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  • Writer's pictureKristina Dereskeviciute

Liquid Make Up Removers vs. Cleansing Balms

Updated: Jun 14

When it comes to removing makeup, two popular options widely used are liquid makeup removers and cleansing balms. Both products serve the purpose of effectively removing makeup, but they differ in their formulations and application methods.

Liquid Makeup Remover: Liquid makeup removers are typically water-based products that come in the form of a solution or micellar water. They are known for their ability to remove makeup, dirt, and impurities from the skin. Liquid makeup removers are applied using cotton pads or wipes, offering a gentle and efficient way to cleanse the skin.

Cleansing Balm: Cleansing balms, on the other hand, are solid oil-based cleansers that melt into the skin when applied. These balms are rich in emollients and often contain ingredients like natural oils, shea butter, and antioxidants. The balm texture allows for a luxurious and soothing cleansing experience, as it helps to break down makeup and impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils.

Why Cleansing Balm is Better for the Skin: Cleansing balms are considered better for the skin for several reasons. Firstly, the nourishing oils and butter in cleansing balms help to hydrate and moisturize the skin while removing makeup, leaving the skin feeling soft and supple. Additionally, cleansing balms are effective in breaking down stubborn makeup, including waterproof formulas, without the need for harsh scrubbing. This can help prevent damage to the skin's barrier and reduce the risk of irritation. Lastly, the massaging action of applying a cleansing balm can also help to improve circulation and promote a healthy glow.

Brand Comparison:

·       Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm: 100g  from £41, Elemis is known for its luxurious skincare products, and its Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is a cult favourite. It contains a blend of precious oils, waxes, and botanical extracts to cleanse and nourish the skin. I have tried, a nice product but a bit pricy and the product itself is not a lot, I was told that I needed a small amount to clean make up but that wasn’t the case for me, I needed a generous amount and I ran out of the product pretty fast.

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·       ELF Holy Hydration! Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm: 56g  cost me £11, ELF Cosmetics offers an affordable yet effective cleansing balm that transforms from a solid balm to a silky oil upon application. It is enriched with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides.


·       Cheaper Alternatives: There are several budget-friendly

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cleansing balms available in the market, such as the W7 Peachy Clean Face Cleansing Balm £5.25 on Amazon or Q+A Grapefruit Cleansing Balm from Holland & Barret will cost you £9.5 the Pond's Cold Cream Cleansing Balm. These options provide a cost-effective way to experience the benefits of a cleansing balm without breaking the bank.

Cleansing balms emerge as the epitome of skincare sophistication, offering a sensory journey that transcends mere makeup removal to elevate it into a pampering ritual that nurtures and revives the skin. Whether you gravitate towards the opulence of Elemis or the accessible charms of budget-friendly alternatives, the realm of cleansing balms stands as a sanctuary for all seeking radiant, replenished skin.

Personally, I have tried a lot of different makeup cleaning products, whether it's a liquid or balm, cheap or a bit more expensive. I concluded that my skin feels and looks better after using a balm. I feel like liquid makeup cleaners don't clean my skin deeply enough, and after wiping my face, I still have to use additional product plus toner to remove the remaining product. However, balms really lift all the makeup and dirt from my skin, leaving it smooth and clean. After using a balm, I usually don’t need any toner or moisturizer as my skin feels so soft. feels so soft from all those oils being massaged into my skin, but that is of course optional if you feel that your skin still requires afte care. 

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