1 September 2015


Apart from my trusted eyelash curler, I’ve never actually tried any of the products from Shu Uemura. Not even the cleansing oils which have claimed cult status around the world. Until now when I was offered to trial the Shu Uemura Blanc:Chroma Brightening & Polishing Gentle Cleansing Oil that comes in a limited edition2015 artist collaboration with the bottle designed by Paris based accessory and jewelry designer Yaz Bukey. Here are my thoughts; 

What They Say:

Moving beyond stubborn makeup removal, blanc:chroma brightening & 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

RRP: $98 (450ml) – Available from Shu Uemura Counters

What I Say:

The design on the collection is based on Yazbukey's imagination, when once upon a time Yaz Bukey and her friends all fell head over heels for the same man! The witty designer shares her tale of feminine intrigue that co-stars a cast of lovable, competitive, and unsettlingly beautiful characters. Yaz Bukey herself playfully performs each character as the campaign model. Her girlfriends are a colourful complimentary clique: British lawyer Lola is a well off blue blood; actress Betty exudes positive California vibes and lives life to the fullest; the worldly Tina is fashion editor of a magazine, creative and daring as they come on one unforgettable night in Paris these girls’ lives will take a dramatic turn. can you predict who will cross the finish line to Mr Shu Shu first?

The cleansing oils are available in 4 limited edition designs, including POREfinish, Anti/Oxi, ultime8 and blanc:chroma.

I tried the blanc:chroma, which is a cleanser designed to make your skin brighter, smoother and more transparent, by polishing away the dead cells containing melanin on the skin surface that cause uneven and dull skin tone.

The cleansing has a beautiful light and fresh scent that you can only love. In spite of it being a cleansing oil, it is surprisingly light. The actual oil is quite concentrated and I find that I only need two pumps to cleanse my face. I start by massaging the oil into my face, to loosen and break down any makeup, and follow by adding a little bit of water to emulsify the oil into a milky cleanser. I then massage my face for a little longer before rinsing thoroughly with water.

Of course you can follow with a second cleanse of the skin with the oil, but personally I prefer to use either a ‘treatment’ cleanser or alternatively a basic cleanser along with my Clairsonic or Foreo Luna as the second cleanse to cleanse deep down every pore.

And the cleanser is so efficient, easily removing even the longest wearing stubborn and waterproof makeup, and in just one go. Of course you can also use it in the mornings when you wake up to get rid of the excess sebum produced during the night, but personally I prefer to use just a basic cleanser in the shower, and find that is more than sufficient too.

I love that the oil cleanser is so easy to use and leaves my skin feeling so clean, but without any greasy residue as you could expect from an oil cleanser, but rather it leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth. And I love that it is very gentle too, so even when used to remove eye makeup, it does this easily and without stinging in my sensitive eyes.

I am yet to see my skin looking clearer or brighter as a result of using the cleanser, but in all honesty, years of build up of pigmentation, also isn’t going to fade that quickly,

The bottle doesn’t come cheap at $98, but it is also a huge bottle that will seriously last you forever, especially if you as me only use two small pumps every night to remove makeup, and as I really enjoy using this cleanser, plus the cute bottle looks amazing in the bathroom too, I find it is well worth the money if you can afford it.

*Product was kindly provided for consideration, and has reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. I love love love the packaging, it's so cute! Although I'm not sure I would have even considered paying that amount before reading your review ;) haha xx

  2. Love the packaging! I prefer non mineral oil based oil cleansers so I don't use Shu cleansers. I've heard great things about their hair products and they're on my wishlist.


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