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I have to admit, I am pretty obsessed with cleansing oils. They offer a convenient solution to taking off everyday makeup – slather it on, massage it for a little bit and rinse it all off. There’s none of that tugging and pulling on the skin as you would get with a cotton pad or cleansing wipe.

Of course, this obsession has led to a burning desire to try out every single form of cleansing oil product on the market – I’ve tried Korean oil balms, cleansing sherbets, watery-oils and rich fragrant oils, to name a few. But I always go back to the lighter, refreshing formulas that are more suited for my combination skin.

One product that’s in constant rotation within my beauty stash is Shu Uemura’s Porefinist cleansing oil, which is targeted for oily skin types. So when the new Oleo:moist cleansing oil gel arrived in the office, I wasn’t too sure if it would be suitable for my skin type.

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The product, which is a white gel containing vitamin E and Japanese Muguet Herb capsules, is touted to block water evaporation from moisture-depleted skin while removing heavy makeup and impurities.

This proved to be true during my week-long test. A 20 cent-sized dollop of the gel was all it took to effectively remove my foundation as well as waterproof eyeliner and mascara without leaving any residue. My skin felt comfortable and hydrated, too.

But what surprised and impressed me most was that it did not contribute to my skin being any oilier than it is, despite being a moisturising product. Rather, I enjoyed how supple my skin felt immediately after.

It was also just as easy to use as the brand’s existing cleansing oils, with an added benefit of not having to worry about the product trickle down your arm and onto the floor.

So if you’ve always wanted to try out Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils but haven’t got quite the opportunity because you hate the mess that they can sometimes cause, get this gel formula instead. And if you’re already a fan, this is one you must add to your stash.

Shu Uemura’s Oleo:moist cleansing oil gel will be available at all Shu Uemura’s stores and counters at $50 for 150ml from August.

Love gel-to-oil cleansers? Then check out our review of two other hydrating and brightening options, or if you prefer cleansing wipes, here are three we tested. See how they fared.