Confession, when I travel, I tend to pack only half my suitcase so I have space for any “last-minute” shopping. Oh who am I kidding, any time I’m traveling, the first thing I do (sometimes before I buy air tickets) is make a beauty shopping list! Last year when I was headed to Paris, there was one brand I knew I had to track down – Shu Uemura.
First on my list were the legendary eyelash curlers, which I had heard such great reviews that I had to pick a pair for myself and a friend. But if you ask me nine months after that shopping trip which product stayed with me; it has to be the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil. Not to say anything negative about the eyelash curlers, but the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil has been a savior for my skin.
Shu Uemura’s Cleansing Oils come in 6 different variations:
- Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil – for all skin concerns (the newest release)
- Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O Advanced Formula – for aging concerns
- Whitefficient Clear Brightening Gentle Cleansing Oil – for whitening concerns
- Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/I – for sensitive skins
- High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula – for all skin conditions
- Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil – for pore concerns
I took the sales associate’s recommendation at Galleries Lafayette in Paris and went with the bestselling High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula, which is meant to work for all skin conditions.
As the name suggests, this is an oil-based cleanser that emulsify when you mix with water. The formula is lightweight so one pump easily covers the face and can be massaged onto your makeup onto dry skin. When you rinse off with water, the oil turns into a milk which cleanses your makeup right off. Any traces of waterproof eyeliner or mascara disappear with this and it’s the only thing which gets rid of the stubborn Tom Ford eyeliner.
And what you’re left with a pump of this cleansing oil and a quick rinse is fresh, radiant skin! The dose of oil leaves my skin extra moisturized without feeling even a tad greasy. Previously, if I was heading to an evening event after work, I’d just freshen up my makeup with some powder. But now I make a point of cleansing my face fresh because I love what this does to my skin. I made a resolution to wear less makeup this year and I can thank Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil for being able to keep that resolution. I normally have to deal with patchy, dry skin during our brief Dubai winters but saw none of that this year. And even though I’ve been using this daily for the past 6 months, I’ve only used up a third of the 450 ml bottle making this excellent value for money.
Shu Uemura’s Cleansing Oils have been deemed as the best cleansing oil for decades now and just a few uses makes you realize why. Clearly, the Japanese really know skincare. What I can’t understand is how is a product this good is so hard to find? I have never seen it in department stores in New York and forget about finding it locally in Dubai. Your best bet are large department stores in the UK or France or ordering online from the links below.
But even if it costs you a pretty penny or a favor or two to get it delivered to you, don’t hesitate, this is something your skin will love you for years!
What: Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula
Why: Oil cleansing is the best thing for your skin
Where: Galleries Lafayette in Paris,
or online at Shu Uemura, Space.nk or StrawberryNet.com
How much: USD 67 for 450 ml
Pros: Removes makeup, impurities and leaves skin fresh
Cons: Not easily available
Rating: 5 stars
Disclaimer: Item featured here was purchased by me.