Review: Laneige – Cream Skin Milk Oil Cleanser

Where to purchase: Available on Style Korean Global HERE

Also available on Stylevana – (UK): HERE / (US): HERE / (AU): HERE / (FR): HERE A/ (CA): HERE (EU): HERE / (DE): HERE

Price: £22

Volume: 200ml

Made in: South Korea

What is it?: A sub acidic, creamy cleanser (already emulsified), meant to melt away makeup and SPF.

Brand Description: ”Keep your skin hydrated after cleansing with a whole new type of milk oil that blended cleansing oil and skincare ingredients with easy cleansing and no need for emulsification.” (From the Website).

Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types

What I think: I agree that all skin types could use this. I have Oily-Combo skin and really enjoy that this doesn’t strip the skin or make it feel tight. I’m sure technically a creamy oily cleanser like this is meant for dry skins, but I like to use cleansers for dry skins as this reduces the chance of removing the skin’s natural oils.

NOTE: I think its worth the money for those who don’t wear makeup and only wears SPF, those who have extremely irritated and sensitised skins and those with excessively dry skins and actually need a cleanser that moisturises rather than strips.


Recommended for: Those who want a cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin after cleansing.

pH: 5.5 (A good pH as slightly acidic cleansers help preserve the skin’s barrier and not strip it).

Packaging: This came in a plastic bottle with a screw top. The pump came separately in the box (in plastic). After unscrewing the top, there is a hygiene tab you peel off. NOTE: This screw top lid means that you can travel with this product. Just remove the pump and then screw the top back on so this doesn’t leak in luggage.

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  • As you can see this has an ”open” and close tip (you screw it to click it to lock and unlock).

Directions: ”Pump 2-3 times + massage into the skin. Makeup will require extra rubbing. A Micellar water will be required to remove lip and eye makeup + waterproof makeup).

How I use it: I use this when I’m not wearing makeup as it doesn’t work for me in a double cleansing routine. This is fine to break down SPF and or regular sweat/dirt. I use this in the PM and 2-3 pumps is adequate to cover the face. This is already emulsified so I don’t need to add water, I just massage this onto the face gently and then wash off.

Key Ingredients: Green Tea Extract (Antioxidant + Soothing). Glycerin (skin-identical). This contains Jojoba seed oil and Meadowfoam seed oil as emollients. This also contains Capric Triglyceride (fatty ingredient) as well as other emollients to help soften the skin and make the cleanser moisturising.

The Surfactants used: C12-14 Pareth-12, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate

Full Ingredients: Water/​Aqua/​Eau, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Triethylhexanoin, Dipropylene Glycol, Isododecane, Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-3 Distearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, C12-14 Pareth-12, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Simmondsia Chinensis(Jojoba) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba(Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Propanediol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Glycerin, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Tocopherol

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

This has similar ingredients to the Laneige Cream Skin Refiner (Review HERE) such as Green tea + Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol and Glycerin.

Video Swatch:

  • Hopefully you can see the lightweight-ness and creaminess of this product. It’s so lightweight that it runs down the hand.

Texture Swatch:

This has a lightweight, viscous texture, it runs down the hand if I tilt it. It basically feels like a serum. Like the Iunik Black Snail Serum. If I was told this was a Milk Lotion and not a cleanser, I would believe it. So similar to the Curel Facial Milk. Not sticky or tacky and easy to wash off as this is already emulsified (Already milky so it wont change when water is added).

This definitely feels moisturising on the skin and doesn’t feel too stripping or drying when removing.

Does this foam up?: No.

As you can see, this has a creamy, LIGHTWEIGHT, almost watery texture.


I hope you can tell that it LOOKS moisturising. Definitely lightweight and milky.


Spreading it around, you can see it’s almost watery. Definitely Milky > Creamy.

Strips the skin?: Reduces the oil and keeps all the ingredients of the cream skin intact, creating a moist skin without worrying about the trouble

Stings the Eyes?: No!

Summer or Winter?: Can be both as this is lightweight.


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Fragrance?: Essential oil + Fragrance Free – This smells of nothing to me.

Good Removing Makeup?: Please watch the Youtube Video for the full makeup removal test. Overall this is definitely not good for waterproof + heavy makeup removal. A first initial cleanser, an oil or balm cleanser is required to lift up most of the waterproof/eye makeup and then this can be used as the second cleanser. I personally don’t use this as a cleanser for makeup removal/in a double cleanse routine. I use this simply to remove SPF when I’m not wearing makeup.

How long have I been using this?: For about 3 months on and off (as I use another cleanser like the Juno skin cleansing balm to melt makeup, or the Typology Cleansing Oil), and I’m only 1/5th into this bottle. I think it will last a long time as I only use this on days when I’m not wearing any makeup (I will use until completion).

The Effect?: The skin’s hydration levels is definitely preserved with this cleanser. My skin does not feel tight or dry after cleansing and can even have a remnant feeling of oil left on the skin (not in a bad, greasy way), but in a way that forms a moisturising barrier on top of the skin.

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What I like:

  • Gentle
  • Moisturising
  • Did not strip my skin barrier
  • No added fragrance and/or essential oils
  • Sturdy packaging (and I like that it came with a screw top so I can travel with this if I just switch the pump when travelling).
  • Fine for SPF and grime removal

What I don’t like:

  • Not a good makeup remover (So I don’t even bother to use this in a makeup removal routine as it’s not even that strong for a second cleanse)
  • The texture of this is sometimes great for me and then sometimes I do just want to go in with something that feels less creamy and more like a regular gel or oil cleanser.

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4/5 – I like that this is gentle and it’s great as an AM cleanser (just to remove regular dirt and grime) and is great to simply remove SPF at the end of the day. I also like that this doesn’t have added fragrance and/or essential oils. It leaves the skin feeling almost moisturised rather than stripped, and that’s excellent.

It’s a shame that it’s not a great makeup remover. I wear eye makeup + waterproof mascara and am lazy, so I like an all in one cleanser that can remove most of my eye makeup as well as my regular foundation in 1-2 cleanses (like the Juno Cleansing Balm or the Typology Cleansing Oil HERE).

Would I repurchase?: I would because I think this is great for when the skin is sensitised + on days I’m not wearing makeup.

Dupe?: The Avene Cleansing Lotion is slightly better as a makeup remover and still has a creamy texture (Review + Video HERE).

My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.

Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.

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