After that 3000-th post yesterday, I reckon you may be tired of just me rambling on and on eh? :P So today, I’d like to feature a guest review today of an iconic product from an iconic brand…. that I cannot use! For some unknown reason, every single version of the Shu Uemura cleansing oils break me out. I’ve tried them all, I promise. I break out every single time and I’ve chalked it up to being one of “those things”. I work well with many other brands of cleansing oils though so it’s not the oil nor the technique. It’s the product.
So, when I was requested to give the Shu Uemura Porefinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil a go, I demurred. I no longer use cleansing oils but I was pressed into it so I decided to pass it on to a long time user for her evaluation.
Porefinist is touted to be a very light textured blend of oils targeted at those with combination-oily skin, which not only cleans skin of makeup and oil but also minimizes the appearance of pores and reduces shine. I recall a similar pink version of the cleansing oil from previous years, called Fresh Cleansing Oil, if I’m not mistaken. So, I now hand you over to my buddy LeGeeque, who not only is a long time fan and user of the Shu Uemura cleansing oils, she is a long time use of the pink coloured Fresh cleansing oil, and will tell you about this and how it compares to the old version.
Let’s get some facts straight before we delve into the product. I’ve got dry and and sensitive skin. My major concerns are fine lines, ageing, premature ageing and sun damage. The final simply stems from my irrational fears that I’m not topping up my sunscreen as religiously as I should during the harsh Australian summer months. (According to the sun-worshipper locals I call mates, I am too sun-conscious but heck, what do these sun-worshippers know!)
According to the Shu Uemura website, this particular product – Porefinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil – is marketed for oily and combination skin.
Here’s the shocker. I’ve been using this exact product for the past 7 years! Yes, you would think that for one with sensitive and dry skin, I would be using one that’s more suitable for my skin. Pssst… Let me let you in on a very shallow secret of mine. I chose this because it was… PINK!
New full bottle of Porefinist Anti-Shine Fresh cleansing oil and old empty bottle of Fresh Cleansing Oil
I use the product as advised – a couple of pumps onto my dry palms. Massage my palms and apply that onto my dry skin. I gently massage my entire face in small circular motions. This effectively dislodges makeup and even waterproof sunscreen. I then wet my palms and repeat the small circular motions on my face. This emulsifies the oil and turns it milky white. I repeat that another time before I jump into the shower and wash everything off. (Pssst… Let me let you in on a naughty secret. I even massage this onto my eyes to remove my eye makeup. Just be extra gentle and make sure you have removed your contact lenses prior if you wear them)
According to the instructions, this oil can be used with wet or dry hands, which is helpful if you forget and wet your hands before using it. But I use it with dry hands as advised before. It’s hard to break a habit of 7 years.
Once the milky lotion has been rinsed off, my face feels extremely clean and soft. Every trace of makeup and skincare used from the day would have been successfully and gently removed. There is no tight nor taut sensation to my skin at all. Abiding by the double cleansing methodology religiously, I usually reach for my trusted cleanser to complete the cleansing routine.
For a product that’s marketed for the oily and combination skin, it is not particularly drying nor harsh on my skin. I can attest to this from the numerous re-purchases I have made over the years.
I have used this over harsh and dry winters where my skin is parched from heating vents and I have used this over hot and humid summers where humidity seems to be a gajillion percent. (Hair would be so Simba-like I’m certain he would be envious) The results are the same: clean and comfortable.
So, when I was given the opportunity to try the new cleansing oil called Porefinist, in the familiar pink bottle, I was a little hesitant. I’m not a fan of skincare companies tweaking their formulas. When it comes to skincare, you don’t fix what’s not broken.
However, after about a month of trialling this product, I’m relieved to report that all is well. If they have tweaked the formula, my skin has not reacted to it nor did I notice any additional benefits or improvements. I get the same results as I always have. I have thus come to the conclusion that Shu might have just updated the packaging and the name. So if you are already using the pink oil, just continue with it. It’s practically the same thing with a different name.
At this point, I will not advise you to run out to get the biggest bottle you can land your hands on, if you’ve never used it, so I’d advise you to bribe a friend/co-worker/family who will be travelling soon to get you a sampler pack. It’s a set of 5 to 6 bottles of the different cleansers there are in the range. It’s not as painful on the hip pocket and you get to pick the best version of the cleanser for your skin.
I will continue to be a loyal oil cleanser user as long as it keeps my skin happy. For now, it’s happy, calm and comfortable so I’m happy to fork out a rather large amount of money for this. Just bear in mind that it will last you for a long time so it does work out to be rather economical in the long run.
In a nutshell
The Shu Uemura Porefinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil is basically a renamed version of the existing pink cleansing oil. It has the same light feel, the same pink colour and works well to clean skin without drying it out. You can use it as a one step makeup remover and first cleanser, and then follow up with a second cleanse. It is important to emulsify the product properly as failure to do so can result in clogged pores. The formula says it works with wet or dry hands but I prefer using dry hands as I had been taught years ago. It may not work for everyone but it works for me.
Pros: Clean, soft and comfortable skin. No angry flare ups nor dry, taut skin
Cons: Quite a large initial outlay
Who will like this: Anyone already using the pink version of the Shu Uemura cleansing oil, Anyone who wants to use a lighter version of the iconic cleansing oil
Here is the ingredient list for Porefinist.
Thanks for being my guinea pig, LeGeeque, and I’m glad it all worked out fine in the end!
Are you a fan of the Shu Uemura cleansing oils? Have you tried this pink version?
I was recommended the pink version years ago when I complained of breakouts but it too broke me out! Clearly there was something in the oil that my skin hated. It was interesting for me to know therefore that LeGeeque, who has more sensitive skin than I do, loves this oil! It goes to tell you not to judge a product by one review – always do your research and if you’re brave enough, sample it for yourself! :D Are you a fan of these cleansing oils?
Paris B & LeGeeque
Shu Uemura Porefinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil Price: RM110/150ml or RM270/450ml Availability: Shu Uemura stores and counters