[REVIEW] SHU UEMURA Blanc:Chroma Gentle Cleansing Oil

I haven’t done a review in so long ! Eep, it feels weird. SHU UEMURA is that brand, that when you hear it – you associate it with ‘high-end’ and it’s true. It is high-end, to an extent. However, being high-end doesn’t mean that they don’t come out with great products or highly raved products. Their cleansing oils are one of them. Highly raved, and loved by a lot of Beauty Gurus online, on reddit, on the internet – with one big con… it’s expensive.

Disclaimer: I do not consider myself as a beauty guru/expert, and all sorts that fall under that category. This product was purchased with my own money and I am not being paid to write this. My review, photos, impressions and thoughts are all my own, unless stated otherwise. While this product may or may not have worked for my skin, it may or may not work for yours – remember, your mileage may vary (YMMV)! 
Links: Affiliate links will be marked with an **. I currently  only have an affiliate link with Wishtrend. 

I have been using their blanc:chroma cleansing oil for almost a year now, which is a long enough time to form an opinion on it. Also, as I write this I realised that this product is recommended to be used within 6 months (which is noted on the label). I’m trying to be more diligent with expiration dates now, but sometimes it really depends on what the product is.. and this was so expensive.

*I’ve been using it for more than 6 months and my skin hasn’t reacted poorly to it, but I would be careful – use at your own risk!

Evaluation

PACKAGING
/5
 INGREDIENTS
/5
 APPLICATION
/10
TEXTURE
/5
EFFECTIVENESS
/20
PRICE
/5
5 2.25 10  17  1

Total out of 5: 4.0/5

*Update: I reallocated 5 points from Ingredients to Effectiveness. Since I’m not a chemist, and do not come from a science background, I don’t think I can really provide a precise and accurate analysis on ingredients as well as have enough correct information to have a chunk of the rating based on that. A detailed page on my rating chart will come soon..!

Price

$93CAD  for 450mL  |  $46CAD for 150mL

Prices do not include tax and are subject to change.

Quickie

The Good

  • Depending on how many pumps you need each time, this could last you quite a while (but it’s not recommended by the sales associates that I spoke to, see 4th point in the ‘The Bad’)
  • Gentle, and removes makeup while cleansing the skin
  • Helps with make skin tone more even (over time)
  • Gets rid of most dirt and impurities

The Bad

  • Might irritate sensitive skin
  • Expensive
  • Slightly drying (not as drying as the pink variation)
  • Product should be used up with 6 months (short time-frame, making it really costly to constantly repurchase)

Will I buy this again

Yes, but not this variation. I would probably try a different one, because this one is a little bit drying for my skin.

Claims/Description

The SHU UEMURA oil cleansers are not simply just an plain oil cleanser. They come with different benefits that tackle issues beyond removing makeup. This oil cleanser claims to:

  1. Remove makeup without drying out skin or leaving any residues
  2. Make skin tone more even by helping to remove accumulated MELANIN (aka brighten & lighten skin tone)
  3. Help combat against redness, yellow dullness, brown dark spots and greenish dark circles

The effects of brightening, lightening and fighting against all those things listed above will only be visible after a prolonged use of this cleanser.

Packaging

The cleanser comes in a plastic bottle with a pump. The pump can be opened or closed (which I like very much!) by turning it one way or the other. Best thing about being able to open and close it is that if you reach over the cleanser and lightly tap the pump by accident, nothing will come out. I’d like to think that it also helps prevent it from getting external dirt and other things in it (but that I can’t be too sure of because I don’t know how the pump ‘closes’).

Ingredients

Paraffinum Liquidum/ Mineral Oil, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Isohexadecane, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Isopropyl Myristate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Peumus Boldus Leaf Extract, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Moroccan Lava Clay, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Butyphenyl Methylpropional, Hexy Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Parfum/ Fragrance, Aqua/ Water, Code F.I.L. B165641/10

Source: Cosme-de.com

Quite a few of the ingredients at the were flagged for safety – they do have quite a bit of chemical ingredients in this product (preservatives, fragrance). They noted that Isopropyl Myristate may cause acne(5) and irritation(3). If you’re interested in know more about Ispropyl Myristate, check out a pretty helpful write up here.

Texture & Viscosity

What kind of texture does an oil-based cleanser have? ha! Oily! But it’s actually not super oily, it’s more of a light oil. Some oils feel heavy on the skin, but this one is rather light which is what makes it gentle too.

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In terms of viscosity, it’s similar to the KLAIRS Supple Preparation Toner (if you’ve tried that one already). Or kind of like those viscous toners.

Application

If you don’t pump out enough product, the application will feel hard (ie there’s not enough product to go around). The sales associate from the Bay recommended to pump 3 times whenever using this cleanser. Give it a try and see!

I didn’t believe them at first, but I am now at 3 pump status #allaboutthat3pumplife. Sorry. I’m embarrassing. I used to only pump it once, but after pumping it 3 times – I understood why. Although I definitely used up more product, it made it much easier to apply and spread AND I could massage my face while I was at it because of the oily texture.

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After finishing with the oily goodness, splash from lukewarm water onto the face and the oily cleanser will emulsify into a milky-like water.

So to summarize:

  1. Pump at least 3 times (depending on the size of your face)
  2. Massage, and gentle rub in circular motion to ensure that all the dirt, makeup, impurities are gone
  3. Wash off with lukewarm water
  4. Towel PAT dry (please pat, and don’t rub!)
  5. Continue with the rest of your routine (and I hope that means you’ll be doing a second cleanse with a much more gentle cleanser)

*It can also help remove eye makeup, but don’t rub the oil onto your eyes. Use a Q-tip and lightly swab the areas that you need to remove (mascara, light application of eye shadow). If you have heavy eye makeup, I suggest to use an eye/makeup remover instead.

Effectiveness

Okay, so I really wanted to show a before/after of my face. Sadly my camera is not amaze enough to capture a decent photo at night due to lighting issues.. so you’ll have to trust me on this one. I had BB cream, blush, and contour powder on my face for the entire day and I did my first cleanse with this cleanser. Before going into the shower, I did 3 pumps, and massaged my face in circular motion (using my 3rd and 4th fingers). I rinsed on my face in the shower (because efficiency).

For my second cleanse, I like to use the SON&PARK Beauty Water (you can use any cleansing water you have lying around). Why? Because it can pick up dirt that the first cleanser usually can’t.

You can see that there is still a bit of dirt leftover that the Beauty Water picked up. Which just goes to show how important it is to do a double cleanse at night!

Anyhoo, after using this cleanser for a while, I noticed that every time I finished rinsing my face, it would look slightly paler. It looked like my skin tone got lightened or something. I find it odd, but my skin reverts back to it’s regular skin tone after I finish with my routine. But my skin would be brightened, and much more even in terms of skin tone. It didn’t do too much for my redness since it’s always around, but for the yellow-y dullness, my skin is definitely less dull compared to a year ago.

I did another test on my arm to show how this oil cleanser does in remove some hard to remove makeup. But really, this oil cleanser would mainly be for the BB cream, blush and other products that go onto the face and not the lips or eyes. The products I used are below:

I put a bit of each product on my arm:

BEFORE.jpg

Then, I pumped a bit of oil over the area with the swatches, and I proceeded to massage my arm in circular motion (GENTLY). Don’t destroy your skin by rubbing too hard okay. If it can’t be removed the first time around, the second cleanse will do it.

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You can see that there is still a bit of the tint, mascara, and liquid lipstick left on my arm, but a good chunk is now part of that dirty oil glob.

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As I washed off the cleanser, I continued massaging my arm gently. The oil turns into this milky-watery texture. Be sure to wash and rinse all the oil and goop off.

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Tada~ Now you go in with a second cleanse (where I used the SON&PARK Beauty Water) to check and see if there’s any left overs that the oil cleanser couldn’t pick up.

STUFF ON ARM.jpg

It picked up a bit of the tint, liquid lipstick and some other dirt (since it’s pinkish-yellow-brown). But overall, I’d say this oil cleanser did remove most of it the makeup which is pretty darn amazing.

The one poopy thing I do have to say is that it leaves my skin a bit dry. Not the tight kind of try, but it can get there if I don’t continue with my routine. I’m going to try out their anti/oxi (green variation) next to see if I’ll have better luck. The POREfinist (pink variation) is verry drying for my skin (and I am combo oily/dry) – so I think this one will work better for those with oily skin.

In Summary

Although it is an expensive cleanser, it does a really good job at being the first cleanser. So much so that if you weren’t wearing makeup that day and you used this cleanser, you probably wouldn’t even need to do a second cleanse. It is gentle on the skin, and leaves skin looking more whitened (immediately after rinsing it off), and brightened. Using this continuously for a long period of time will help leave skin tone much more even. In terms of redness, and dark brownish spots, I didn’t really notice it do much with those. But since they’re just something that this cleanser helps ‘fight off,’ it’s not a huge deal to me and I don’t really expect much out of it. The most important thing is that it helps gently remove makeup and make the skin tone more even.

Thanks for reading!
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