot be simply classified under “Fragrance/Parfum” since they are also allergens. If you have sensitive skin these should be avoided.

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil Review and Ingredient Analysis (3)

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil | Sample Size Package

About Oil Cleansers:

I know a lot of you have many questions about oil cleansers so let me clarify a couple of things:

1: It is not just used for makeup removal.

Oils cleansers are the first step of your skincare routine especially if you would like to incorporate double cleansing in it. Our face attracts two kind of impurities 1: Oil Based – sunscreen, makeup, and sebum and 2: Water-Based i.e dirt and sweat. Since water & oil don’t mix your regular soap based face wash is not 100% effective in targeting the oil based impurities. Therefore it’s important to use a Oil based cleansers to remove sunscreen, makeup, and excess sebum all of which are known to clog pores.

2: Oil Cleansers can also be used by people with Oily Skin.

Yes you read that right! It is a big misconception that Oil cleansers will make the skin more oily. In fact it is very good for oily skin because it effectively regulates the sebum production without drying out the skin. The skin is hydrated and therefore it produces less oil. Remember oil removes oil away from the skin!

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil Review and Ingredient Analysis (3)

The Face Shop Rice: Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil | Sample Size Pack

This product actually comes in a plastic bottle with a pump, which in this case will be very useful since you don’t want to get the bottle oily while using it. The pictures shown here are of a sample size. There is complete product description at the back of the bottle and moreover the pump can also be locked.

The product is quite fragrant in keeping with most of The Face Shop’s offerings. The scent is quite mellow and doesn’t linger. In case you have sensitive skin please ensure you patch test because fragrance is a known allergen, causes sensitivity and breakouts.

The consistency is truly thin and light like the product reads. It is very runny and slides down the palm easily so one has to be careful not to dispense too much

I use this product as the first step in my PM routine. I apply it on dry skin (It’s important that Oil cleansers are always applied on dry skin) and massage the skin for about 20 seconds to remove the dirt and displace the makeup after which I wipe it using a cotton pad, alternatively one can use a washcloth or a damp towel. I have found the above method to be more effective as against the one suggested by the brand i.e applying it on a cotton and then applying the cotton to the face, because cotton pad ends up absorbing too much product and is unable to deposit all of it on the face due to its light consistency.

I have also tried emulsifying the product with damp fingers but this formula despite containing three types of emulsifying ingredients doesn’t quite emulsify like other oil based cleansers. What I mean is, other oil cleansers when emulsified, turn into a milky consistency that is easily rinsed off, but unfortunately this is not one of them.

It does a pretty good job of removing makeup like foundation, BB cream, eyeshadow and eyeliner along with dirt, sebum and sunscreen residue. But unfortunately it is not 100% effective on water proof mascara! 

Coming to my primary concern – Does it sting the eye?

I am extremely disappointed to say that it does sting! I am unable to clean kohl from water line nor mascara without massaging the eyelid due to which invariably the product gets into my eye and causes a lot of irritation. Moreover the oil creates a layer and I see everything hazy for sometime till it clears gradually. After using this at night the next day morning I wake up with a lot of eye goop. It’s not pretty!

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil Review and Ingredient Analysis (3)

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil | Final Thoughts


  • Very lightweight
  • Effectively removes dirt including makeup sebum and sunscreen residue


  • Unable to remove waterproof mascara
  • Does not completely emulsify so it takes effort to remove the oily layer from the skin
  • Stings the Eye
  • Contains Fragrance

Closing Thoughts:

If you are someone who wears sunscreen or makeup regularly and are looking to get introduced to double cleansing this product might be a good place to start. I do like how this performs, I just wish it would not sting my eye so much. Probably I am doing something wrong or need to re-learn how to remove eye makeup. If you have any thoughts on the above please let me know your tips & tricks to go around this problem.

Let me know your thoughts on oil cleansing in the comments below. I have also tried the cleanser from the Rice Water Bright Range – you might want to check it out here. Also I would love it if you swing by my Instagram so that we can talk about all things Beauty, Lifestyle and Skincare.


23 thoughts on “The Face Shop: Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil | Review

  1. jamozax says:

    My girlfriend loves these kind of stuff. And I love what she loves because I love her. I’ll share this with her.

  2. momelite2 says:

    This is a great honest review. I’m not sure I would be able to use this since I need something to remove my mascara and be gentle on my skin.

  3. blair villanueva says:

    I tried this few years ago and it is one of the good products that I’ve used. Korean beauty items are always superb.

  4. So I have no idea the pain you go through with make up removal or oil cleansing options. But I asked Darcee what she thought about using something like Rice Water cleansing oil and she said that in general they make her eyes burn and thus aggravate her contacts too! So I guess this wouldnt be a great option for her though she doesnt wear mascara too much so it may not be a big deal

  5. aisasami says:

    This looks really good and I would love to try this because I have acne problems! Thanks for the recommendation!

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