shu umuera skin purifying oil
You may have seen on twitter or instagram that I was eating one of the limited edition KISS ice blocks last night and in doing so, I decided to get in the spirit of things and apply a bit of KISS makeup. Colouring in 1/4 of your face with black eyeliner seems like heaps of fun at the time but what to do when you want to remove it?
You get your she uemera skin purifying oil out and amend the situation is what you do! Three pumps is the recommended dose for a face full o’ makeup but obviously I needed a little more (5 in total) to get rid of all of the above.
You will be so impressed by how quickly this works! Being an oil means that it can remove a wide range of makeup products as well as pollution and other nasties picked up by the skin during the day. The irony of waterproof makeup is that even the tears you cry from trying to scrub your slap off don’t help remove it but this is not the case any more – shu uemura is here for the little guy, the emotional one, the crier in all of us and with a couple of squirts of cleansing oil will have every last bit of eyeliner off your waterline.
You’ll see below that after one application to dry skin, the black had already come off most of my cheek, out of my eyebrow and off my nose. I was reluctant to put it on my eyes at first but when I did I was able to open them (even with water dripping off) and felt no pain or other sensation. If you’re reading this blog you’re probably an extremely intelligent person (with excellent taste to boot) so I don’t have to tell you that that last line is not an invitation to put the cleansing oil in your eye, but just a comment that it is a sensitive product that won’t sting your peepers.
Obligatory pros and cons. Let’s start with the bad news. shu uemura is a high-end brand so inherently its prices reflect its quality and status. A 450mL bottle (huge!) of skin purifying oil starts at $110 (you’re looking at $125 for the ultima8 sublime beauty cleansing oil, the cleansing beauty oil premium A/O advanced formula or the whiteefficient clear brightening gentle cleansing oil) and for how well it works as not only a makeup remover and cleanser but also a moisturising product, I believe it is worth the price although I can see how people could be put off by paying over $100 for it. The only other negative I can think of is that, as you can see, it is effective on fairly heavy-duty makeup and if you’re not a big wearer of makeup you may not see the value in something so powerful. I don’t wear tonnes of eye makeup everyday but I would most certainly use a product like this when I come home from going out as it is so important for the skin to be clean before bed. I’d say that if you generally only opt for a tinted moisturiser and a bit of mascara each day then this type of product probably isn’t for you (unless, of course, you’re looking for a really great cleaner in general).
On the plus side, the cleansing oil “respects skin’s natural moisture balance, and is designed to improve the condition of skin every time you cleanse” – I took that straight off the press release and I have to agree. My skin feels BEAUTIFUL after use and is shiny and glowy but not in the oh-no-I’ve-depleted-my-skin’s-natural-oil-supply kinda way; it just feels as if it has almost melted into my skin and plumped it up. Don’t worry if you have naturally oily skin, either. Oil + oil does not equal an automatic no-no. So long as you’re cleansing properly and applying the correct oils (killing two birds with one stone if you just use this product) you will notice improvement, as the skin won’t be producing excess sebum due to clogged pored and you’ll notice a reduction in that oil slick you’ve been fretting over.
Lastly – and not to say this makes it any more or less effective – but the scent of the oil is lovely. Asian botanical oils such as ginger root and camellia are infused to maintain the skin’s moisture while the rosemary leaves skin feeling fresh.
shu uemura is available exclusively at David Jones and you might see these new oils advertised in the windows of David Jones Elizabeth Street. Bright, bold and reminiscent of carnival or, more locally, the upcoming mardi gras, this is for die-hard makeup lovers who fear their daily foundation-ing and constant mascara-ing are polluting their skin. It will last you a good few months and will almost certainly improve your skin’s condition.
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