The battle of cleansing oil: Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil vs Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil

by xin on July 20, 2009

Bobbi Brown has just launched their own cleansing oil, and a friend redeemed a sample for me! On the other hand, Shu Uemura has always been a pioneer in cleansing oil, of course I am curious to find out who does better job. Right?

Disclaimer: I am not a big fan of any party, so this review is solely based on my test without biased opinion.


The battle: 4ml of Shu Uemura vs 4ml of Bobbi Brown.

The full-size price:

Bobbi Brown: 200ml for RM145
Shu Uemura: 150 for RM109


I have used about 3ml here. For a single eye.


The challenge (please don’t mind the atrocious makeup, i just wanted to stack as much as possible)

– 3 layers of eye shadow, 2 layers of stila smudgepot, 2 coats of mascara.


I started off with Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil. Rubbed for about 20 seconds with dry hand and face.


Proceeded with some water and rubbed for about 20 seconds.

P/S: I was only rubbing gently.

P/P/S: Please don’t scrutinize on my forehead pimples T__T I am very conscious already and bleeding $$ for them.


The rinsed with water!

WOW! I was impressed! No black residue, nor leftover. No double cleanse. Just the oil! Best part is, it is NOT oily at all! I was told that it does NOT contain mineral oil. It smells like some jasmine/floral too.


What about Shu Uemura now?


Now, the other eye with Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil, rubbed for 20 seconds.


Added with water to emulsify, rubbed gently for another 20 seconds.


Rinsed off. Gosh! The black residue! And honestly shu uemura cleansing oil always leaves some oily feeling on my skin.


Now, you can see it clearly.

Are you conviced? What do you think of Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil?

Gosh!!! Now i am lemming for this, I hope a bottle of Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil will fall on top of my head. T_T

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessie July 20, 2009 at 11:25 am

Ooo.. I redemed the BB sample for myself too (that day at Pavillion hehe).. Will try it one day


Nikki July 20, 2009 at 11:45 am

How dare you sister starting on me too!!! I haven’t tried any Bobbi Brown cleansing oil and your review hits me hard! I’ve been a SHU oil cleanser user, I’ve finished almost 3rd bottle now!!!! What am I missing?


jess July 20, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Good review and testing here!!

Hey girl , u didnt turn up for the EL warehouse sale ah. thought can peep u!


prettybeautiful July 20, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Jessie: u should! i am loving it already ^_^

Nikki: no you are not missing out anything sister! If you ever see this cleansing oil, perhaps you can ask for a sample too? then maybe there is no 4th shu cleansing oil for u…hehehehe

jess: ^_^ nope i didn’t plan to go for the EL sales, for the fear of overspending and being stomped to death.


ayue July 20, 2009 at 1:23 pm

woww..thanks for the review…i always lemming for Shueumura Cleansing oil..after all the hype & etcs,…but after saw your review..abt might change my mind.. LOL.


Connie July 20, 2009 at 2:30 pm

great review! I’ve also come to realise that there are many many more cleansing oils out there that’s more effective than Shu! MAC and I Nuovi for instance. and now Bobbi!


iamthewitch July 20, 2009 at 3:41 pm

What an informative review. 🙂 But I don’t use cleansing oil… I only use the cheap make up remover available from Watsons! And nice meeting you up too babe! 🙂


Katt July 20, 2009 at 5:43 pm

I go cheap with makeup cleanser that I got from Guardian or Watson’s. Cant recall the brand perhaps Maybelline but its a transparent bottle, blue liquid on top and white liquid below. Shake and use it with cotton pad. And btw, I think it’s better to use cotton pads to wipe off the makeup, dear.


Janice July 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm

cool! how much is the BB cleansing oil? O.o

I’ve never use any cleansing oil before worrying it’ll be really oily. But after this review…. how much is that again? :p


yahui July 20, 2009 at 11:06 pm

good review dear! but i use cleansing oils strictly for removing makeup. no oil goes near my already oily zits no matter what the Internet gurus says. >.< tried tested proven, it worsens my acne, sigh. 🙁


LyNn July 21, 2009 at 12:14 am

from the pictures i prefer bobbi brown’s
looks less oily too

btw i nominated you for an award
hope you like it


Traclyn Yeoh July 21, 2009 at 3:22 pm

A very good comparison. I have one award waiting for you too


gio July 21, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Wow, the BB one sounds great! Too bad it’s not available here 🙁 But thanks for the great review!


Jenn July 21, 2009 at 7:30 pm

What a wonderfully detailed review!! Great job Xin!! 😀

Now i want the BB cleansing oil… >.<


sesame July 22, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Wow, looks fantastic. Something to check out! I’ve never owned anything from BB.


akiki July 23, 2009 at 1:24 am

i do not like shu uemura’s after the first time i bought it. never buy is cleansing oil after all.
it irritate my eyes and did not clean well and even left my face feeling oily!!!


Miu July 23, 2009 at 12:21 pm

oh nice!!!

i haven’t try my sample yet! but i have tried shu’s sample and hmm i do agree it’s kinda oily finishing.

BB says their’s no oil or something when I asked them in comparison with Shu’s.

Great review and u never fail to gross me out! BAD GIRL!!!


Jyoan July 31, 2009 at 2:46 am

hi, wow, really thank you for doing this battle. cos this has stopped me from salivating at the Shu Uemura CO. I am currently using Laneige Refreshing Cleansing Oil. And I am pretty sure, it is better than Shu Uemura’s too. haha. Guess I will try Bobbi Brown when my bottles of Laneige run out.


vonvon July 31, 2009 at 10:16 pm

After reading your post, I quickly tried out the sample bottle I have and I agree with you….this is love at 1st use for me. I’ll review it in my blog later.


evelyn August 2, 2009 at 1:51 am

I would like to ask if the make-up you’re using on this test above is waterproof or not cause i always use waterproof products so i would like to have them cleanse clearly as well.
Also, is Shu Umera that bad?


prettybeautiful August 3, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Jyoan: thank u for liking this 🙂 i hope it helps u to make a better choice 😛

vonvon: yeah love at first use indeed!!!

eve: oh, the eyeliner i used was stila smudgepot, yes waterproof, and mascara too. I wouldn’t say shu is bad, it is just not working as good as the BB for me =)


VL August 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Just would like to share some feeback about shu umera. I have been using 4 bottles.. I feel that’s the best cleansing oil. And recently I know BB has newly launch the cleansing oil. With the above demo.. i think i will check out BB cleansing oil. But would like to recommend S.U eye liner..


brini August 6, 2009 at 9:02 pm

This review is just what I was looking for! Just discovered BB’s Cleansing Oil online and wondered, if it was any better than Shu Uemura’s. Can’t wait to order it now. 🙂


Eve September 7, 2009 at 12:27 am

I bought a bottle of SHU CO due to all the hype and it works great at removing makeup but it feels oily. Eventually it caused some oil/milia seed on my face =.=

Tried BB CO sample and it feels really great!


chenni September 21, 2009 at 11:34 am

Thank you for this comparison. I was actually at the BB counter today and almost bought the cleansing oil, but I stopped myself because I wanted to do more research to see which one is better, shu vs. BB. I think I will go back soon to get the BB one. I like the no oily feeling part.


I Love Skincare! =) September 2, 2010 at 2:27 am

Nice blog! =)

I feel that Bobbi Brown is superior than Shu Uemura in the sense of Shu Uemura is made of mineral oil, while BB olive oil.

However, one thing I don’t like about BB is that it stings my eyes when I use to remove my eye make up.

Feel free to visit my new skincare blog. =)


Shakuntala Shankar September 2, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Thanks for the review. I have been a long term user of Shu Uemura Cleansil Oil and I swear by it. And I have recommended it to many people. I have never wanted to try another cleansing oil. I too got a few samples of BB Cleansing Oil (you can guess what a heavy user of BB I am by the fact that they gave me a couple of samples). I found them equally effective but still stuck to my SU…but after reading your review, maybe I will be brave enough to switch to BB…

I have oily-combination skin and I must say I have never felt any oily residue on my skin after using SU.

My advice to others — if you are a heavy user of make-up, its important to have a very good cleanser that is effective and quick. So it is worthwhile to invest in SU or BB because they remove both foundation and eye make-up.


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