There’s something almost intimidating about MUJI skincare, which kind of explains why it’s taken me so long to get around to posting this review despite having had several months to play around with each product. The MUJI skincare line looks like it belongs in a perfect white bathroom with reclaimed wood accents, a giant rainfall shower head, and fluffy towels, and for the longest time I couldn’t even bring myself to touch the pretty bottles for fear of ruining how beautiful they looked on my shelves.
MUJI’s trademark minimalist packaging gives the whole line a luxury vibe, but most items are actually cheaper than their equivalent drugstore options. As always with MUJI, you get so much more than what you pay for. I also love that each product from the Sensitive Skin range is unscented or very lightly scented and that the ingredients are carefully selected, making MUJI skincare suitable for people with very sensitive skin.
MUJI Cleansing Oil for Sensitive Skin*
MUJI has all the skincare basis covered, starting with their Cleansing Oil for Sensitive Skin. Oil is always my method of choice for removing my makeup at the end of a long day, so the process if very familiar to me – put your MUJI Pile Hair Turban* on, massage the oil on dry skin for a while, look like a raccoon as the mascara smudges further and further away from your eye area, add water, massage the oil some more, rinse off.
This is an olive oil-based makeup remover, and I found it to be just as effective as any mineral oil-based cleansers I’ve used in the past. The scent of olive oil is quite strong and the oil feels thicker than I’m used to, but it lathers well and removes all my makeup quickly and without leaving an oily film behind or drying out my skin.
MUJI Toning Water for Sensitive Skin*
I rarely remember to tone, but ever since I’ve added one of the MUJI Reusable Spray Bottle Head* to my bottle of Toning Water for Sensitive Skin*, toning is so much fun. Though I can’t say that I’ve noticed a difference since I started using the MUJI Toning Water more regularly, I love how refreshing a quick spray is just before applying my moisturizer. It doesn’t irritate my skin as so many more expensive toners do, and it’s meant to help the skin absorb moisture, so it’s definitely worth a try if you’re looking for a new toner.
MUJI Moisturizing Cream for Sensitive Skin*
MUJI also has a few moisturizer options on offer, including the MUJI Moisturizing Cream for Sensitive Skin and the MUJI Moisturizing Milk for Sensitive Skin*. The cream did nothing for me at all and quickly made its way to my “for friends” pile. The texture is thin and just a little bit greasy, and I didn’t find it moisturizing at all. Once the product completely absorbs (10 minutes or so), it leaves my skin feeling uncomfortably dry. It’s the only product I’ve tried from MUJI that I truly didn’t like, but have no fear, the next one is good. In fact, it’s great.
MUJI Moisturizing Milk for Sensitive Skin*
The MUJI Moisturizing Milk for Sensitive Skin* has a thin and watery texture, but it packs an hydration punch like no other. My winter-parched skin absolutely loves this moisturizer. Though it’s a bit light for the current weather and probably more appropriate for the summer months, it’s still my moisturizer of choice at the moment. It absorbs quickly, it leaves my skin smooth and hydrated and it’s super affordable. This is probably my favourite product out of everything I’ve tried by MUJI, which is really saying something.
MUJI Mild Face Wash Foam*
The MUJI Mild Face Wash Foam* is a thick and creamy face wash, similar in texture to a cleansing balm, but a little more foamy. It’s nice and luxurious, it lathers well and it goes perfectly with a FOREO cleansing brush. It’s mild enough for everyday use and not too drying, so I definitely will be repurchasing this one, along with the Cleansing Oil for Sensitive Skin and the Moisturizing Milk for Sensitive Skin.
The MUJI Face Wash Scrub Foam has a consistency similar to the MUJI Mild Face Wash Foam, but with tiny apricot particles. I had flashbacks to my teenage beauty routine of St. Ives Apricot Scrub taking this into the shower with me, but it wasn’t nearly as horrifying as I would have thought. The apricot particles are so small that they barely feel exfoliating, and the foaming base is gentle on the skin. Still, this one will take you right back to 1999.
MUJI Compressed Face Masks and Undereye Patches*
The MUJI Compressed Face Masks and the MUJI Undereye Patches are brilliant – just soak them in your favourite toner or lotion, pop them on for ten to fifteen minutes and enjoy your very own custom masking experience at home. Watching the tiny compressed sheet mask expend is definitely part of the fun…though unfolding it can be quite a challenge.
MUJI Beauty Accessories
MUJI has a whole bunch of great travel beauty accessories and beauty tools. The MUJI Unbleached Cotton Pads* are one of my must-have from their beauty department – at just $3.50 for 180 cotton pads, you won’t get a better deal anywhere, and they’re great quality too.
The MUJI Lavender Hand Cream* and the MUJI Lip Balm* are handbag essentials that will keep your hands and lips soft and hydrated this winter. You can also pop the MUJI Portable Eyelash Curler* in your bag as it doesn’t take any space at all…and it’s just so cute. For people on the go, the MUJI Cleansing Sheets* are compact and easy to use and I’ve also heard great things about the MUJI Face Blotting Paper*, though I haven’t tried them myself as my skin has never been especially oily.
Gorgeous minimalist packaging – check! Ingredients suitable for sensitive skin – check! Beautiful skin – check!
*PR samples featured