Review of Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil | Is it better than Shu Uemura?

Today, Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil will be put to the test. How does it measure up to Shu Uemura, the No. 1 makeup remover brand in many Asian countries such as China, Hong Kong and Korea? We’ll soon find out. But before that, you may like to check out my review of Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil and find out why it is my holy grail cleansing oil.

Must-read: Editor’s Favorite Makeup Remover | Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil

Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil
Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil

The Battle: Innisfree Apple Juicy VS Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil

1.  Which cleansing oil works better?

If you use both cleansing oils in the recommended way (which is to apply it on dry face, massage and then emulsify with water), you’ll find that both are equally effective in removing makeup. This is the same result as my experience with DHC Cleansing Oil.

Related: Review of DHC Cleansing Oil | Is it better than Shu Uemura?

Shu Uemura vs Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil
Shu Uemura vs Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil

If we have to force an answer out of the above question, we will have to alter the usage method slightly:

The Experiment

Instead of massaging both cleansing oils on makeup and then emulsify with water, I will NOT incorporate any ‘massaging action’. I will only include gentle swiping action, one swipe at a time, to see which makeup comes off first. Let’s begin.

Step 1: Apply smudgeproof makeup

I’ve drawn two hearts using Lancome and Clio Gelpresso eyeliner. The latter has been known to be super smudge-proof and hence is a good candidate for this experiment.

Related: Best Smudge-proof Pencil Eyeliner | Clio Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner

Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil
Hearts drawn with 2 types of eyeliner

Step 2: Cover makeup with cleansing oils

This is done gently without any massage actions.

Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil
Covered makeup with cleansing oil

Step 3: Wet facial cotton and place it on top of test areas

Press the cotton pad gently for 5 seconds. 

Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil
Covered makeup with wet cotton pads

After lifting off the cotton, we see that the left cotton pad (Shu Uemura) was more evenly stained, and carried with it a distinct outline and body of the “heart”. On the other hand, the right cotton pad carried a blurred image of the drawing.

Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil
Gently lift off cotton pads

Step 4: Give it one swipe

The test areas were each given one swipe. Makeup on the left area (Shu Uemura) was 90% removed while there was still some obvious residue on the right area (Innisfree).

Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil
Give it one swipe

Step 5: Give it a second swipe

With a second swipe, both areas were completely stain-free.

Answer Revealed

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil seems to work faster in removing makeup. This is unexpected. Let me tell you why.

Both Shu Uemura and Innisfree offers a range of product to suit different skin types. The apple version from Innisfree is marketed as a deep-cleansing oil, great for those with pores issue. Shu Uemura also has a pore-care formula (Pink Bottle). Unfortunately, the one I have with me right now is a gentle formula meant for Sensitive Skin. Hence, I was expecting Innisfree to be the winner since it is a “deeper cleaner”. But, it didn’t.

2. Comparing the Smell

Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil has a sweet fruity-smell of apple with a hint of something extra. It may be a “sour scent” as described on its website. But my first impression was, “What a strange artificial apple smell!” Although I didn’t fall in love with it, I think many people would appreciate the apple fragrance. This is a personal preference. I’ve not been a fan of sweet, fruity fragrance. 

Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil
Sample bottle

Shu Uemura has no distinct smell. Maybe just the smell of oil.

3. Is double cleansing required?

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil does not require you to double-cleanse, i.e. you do not need to use a foam cleanser. It is unclear if Innisfree requires double-cleansing. Here’s what I’ve lifted from its website:

“Wash off with lukewarm water or double-cleanse using Innisfree Cleansing Foam” ~

Seems like Innisfree does not have a firm stand on whether double cleansing is required or not.

4. Which is more moisturizing?

Without the need to double cleanse with foaming cleanser, Shu Uemura leaves the skin feeling more moisturized. For those who double-cleanse anyway, this shouldn’t be a main concern since serum and moisturizer would be added in the later part of the beauty routine. 

5. Which is cheaper?

150ml of Innisfree Apple Juicy cleansing oil costs about S$20, while the same-sized bottle of Shu Uemura costs S$55 from local retail outlets. 

Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil is clearly a lot cheaper than Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil.

6. Does it Sting?

Whether the cleansing oil stings or not is never really a major concern of mine as I do not use them to remove eye makeup. I find them less effective than specialized eye makeup remover.

For the sake of those who do intend to use such oil on the eye area, I deliberately dabbed the emulsified oils in my eyes. Ouch! Both Shu Uemura and Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil stung.

Ouch again! 





Final Recommendation

Although Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil did not fare as well as Shu Uemura in the experiment, there was no distinct difference when it was used in the right way. Both removed makeup efficiently and effectively.

If you do not mind double-cleansing, Innisfree Apple Juicy Cleansing Oil is definitely a good option considering its huge price savings as compared to Shu Uemura. To be frank with you, I am tempted to make the switch. But I think I will give apple a miss and consider the other fragrance options, such as green tea and olive.  4.5/5 


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