Balm cleansers, sometimes called hot cloth cleansers, exploded onto the beauty market over the last year or so, and have pretty much eclipsed makeup wipes. This is for good reason in my experience, because a good one will need result in a lot more moisture, and a lot less rubbing and irritation to remove your stubborn makeup. That is, if it is a good one. The bad cleaning balms result in greasy mess that gets into your eyes, leaving you with blurry vision and a streaky face.
1. Soap and Glory the Ultimelt
In my recent fashion haul, I showed you Soap and Glory’s version, which comes with a cloth, and a neat compact tube that is easy to travel with. Like all their products, it also has a cutesy name. It’s the only drugstore cleanser I’ve used, and is pretty good for the price, although you don’t get very much product. I found it worked well as long as you use the cloth. If you don’t you will struggle to remove your eye makeup, as the balm is thick and doesn’t do a fab job of dissolving your makeup until you lift it off with the damp cloth.
2. Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Treatment and Cloth
This one also comes with a cloth, pictured, and retails at an eye-watering 60$ for Sephora. I hated it so much on using it that I returned it. The cleanser is very thick and oily and makes your makeup more difficult to get off than any other cleanser I’ve ever tried. Even using the cloth, it just rubs the greasy mess in more rather than lifting it off. After rubbing away, I was left with an oily irritated face.
3. Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser
This is what I exchanged the above cleanser for. It is my favourite of all the makeup removers I’ve ever tried. It smells like juicy gummy bears, and has a strange but fab consistency. In the jar, it is a jelly, but when applied the face, turns into a light oil. Massage in for a minute, and then add water to turn it milky and easily removable. I do think you get best results with a damp cloth, but you can get away without and still get your makeup off. it is cheaper than the Josie Maran at 42$, and will last a long time because you only need a dab from the jar.
Do you have a favourite cleanser? Let me know in the comments below!