shu uemura Skin Purifier Anti/Oxi+ Cleansing Oil Review - mybest

shu uemura’s Anti/Oxi+ Cleansing Oil is supposed to do more than remove makeup. It’s a time-rewinder, blemish buster, skin hydrator, mood lifter. That’s a lot to ask from one little green bottle.

So this time around, our editors purchased this magical cleansing oil and put it to the test. We looked at whether the formula could pack a lot of cleansing power and still leave skin smooth and supple. We also inspected the ingredients list. This is everything we learned.

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  • Last updated: 04-04-2022
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shu uemuraSkin Purifier Anti/Oxi+ Cleansing Oil

$83.00

What’s the Secret to Anti/Oxi+’s Continuing Popularity?

The Anti/Oxi+ Cleansing Oil is shu uemura’s answer to stressed out skin. It features three green extracts–green tea, moringa, and papaya–that polish away not only makeup but also micro-impurities and dullness.
Plus, it’s convenient. The cleanser can be applied with wet hands (in the shower) and over eyelash extensions, waterproof mascara, and smudgeproof eyeliner.

Putting shu uemura’s Skin Purifier Anti/Oxi+ Cleansing Oil to the Test

Putting shu uemura’s Skin Purifier Anti/Oxi+ Cleansing Oil to the Test
We had a group of editors put shu uemura’s Anti/Oxi+ Cleansing Oil to the test. Specially, we were looking for the following three factors.
Test ①: Cleansing Power
Test ②: Hydration
Test ③: Ingredients
We also purchased 30 other cleansing oils (including shu uemura’s Skin Purifier Ultime8) and tried them all. If you want to see how Anti/Oxi+ compared to similar products, check out the article below.

Test ①: Cleansing Power

We applied the following long-lasting products to the backs of our hands, then used the cleansing oil on them.
Items We Tested on

  • Waterproof Mascara

  • Eyeshadow

  • Waterproof Eyeliner

  • Lip Tint

  • Liquid Foundation

Light Both in Texture and Cleansing Power

Light Both in Texture and Cleansing Power
Basically, anything that wasn’t waterproof came off. If you really like the formula, you could use it with an eye makeup remover–otherwise, there are oil cleansers that work on waterproof products.
The cleanser was light in texture, watery. But it smelled a lot like oil. Honestly, there was a ham-like odor to it, which we didn’t enjoy bringing close to our faces.

Test ②: Hydration

We used a moisture analyzer to measure water levels in our skin before cleansing, right after cleansing, and five minutes after cleansing.

Leaves Skin Soft and Supple

Leaves Skin Soft and Supple
The formula was moisturizing. Hydration levels went up by 10 points after cleansing and, even after five minutes had passed, stayed about the same. It’d be ideal for dry skin or winter use.
Hydration Levels

  • Right before Cleansing: 47.4

  • Right after Cleansing: 58.7

  • Five Minutes after Cleansing: 56.2

Test ③: Ingredients

We contacted an expert who used to work in cosmetics R&D. She looked at the ingredients list for us and determined whether or not the formula was suitable for sensitive skin.

Plant-Based Formula Blends Readily with Skin

Plant-Based Formula Blends Readily with Skin
The main ingredient is Zea Mays (corn) oil. It’s a plant-derived oil similar in structure to human sebum, which is why it blends readily with skin. It is a bit expensive, but it’s gentler than esters or mineral oils.
However, the formula also features numerous botanical extracts. While one or two essential oils is usually harmless, too many plants mixed into one bottle can spell sensitization. It may not be suitable for delicate skin.

The Final Verdict: Formula that Moisturizes but Doesn’t Really Cleanse. shu uemura’s Anti/Oxi+ Cleansing Oil Ranked in at 20 out of 31

The Final Verdict: Formula that Moisturizes but Doesn’t Really Cleanse. shu uemura’s Anti/Oxi+ Cleansing Oil Ranked in at 20 out of 31
So, to start off with the good. The formula was light and carried none of the usual greasiness and stickiness of oil cleansers. Yet it was hydrating and left skin soft and smooth.
On the other hand, cleansing power was mild at best. We had to scrub to get rid of waterproof products–and you never want to rub at the delicate skin around your eyes. Furthermore, the numerous botanical extracts may be too much for particularly sensitive skin.

How to Make Cleansing with Oil a Bit Easier

How to Make Cleansing with Oil a Bit Easier
shu uemura’s Anti/Oxi+ Cleansing Oil can be applied in the shower, but cleansing oil is most effective undiluted–that is, when it’s applied with dry hands onto a dry face. Take some time to massage it into your makeup, allowing it to blend with and lift away residue.
When it’s time to rinse off, start off by cupping small amounts of water in the palms of your hands and slowly working it into the oil. This helps the oil emulsify into a milky solution that will no longer repel water.
Finally, keep in mind that, with shu uemura’s Anti/Oxi+, you don’t need to double-cleanse–that is, follow up with a separate face wash. And unlike most cleansing oils, it’s compatible with eyelash extensions.

Summary

We put shu uemura’s Skin Purifier Anti/Oxi+ Cleansing Oil to the test. It was light in texture and rinsed away without any residue, and yet it still managed to be moisturizing. However, it didn’t work on waterproof products.
But the formula does care for your skin as it cleans. As long as you don’t wear heavy products, it’s worth checking out.

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