June 25, 2019

The Inkey List Oil & Water Double Cleanser Review & Swatches

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1 stars out of 5

The Inkey List Oil & Water Double Cleanser ($13) is a new 2-in-1 micellar-like water cleanser that contains sweet almond oil and sea buckthorn to gently remove makeup while leaving skin hydrated and smooth. I purchased this recently on a whim since I’m loving the Inkey List at the moment however, I’m not a big, big fan of using Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser on my face! It’s fantastic on my eyes but I don’t really love the weird film it leaves behind when I use it on my face so, the Inkey List Oil & Water Double Cleanser probably wasn’t a great pick for me.

But sometimes curiosity gets the better of me and I was curious how this would perform.

Here’s some details!

First off, if you’re doing in for a purchase of a oil and water cleanser there are far better deals compared the the Inkey List’s formula. We haven’t gotten it yet here in the US but Garnier Micellar Water Oil Infused Facial Cleanser is nearly three times the size of the Inkey List’s Oil & Water Double Cleanser and it’ll set you back under $9. We do have Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser here in the US and again, that’s $7 and nearly three times the size. These are along the same formulas as you’d get from the Inkey List and quite a good deal larger.

So, how big is the Inkey List Oil & Water Double Cleanser anyway? It’s 5 oz compared to Garnier’s version which is 13.9 oz. It’s just a really small amount for the $13 price tag. I’m typically not one to knock Inkey List’s smaller sizes since a lot of the items have potent formulas for $10 and under. But this cleanser, mmm, the price and size gets a meh from me. It feels too expensive for something I’ll use up very quickly.

Ok, so price aside let’s get down to what this does.

This comes is a bi-phase formula that’s made from one part water and one part sweet almond oil. It also contains glycerin, citric acid, and fruit oil aka sea buckthorn which is an ingredient that commonly retails moisture well while repairing scarring and sun damage. I don’t think that’s really important though since this is a rinse off cleanser and anything good about the ingredients is probably pointless once you rinse it away.

I wouldn’t quite call this is a micellar water but it does have a micellar-like application in the fact you saturate a cotton pad with it and swipe off your makeup. But unlike micellar water it requires you rinse it off after with water. So, it isn’t exactly a one and done cleanser if that’s what you’re seeking. I was ok with it at first try but it’s when I rinsed it off that I didn’t like it.

One of my issue’s with Garnier’s formula is it feels like I’m wiping eye makeup remover all over my face. It has that weird oily texture. The Inkey List’s formula does not have that at all. I felt like I was swiping water on my face. It was cool, refreshing, and it felt hydrating but not oily or greasy. I was quite comfortable with the entire process until I had to rinse it off. Once I rinse it off I hated it. Once water hit the surface of my skin I started to feel that weird greasy film that I experienced with Garnier and even after drying off I still had a bit of that oily feel. Yak! I didn’t like that part of the cleansing at all.

Secondly, this does a fairly good job removing foundations, blush, and eyeshadow and I thought it wiped off all my mascara but when I went to rinse I was left with streaks of black down my cheeks because it didn’t quite get all my mascara off.

I didn’t detect any fragrance in this formula. Even the sweet almond oil didn’t have a scent that I noticed so, sensitive users will be just fine with it. .

All in all, The Inkey List Oil & Water Double Cleanser isn’t something I like using to cleanse my face! Even on the nights I want to get to bed quick and do a super fast clean up I’d probably nor reach for this. It’s just not a formula I enjoyed using. Although, I have a feeling that those that liked Garnier’s Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser will likely enjoy this formula!

Anyone try it?

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The Inkey List Oil & Water Double Cleanser is a new bi-phase water oil cleanser that acts like a micellar water of sorts but unlike a micellar water does need to be rinse off. This might work as a quickie cleanser at the end of the night but I personally wasn’t in love with the formula. It does a fair job removing color cosmetics like blush, foundation, and eyeshadow but it only got about half my waterproof mascara off. It also leaves a greasy/oil film behind after rinsing which made me not love it!

Aqua (Water/ Eau), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isododecane, Hydrogenated Tetradecenyl/ Methylpentadecene, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Oil, Panthenol, Disodium Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Avena Strigosa Seed Extract, Lecithin, Calcium Gluconate, Potassium Sorbate.


  • Does a fair job removing makeup in a hurry.


  • Initially feels very nice but when water is added seems to leave a greasy, oily film behind.
  • Expensive.
  • Not yet available in the US.


The Inkey List Oil & Water Double Cleanser might be a good pick if you get on with Garnier’s Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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