Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils are held to be holy grail material. Too bad they cost an arm and a leg. And lots of us can’t find them anywhere. Shu Uemura has only three counters here in Italy. And they aren’t even distributed all over the country. Nope, they are all in the same area up north! Seriously, what’s up with that, Shu?
Whatever. If you make it so hard for us to get hold of your precious gems, we’ll look for dupes. I have just happened to find one for the High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula. It’s from Garnier, a cheap brand available anywhere. I’m talking about Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil. Their formulas are almost identical. Let’s take a look:
Mineral, Corn Germ, Safflower Seed, & Jojoba Oils
Cleansing oils use the “like dissolves like” principle to remove makeup. In other words, oils like mineral oil, corn germ oil, safflower seed oil, and jojoba oil, are able to dissolve the oils in your makeup, allowing everything, even the most stubborn of foundations and waterproof products, to be removed quickly.
Cleansing oils are also gentler than other types of cleansers. Usually, cleansers contain surfactants that, allowing water to mix with dirt and oils, remove all impurities. But they can also remove too much of the oils that keep your skin naturally moisturized, causing dryness. If you’re cleansing with an oil, instead, there’s no chance of you removing too much oil. Result? Clean and soft skin!
Polysorbate 85 helps to disperse oil in water. When used in a cleanser, it gives the formula body and prevents the oily and watery parts from separating. This makes the resulting product more effective and more pleasant to use.
Further Considerations On The Formula
Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula and Garnier Nutritioniste Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil have very similar formulas. They contain the same oils and emulsifiers (polysorbate 85), and they are all listed in the same order, so they provide the same benefits. There are some minor differences, but these aren’t big enough to affect the way these cleansing oils work.
Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula Ingredients
Paraffinum Liquidum/ Mineral Oil, Zea Mays/ Corn Germ Oil, Polysorbate 85, Carthamus Tinctorius Oil/ Safflower Seed Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Sorbitan Trioleate, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil/ Jojoba Seed Oil, Camellia Kissi/ Camellia Kissi Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Canola Oil, Squalane, Zingiber Officinale Extract/ Ginger Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract/ Rosemary Leaf Extract, Sea Water, Isohexadecane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Ethyl Oleate, Isopropyl Myristate, Tocopherol, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Linalool, Fragrance
Garnier Nutritioniste Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil Ingredients
Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Zea Mays (Corn Germ) Oil, Polysorbate 85, Carthamus Tinctorius Oil/Safflower Seed Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Sorbitan Trioleate, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil/Jojoba Seed Oil, Glycerin, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Squalane, Parfum/Fragrance, Aqua/Water, Propylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Linalool, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-DI-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Isopropyl Myristate, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Alpha-Isopropyl Ionone, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, F.I.L. D162171/1
Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula is available at Shu Uemura USA in two sizes, 450ml ($67.00) and 150ml ($31.00). Garnier Nutritioniste Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil, available in a 125ml size, can be bought at Ulta for only $7.99.
The Bottom Line
If you’re on a budget, can’t be bothered to splurge on a cleanser oil, or can’t find Shu Uemura anywhere in your country, opt for Garnier Nutritioniste Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil. It’s almost an exact dupe for the pricier Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula and works just as well.
Have you ever tried Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula and Garnier Nutritioniste Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil? If so, which one is your favourite?