Review: (Deciem) Hylamide – High Efficiency Face Cleaner

Where to purchase: Available at LookFantastic: LINK

Price: £16

Volume: 120ml

Made in: Canada

What is it?: An Oil-like Cleanser that also removes makeup.

Brand Description: The company state that this is a highly-efficient micro-emulsion – to create a formula that cleanses as well as a cleansing oil does, but washes off easily like a water-based cleanser. This cleanser requires a single step, using plant-derived oils, to remove every trace of dirt/makeup from the face + eyes.

Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types

What I think: I agree! I think all Skin types (including Sensitive) could use this. Of course as this has more of a light-oil texture, dry skins may prefer this over oily skins, but I have oily-combo skin and I really enjoy this and it doesn’t leave the skin feeling tight/dry. ALSO this has a thin texture, so it’s not a sticky, gloopy oil.


Vegan?: Yes

Cruelty Free?: Yes

Packaging: Plastic Tube (that you can squeeze to get product out) with a twist top (like an open and close mechanism).

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Directions: If makeup is present, massage well onto a dry face and then follow with water. If you are using this as a regular cleanser, Hylamide states you massage this onto a wet face and then rinse with water.

How I use it: I use this to remove my makeup, particularly my waterproof eye makeup + Kohl. This removes my makeup like a dream, but I do need to make sure I keep my eyes closed while massaging! But due to the easy, non-gloopy or thick texture of this product, I am able to get in there and rub my eyes (Gently) from lash to waterline! I do NOT wet the skin before applying but only wash this off afterwards! This is also absolutely fine at removing SPF and as a regular cleanser.


Key Ingredients: Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol (Antioxidants). Squalane (Skin-friendly oil + emollient). Bisabolol (Soothing). Chlorphenesin (Antibacterial).

Other Emollients Include: Oenocarpus Bataua Fruit Oil, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Hylamide discusses these plant oils, stating they are effective makeup removers – and I would agree this is an excellent makeup remover). These plant oils are also moisturisers + humectants – this helps explain why you can use this product, wash it off and the skin does not feel tight or dry after.

Full Ingredients: Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Bisabolol, Oenocarpus Bataua Fruit Oil, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Pongamia Pinnata (Karanja) Seed Oil, Squalane, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: This is a lightweight, non-gloopy cleansing oil. It feels like a Dry Oil, and It’s one of the lightest-feeling cleansing oils I’ve used as it almost feels like water. It’s not sticky or tacky and doesn’t feel like I have to tug at the skin to spread this around.

It doesn’t clog my pores or feel heavy and it doesn’t give me styes even when I rub along the eyes.

When water is added, this emulsifies, making it easier to wash off. But that’s also why it’s recommended to apply this onto dry skin when dissolving makeup.

Hopefully here you can see the oil-y yet lightweight texture!


Texture + Makeup Removal Video:

  • Hopefully you can see how this is a lightweight oil-type product that runs down the hand!
  • This also, as you can see from the Makeup Removal Test – removes/dissolves makeup VERY well (I used a Mascara to show). It simply requires time and patience to gently massage/rub the skin, and this product will do the rest!


Fragrance?: Fragrance + EO Free

Good at Removing Makeup?: So good! Of course, this requires time to gently massage my waterline/eyelashes

Stings the Eyes?: Only if I open my eyes BEFORE completely washing this liquid off. If the product is fully washed off before opening the eyes, this does not sting.

How long have I been using this?: It took me (and my sister, with daily use) about a month to finish a bottle, so I did repurchase.

The Effect?: Cleansed Skin with removed makeup, without feeling to tight or painful!

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What I like:

  • Fragrance + EO Free
  • Very efficient Makeup Dissolver / Remover – this removes waterproof eye makeup / Kohl / Waterproof eyeliner so well! (just requires some gentle rubbing/massaging), and I don’t need to re-apply if I massage well and long enough.
  • Nice texture i.e. not thick or gloopy! Lightweight + easy-to massage (doesn’t tug the skin)
  • Doesn’t leave the skin feeling tight/dry after using!

What I don’t like:

  • Can sting the eyes if you open your eyes WHILE washing this off (if the product hasn’t fully been washed off)
  • Because this isn’t a pump mechanism or a balm – you can get through the product quite quick/be heavy handed with this + end up using a lot of product (so be sparing! I don’t think this product requires so much to be able to dissolve makeup so well)
  • Slightly messy i.e. I find there’s oil on the tip so you can accidentally walk away with oily fingers (I’m not sure if I would put an already opened/used bottle of this in my luggage when travelling)

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4.1/5 – A Really good Cleansing Oil! Honestly this has a lovely, lightweight texture and it does NOT dry out my skin. I find it extremely effective at removing/dissolving makeup without using heaps and heaps of product. It just requires a good, light and gentle massage, and I can get EVEN Kohl off my waterline with ease and without rubbing, tugging or giving myself styes. I don’t need to double cleanse with this, that’s how efficient this is at dissolving my makeup, as long as I massage my skin thoroughly.

NOTE: It’s also on my Favourites List you can see here: LINK

Would I repurchase?: Yes! In fact this is my second bottle! My sister has been stealing this from me too!

Dupe?: The Niod Cleaning Ester LINK is probably the closest thing to this in terms of efficacy and texture since it’s also a product of Deciem (I will be Trying + Reviewing this soon! I’m hoping it’s even better for the £), and the Typology 9-Ingredient Cleansing Oil LINK (Slightly thicker however)

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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