Shu Uemura Ultime8 Cleansing Oil




Skin Type:

Combination, Dry, Normal, Oily, Sensitive

Skin Concern:

Ageing, Dehydration, Drynes, Dullness, Pigmentation, Sensitivity, Uneven tone/texture, Visible pores

Categories: ,


Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil is a luxurious cleansing oil that contains eight naturally derived botanical oils.

It expertly removes makeup and impurities, while also gently brightening and smoothing the skin.

This cleansing oil refreshes, replenishes and refines the skin to leave it looking more illuminated.

The Ultime8 is Shu Uemura’s most loved cleansing oil and is considered the benchmark by which other cleansing oils are judged.

This stems from Shu Uemura’s unparalleled expertise in cleansing oils. Shu Uemura is the world leader in cleansing oils because it invented them!

Why Shu Uemura Ultime8 Cleansing Oil?

This is Shu Uemura’s top-selling cleansing oil. It’s treasured for its cashmere-like texture and exceptional ability to dissolve makeup quickly, without having to drag on the skin. Even heavy makeup and sunscreen dissolve quickly. And it rinses clean easily, leaving the skin silky, soft and hydrated. No more feelings of tightness or discomfort.

Shu Uemura has used only the highest grade and purest ingredients to make this cleansing oil. Shu Uemura maintains that correct cleansing of the skin is the starting point for clear and luminous skin.

The formulation principally uses natural-origin ingredients so that the health of the skin is respected. It doesn’t contain any petroleum-derived oils, such as mineral oil, or other synthetic oils.

Like other Shu Uemura cleansing oils, it feels light and glides across the skin, so a little goes a long way. Shu Uemura has carefully selected eight exceptional plant-based oils based on traditional eastern practices and the cleansing experience. You’ll find a blend of Corn Germ, Japanese Tsubaki, Meadowfoam, Jojoba, Safflower, Soybean, Squalane and Vitamin E oils. In addition, there is moisturising Shea Butter, energising Ginseng and refining Bamboo Extract.

The Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Cleansing Oil is more than just a cleanser. It’s the perfect start to healthy, clear and luminous skin.

Key ingredients

Japanese Tsubaki Oil, otherwise known as Camellia Japonica Oil, is produced from the seeds of the flowering shrub, indigenous to Japan and China, and a member of the tea family. This nourishing oil, sourced from Toshima Island in Japan, is Shu Uemura’s signature oil.

Camellia Japonica Oil is a super light oil that’s renowned for its remarkable ability to penetrate the skin and deliver phytonutrients. Its texture is similar the skin’s own oils so it doesn’t feel oily or heavy.

This intensely moisturising oil has been a treasured beauty secret of Japanese women. For centuries, Geishas have revered it and used it as part of their skin care routines.

Camellia Japonica Oil contains high levels of unsaturated fatty acid Oleic Acid, Omega 9,  which replenishes and strengthens the skin  barrier. A strong barrier function is essential for skin to be able to protect itself from environmental aggressors and to be able to retain moisture.

Jojoba Seed Oil is an exceptional skin oil that soothes sensitive skin, hydrates dry skin and balances oily skin. It has the same molecular structure as the oils found in healthy human skin, making it perfect for all skin types. It also offers antioxidant protection, has anti-inflammatory effects and has some  antibacterial qualities too.

Soybean Oil, or Glycine Soja, is one of skin care’s most overlooked oils. It contains isoflavones, which help fade the appearance of sun-induced discolourations and reduce the excess transfer of melanin to the skin’s surface. Additionally, it’s a good antioxidant, containing specific compounds that help protect the skin from UV damage. Soybean Oil contains a blend of fatty acids that are soothing, smoothing and help maintain the skin barrier. This oil is particularly suited to dry and sensitive skin types.

Phospholipids pull in water from the surrounding air and hold it in the skin. And they do this without being occlusive. Additionally, phospholipids replenish those lost from the skin due to cleansing and environmental factors.

Panax Ginseng Root Extract is a great multitasker in skin care. It boosts hydration, reduces rough texture, evens out skin tone and firms the skin, making those wrinkles  look less visible. It’s also a source of antioxidants and Vitamins B and D. These two vitamins lead to increased circulation and oxygenation of the skin and in turn this results in greater collagen production.

Bamboo Extract contains a powerful anti-inflammatory and helps with healing. It is also moisturising and reduces melanin production, improving the appearance those dark spots. Bamboo Extract is mildly exfoliating, so you will be able to refine your complexion without grittiness or irritation. And the high levels of silica naturally absorb excess oil in the skin.

These ingredients put this cleansing oil in a league of its own.


  • Makeup, sunscreen, dirt and impurities are removed.
  • Skin is left feeling clean, fresh and moisturised.
  • Skin is gently refined and feels softer and smoother with continued use.
  • The complexion is improved through the thorough cleaning of pores and removal of impurities and pollutants.
  • Appearance of acne marks is improved.

Best for

Suits all skin types.

Given this oil only uses natural plant-based oils and not mineral oils, it’s richer than some of Shu Uemura other cleansing oils. Oilier skin types need to follow with a second cleanser.

Perfect pairs

Shu Uemura Ultime8 Cleansing Oil can be used on its own or as part of a double cleanse.

If you have combination, dry, normal or sensitive skin, you can follow with a gentle gel cleaner such as the Oskia Renaissance Cleanser or the Pestle & Mortar Renew Cleanser for a beautiful cleanse that keeps your skin feeling hydrated.

If you have oily skin pone to breakouts, incorporate a Salicylic Acid cleanser  into your skin care routine. Use no more than once a day, if skin tolerates. We like the Bloc Your Deep Cleanse.

Good to know

Cruelty free and vegan friendly.

This product has a light fragrance, however it doesn’t linger after rinsing.

It leaves the skin feeling comfortable and moisturised.

Tip: Apply this to dry skin and gently massage to dissolve makeup, foundation and sunscreen. Wet face and continue to massage until the oil transforms into a milky fliud. Thoroughly rinse to remove.

Brand ethics

Shu Uemura is a global brand that takes a holistic approach to beauty. It believes that beautiful makeup should start with beautiful skin.

It’s widely recognised for its amazing cosmetic, hair care and skin care products. Shu Uemura was the first brand to create cleansing oils  based on ancient geisha practices. It continues to set the benchmark that others try to copy.

Shu Uemura started as a cosmetics brand founded by a Japanese makeup artist, Hiroshi Uemura, who became famous in Hollywood after his transformation of Shirley McLaine into a Japanese geisha in the film My Geisha.

In creating the first cleansing oil, Uemura promised the oil would leave the skin cleaner than soap but be moisturising.

His lifelong philosophy was that skin health should be the most important aspect of cosmetics and that makeup should only enhance it, not artificially create it.

Shu Uemura has maintained its obsessive focus on quality, precision and attention to detail. The products continue to be made in Japan and they follow a  Japanese aesthetic, rather than a western one. Shu Uemura seeks to preserve the values, craftmanship and techniques passed down through generations.

The brand selects sustainable plant-based and other ingredients sourced from the different regions of Japan. It focuses on using only what is needed and limiting waste so to reduce its environmental footprint. It uses functional lightweight packaging in line with this commitment.

You can read more about Shu Uemura on our brand page.

Shu Uemura Ultime8 Cleansing Oil Review

I love this product so, so much. I’ve tried The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Oil and the Boscia Makeup Breakup, and this outdoes them both. It has the right amount of slip, smells heavenly (spa-like) and melts away makeup like a dream. Once rinsed with water, it turns into this white milky texture and leaves your face feeling deeply nourished and soft like a baby’s bottom … You have to use it on dry skin first. Massage it into your face and then rinse it off with water …


How to use

Dispense 1-2 pumps of the cleansing oil into the palm of your hand.

Gently smooth all over the face and massage in.

Wet face and continue to massage so that the cleansing oil emulsifies. It will change from an oil into a light milky lotion.

Rinse thoroughly to ensure the cleanser, makeup and impurities are removed.

Use alone or as part of a double cleanse.


Key ingredients

Corn Germ Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Squalane, Camellia Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Vitamin E,  Soybean Oil, Shea Butter, Phospholipids, Panax Ginseng Root Extract and Bambusa Vulgaris Extract.


Zea Mays (Corn) Germ Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Myristate, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate, Polyglyceryl-6 Dicaprate, Polyglyceryl-2 Oleate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Squalane, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Dicaprylyl Ether, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Geraniol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Phospholipids, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Citric Acid, Fragrance.


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Shu Uemura Ultime8 Cleansing Oil”

Your email address will not be published.