I always wanted to try the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils, but given their price and that they are quite hard to get here in Germany, I never had the luck to use them. Fortunately my boyfriend bought me this travel size set, consisting of four different types, when coming back from Japan last Dezember. Since then I have used them quite regularly and I want to write a small review on them.
First thing to know: I have quite dry and sensitive skin. I rarely have blemishes, but sometimes my skin gets so dry it scales (Not yummy, I know). Therefore moisturising is essential to my skin routine.
I do not wear foundation, but I tend to wear heavy eye make up with loads of mascara layers and thick eyeliner. Taking of my make up is therefore quite a task. My demand for this product was therefore to clean of my whole face without leaving my face dry and removing all traces of make up.
Using cleansing oils
For those who never used an cleansing oil, Shu Uemura produced a How To Video. I think the biggest difference is that you use the product directly on your dry skin.
When I tried this first I used the product after I splashed my face with water as I would with every other cleanser. Well, it worked, but I was a little bit disappointed, as it was not a very good experience. After I found out that you use this on dry skin, it went much better.
I basically just rub the oil all over my face, even on my eyes. The best thing is you can use it without stinging pain, if you get the product in your eyes. After you have the feeling all your make up came of and is all messy and smudged over you face you just rinse it off and you have a clean face. If I still see there are some leftovers (like mascara) I take a cotton pad, put some cleansing oil on it and wipe over my eyes until everything is gone.
All of this cleansing oils are doing their job very well , but they supposed to work on different skin types, therefore I have preferences regarding smell, texture and ingredients.
ingredients: green tea extract, morinaga extract
This one was the first one I ever tried. I did not like the smell in the beginning, but after getting used to it, I began to like it. I would describe the smell as a little bit herbal, but not very strong. It is quite refreshing. The consistency is a little bit viscous, but still very runny. I think this should be used on older skin as it claims to captures and clears pollutants that accelerate aging stress (according to the Shu Uemura website).
whitefficient (blue one)
ingredients: mito-white complex, Vitamin D
This has a very faint smell. I can not distinguish what it might be. This is a little bit lighter then green one and feels great when using it. But I sometimes use too much. This one claims to brighten the skin, while removing dead cells filled with melanin. I can't see any whitening effects, but it does a great job removing all make-up residues.
porefinist anti-shine fresh cleansing oil (pink one)
ingredients: cinnamon bark extract
To be honest this is the one I like the least. Don't get me wrong. It is still a great product and it did all I wanted it to do, but I can not stand the smell. It is quite sweet and strong. The consistency is the the lightest of those four. This one should be used by people with normal to oily skin type and/or acne-prone skin.
ultime8 sublime beauty oil (brown one)
ingredients: 8 botanical origin oils
As the main components are botanical oils, this oils smells pretty herbal. The first thing I noticed it that it has a quite strong herbal smell. In difference to the Anti/Oxi one this reminded me a little bit on Chinese medicine. It works very well and I think this one is my favourite out of this four.
Now that I sm finished to review the single products, I want to give a list about pros and cons.
-does not irritate, dry out or make my skin break out
-it lasts very long
-removes all make up without leaving residues
-smells lovely (after I got used to it)
-one product removes all type of make up
-maybe hard to get at the place you are living
Summary: I think this is a great product and I would purchase it again, because it lasts very long, I do not need several product to wash my face at the end of the day and it leaves my skin nicely moisturised and with a fresh and clean feeling to it.