Review: Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil (2006 & 2016 Formulas)

Is this popular budget Japanese cleansing oil really that "Speedy"?

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Left: 2013 Limited Edition Snoopy packaging (2006 formula); Right: 2016 formula

I’m not that enamoured with Softymo’s cleansing oils. I know that they’re a favourite among many English-speaking beauty bloggers and that they’re supposedly Japan’s top-selling cleansing oil brand, but I have never got on well with them — and I have tried every single variation that Softymo produce (including their various reformulations).

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One of the very few Japanese beauty products with braille labelling!

Softymo have completely revamped the formulas of their cleansing oil lineup this year in July. The new oils contain a certified organic “selected treatment oil” blend said to leave skin feeling smoother and more moisturised than before. Speedy Cleansing Oil‘s main distinguishing feature is that it claims to work just as well on damp skin, and the renewed 2016 formula promises to better melt away mascara and other long-wearing makeup.

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The old Speedy Cleansing Oil was mediocre at removing eye makeup — traces of waterproof mascara and eyeliner were always left behind. It rinsed off easily enough, but skin left feeling uncomfortably taut. Also, any dampness on the skin would render it entirely useless. Have Softymo managed to improve on the original with the new? Yes and no. I have tried it on both heavy-duty and very light daytime makeup, and my skin has emerged sparkly clean, smooth, and not dried out both times. That being said, it still doesn’t completely melt away mascara with ease like higher priced oils. I need to use quite a bit of oil to really saturate the eye area and get a good massaging action going. Disappointingly, it’s still very much ineffective on damp skin. It has no discernible scent.

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One pump-amount of the Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil (2016 version).

Speedy Cleansing Oil hasn’t won me over with its new formula. It still doesn’t do what it says. If your skin isn’t completely dry, don’t bother. Eye makeup removal is far from ‘speedy’ — you need a fair amount of oil and good old elbow grease. (But it doesn’t give you blurry vision for about twenty years if you inevitably do get it in your eyes.) It can remove every trace, but I prefer cleansing oils that melt away mascara on contact, and ultimately, this didn’t cut the mustard.

Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil is ¥530 for a 230 ml bottle HERE or ¥391 for the 200ml refill HERE on Amazon Japan.

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ʙʟɪɴɢ
ʙʟɪɴɢ
2 years ago

This personally worked for my combination-oily skin. It removes all the makeup and excess sebum I have on my face.

belinda
belinda
4 years ago

you mentioned you tried the other variations (and their reformulations) of the softymo cleansing oils, how do the 2016 deep and white compare?

belinda
belinda
4 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

thank you! Much appreciated.

Le Genou de Claire
Le Genou de Claire
4 years ago

Are there any Japanese cleansing oil that you would recommend? (either high end brand or drug store Japanese brand). Thanks!

Le Genou de Claire
Le Genou de Claire
4 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

oh, yay!! I actually got this one on my latest trip to Asia, didn’t know anything about Fancl, I’ve actually used it with v. good result. Thanks for your input!

Catherine LoRe
Catherine LoRe
4 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

I love this too but have been looking for a more affordable “good enough” dupe. Nothing has come close though.

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