Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Makeup Cleansers: Shu Uemura VS Bourjois

   Makeup cleansers are an essential part of your beauty routine, because it goes without saying that you should take your makeup off before you go to sleep. I used to have a friend that slept in her makeup, before caking more on the next day - it wasn't long before her skin became horrifyingly acne-prone and blotchy.

   Today I'm reviewing two cleansers that I've been testing for a while: the first is Shu Uemura's high performance balancing cleansing oil which has received so much hype since it arrived on the shelves, and the second is Bourjois' express eye makeup remover.

Makeup Remover 2

   Shu Uemura's much reviewed cleansers comprise of a line of six different oils. I'm reviewing the classic oil, which includes a balanced formula - perfect for those of you with sensitive skin.

   To use this oil, you rub three to four pumps into your palms and massage into your skin, paying special attention to your eyelashes to ensure all mascara is removed. After this, you'd clean your face with water to remove all the residue.

   I really didn't like this process. First of all, I severely dislike touching my face with my hands, let alone with makeup on. The oil removed the makeup well, but I was desperate to wash it off my face as it felt awful having oily makeup all over my hands and face. I recommend using this during a shower, as it can drip if you're not careful. 

   After washing it off, however, my skin felt so soft and moisturised. The best thing about these oils is that they don't feel like they're stripping away at your skin - they only add to its moisture.

   With prices starting from £29.50, these aren't the cheapest products in the line of makeup removers. But if you are in search of an effective, moisturising cleanser for sensitive skin, this is definitely for you.

Makeup Remover 1

   Bourjois' express eye makeup remove claims that its formula is non-oily, however this is not the case. There seems to be an imbalance in the composition of the solution, with more oil than cleanser. This makes the product very oily once you've got it down to the last few millimetres. 

   Secondly, it's a hassle to keep shaking it after every application. I find that I have to quickly apply it to a cotton pad before it starts separating again.

   In comparison to the Shu Uemura cleansing oil, Bourjois' packaging is impractical; I've spilled it twice since I began using it, whereas Shu Uemura's pump action is much easier to use and doesn't let the product spill if you accidentally knock it over.

   In terms of efficiency, yes, it does what it says on the tin: removes makeup. However, it does not have the benefits of Shu Uemura's moisturising formula and, overall, it's very average as a product. On the other hand, at £4.99 you can't go wrong if you're looking for a simple product that removes makeup easily.

   Have you got a favourite makeup remover? Tell me what you think about these products, or your experiences if you have used them, int he comments below.

1 comment

  1. Looks really good !


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