Review | Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA) Makeup Remover

July 1, 2010

When I first saw this makeup remover (200 ml/S$17.90), I was quite taken by its soothing ocean blue hue. Part of the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA) hydrating range, this makeup remover includes AHA and BHA to gently exfoliate even as it hydrates.

The Pros

  • It has a pretty colour

I know this is a little shallow but it’s nice to have something soothing and pretty to look at (the blue comes from the bottle, not the product). ;)

  • It is adequate for removing light to medium makeup

It easily dissolves everything and doesn’t leave a gunky feel or traces of residue.

  • It is hydrating

True to its famous SHA formula, my skin doesn’t feel tight after washing the cleanser away with water. Instead, it feels clean and smooth.

  • It does not contain colourants, fragrance, alcohol or mineral oil

Although it has a slick texture similar to that of an oil cleanser, it is basically clear and almost akin to water. Like the latter, this cleaner is also scent-free.

  • It is easy to use

The pump bottle effortlessly dispenses the product. I also appreciate that there is no leakage or under/over dispensing of the cleanser.

  • A little goes a long way

One pump is often enough to clean my entire face because the liquid is rather emollient.

The Cons

  • It stings the eyes

On no account should this be used on or near the eyes. Although this product claims to be pH-balanced, the AHA/BHA contents are probably the culprits that so strongly irritate the eyes.

  • It isn’t a multi-purpose cleanser

I know this is probably a minor quibble for many who use a separate cleanser for the eyes/lips but I’m so used to my cleansers effectively removing everything that I find its inability to remove eye makeup a shortcoming and a hassle.

  • It doesn’t remove heavy or waterproof makeup

Ditto the above. It is quite deceiving – it is as emollient as an oil cleanser and seems to take away makeup effortlessly but once it comes to waterproof mascara (ouch! and useless) or more tenacious products, it becomes quite ineffective.

That said, this is an easy product to use and will last quite a while. I suppose it will extend the lifespan of my oil cleansers and help me save a little money along the way as many oil makeup removers cost more than this!

Image source: Rohto Japan

This review also appears on Emakemeup

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18 Responses to Review | Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA) Makeup Remover

  1. FarahDean
    July 1, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Have you tried Aqualabel Cleansing Oil? How does it compare to this?

    • makeupmag
      July 2, 2010 at 2:39 am

      Hey Farah,

      The Aqualabel can clean off Majolica Majorca mascara! I think that says it all? ;)

  2. July 1, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    This is sold in S’pore but not M’sia? Oo..

    • makeupmag
      July 2, 2010 at 2:40 am

      Hi Cynthia,

      This product isn’t on the MY and SG Hada Labo websites either. You can find it at the Watsons stores in SG though! :)

  3. July 2, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Got it picked up for me in SG but haven’t tried hehe… It’ll be coming to Msia later this year – I checked ;) Thanks for the review

    • makeupmag
      July 4, 2010 at 11:51 pm

      Hi PB,

      You’re welcome! Hope it works for you. :)

  4. FarahDean
    July 2, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Have also tried Aquamoist cleansing oil? :)

    • makeupmag
      July 4, 2010 at 11:52 pm

      Hi Farah,

      I haven’t tried it. I do have a few other products from the range though. :)

  5. FarahDean
    July 4, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    I do like their products. Been using the moisturizing range(not all, some lah, actually almost all LOL) for a while.

    • makeupmag
      July 5, 2010 at 11:00 pm

      Hi Farah,

      It’s a good (and affordable!) range. I like that it’s fuss-free. :)

  6. July 29, 2010 at 9:49 am

    So, how does this compare to Mandom Cleansing Express? This is more like an oil cleanser (the sales lady at Watsons said so when I picked this up and rejected her cleansing oil).?

  7. February 24, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Argh! I wish I read this blog before I used this product – because I put some around my eyes to remove make-up and it stung like a mother!! LOL

    • makeupmag
      February 28, 2011 at 11:15 pm

      Hi Ling,

      It can be quite painful. But it does the trick for most non-eye makeup. :)

  8. louise
    June 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    1. is it suitable for removing liquid foudation and concealer?
    2. is it suitable for oily skin? or all skin type?

    • makeupmag
      June 20, 2011 at 1:04 am

      Hi Louise,

      1. Yes. However, it should not be used on the eye area.
      2. I think it’s suitable for all skin types.

  9. June 25, 2011 at 12:11 am


    Is it suitable for removing sunscreen?
    Many thanks :)

    • makeupmag
      June 27, 2011 at 11:21 pm

      Hi MrsRance,

      It removes sunscreen for me. :)

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