Shu Uemura Blanc:Chroma Brightening & Polishing Gentle Cleansing Oil Review
“Love your skin, give oil a go.” – Shu Uemura
This sounds particularly counterintuitive when 80% of my skin is oily.
However, beauty giant Shu Uemura, well known for its highly revered oil cleansers, is determined to reshape my beauty beliefs by extending their cleansing oil line further with the new Blanc:Chroma Brightening and Polishing Gentle Cleansing Oil.
I was invited to a skincare workshop hosted by Shu Uemura and Clozette a few months ago where Shu Uemura demonstrated how oil can dislodge trapped debris in the pores without harshly depleting all moisture like regular soap does. The phrase “Love your skin, give oil a go.” was clearly etched in their workshop objectives.
Hmm, we see what you’re trying to do, Shu Uemura and we’re onto you and all your cleansing secrets! Haha!
Honestly, I’ve almost forgotten about my ‘cleansing oil’ roots until the introduction of the new Blanc:Chroma cleansing oil. Micellar Cleansing Water products have been dominating the beauty charts in the past couple of years for its gentle formula so consequently, I also jumped on the bandwagon and switched to water-based products for my makeup removal routine.
This year, Shu Uemura is all out to reclaim its ‘Top Cleanser Title’ by packing all the indulgence in a bottle.
Let me explain further – so what makes the new cleansing oil so unique is that it is also infused with volcanic clay extract and polishing Lipo HA to gently exfoliate your skin while you remove your makeup. Yes, double the goodness.
I’ve been using it for two months now and I think it has changed my skincare routine. So did it change for the better? Well, you’ll have to read on to find out!
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Before I share my thoughts about the new cleansing oil, here’s a quick recap of the lovely Shu Uemura x Clozette workshop I attended in February.
Please allow me to introduce to you:The complete Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil family.
This is Zee from Shu Uemura Singapore, explaining all the new features of the new Blanc:Chroma Brightening & Polishing Gentle Cleansing Oil.
Every Shu Uemura cleansing oil serves different skin problems so we were tasked to evaluate the condition of our skin before we decide the cleansing oil that suits us best.
And here’s my submission – I clearly think I look like a granny everyday. Haha!
And this is Jhun, Shu Uemura’s makeup artist, emphasizing on the importance of prepping our face before makeup.
He also demonstrated how we can remove our makeup more effectively with Shu Uemura products.
Thank you Shu Uemura and Clozette for a lovely afternoon of pampering and cheery banter!
And now it’s my turn to give the luxurious cleansing oil a go!
Moving beyond stubborn makeup removal, Blanc:Chroma Brightening and Polishing Gentle Cleansing Oil is the first volcanic clay cleansing oil that works to gently exfoliate and polish away accumulated melano-stains for brighter, transparent and smoother skin.
Melano-stains are dead cells containing melanin on the skin surface that cause uneven and dull skin tone.
Its combination of purifying clay extract and polishing Lipo HA lightens the skin tone by thoroughly removing accumulated melano-stains.
How to use:
Step 1: Use 3-4 pumps of cleansing oil on dry hands.
Step 2: Spread gently and thoroughly over dry face.
Step 3: Add a few drops of lukewarm water to face to emulsify. (Oil will turn milky white.)
Step 4: Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
My vacation cleansing squad usually includes cleansing water, cleansing wipes, facial cleanser and exfoliating cleansers.
However, for the recent surprise birthday staycay organised by Bobby, I decided to simplify my tedious cleansing routine since I had to pack in such short notice. I brought only my Shu Uemura Blanc:Chroma Brightening & Polishing Gentle Cleansing Oil. Yup. I’m keeping it sane this time. 😛
And it seems like even this little guy agrees too! Check out that smile!
Having fun at Equarius Hotel.
Upon application, the cleansing oil felt just like any other oil-based product – greasy and uncomfortable. I began to wonder what makes Shu Uemura cleansing oils superior to other similar products, in that one bottle is sold every 7 seconds worldwide?
After massaging it for a good 10 seconds, I began to understand why. I could actually feel the gunk on my face being lifted off with every rub. Yes. I could literally feel fine granules forming on my face. A closer look and I realised they are actually blackheads that were drawn out of the congested pores.
And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better than this, another beauty miracle happened – after throughly rinsing my face with water, all the cleansing oil was gone, leaving no trace of grease.
This is amazing as most oil-based cleansers would always leave behind a thin film of grease which warrants a second cleansing step. I hate that as this always dries out the skin so this one-step cleanser really gives other cleansing oils and makeup removers a run for their money.
Okay okay. I know what you’re dying to find out – its makeup-removing efficacy eh?
Here’s a quick demo of its abilities:
I applied CC cream, waterproof eyeliner and lipstick on the back of my hand.
And I squirted some Blanc:Chroma cleansing oil on my hand and gently rubbed it a few times.
Then I rinsed it with water and wiped off the water with tissue paper. Do note that I did not rub or tug my skin at all but only applied gentle circular massages during the process. This was the result.
Even though there was still some eyeliner residue left, I was happy with what I saw. Most cleansers would require vigorous rubbing to achieve this result.
I also used it to remove my tacky hair styling creams and it does the job pretty effectively too.
So is the Shu Uemura Blanc:Chroma Brightening & Polishing Gentle Cleansing Oil perfect? I would say almost.Yes, it did remove my makeup efficiently but it also stung my eyes during the process. Ouch! It happened a few times when I tried to open my eyes to check if the mascara is completely removed. Nonetheless, there is still one good thing that came out of the ordeal – I didn’t lose any eyelash. Well, it always happens when I try to remove makeup from my eyes but this time, my lashes stayed intact while I remove all vestiges of my stubborn mascara with the cleansing oil. Pretty impressive eh?
Alright, one last compliment for the cleansing oil – its environmental-friendly bottle. Apparently, the bottle is constructed with at least 75% post-consumer recycled plastic.
Purify your skin while preserving Mother Earth. What more can a girl ask for?
4.5 Honeyz crowns!
The Shu Uemura Blanc:Chroma Brightening & Polishing Gentle Cleansing Oil is now available at SGD55 for 150ml and SGD125 for 450ml at all Shu Uemura counters and sephora.sg/brands/shu-uemura.
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Have a splendid week, belles!
Your friend, Juliana
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