Shu Uemura White Recovery EX Brightening Cleansing Oil Review

These days many makeup products are formulated to be waterproof for extra long wear. It’s great when our makeup last longer but sometimes they require extra work to remove. The good thing is there are cleansing oils that can remove these in a snap. Shu Uemura, being the pioneer of cleansing oil, is here to save the day! Not only does it take off hard to remove makeup, it also brightens the skin and at the same time remove impurities.

Shu Uemura’s White Recovery EX Brightening Cleansing Oil comes in 2 sizes, 150 ml ($36.00) and 450 ml ($78.00). The bottle depicted in this post is 450 ml. You can purchase this cleansing oil and other Shu Uemura products at

This cleansing oil is formulated in conjunction with vitamin C derivative os property. The property is known to deliver bright, smooth, translucent skin with an advanced hpo system. This would dramatically increase the removability of waterproof mascara and longer lasting makeup. So you get those hard to remove makeup off in an instant instead of using extra rubbing. During your cleansing impurities are removed at the same time providing luminous clarity and soft supple skin. Shu Uemura’s White Recover EX Brightening Cleansing Oil is as good as a one stop shop. All in one!

The first thing you need to make sure of is to use the product on dry hands and skin. Pump 3 to 4 pumps of the oil in the hands and spread gently and thoroughly across dry face. You would then add a few drops of lukewarm water to the face to emulsify the oil. Afterwards, rinse your entire face with lukewarm water.

The exterior design of the bottle comes in a clear blue tinted plastic bottle with a white pump on top. Very simple and yet pretty on almost any counter top. Not to mention stylish as well!

The top cap has an open and close mechanism where you just twist the cap. It is as simple and practical, especially when you want to take it travel with you.

After pumping out the oil, you can see the clarity of it. It’s quite fluid and there is no weird scent at all.

To prep for a demonstration, I took Shu Uemura’s Spring 2012 collection and swatched it with different colors on my arm. The colors look pretty indeed. But we want to see how well the oil works considering you have a full face of makeup.

With only one drop of cleansing oil and a few rubs, the makeup is virtually gone except a bit eye crayon residue!

With a few dabs of lukewarm water, we see the emulsification process and how it looks. Unlike a lot of cleansing oils’ dramatic emulsification, Shu Uemura White Recovery EX Brightening Cleansing Oil is a lot more gentle so you actually don’t see it turn completely milky white. But the oil does melt all makeup as it supposed to.

After a wash and rinse, the oil is gone along with the makeup. The skin feels a bit oily but at the same time super soft and hydrated. The skin also seems to be luminous with clarity, again as it supposed to.

Honestly I didn’t like this cleansing oil at first because I’m too used to the dramatic types, thinking they cleanse better. Instead this oil seems to be “weak” when it comes to emulsification, even though I did see my makeup was removed entirely. After rinsing off it doesn’t have the squeaky clean feel like those completely emulsified cleansing oils. It leaves a slight “greasiness” to the skin. But then after I wash my face again using another foam cleanser like I always do, I realize this oil actually is better than those “squeaky clean” oils. When the emulsification process is so gentle, it doesn’t dry out skin as much, hence softer skin. And I really like the fact that my skin is getting more and more luminous since I start using this oil. It has become my current favorite.

Shu Uemura lives up to its standards and brings the phenomenon into makeup cleansing oil. It’s no wonder everyone raves about it. A few steps and simplicity get the job done with no complications at all. Even the hardest to remove makeup falls victim to the oil.

This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR. All reviews are expressed with complete honesty. For more information, please read my full disclosure here.


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7 Responses to Shu Uemura White Recovery EX Brightening Cleansing Oil Review

  1. Jamilla January 13, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    I’ve tried Shu cleansing oils, but DHC is my fave – great emulsification – and cheaper, too!

    • admin January 19, 2012 at 3:37 AM

      But its SHU!

  2. Airin January 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    I heard the oil was coming out with a more improved version. The differences probably wont be too huge.

    • admin January 19, 2012 at 3:38 AM

      I heard the same too as well. Haven’t seen any news about it as of yet though.

  3. Debbie January 14, 2012 at 5:20 AM

    I have never tried Shu’s oil before. But sounds interesting enough and looks really scrubby for mass makeup.

  4. Ning January 14, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    I love all Shu’s cleansers for the bottle design. Really pretty standing anywhere.

    • admin January 19, 2012 at 3:50 AM

      So true. Especially all the different colors and such.


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