I love this cleansing oil. For me it’s the best cleansing oil that Shu Uemura makes. I loved that when I applied it to dry skin it removed every speck of my makeup after I rinsed it off with water. It worked well for me as a stand alone cleanser because it removed all traces of my makeup and it also worked well as a combination in a double cleansing routine. I noticed that like the packaging states my pores improved when using it. My skin looked brighter overall. I like that my skin didn’t feel tight or dry when using it. I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for a good cleansing oil, or that wants something that will take the makeup of quickly at the end of day.
This review is based on the new formulation of Porefinist, the Porefinist2, which according to a Shu Uemura consultant at DJ is "more hydrating" than the original, which I've never tried.
This is the second Shu cleansing oil that I've tried, the first being the incredible Blanc:Chroma, which comes in a purple bottle. Unlike the latter which was a joy to use, this was an absolute nightmare that left a greasy film that required one or two extra cleansing with a different cream cleanser. Oddly, this is marketed as sebum-regulating and anti-shine, but I don't see how that is possible if it's so difficult to wash off the face.
Strictly as a makeup remover, it works. It works gently to remove makeup and sunscreen completely. It's lightly-fragranced with a lovely cherry blossom scent that adds a certain calm to a not-so-fun activity. Like the other oils, it's suggested that you apply 3-4 pumps (Way too much and wasteful, in my opinion! One is plenty, considering how runny the oil is.) of the product onto dry face using dry hands, rub it in, and then wet the face to emulsify the oil before washing it off to reveal clean, oil-free skin. There is no mention of a second cleanse. This worked like a charm with the purple Blanc:Chroma oil, but not this one. With this, the film of grease wouldn't leave my face nor my fingers, no matter how long I rinse my face after. I've even walked into the shower after cleansing my face, and still, during and at the end of it, my fingers would feel as though I've been eating chips. Not great. Like I mentioned earlier, I have to follow up with a cream cleanser, although I suspect a foaming cleanser would do a better job. However, here's my issue with that: Foaming cleansers tend to strip your skin of its natural oils, whereas the point of an oil cleanser is to do the opposite, rendering this product pointless.
While this is free from mineral oil and does remove makeup, I wouldn't recommend this cleansing oil as the hassle and price are not worth the results - I haven't found it to be anti-shine, and I've seen a few tiny bumps after introducing this after being zit-free for months.
I visited the Shu Uemura counter at David Jones and the beauty counsultant skin-matched me to this cleansing oil for oily skin.
I think Shu Uemura makes the best cleansing oils on the market so I was eager to give this cleansing oil a go, especially given it's summer.
I let a small puddle of the oil into my left palm and apply it all around my dry face and massage it around and then apply a few drops of water to lather. This process takes a little bit of time if you are to do it properly. So if you are short of time in the morning rush - this might not be for you.
This oil gets rid of the makeup, dirt and oil from my day but it doesn't replenish the oil loss from skin.
The frustration I have is that I am dry combination skin and beauty consultants like this one took one look st my skin and decided I have oily skin.
This oil is great for oily skin.