Dermalogica Precleanse & Precleanse Balm

Dermalogica Precleanse & Dermalogica Precleanse Balm - Comparison & Review

The collection of cleansers hanging out on my bathroom counter seems to be constantly expanding. I love trying out new formulas and new launches but there’s really only so many times I can wash my face every day. Yet somehow, favourites still pop up from the pack – the ones I keep reaching for over and over again. For the last couple of months, it’s been two makeup removal gems from Dermalogica. Obviously, there’s a million and one awesome things in their line-up, and everything I’ve personally tried has knocked my socks off. So I expected the Dermalogica Precleanse* and Dermalogica Precleanse Balm* to be no different.

These two achieve a similar goal in the end, completely cleansing the skin of makeup and leaving it feeling incredible. But there are obviously differences between the two. I’d heard such awesome things about Precleanse that I was intrigued to try it, as well as it’s new sister release, the balm. And no surprises, I loved them both.

Dermalogica Precleanse*

AVAILABLE FROM: Dermalogica, Adore BeautyMecca, David Jones, Active Skin.

Even though I’d heard so many good things about Precleanse, I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting when I first pumped out this cleansing oil. But since then, I have been so impressed. I’ve tried a million and ones cleansing oils at this stage and this one stands up to the test beautifully. In no time, it really melts away any makeup I’m wearing and also balances out my skin, if my t-zone is feeling a little oily. It even holds up against waterproof mascaras. I find that it does sting the eyes a little, however, if I’m not careful.

It feels like quite a rich oil when worked into the skin and then does the classic shift to a milky consistency when I add water. After wiping off the product with a wet face washer, my skin feels soothed and super clean but without any left over residue on the skin. I also love that it smells subtly lemon-y – it’s not too overbearing but just adds a little something extra.

I’ve been using this so much over the last couple of months as my first step as soon as I get home and want to take off my makeup. It’s a quick and easy option but yet again, Dermalogica nailed the formula. I can see why this is such a best-seller for them.

Dermalogica Precleanse Balm*

AVAILABLE FROM: Dermalogica, Adore Beauty, Mecca, Active Skin.

Same formula, same deal but in an easy to use balm formula instead. I love that instead of coming in a bulky, annoying tub, it comes in a squeeze-y tube. The formula is soft enough that you can really choose how much you’d like to use each time you reach for it. You really only need the tiniest bit to cover and cleanse the whole face so I can imagine this tube will last me absolutely ages.

It comes out of the tube like a balm before turning into an oil when warmed up in the hands (it also goes a little softer in the tube when the weather is warmer). It’s got the power of a cleansing balm without having to lug around a giant tub. Which is awesome news for those who travel regularly. I find that this one leaves a tiny bit of residue behind on the skin but apart from that, it performs very similarly to the original Precleanse.

I’ve been absolutely loving this one, too. Especially on days when I’m wearing a little more makeup because this balm-to-oil formula feels a little more heavy duty. It does such a great job of dissolving away heavier face makeup or more budge-proof mascaras. It’s also super cute that Dermalogica includes an ‘exfoliating’ mitt with each balm.

Which one do you need? It’s hard to say and probably all comes down to personal preference. I love them both pretty much equally but it’s hard to deny that the packaging of the Precleanse Balm makes it perfect for travel. I think Precleanse might win out veeeery slightly for me. But if you’re interested in trying out the range, just choose whichever you’d prefer – depending on if you’re more comfortable with balms or oils. Overall, I think I’m 100% sold on the Precleanse family. I feel sure that no matter what, these foolproof, super effective cleansers will be hanging out on my bathroom counter for a while.

Have you tried any Dermalogica skincare?

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  • I hear such great things about Dermalogica, I’m the same as you though. I’ve got way too many cleansers taking up my bathroom at the moment!
    jen, velvet spring x

    • hahah I think it’s a problem a lot of us beauty junkies have! Definitely one to add to the to-buy list for later, though!

  • Shilpa Shetty

    I have heard alot about this,.. Thank you for the review

  • Dermalogica products seem amazing! Need to see if we can get this brand here in Portugal. xx

    Carolina’s Makeup Life

  • Bernadette

    I’m such a fan of Dermalogica, their products are incredible. I’m interested in the pre cleanse balm. I have access to the holiday collection that includes a small size of the pre cleanse balm, I am so keen to try it!

    • Oh yay! That mini size of the Precleanse balm would be the perfect way to try it out! 🙂 And you only need the tiniest bit each night anyway!