SHU UEMURA White Recovery EX+ Brightening Cleansing Oil
Posted March 2, 2010on:
Cosmetic companies will tell you whitening/brightening starts from cleansing, so the whitening range of Japanese brand is always complete to satisfy whitening worshiper. Shu uemura cleansing oil is such a big leading name in beauty industry, yet I never tried one until I got a sample pack of this. The packaging of actual size comes in both 450ml and 150ml.
The clear oil is lightweighted, very runny on skin and florally fragranced. It does leave a greasy film, so I just proceed with second cleansing. After performing the simple cleansing test on hand, I can understand why Shu uemura cleansing oil is admired by so many makeup fans. Efficient and effective.
However, the thing I hate to tell you is it actually irritated my eyes. When tested on hand, the mascara can be gently rubbed to expedite the dissolving process, but practically this is not exactly applicable on eyes (unless you don’t care about fine line forming). Like any other makeup remover, this required longer time to dissolve the waterproof mascara slowly, my eye was having a mild burning sensation that I need to keep the eye closed (I tested on one side only, luckily) while cleansing. Although not to the extreme point but strictly speaking, it irritated my eye. Most watery cleansing oil has this type of issue, may be I just have to avoid it on eye area.
-> Cleansing Test <-
Shimmering lipstick and waterproof mascara
Massage the cleansing oil for 10 seconds. The lipstick was dissolved instantly, and the mascara had totally gone around 15 seconds massage.
The oil was emulsified then patted skin dry. Some glitter-particles were still visible. A facial cleanser can remove the residue thoroughly.
The above simple cleansing test has shown how capable it removes the makeup, eventhough the very waterproof one. Those glitter-residue probably due to the incomplete emulsifying process (as for other cleansing oil too), thus second cleansing by facial cleanser is very crucial if you are wearing heavy shimmering makeup.
Nonetheless, if you have sensitive skin and also a fan of Shu uemura cleansing oil, yet you never suffered breakout or irritation from using this, congratulation. From what I read from beauty book and here, the high-level surfactant (Isopropyl Myristate) in this cleansing oil can be irritating and potentially clog pores to sensitive or acne-prone skin although Isopropyl Myristate is considered safe in cosmetics.
All in all, the efficacy of White Recovery EX+ Brightening Cleansing Oil is competitive with those Gemini-technology cleansing oils such as Fancl’s MCO and DHC MTCO, but I am not convinced by its whitening value and not a fan of Shu uemura cleansing oil, not to mention this is the most pricey one amongst other Shu uemura cleansing oils.
Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Ethyl Oleate, Prunus Yedoensis Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Prunus Domestica, Sea Water, Arginine, Polysorbate 85, Sorbitan Trioleate, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Menthoxypropanediol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Parfum/Fragrance.