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.

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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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

Great!

What about Shu Uemura now?

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

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

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

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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

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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?

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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!

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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.

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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 Bobbi..wow..this might change my mind.. LOL.

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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!

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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! :)

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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.

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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

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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. :(

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LyNn July 21, 2009 at 12:14 am

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

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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!

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Jenn July 21, 2009 at 7:30 pm

What a wonderfully detailed review!! Great job Xin!! :D

Now i want the BB cleansing oil… >.<

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sesame July 22, 2009 at 2:51 pm

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

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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!!!

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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!!!

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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.

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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.

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evelyn August 2, 2009 at 1:51 am

Hi,
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?

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prettybeautiful August 3, 2009 at 9:58 pm

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

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 =)

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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..

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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. :-)

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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!

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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.

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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. =)

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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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