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I own lots of Shu Uemura products as they are tailored to Asian skin type, and I find that their skincare products really do fit me better. They have a range of cleansing oil, each suited to different skin types/ needs. Over the years, I have switched between the different types of cleansing oil hoping to find the one that would best suit my skin type. I eventually find that the classic balancing oil suits me best; but this cleansing beauty a/o does have its perks so I am happy to share my experience with it here.
- Background Info -
I don't do research on beauty products before buying it in the store; I usually learn from the sales girls. This is recommended to me after I inform the sales that my skin gets dehydrated easily, but my T-zone is also quite oily sometimes. I was also looking for something that would allow me to remove my makeup as well as doing the cleansing job in one application (I know, lazy me) - and the sales recommended this to me.
Now, looking up on the Shu website, the oil contains catechin, derived from green tea, botanical oils, depsea water, and a calming aroma based on watermelon, jasmine and sandalwood. It is a premium anti-oxidant skin purifier that can apparently do magical things to your skin, as follows:
- provides moisture to skin
- helps to enhance skin transparency
- improve skin quality
- prevent skin ageing (hopefully the sales wasn't thinking of that when looking at me, haha!)
Also note that this particular oil is the best-selling one in the world, amongst all of Shu's other oil.
- How to use? -
I only use the cleansing oil at night before shower, as I can take off my makeup whilst cleansing my skin in one go. At day, I tend to stick with a different cleanser that is not oil-based.
It is really important that you remember to have DRY hands when using this, because otherwise the oil will turn milky before reaching your face and that's less effective! Directions are as follows, and they are pretty much as official as it gets:
1. Pump 3 times
2. Spread over your face
3. Use a small amount of water to your face, emulsifying the oil until it turns milky
4. Rinse thoroughly!
- My experience with the product -
I will breakdown my experience in a few different aspects:
1. Makeup removal: very effective, provided I use enough. 3 pumps is almost always enough, but sometimes when I get lazy and only use 2 pumps, then it does not remove my waterproof mascara thoroughly. For those of you who use waterproof mascara, I find that the trick is to gently rub your eyelashes in between two fingers, coating it with tiny bit of oil.
2. Cleansing: it cleanses well, and leaves my skin soft and never taut. I think it really deals with dehydrated skin well.
3. Effect on skin: now, people's opinions differ on this. My friend who uses this oil as well complained that it actually made her break out, and she had to switch to another brand after realising that it was this oil which did that to her skin. For me, I didn't have any problems with breakouts - at least, I don't believe the minor breakouts from time to time (especially after eating lots of chips and crisps) are caused by this oil. My skin quality has actually visibly improved, especially as it is no longer always dehydrated. But one problem I had is with puffy eyes - I realised that last year I have woken up with incredibly puffy eyes more than usual and it took me a while to realise that it may be this cleanser which caused that. Perhaps it was something in the ingredients - but as soon as I switch to Shu's other cleanser, it never happened again. Maybe it is something worth inquiring the sales about if you want to make sure!
- Price -
Shu products are always on the expensive side, especially in London + Europe with the markup. All the oils come in 2 different size - 150ml at £28, and 450ml at £56.5. Given the prices, I would never buy the smaller size - it is much more economical to buy the bigger sized one. And since a big bottle last ages - usually 4/5 months for me - and that it works well, I'd say that's good value for money.
I've loved the cleansing oil during the time I used it. I would have given it 5 stars, but have chosen to rate it 4 stars because I found that the Classic balancing oil works better for my skin type compared to this one. (The classic oil never makes my eyes puffy) So please consult the sales, and ask for samples if possible, to find out which cleansing oil works best for you!