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Cleansers - Shiseido - Ultimate Cleansing Oil

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rated 4.0(71 reviews)

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  • 70% would buy again
  • Package Quality: 3.9
  • Price: $$$

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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 1/23/2011 1:30:00 AM More reviews by tootswoots

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure Hair: Black, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Brown

this is excellent at getting heavy makeup off, i use it when i have a night out. It feels very nice on the skin and rinses well. I don't actually use it unless I have heavy MU or shiseido sunscreen on.. Smells very nice as well.

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rated 3 of 5 top reviewer on 8/18/2010 9:46:00 AM More reviews by ns4487

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown

I quite like this oil. It feels like it removes my makeup residue and it does leave my face feeling soft. no breakouts as of yet (fingers crossed). however, in terms of a pre-cleansing product, i prefer Dermalogica's PreCleanse. DPC turns to a milky emulsion the more you rub it in...it really feels like it is cleaning every bit of your skin. only bad thing about it is the price (AUD$60). so on that point, SUCO really takes the cake. My only issue is that I like to use products that I feel i cant live without...that is what makes me repurchase. this one, i think I could do without. But a good one for people who enjoy cleansing oils

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rated 5 of 5 on 8/1/2010 4:08:00 AM More reviews by Ifiyenia

Age: 36-43 Skin: Oily, Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

My skin type:
Oily (more oily in summer), sensitive at times, large pores and prone to spot and blackheads, some old acne marks, yellow-golden undertones.

A little history:
When I went to buy the Shiseido Sun Protection Liquid Foundation, the saleswoman told me I needed to buy the Ultimate Cleansing Oil as well to remove the sunscreen.

I have to admit that at first i thought "yeah, right, you just want to sell one more product!"
Plus, I was really skeptical about using a cleansing oil on my already too oily skin, and immediately thought about breakouts,clogged pores and more blackheads.
Moreover, I thought it was a waste of money buying a cleansing oil for just removing the sunscreen foundation, and believed my normal cleanser would do the trick, so I didn't buy it.

What happened next:
All my assumptions were wrong.

My normal cleanser (Calming Cleansing Solution, Vichy), did not do a damn thing on removing the sunscreen. I had to use it again and again but I was not completely satisfied.
Next day I wend back to the store and bought the Ultimate cleansing Oil.
I wish I had done it sooner!

At first, the idea of using oil to your skin to clean it (especially an oily skin), may seem odd, but that won't last long.
This product is amazing, and I absolutely love it.
Not only it removed every trace of the sunscreen and make up I had on, but it was not heavy on my skin, and never felt my face so clean and soft to the touch without feeling itchy or irritated and with no over-dry feeling.

Description and use of the product:
The oil is clear and lightly fragrant. The pump makes it easy to use. Removes all traces of makeup and sunscreen.

I pump a little oil to my palms, and apply it directly to my face. I go on massaging my face using circular movements for about 30 seconds and then use some lukewarm to warm water and massage my face some more. At this point the product emulsifies and becomes white.
Then I rinse with warm water and the oil slides off my face with no effort, leaving nothing but soft, clean, smooth skin.

No trace of oil left, no clogged pores, no break outs.

Use a very small amount. The less the better.

I will definitely buy it again.

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rated 4 of 5 on 6/16/2010 3:52:00 PM More reviews by lleux

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel

I kinda like this oil. As a makeup remover and cleanser in one, it gets the job done. I like that it removes everything without pulling and tugging. I have combination skin but it doesn't break me out...it actually pulls any whiteheads or visible comedones from my skin and "rolls" them away because of its oil based formula. I sort of like that. Anyway. I'm not sure if I love it to death, but it hasn't failed me yet. The only annoying thing is having to clean off the oil with a separate cleanser afterwards.

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rated 2 of 5 on 5/21/2010 9:13:00 PM More reviews by RachelEM

Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Red, Other, Other Eyes: Green

This product broke me out, and I also just find it kind of bizarre and unnecessary.
I have a great facial cleanser that will remove all traces of sunscreen, even water resistant sunscreen, so this product is just unnecessary.
Also, I had never tried an oil cleanser and I just plain don't like them. It's very bizarre to slather oil on your face while it's dry, then wipe it off wet. Weird, and slightly ineffective for me.
I have dry skin but it's super sensitive, and something in this formula gave me a few pimples. I didn't change anything else in my routine except use this to take off the sunscreen, so it's definitely this that's the culprit. :(
I'm glad I only got it as part of a kit, and I will definitely not purchase again.

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 5/6/2010 2:01:00 PM More reviews by gna

Age: 30-35 Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

My favorite cleansing oil. Cleans and rinses off easier than most--without irritation or breakouts. I've tried Shu, Boscia, Softymo, Shiseido Perfect, Fancl, DHC, etc. I always follow with a foaming cleanser. Wish they'd make a small one in a squeeze bottle for travel.

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 4/9/2010 6:02:00 PM More reviews by blatantdream

Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown

I bought this mainly to remove the Shiseido sunscreen. But ever since then I have found this to be a great cleansing oil. It doesn't clog my pores, smells great and works to get makeup off as well. It leaves my skin soft and refreshed. When I am rinsing it turns white on my face and rinses off really well. It's a bit on the pricey side, but I find 1 pump into my hands is enough for my entire face. One bottles lasts me awhile and I will definitely repurchase.

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rated 5 of 5 on 1/10/2010 7:59:00 PM More reviews by moppie2005

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

Brought it mainly to remove sunscreen. I don't usually wear makeup so I can't comment on its ability to remove makeup.

At any rate, excellent for removing waterproof/sweatproof sunscreen. Really cleans it out. I have also tried Fancl and DHC Cleansing oil and I prefer the Shiseido. It feels more runny than the previous two and thus doesn't feel as tacky while massaging on face. Also has no disturbing smell, which I smell on the Fancl and DHC. However, this product comes out more expensive than the 2.

Here is how I use it:
1) Apply 2 pumps on dry face and massage for about 30 seconds. This actually feels like you're making your face dirtier than before cleaning.
2) Wet hands and massage face again for about 30 seconds or until I feel like I'm clean. This is when you start to feel like it's really cleaning. If you have any flakey skin, you can now also feel it being rubbed off.
3) Splash water on face and rinse off.
4) followup with a basic gentle mild cleanser

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rated 4 of 5 on 11/22/2009 2:27:00 AM More reviews by calicatattack

Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown

This cleansing oil works really well on my skin. I had been using DHC's cleansing oil, but I ran out. I figured I'd try something new. Well, I really like this. I think the DHC is milder, but Shiseido's removes make up better.

I use my Olay Regenerist cleansing foam afterwards. The bottle I have is a screw cap and is a pain. I recently purchased a new bottle and it's the full-size with pump. Yay!

I will continue to repurchase.

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rated 5 of 5 on 6/30/2009 11:55:00 PM More reviews by whenuwakeup

Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Oily, Other, Not Sure Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Brown


1. Some people say this product isn't better than mineral oil cleansers but I disagree. This removes makeup and sunscreen far better than just mineral oil, e.g. baby oil.

2. Unlike MAC's yellowish clear cleansing oil, I don't break out while using this!!! =D

3. I used to get serious zits and dry patches whenever I used Shiseido sunscreens, I found out how to avoid it!!!! -> Remove sunscreen with cleansing oil then moisturize & hydrate my skin more than I normally do.

1. pricey... I need to use at least 2~3 pumps to remove sunscreen just from my face.

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