December 7, 2010

Shu Uemura Abracadabra Fantasy Cleansing Oil Review and Rant

Look under my vanity sink and in my wash room cabinets and closet and you’ll find any number of cleansing oil bottles. Meaning I don’t need more.

However, present me with a bottle of the new Shu Uemura Abracadabra Fantasy Cleansing Oil and I can get excited. Aya Takano lends a hand in the creation of this year’s Holiday Collection and created a beautiful princess riding her magical stallion onto a bottle of one of my favorite cleansing oils…


First off if you haven’t used cleansing oil prior to this, well, you won’t find a review here. Please see my archive of detailed reviews on Cleansing Oils so you can catch up on what they are, which are good ones, and how to use them!

This is actually my rant-y post to Shu and possibly yours too if you agree.

Part of the appeal of purchasing the new Shu Uemura Abracadabra Fantasy Cleansing Oil was for the bottle. This isn’t even the oil I normally purchase from Shu but I thought why not, I can always refill.

Upon receiving it I was thrilled. The art on the outer packaging is divine and truly gorgeous. If you’re familiar with Aya’s work this embodies her classic pieces perfectly with a touch of whimsy.

Take the bottle out of the package and proceed to be a tad on the disappointed side or maybe it’s just me. The bottle has the same art but not in the beautiful color that you see on the outer box. The proceeded to do the art work in a black transparent design. The princess and stallion are both black with a hot pink background but some of the areas are transparent allowing the oil inside the bottle to basically mimic the “skin” of the princess. That sounds weird I know but glance at the bottle below and you’ll see what I mean.

Needless to say I was really disappointed that the beautiful color print on the outer box didn’t carry to the bottle. I imagine this might be because they didn’t want the image to become wet and run, etc…but they could have glossed it over don’t you think to prevent this?


I actually have been considering returning it.

Just terribly disappointed.

Anyone haul it?

What did you think?

Do share!

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  • Cj

    I never really understood cleansing oil until I got my face mapped Saturday ;D They used a cleansing oil on me before the regular cleanser, The lady told me that like oil attracts oil so if you use it before your regular cleanser it’ll give you a more thorough cleanse and even takes off all your makeup 🙂

    You should try it 😀 it’s called precleanse

    • the Muse

      that’s what I do CJ ;-D it really gets mascara off that’s left over from my eye makeup remover ;-D great stuff!

  • Tam

    is that just me or it looks as if the priness if either biting or french kissing the horse?

    • the Muse

      ha tam yes! totally french kissing! vibes of bestiality in Shu’s Holiday Collection LMAO!

  • aretha

    i still think its lovely muse! dont return it !! =) its worth collecting. did you haul anything else from this collection? the blush tint is awesome! much better than benefit’s benetint!

    • the Muse

      it sure is aretha ;_D agreed! I got the blush and love it! also got the warm palette and the two gloss/lip cream sets. how about you!?

      • aretha

        got the love apricot lip tint and the warm palette as well! 🙂 couldnt haul the other stuff cos i was saving up money for other xmas collections (eg Chanel ) :p

  • Mary the Muse Militant

    I see what you mean about the bottle Muse. No colours like the box features.
    Still it is a lovely bottle and a lovely rich shade of pink.
    I love Shu Premium (A/I ?) cleansing oil. It is fantastic at completely removing eye makeup while cleansing the face and doesn’t sting my eyes like most other cleansers do, especially Clinique.

    They call it “advanced formula” – wonder what that is?
    As the Ltd Edt bottle is the same price as the regular one, maybe you should keep it as when it’s gone it’s gone, never to be had again !

    • the Muse

      Hey Mary I really like the whitening oil the best, def my hg ;-D but I wanted this b/c of the bottle, I might consider keeping it but I dunno…was kinda disappointed sad sigh 🙁

  • Ruthless

    I love my Shu Umera A/O cleansing oil, although it cost an arm and a leg it’s lasted a year and it truly is an amazing way to cleanse your skin.