Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Spend vs. Save: Shu Uemura and JuJu Aquamoist Cleansing Oil

Cleansing oils have become a skin saver for me. It is a 2-in-1 product that removes makeup and cleanses the skin. There is an abundance of such products nowadays so finding one isn't really that difficult. The challenging part is finding one that suits your skin type. If you have hyper sensitive skin that can easily breakout (just like me), cleansing oils may be a little intimidating. It can be scary to try at first because you worry that it will break you out. But the thing I learned with cleansing oils is that, washing your face with antibacterial soap after can help. Even if cleansing oils are meant to cleanse the skin at the same time, it can make your skin really oily (for people with oily skin/t-zone). Thus, washing the face with a soap is still necessary (bummer, I know). 

But the thing I like about cleansing oils is that they really do a good job with removing waterproof makeup. With the intense humidity in my country, using waterproof makeup is essential. Ordinary makeup removers don't do a good job of removing waterproof makeup completely. But cleansing oils do. 

For this product review, I decided to do a "spend vs. save" type of article. This is to help people decide between two different products with budget in consideration.




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[After massaging the skin for 30 seconds]
Shu Uemura Pore Cleansing Oil
Pros:

  • Lovely floral scent
  • Thin consistency (the thin consistency is almost watery so I am assured that it won't clog my pores)
  • Did not break me out
  • Readily available
  • Cute packaging (for limited edition ones)
  • Packaging has English translations (ingredients, directions to use, and other important information can be read)
  • Made my skin softer
Cons:
  • Expensive!!!! (1,750Php, about USD$39.77 but in their website it is only USD$33)
  • It takes time for waterproof makeup to be removed
  • It increases the sebum production of my skin if I don't wash my face with soap after (I seriously looked like a frying pan)
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
I used to be a really huge fan of this cleansing oil (until I tried Aquamoist's). I have always loved Shu Uemura and this product was no exception. I love the scent, I love the consistency, and plus points that it was pink. But when I tried to not wash my face with soap after, I woke up with my face extremely oily. I hated it! I was afraid that I might breakout (though I did not). But still, the thought of your face overly producing sebum makes you think that it will clog your pores (am I right?). I would really love this product if it wasn't for that - and the fact that it was sooooo expensive. The 150ml bottle costs 1,750Php and it only takes about 3-4 months (if used 5 times a week or less) for it to be fully consumed. 

[After massaging the skin for 30 seconds]
JuJu Aquamoist Cleansing Oil
Pros:
  • Thin consistency (the thin consistency is almost watery so I am assured that it won't clog my pores)
  • Did not break me out
  • Easily removed waterproof makeup
  • Whiteheads were scrubbed off as I massaged it on my face
  • Affordable (bought this for 14,400krw at Olive Young; about USD$13.64)
Cons:
  • Smell (it smells like oil to me but the website says it is a light floral scent)
  • No direct sellers or authorized resellers in the Philippines
  • Everything is written in Japanese so I had to do my research on how to properly use the product
Overall Rating: 4/5
This has become my favorite cleansing oil since I started using it. Though I don't feel it made any difference on my skin, the thing I like most about this is that I can feel the whiteheads being removed. I can literally feel them on my hands as I massage my face with the oil. It did not break me out and it wasn't too oily on the skin, too. Even if I did not wash my face with soap after, my skin did not become too oily (I do have oily skin but it did not heighten the sebum production). The only thing I really don't like about this is the smell. Even if the company claims it to be a light floral scent, for me, it still smells like oil. Sometimes I feel like I am massaging cooking oil on my skin. I really hate the scent. But in terms of performance, I am in-love with this product.

I highly recommend the JuJu Aquamoist Cleansing Oil more than Shu Uemura. However, I will still use Shu Uemura when I have emptied both bottles already as JuJu Aquamoist isn't available in the Philippines (anyone from Japan/Hong Kong/Singapore/South Korea who would care to buy one for me?).

21 comments :

  1. Hi Jenn! I really found your review so useful and interesting. I also like cleansing oil especially when I use waterproof make up (in summer). Seems the cheaper one is worth and for sure better that the Shu Uemura. Happy Holidays dear, wish you a wonderful 2014 full of happiness, health and love! Happy New Year! Big kisses! xo

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    1. Yes! Waterproof makeup is actually what got me hooked on cleansing oils. I used to use olive oil but then sometimes it doesn't work so I tried using cleansing oils and they are so much better. Happy new year to you, too and may this year bring even more blessings to all of us.

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  2. Oh WOW! The SAVE won! I find that in a lot of products. it's not always the most expensive one. Great review!
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    1. Agree! Just because a product is cheap doesn't mean that it doesn't work, right?

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  3. nice post dear !! Happy new year :) xx
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  4. This is a great review! You can tell that you really put a lot of time into it. It sounds like something great, although I never would have thought I needed it until reading this! Hope you have a happy new year!
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    1. Thank you! I did put effort into making this (all of my blog posts, really). Cleansing oils are only necessary if you use waterproof makeup. Or, if you have dry skin.

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  5. Very interesting review !!
    Thank you

    Kisses
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  6. Hi sweetie, Nope, you still are not listed. Guess we have to live with that, lol. Out of curiosity, do my updates appear in your dashboard reading list? Pretty please let me know, will ya.
    Happy New Year honey
    Lenya
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    1. I finally appeared! haha! Yes, your updates appear on my dashboard so rest assure that I am always updated.

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  7. Great review! Happy New year.
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  8. sayang JuJu aquamoist is not available here :( if in case you find someone who resells it pls let me know or in case you find a good inexpensive alternative. i originally wanted bioderma kaso namamahalan din ako but if i cant find a good one i might give in and buy it in the end. thanks for the review :)

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    1. I sure will try my best to find a reseller here! I really love this product! I saw Bioderma in Seoul as well and I was super tempted to buy it. But if I remember correctly, it was super expensive kaya 'wag na!

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  9. thanks for doing this comparison. i really like the fancl oil cleanser and the DHC but those are quite expensive so i'm always on the lookout for alternatives! the juju looks promising but i wasn't a fan of the shu when i had it. i felt like it clogged my pores.

    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

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