I have been a long time fan of Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm for about a year and a half now. I believe I originally read about it in one of Lindsay’s posts and then picked it up at Sephora – since then I have blown through one full size container and am just finishing up my second sample size. Since I do follow up with an actual face wash, I have a hard time justifying the price tag at $38. I had intentions of picking up a new container during the Sephora sale but decided to try a similar product on the market instead.
OleHenriksen recently rebranded the packaging on all products and I’ve been noticing a lot of their *older* packaged items are popping up at Winners and Marshalls – for a fraction of the price! I’ve already picked up a Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer for $19.99 – it retails at Sephora for $48! This past weekend we were in Truro and any town that has a Winners – B now knows that I must stop in lol. That location had a lot of skincare products – and a crapload of OleHenriksen! I eyed the 3-in-1 Melting Cleanser and was immediately intrigued because I haven’t seen this product before and am almost out of my Clinique. I believe I paid around $24.99 CAD for it which is a great deal because it retails at Sephora for $39.
So what exactly is a cleansing balm?!
Cleansing balms come in a variety of textures (gel, cream, liquid &etc) but all transform into the same – a milk like consistency that rapidly breaks down any trace of makeup. Many brands seem to be offering their version of a “cleansing balm’ but these are the only two I’ve tried. The next on my list to test is Farmacy and Boscia.It's #BattleOfTheBrands time! What are your thoughts on makeup removing cleansing balms? @OleHenriksen @Clinique Click To Tweet
In the perfect world where I had all the time for a nightly beauty routine and money wasn’t an issue – I would use both. I love that with Clinique’s product, you can really feel and see your makeup melting away but it just doesn’t compare to the OleHenriksen in regards to removing all mascara. Even though the Clinique can melt away the longest wearing foundation, I always found that it didn’t do a great job at breaking down my mascara. While the gel texture took some getting use to, I really enjoyed the melting cleanser.
I have heard from a few different people that OleHenriksen products give them cystic acne so keep that in mind. I had a few small white heads the first two days using the product but after my skin adjusted – I had no problems. I also enjoy the melting cleanser because not only does it remove all traces of makeup but it’s jam packed with natural oils and vitamins to help maintain glowing skin – vitamin C., rosehip fruit, cherry seed, and sweet almond oils just to name a few.
What are your thoughts on cleansing balms?