This is the first cleansing oil that I have ever used or purchased. At that period of time, my skin was having a bad spell. It was red, sensitive, dry and rough. I must say that this cleansing oil helped me out of that and that my skin miraculously became better even after the very first wash with a sample I had gotten. From then on, I became a Shu Uemura fan and started purchasing products from them.
I bought the big bottle a few months back and have about a quarter of the product left now after around 3 months. While I have read that the big bottle can last for a year for some reviewers, I cannot vouch for that. However, that may simply be due to my more abundant usage (3-4 pumps) and me occasionally double cleansing with the oil.
The cleansing oil itself is really pleasant to use. The texture was more watery than I had first anticipated and it is very light. I enjoy massaging the oil onto my face and imagining the dirt lift from my skin, followed by some continued massaging after emulsification of the oil with water. When you wash it all off, you can really feel the difference in your skin texture. For me, it felt soft, smooth and moisturized - Really good.
If you put on make-up often, this cleansing oil would be a great switch from the usual "cotton pad" make-up removal routine. Traditional make-up removers may dry your skin up or agitate sensitive or fragile skin such as that around the eye area. In the long term, this may cause the skin to sag and look older. This cleansing oil reduces friction applied onto your skin and removes make-up extremely easily. All make-up is dissolved and removed as I wash my face - Even mascaras and eyeliner. The only drawback for me would be that the oil clouds my eyes up. It literally creates a film on my eyes which can be washed off with a few water rinses. It is possible to avoid this by avoiding the eye area, which is rather redundant as it is supposed to remove eye make-up as well. I always try to be more careful as I won't know if the oil may potentially harm my eyes (cause me to go blind) in the long run.
All in all, this is a good cleansing oil and I would definitely repurchase. However, I intend to purchase a different cleansing oil, probably a moisturizing one, and not the 'Whiteefficient" as I do not see any visible whitening effects or a more even skin tone with this oil, so that might be another drawback for people who are searching for effective whitening products.
I have tried a few cleansing oils in the past (DHC, H20) but found that Shu Uemura's version is by far the best. It takes off the most stubborn of mascara, eyeliner and glitter and dissolves so gently with water that you wonder who was the mastermind behind this product.
While DHC does deliver similar results, I found that DHC was more drying and didn't seem to remove eye makeup as well as Shu, however it did leave my skin feeling and looking nicer and slightly velvety after washing - it doesn't last throughout the day though. Shu Uemura in comparison is more gentle and more effective - it didn't give the same finish as DHC but rather leaves my skin completely clean and fresh.
I think in HK, this product is labelled as "whiteefficient" instead, and it was the version I bought. Take caution though, don't expect to experience any whitening effects from this cleanser - I haven't noticed any difference in my skin tone at all. For this reason, I'm taking a lippie off - and next time I think I'll go with their green tea version instead!
I have been using this everyday since January (7 months) and my huge 450ml bottle has barely budged! You really get a bang for your buck. Shu Uemura cleansing oils deserve HG status!
This is my second bottle of shu uemura cleansing oil (the first one is the yellow matte bottle) and I can say I like this a little bit better than the first one.
It has the same amazing cleansing properties as the yellow one. With the bonus of brightening the skin, I couldn't say whether it really whitens the skin tone, but it definitely makes my skin a lot brighter and less dull after I use it.
It's more liquid and lighter (runny) than the yellow one, and more smooth when used onto face. It's non irritating and also didn't cause any break outs. I would recommend this to all skin types (including oily and sensitive skin), especially for those who has dull skin and wanted to brighten up their skin tone, because it's awesome!
Might use this again after it runs out, but maybe the yellow one again because I like both!
This product is worth investing in. I have used three bottles of this already and I plan to continue using it. The formula is not as harsh as the other cleansing oils I've tried and it leaves the skin absolutely pampered after washing. I effectively but gently removes even the most stubborn waterproof makeup I have on and no way does it leave the skin dry. With regards to the "brightening" effect, that I cannot exactly attest whether such whitening occurs after more prolonged use, so you'll have to find out from other reviews if that aspect is your primary concern.
I've gone through three bottles of this cleansing oil. Let me tell you first, THIS IS A MAKEUP REMOVER, NOT A CLEANSER!!! This should be used as your first step in cleansing, to be followed by an actual cleanser. This contains mineral oil so if you leave this on, there's a big chance you'll get your pores clogged and it won't look pretty. That being said, it removes makeup amazingly. Even the thickest, waterproof makeup goes away at the end of the day with this one.
I have been a long time fan of the Shu Balancing Cleansing Oil-Fresh. I recently tried a sample i had received from a recent order of this version of their cleansing oil and I love it. I immediately ordered the full size bottle. It has all the lovely qualities of the pink/fresh version, but it is slightly more hydrating (better for winter, especially living & working in drier environments), and it illuminates/brightens the skin immediately. It left such a beautiful look to my skin.
It removed all of my makeup effortlessly and cleanly. I did not have to wash my face with another cleanser after, as there was no residue left behind. I was not left feeling tight at all. My combination, sensitive, break-out prone skin was left balanced, clean and lovely. Also, the scent is so nice, I love it!
For once in my life am I able to find a skincare product that I have re-purchased in the larger size, knowing that this works perfectly for me and will stick to it (for now at least!).
Bye Bye dirt: All Shu Uemura cleansing oils does wonders in removing makeup and dirt. My face feels squeaky clean after using just one pump of their oils. Even after putting on layers of foundation & powder for fancy nights out. This is a product that you rarely even need to use a toner to "remove excess makeup & dirt" that sometimes lingers after you wash your face. I've only found leftover makeup on my cotton pad with a toner on my face where I clearly did not reach because of my poor attention (usually close to the hairline).
I also love this the most during winter because I can actually wash my face while I wait for the water to warm up for the emulsifying & rinse step. With other cleansers, generally, you would have to wet your face first before applying the cleanser. Sometimes the water is not warm enough yet during the winter and it is just too cold for me.
Important Steps: Make sure you follow the steps to using the oil cleansers though, it's vital. Massage oil all over face > add water to palms of hand & rub together little bit > splash a bit of water to face > massage again all over face (emulsifying step) > rinse off with warm water. Voila!
Additional Benefits - Whitening:
I definitely had the "A-Ha!" moment after using this the first time. Face was noticeably brighter/whiter. When products are whitening though, it doesn't mean your face is as white as a ghost or a piece of paper. It definitely is more of a brightening & lightening effect, making your skin radiant from within.
Problem with Shu Uemura cleansing oils...they are constantly creating amazing formulas that I can't keep myself from trying! Now that I've hit the 30-35 age bracket, I'm currently curious about their Red Juvenus line, to correct the first signs of aging. The White Recovery EX+ will be a tough one to beat.
My holy grail cleansing product. Rids of make up easily without the need to scrub endlessly. Leaves skin feeling smooth, clean, and fresh. It's gentle on the skin, an all around great product. Love the packaging as well - it's very Japanese utilitarian chic! Recommend this 100%. I've tried the other kinds as well but this remains the best.
I put a 3 for the price because if you invest in the bigger bottle like I have, it'll last for ages! (it's been already 2 months and I still have a generous amount left)- When I run out I will definitely buy it again. But the price is still rather steep. Definitely think of it as an investment guys!
I find when it comes down to removing make-up, it does leave traces of it behind, so it's best to use a make up remover first to remove eye make up, then wait a few minutes before washing your face with this product. I'm prone to acne (was, before this cleanser) and I have combination to dry skin, and this has been my HG cleanser. After using it my forehead is less shiny, my t-zone has become better/less oily and from my first wash I noticed that my skin had immediately become brighter. Would definitely give the samples a shot first if you haven't tried this cleanser before, because the price is rather high- but worth it!!
Oh, and this is my first Shu Uemura cleansing oil, and I think I'll probably stick to this one because the samples of the other ones I've tried is comparatively less effective (personal opinion). I should also mention that I've only been using this oil during summer (seeing as its my first ever cleanser) so I will update it's effectiveness for the winter season :) .
I love this product, it remove makeup nicely and emulsify without drying out your skin. It don't clog pores at all, its a good value product. Its very big bottle, you can use it for several months up to 8 months if you just use 1-2 pumps each time. :)