Shu Uemura: OB Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil

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I have a tendency to hoard things that I like in general. Makeup and skincare products are among those things that I like collecting. Sometimes, I buy makeup and skincare products but it takes months before I actually open and get to use them. Because of this unflattering habit, I never get to finish the products that I have. I tend to save whatever’s left of the product to the point that it expires.

I expected as much with my BDJBox Luxe. However, as insisted by a Shu Uemura fan friend of mine, I started testing the products in the box. The first among which was the 450ml OB Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil.

Fast Facts

450ml worth Php 4,095.00

Price: Php 4,095.00 / 450ml

How to use:
Take 3-4 pumps of cleansing oil onto the palms of hands.
Gently smooth over the face.
Wet face to emulsify cleansing oil.
Rinse thoroughly with water.

Product Description:
“The cleansing oil effectively removes makeup and impurities whil maintaining skin’s needed moisture level, perfect for combination to oily skin types. It is formulated with Sakura Complex to minimize pores by eliminating excess sebum, visibly smoothening the skin’s surface.”


The cleanser is applied to my left eye.

The cleanser is applied to the left side of my face. You can see the difference in the eyes.

Strength & Quality

I have only ever read one review for oil cleansers of Shu Uemura, particularly the High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula and I’ve only heard good things of Shu Uemura cleansing oils. Before delivering the box, the BDJ Box team asked if I wanted the High Performance or the Pore Clarifying. I replied that I have combination to oily skin that’s prone to acne. With this, they recommended that I use OB Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil.

Before using the cleanser for the first time, I re-applied my makeup and made it thicker in order to see how strong the product is in removing makeup. I had on (see above picture) the following:

  • Pixy Ultimate Makeup Cake in Natural Buff
  • Human Nature Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation in Caramel
  • Human Nature Perfect Glow Mineral Blush in Pacific Shimmer 03
  • Pixy Eye Shadow in Sparkling Gold 09
  • Pixy Volumizing Waterproof Mascara
  • Pixy Perfect Eyeliner
  • Human Nature Tinted Lip Balm in Island Kiss
  • Pixy Silky Fit Lipstick in Pinkish Peach 216
  • Human Nature Mineral Lip Gloss in Island Berry

The first time’s always an experience. For OB Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil, I was delighted to see how effective it was in dissolving the makeup that I had on, despite it being “gentle”. The hardest to remove, the eyeliner and mascara, was effectively removed without need of too much rubbing that can damage the eyes and cause wrinkles. This was a surprise to me because the consistency of the cleansing oil was not similar to the cleansing oil I normally use. OB Fresh Pore Clarifying was more fluid like water than oily. Despite this seemingly diluted oil, however, one pump was all I needed to remove my makeup.

I used the product the same way I used my go-to cleansing oil, that is, I massage one pump of the oil onto my face gently and then wipe the same with tissue. Normally, I had to reapply some cleansing oil on the eye area to get rid of the mascara and eyeliner but with Shu Uemura’s cleansing oil, one pump and tissue wiping were enough to remove the makeup.

I have yet to follow the instructions above because I have this fear that not wiping oil out of my face, especially one mixed with makeup, will only lead to acne breakouts. So I tend to wipe it off with tissue and then wash my face with facial wash. I can’t imagine going to bed with oil, though emulsified (whatever the effect of this would be), on my face.The first time I tried following the instructions up to the emulsification part, my eye makeup got into my eyes and it hurt! I think it would take a while before I would try the instructions again.

As to the promise of minimizing the pores, I have yet to discover and verify this. So far, after the first use of the product, I noticed that my skin was silkier.  Even after washing my face with facial wash, the silky feeling was still there. This is not a bad thing, I should think. But it’s different from what’s normally felt every time I wash my face.

Here’s another before and after shot of using OB Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil.

Products: eye shadow (e.l.f.) eye liner (Pixy Perfect Eyeliner) mascara (Pixy Waterproof Volumizing Mascara and Maybelline The Magnum Volum' Express)

eye brows (e.l.f.); eye shadow (e.l.f.); eye liner (Pixy Perfect Eyeliner)
mascara (Pixy Waterproof Volumizing Mascara and Maybelline The Magnum Volum’ Express)


Definitely, the price range of Shu Uemura products are way up there. I can only say that this is justified by the quality of their products, although I have only used the OB Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil, OB UV Under Base Brightening Mousse, The LightBulb Fluid Foundation, and Face Powder Sheer upon writing this post. But based on the review and good feedback I got from my friends, the cleansing oils of Shu Uemura are worth the price tag. I’d recommend, for the first timers, to try out the travel size or even sample pack, if available, in order to see if the cleansing oil is a match for you.

Verdict: 9/10

Shu Uemura’s OB Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil is a good product to have on hand, especially for us ladies who adore makeup. It’s highly effective at removing makeup, no matter how thick it may be, and it’s light on the skin. I didn’t experience any acne breakout after days of using the cleansing oil. For those prone with oily skin that’s prone to acne, OB Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil is the recommended cleansing oil of Shu Uemura. The fact that the packaging for this particular cleansing oil is pink also doesn’t hurt.

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Have you tried any Shu Uemura cleansing oil? Which one is your favorite? Let me know what you think.

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