Tuesday 18 May 2021

Empties - Cleansing Balms I’ve used up!


Today I have a review of four different cleansing balms that I have used up in the last year!

From top to bottom left to right:

Wishful Clean Genie Cleansing Butter - £31 for 100g - Firstly, I really enjoyed the no-scent scent of this. It smells….clean if that makes sense! The name “butter” is very apt as it does feel like the consistency of butter you forgot to put back in the fridge! Which is a little weird at first if you’re used to harder cleansing balms and is easy to use too much to start with. Spreads VERY easily and did a great job at taking my makeup off, including waterproof eye makeup. Left my skin feeling very soft and supple, which is all thanks to the green tea extract in it which is known for helping to maintain skin moisture. Would I buy again? The consistency was a bit too odd for me personally so I would purchase again, but I wouldn’t be mad if someone gifted it to me! 6/10

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm - £38 for 70ml - This is the most expensive of the bunch with the least amount of product, which can be off putting to some, but the texture of this is beautiful. A tiny amount goes such a long way with one twist of the palms melting the balm into a beautiful oil consistency to really remove all makeup and pollution (very handy for those of us who commute!) Again, this has a clean scent with nothing major added except a bit of lavender which is barely noticeable but also gave my night routine a bit of a spa like feeling. Removes all makeup including waterproof eye makeup. Leaves my skin feel soft but with a tiny bit of residue if I don’t rinse fully. Would I buy again? Yes if I felt I had a bit of extra cash to spare as the price/ml ratio does make this a bit more expensive compared to the others 8/10

Clinique Take The Day Off Balm - £26 for 125ml - One of the classic cleansing balms and for good reason! You get a lot of product and, like everything else on Clinique, it’s 100% fragrance free! Like the Lauder balm, a tiny bit of this goes a long way. It’s the most solid of all the balms in this review so it’s easy to not use too much and that means it lasts a long time! This often comes in some really good sets around Christmas and you can also buy this in a mini for £9 for 30ml so you can try it before delving in to the bigger size first if you want. Takes off all makeup easily including waterproof eye makeup and any SPF too. Leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. Would I buy again? Yes. I’ve gone through multiples of this balm and usually have a backup “just in case”! 9/10

No7 Radiant Results Nourishing Cleansing Balm - £9 for 125ml - This cleansing balm is amazing for the price you pay! (And is also normally on some kind of great offer too!!) It’s a softer consistency so slightly easier to use a bit too much like the Huda one, but isn’t as soft at the Huda one. This is a great one to go to if a customer has never used a cleansing balm before and don’t want to break the bank for “just a makeup remover” or if they can’t afford their trusty premium brand cleanser at the moment. This took off all my makeup including waterproof eye makeup. Leaves my skin feeling a little oiler than the others due to the coconut oil in it being slightly harder to wash off but if used with a second cleanse, this isn’t an issue at all. Would I buy it again? For almost a third of the cost of the Clinique one, yes I 100% would do….especially if it’s on offer or I have a voucher too! 8/10

As you can see, I liked all of them but my favourite is still the Clinique Take The Day Off Balm as it just works well and lasts me ages. I’ve really enjoyed getting to try all of these out either on allocation or from purchasing myself!

What do you all think? Do you have a go to cleansing balm? Are there any I NEED to try next? (I recently got a mini of the Rodial Pink Diamond Cleanser and I’m really enjoying that but am open to any suggestions!)

Until next time,


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