I’ve got quite a bit of love for cleansing oils and balms – a speedy massage in and rinse is a quick and easy way to get rid of a face full of makeup and I’m all about speeding up the process any way I can. I’ve had two on the go lately and I’ve been testing them and trying them out to see whether it was worth saving my pennies.
It’s fragrance free, faff free and it’s been a firm favourite of mine for a while now. If something makes it onto Caroline Hiron’s Hall of Fame list then I sit up and take notice. This one can get rid of ANY makeup on the face, waterproof mascara and all, and it feels lovely while doing it. The balm turns into an oil after being warmed up and massaging it into the skin is an absolute breeze. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated but still super clean.
The cheaper option of the two is from Trilogy, chock full of delicious sounding ingredients like mango seed butter, coconut oil, rosehip oil and sunflower seed oil. Again, the balm turns into a seriously luxurious oil when massaged into the skin and does a great job of removing stubborn makeup. It’s got a fairly noticeable fragrance to it, too.
For me, the Clinique is the clear winner – the oil is slightly less thick and a little more emollient and doesn’t leave a residue on the skin that means that I have to double cleanse if I want my skin to feel cleansed. The Trilogy balm is even tricky to wash off my hands after massaging it in because leaves behind so much of an oily residue. Sure, it’s great if you want a little extra hydration but it just leaves my skin feeling clogged. The fragrance is also a factor here, normally my skin isn’t too sensitive to added fragrances but my skin did not respond well to the fragrance in this one. Not one I’d recommend to those with sensitive skin.
The Trilogy one is super moisturising and still gets the job done when removing makeup but it’s just a little too thick for my liking – if your skin doesn’t mind fragrances or you have dry skin that needs all the moisture that it can get then the Trilogy might still be worth a try but for $20AUD more, I’d splurge for the Clinique. I don’t mind spending more on skincare if I know it’s going to work and the Clinique one really does.
What’s your favourite cleansing balm?
*some products in this post have been provided for editorial consideration, honesty as always!