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I have used so many products to take off my make-up over the years, cleaners, wipes, pads etc and usually ended up with Panda eyes or my skin felt really dry and taunt after using them. I worked alongside a girl a few years ago who in all honesty had the worst skin I'd seen since secondary school, she had permanent spotty breakouts, her skin was red/raw and she used to wear loads of make-up to try to cover it up. Then over the course of about a month her skins started to improve, it looked fresher, brighter and smoother, the spots cleared up and I had to ask her what she had done. She pointed me in direction of a new Shu Umera that had opened in Covent Garden and I went in and left with a bag full of samples.
That was 3 years ago and I haven't looked back, the cleansing oil is AMAZING, you need just one/two pumps worth, rub directly onto your face, wet you hand with water and massage in for a minute, it emulsifies and then you rinse off. It takes off ALL your makeup including waterproof mascara, despite living in quite a hard water area, my skin is alway soft and glowing after using and I find that it also prevents spots breaking out and creates a fantastic base for my makeup. I find that I don't need a toner afterward also and just use a serum and moisturiser. I have even caught my husband using it after shaving too - this has been stopped!
I know that the price seems high, but it last for a long time. I regularly buy the 450ml size and find that this will last 6 months min working out to £8 - £10 per month so considering it's a face product, I think it's cheap at the price given the results. I have recommended it to several friends and family and they all love the product and it's variations.
The collection of Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil is the single most appreciated cleansing oil of its kind; it will be an understatement to say it sparked the cleansing oil market.
A little of this oil does go a long way (although it is recommened to use enough oil while cleansing) and it works thoroughly to cleanse all types of make up INCLUDING waterproof mascara. So you won't feel the need to cleanse twice or three times using several product. This is the ultimate all in one cleanser!
The High Performance Balancing oil, in particular, is for normal / all skin types so that everyone can use it lightly. It leaves your skin feeling clean but not in the dry squeaky clean way but the smooth, moisturised way.
I used to prefer the Fresh (the pink one) from the collection but they have recently improved this yellow one and am more than happy with it.
Last time I checked, they were doing a deal in Harvey Nichols selling the 450ml bottle for the usual price + a 50ml sample of this new improved versino of a cleanser + their legendary UV base.
Also, be on the lookout for the limited edition version of this oil due to be released in June, which will have the pretty drawings of the Japanese Manga artist Anno Moyoko!