November 23, 2016

Product Review: Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Premium A/I

      I've finally gotten around to reviewing the last of the beauty products I purchased in Paris. Upon exploring the city streets in Saint-Germain, I passed by a Shu Uemura store and being from the States where there are no more Shu Uemura stands or stores, I couldn't resist the urge to pop in. I was at first curious about their cushion foundation, but I actually didn't see it in the store and instead gravitated towards their cleansing oils. Shu Uemura has six different kinds of cleansing oils, and I picked up the premium A/I version which is geared towards dry and sensitive skin.

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Premium A/I, 5oz
Price: $36

A luxuriously rich cleansing oil with plant extracts for dry or sensitive skin. This cleansing oil focuses on improving the texture of the skin, leaving the skin moisturized, nourished and more radiant looking.

Paraffinum Liquidum, Zea Mays, Carthamus Tinctorius Oil, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Sorbitan Trioleate, Polysorbate 85, Maris Aqua, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Isostearic Acid, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Caprylyl Glycol, Persea Gratissima Oil, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Linalool, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Capryloyl Glycine, Ethyl Oleate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Arginine, Parfum


      I know, it's pretty pricey for only a 5oz bottle, but I couldn't resist picking up a bottle when I was in Paris because I've consistently heard and read that Shu Uemura makes some of the best cleansing oils in the beauty market. I think I made a mistake in picking up the Premium A/I version however because although I have sensitive skin, I don't have dry skin. In retrospect I should have picked up the High Performance Balancing version which is for sensitive skin. But in good news, I can totally see why this is for dry and sensitive skin. Those with dry skin will love this cleansing oil because it actually leaves your face feeling like it hasn't been stripped of your natural oils. On my oily skin, I feel like it has left a layer of oil on it (which isn't ideal), but I can see that those with dry skin would appreciate that it actually leaves your face feeling hydrated. It does cleanse very well. On a residue test by following up with a cotton pad soaked with a micellar water, there was no makeup residue on the cotton pad. It also smells pretty amazing, I think it's lavender, but I could be wrong as lavender oil isn't listed as one of the ingredients. Cons? It's pricey, and it goes rather fast. For me I have to use two pumps for my entire face and I'm already a third through the bottle after using it one or twice a week since the end of September. It also actually contains mineral oil, it's listed as the first ingredient in fact. Not ideal since I feel like mineral oil is used when a company doesn't want to use more luxurious oils such as olive oil or jojoba oil.


Concluding Remarks

      Sometimes my impulse purchases pay off and sometimes they don't. In this case, it didn't. I feel like there are more cheaper and budget friendly alternatives to the Shu Uemura Premium A/I oil. The DHC deep cleansing oil is olive oil based and contains no mineral oil at $28 for a 6.7oz bottle. I've also heard great things about the Body Shop's Chamomile Cleansing Oil as well as the cleansing oil by Muji - both are under $25 and both don't contain mineral oil. My curiosity got the better of me, but in this case, I don't think the hype is legitimized given more budget friendly and ingredient friendly alternatives.


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