Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Product Review: Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Enriched

At a Glance:
Price: RM99
Weight: 150ml
Made in: Japan
Likes: Rinses clean, skin feels soft after! :D
Gripes: Doesn't remove glitters thoroughly, expensive, contains mineral oil!
Repurchase: No!
Jenn's Rating: 2.5 Stars! It's just ok for me... would be great if it removed glitters well too!!


Product Description:

A rich texture.

With a warm, enveloping aroma.

For an enriching cleansing experience. Contains bitter orange peel, tomato and red pepper extracts known to enhance cutaneous microcirculation. For dry skin conditions.

Actual Product Pic:

This is a SAMPLE.

Texture & Scent:

This cleansing oil feels just a little thicker than the usual cleansing oils. It emulsifies once it comes into contact with water as usual, and it rinses clean. I love how soft this made my skin felt! I was a little disappointed that this one smells more spicy than citrusy... i thought it would smell something like my MAC Cleanse Off Oil since this one has Bitter Orange in it too!


The one i got is a sample. The real thing comes in a pump bottle! :D

Price & Availability:
This cleansing oil is priced at RM99 (approx US$27.50). There's a 450ml version as well going for RM260. This should be available at most Shu Uemura counters! :)

My $0.02:

Ahhh, i finally got to try out the much raved and ohsopopular Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil! :D

I know most people who've used this one either love it or hate it! Personally i don't really hate it, but i wished it did live up to its claim for me! :(

While this did remove most of the makeup from my face nicely (and left my skin really soft after), it did not remove glitters well. Also i find that i have to use a little more product and massage my face longer to get all the makeup off!

Ok, here're some pics for you to see:

This is my makeup plastered face (FOTD here):

Makeup removed from left side using this:

A closer look:

There're still quite a bit of glitters left behind!! :(

Since the only other Cleansing Oil i have is the MAC Cleanse Off Oil, i'll do a side by side comparison just in case anybody is interested:

It's obvious which one i preferred more!! lol!! :D After sampling several cleansing oils, the MAC one still reigns supreme for me in terms of product efficiency and scent (lol!!)! I won't repurchase this because of this reason, and also because i sometimes break out from products containing mineral oil, so i'd skip just to be on the safe side!

Have you tried this cleansing oil before? How didcha find it? :D

Credits: Product photos from


  1. I don't like this Shu Cleasing oil either. gave me a rash. My preferred one is the original or A/I one. but they still don't cleanse as well as MAC cleanse off!

  2. Hey Jenn like Connie I don't like this one - broke me out big time. Was told its not suitable for everyone except those with very dry skin :)

  3. I have never tried this and glad I didn't, I've used the original formulation and the anti aging one, the green bottle! I've finished 2 huge bottle of the green one and on to my 3rd LOL :)

  4. thanks for the review! i have the mac one but was interested in seeing how the shu one compared since everyone always raves about it.

  5. you make me wanna get MAC cleanse off oil lah. i've tried shu's one before, but not this one.. personally i still think they are just so-so for me. :/

  6. havent tried MAC cleanse off oil before...but i think there are quite a few better oils out there than the shu uemura.

  7. I used the Pink Version for 2 bottles. But the price is unsustainable. Haha. I've switched to SANA's Cleansing Oil.
    I have yet to try out MAC's Oil Cleanser. Sounds good. I am picking it up when I return to SG! =)
    Oh, you're very sharp about the term '40 weeks'. Smart. But that's for a script I intend to write...As for bb plans, I am not young too, so yes, Year of the Tiger, must give birth. Hopes for the best! Will update you when that happens. =)

  8. Connie: icic!! Looks like the MAC one still reigns supreme!! :D

  9. Paris: ic!! Nowonder this one felt quite moisturizing when i used it!

  10. Nikki: wow!! third bottle already!! I'm glad Shu is working for you!! :D

  11. Maria: You're most welcome!! I hope you find my post useful!! :)

  12. Sue: go try la!! It's really good!! :D

  13. xin: i agree with you too!! ;)

  14. Ivy: icic!! How didcha find the Sana one?? And you should pick the MAC one up!! (ok i better stop saying this so often lest people think that i'm being paid to say it!! lol!!!)! :P

    Ohh!! All the best then!! *sprinkles baby dust for ya* Lemme know when it happens!!! :D :D

  15. I only realised it's made of mineral oil after reading ur review! Now I've abandoned this and opt for DHC cleansing oil, will try MAC too, since it's raved by you.

    By the way, found your blog really lovely, especially with your cute style of blogging.

    Feel free to visit my new beauty blog too! hehe =p


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