Monday, July 21, 2014

Mika For Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil: Review

Disclaimer: Products featured were provided for review.
Shu Uemura has once again released another highly-coveted, limited edition collection, this time collaborating with the renowned Japanese photographer Mika Ninagawa. Known for her colorful and vibrant photography, Mika designed the packaging for the Mika for Shu Collection which includes a range of eyeshadows, nail stickers, lip colors, and cleansing oils. Today I want to show you the amazing packaging of the cleansing oils from the collection and review for you the Porefinest Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil, to read more, click......
Packaging: 
Each of the four limited edition cleansing oils in the Mika for Shu Collection has its own special theme. The design on the bottles are not directly printed on the bottle but are printed on a plastic label tightly wrapped around each bottle
Porefinest Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil:
What it is: 
-Lightweight cleansing oil that dissolves and washes away makeup, extra sebum, and blackheads
-Deeply cleanses pores without leaving the skin feeling dry
-Formulated with cinnamon bark extract that regulates sebum secretion
-Keeps skin less oily and decreases the appearance of pores

Suitable for: Normal to oily, acne-prone skin

To use:
1. Take 3 to 4 pumps of cleansing oil (use dry hands and yes, you do need that much).
2. Gently smooth over dry face, the instruction says to rinse immediately when oil gets into the eyes but the oil doesn't sting the eyes at all, hence it is so good at removing eye makeup.
3. Dampen your fingers and smooth over your face again, emulsifying the cleansing oil (this step is super important, it helps completely remove the oil so you won't have a "greasy" feeling after cleansing).
4. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Formulation & Result:
In the past I've used Shu Uemura's High Performance Balancing Oil Advanced Formula (yellow bottle) and that was the best cleansing oil I had tried (compared to the ones from Sephora and The Body Shop). The oil helped remove dirt, waterproof makeup, and sebum like no other cleanser or remover and it left the skin feeling soft and hydrated. So I was super excited to give the Anti-Shine version a try. I find the formulation of this oil to be lighter and runnier; it's a bit tricky to keep it from dripping out of my hand before being able to apply it on my face. Other than that though, the product melted away waterproof eye makeup like its nobody's business and I actually did notice a decrease in sebum secretion, albeit only by a small amount. My skin felt nice and soft after cleansing and there was absolutely no dryness or tightness.
Mika for Shu Porefinist Anti-shine Cleansing Oil Review
Mika for Shu Porefinist Anti-shine Cleansing Oil
I have yet to give the other versions a try yet but I included some basic info below for reference. The special edition packaging is only available for a limited time but the original packaging versions are part of the permanent range.

Mika for Shu Anti/Oxi Skin Refining Anti-Dullness Cleansing Oil:
-Cleansing oil designed to combat dull and yellow skin caused by pollution
-Formulated with moringa and green tea extract that clears skin pollutants that cause aging and dull complexion
-Leaves skin glowing, refined, and smooth
Mika for Shu Anti/Oxi Skin Refining Anti-Dullness Cleansing Oil Review
Mika for Shu Anti/Oxi Skin Refining Anti-Dullness Cleansing Oil
Mika for Shu Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil:
-Cleansing oil formulated with eight botanical oils from traditional Chinese medicine
-Remove makeup and impurities
-Softens, conditions, hydrates, and nourishes skin
-Leaves skin radiant and refreshed
Mika for Shu Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil Review
Mika for Shu Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil
Mika for Shu Whitefficent Beauty Cleansing Oil:
-Cleansing oil designed to brighten the skin
-Formulated with "Mito-White Complex" and Vitamin C, this cleansing oil prevents accumulation of melanin-filled dead cells
-Removes makeup and tones the skin
Mika for Shu Whitefficent Beauty Cleansing Oil Review
Mika for Shu Whitefficent Beauty Cleansing Oil
Overall:
Each of these bottles, though pricy, has a whopping 450ml of product and can last you up to a year. I will definitely be going through each and every one of these and update with reviews. But so far, I am very much in love with the Porefinist Cleansing Oil, I think it actually has been helping control my sebum production, which is hitting an all-time high during these few weeks.
Have you tried any Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!

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