Shu Uemura Oil Cleansing Review

Shu Uemura Oil Cleansing Review – I’ve been a fan of Shu Uemura’s luxury beauty range since consuming the Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil many years ago. I bought it for the amazing smell (scents influence many of my purchasing decisions) and I loved it for its rich velvety texture and the way it made my hair shiny and healthy. I was really excited to try a few products in the Essence Absolute range – the shampoo, conditioner, protective oil and cleansing milk – to review for you. Everything smells absolutely divine and was as amazing as I expected them to be.

Shampoo Cleansing Oil Shu Uemura is based on Mr. Shu Uemura’s philosophy that “oil removes oil”. It is free of parabens and silicone and turns into a foam when applied to wet hair. Both the shampoo and conditioner contain onsen-inspired effervescences (onsen is a Japanese hot spring) sourced from volcanic springs. It has a sweeter floral scent than the rest of the line. I like the smell but it doesn’t stay in my hair. It cleans my hair without stripping it and feels very luxurious. The pump dispenser is great – no need to fiddle with lids with slippery hands.

Shu Uemura Oil Cleansing Review

I expected the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Conditioner to be very rich, but it was surprisingly light and milky. I found it perfect for my fine hair and although it felt light it was very effective. It made my hair soft and manageable. Again, I love that it comes with a pump dispenser. I guess the Essence Absolue Oil-in-Cream leave-in conditioner is the richer conditioner in the range.

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Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil – This is, in my opinion, the hero product of the range. It contains camellia oil and is known in the industry as “liquid gold”. I believe that nothing beats oils when it comes to hair treatments. Many people, including my hairdresser, have commented that I have healthy and soft hair. Since I wash my hair every day and blow dry it every day, I attribute this to using hair oil every day. Of all the hair oils I’ve tried, Shu Uemura’s Nourishing Protection Oil is the most luxurious. It smells amazing, has a very rich texture and gives my hair incredible shine and nourishment. I try to only use half a pump – a little goes a long way. It is expensive, but it will last you a long time. I put it in my palms and spread it to the ends of my hair sometimes before and sometimes after blow drying. I put what was left on my hands on my feet because it smells so good and I don’t want any of it to go to waste. It can also be used as a pre-shampoo treatment for extra conditioning and I think it would be great to use before swimming to protect hair from harsh pool water chemicals. I would recommend this to my mom who is addicted to aquafit.

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Essence Absolute Nourishing Cleansing Milk – This was a surprise hit for me. I thought it might be too heavy for my fine hair, but it wasn’t. I wouldn’t use it every day, but it’s great to use once in a while for extra moisture. It also saves a lot of time because you don’t have to use conditioner afterwards.

The Shu Uemura Essence Absolue line is amazing. I recommend this if you have dry hair, frizzy hair or if you just want softer, shinier hair. My favorite product in the range, and one you should check out, is the Nourishing Protection Oil, but I also loved the Cleansing Oil Shampoo, Cleansing Oil Conditioner and the amazingly gorgeous Cleansing Milk. A very important step in a woman’s daily beauty regimen is to ensure that the face paint is completely removed. Failure to do so can result in unwanted results ranging from the occasional pimple to a full blown acne breakout. But for the most part, an effective cleanser is also synonymous with being drying to the skin.

Is there a product on the market that can do an amazing job of removing makeup, sebum and impurities and yet not strip the skin of its natural moisture?

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Since its debut nearly 50 years ago, Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil has been a hot favorite and ranked as the #1 makeup remover in many countries, including Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China. With its immense popularity, a bottle is sold every 7 seconds.

This is the one I bought a few months ago – Mika Ninagawa’s spring 2014 collection. This is the Anti/Oxi series, intended for aging problems.

And that’s what I’m trying to finish right now so I can move on to the Ninagawa Mika bottle.

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil perfectly removes all makeup and impurities in one attempt. No leftovers. And there is no need for double cleaning.

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What surprises me even more is how the oil removes clogged sebum from the pores. As I massaged the oil into my face in circular motions, I would notice little bits of clogged sebum slowly emerging. I think it helps keep my breakout-prone combination skin under control.

Below is a demo of step 2 and step 3.  I wouldn’t normally open my eyes when using this. For photography purposes, I did. And god, it stung. If you can see, I look frozen in my step 3 picture.

After cleansing my face with Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil, my face feels really soft and moisturized. Although it doesn’t have the waxy, squeaky clean sensation usually associated with other types of cleaners, you’ll be sure that all the impurities are gone. I tested it and my strongest alcohol based toner never picks up makeup residue.

Unlike a milk or cream based makeup remover, Shu Uemura does not require a facial cotton to wipe away dirt and makeup. Just water alone is enough to do an amazingly good cleaning job.

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This stuff burns if it gets in your eyes. It usually won’t get into your eyes unless you use it as an eye makeup remover. I personally prefer to use a special eye makeup remover, like Bi-Facil.

Getting Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil at DFS stores in major cities is a breeze. At Singapore’s Changi Airport, it costs around SGD 86 for a 450ml bottle. Compared to the MSRP of $115-160, that’s a huge savings. Amazon is also currently selling it for 25% off as of this writing.

If you’re visiting Japan and wondering if it’s cheaper to get Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil there, I’d recommend saving room in your luggage for other Japanese products, like those on my Japan Must-Buy list, where you can save more.

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Although made in Japan, the price of Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil is about the same in Japan or Singapore (DFS). Furthermore, 450ml is quite heavy to carry back. You might be better off saving space for smaller beauty items like eye cream, serum or cosmetics that usually don’t exceed 30 to 50ml each.

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Japan’s GST recently increased to 8%. Still, shopping for beauty products is a real pleasure and delight as things will still be around 30 to 40% cheaper.

For maximum savings, buy premium brands at the airport before departure. For the cheaper drugstore brands, you will need to purchase them during the trip as most of these brands are not available at the airport.

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Get a free PDF copy of 30 highly rated items to buy from Japan – plus get the latest honest reviews in your inbox! Shu Uemura Anti/Oxy Cleansing Oil is the latest oil cleanser from Shu Uemura and launched today in Singapore. It is advertised as a cleansing oil with antioxidant benefits (hence the name Anti/Oxi), as well as an effective yet gentle makeup remover. It’s even safe for eyelash extensions – I’m told it can remove all eye makeup without disturbing any extensions you may have. Eyelash extensions have become more popular here over the past few years (or at least among my close circle of friends and acquaintances), so I’m not surprised to see makeup removers that include them.

Of course, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils are a cult product. They routinely appear on “best of” lists and have a huge fan base behind them. I was told that Shu Uemura is the #1 cleansing oil brand on the market with one bottle

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