Am I missing something here but I am loathe to spend a lot of money on a product which will clean off my make up and then get flushed down the plug hole! I much prefer to save those precious pennies for good products which stay on my skin to work their magic.
What I want is something that will take off all of my make up, leave my skin without that horrible tight feeling and above all not irritate my skin. For me, that’s my cleansers job done and luckily my favourite cleansers not only leave you with lovely soft, clean skin but they’re kind to your purse as well.
I was using Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water for a long time. It’s easy to use, takes off all my make up but I wanted a deeper cleanse which I didn’t feel I was getting with a cleansing water. (If you do use Micellar Water make sure you rinse afterwards with water. Some people have noticed skin irritation).
Nightime – I now prefer to use a cleansing balm/cream massaged all over my face (including the eye area), taken off with a facial flannel that ‘s been rinsed with warm water. Followed by a second cleanse with soap and water. It’s such a lovely, cosy feeling having a warm, super-soft, wet flannel rinsing away your make-up and stresses of the day. Morning – I cleanse just the once with soap and water.
So on now to the CLEANSING BALMS/CREAMS I have tried out over the recent weeks. In no particular order ……..
BOOTS No.7 Radiant Results Nourishing Cleansing Balm
I was recently going through Duty Free and rushed in to Boots to grab any last minute essentials when I was sucked in by their brilliant advertising “Cleanse your way to radiant & healthier looking skin in 1 week”. Who doesn’t want radiant and healthier looking skin? And in 1 week?! Pfft! I’d be mad not to try it ……. I was already thinking about trying a new balm cleanser and it was on a 3 for 2 offer. So before I could blink, my arm had extended like a lizards tongue and grabbed a tub off the shelf.
This is a lovely, light weight feeling balm with a very mild fragrance. It’s not heavy or claggy, melts on your skin effortlessly and lifts away all make-up including my waterproof mascara. Very nice indeed. I can’t say my face looked more radiant and healthier than it had done before but still a balm I would happily use except for one thing ………. it felt more or less the same as the cleansing balm I already use and my regular one works out cheaper.
I have been using this cleansing cream for many years now and still after all of this time, love it. It’s been around for over a 100 years and is not only used by people to take their regular make up off but is also used worldwide by theatre and make-up professionals. (I’ve put above the link to the Amazon UK website where it can be purchased and you can see the reviews, many from people who have been using it for a very long time, commenting on how good a condition their skin is in for their age).
So inside the tub is a white, old-fashioned slight rose fragrance cream which again is very light, melts on the skin easily and lifts away all signs of make-up and dirt. I would call it a balm and it is very similar in texture to the Boots No. 7 Cleansing Balm, maybe slightly greasier in texture. A small amount goes a long way.
I found it a very similar product in terms of feel on my skin, texture and make-up cleansing as the Boots No. 7 Radiant Results Nourishing Cleansing Balm but this product works out much cheaper. Taking in to consideration the 3 for 2 offer the Boots No. 7 Balm comes to £26 for 375 ml and Crowes Cremine is only £13.98 for 400ml.
EVE LOM CLEANSER
On opening the tub, you find a thick waxy balm. It has a very strong herbal smell which has a decongestant property when you place a warm, damp flannel over your face for a few seconds before wiping away dirt and make up.
I’ve read many a rave review about this product but I tried it about a year ago and again recently and I just don’t see it myself. I personally find it far too thick and waxy and I just hate the smell. I did hold a warm, wet flannel over my face for a few seconds as directed but didn’t like the smell or the waxy feel on my face. It did take all traces of my make up off but it’s a more expensive cleanser and I certainly wouldn’t purchase it.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm
Although on opening the pot it looks like a very thick, waxy balm it is actually much lighter in texture than it originally appears and has a very slight fragrance (unfortunately, I put some Eve Lom Cleanser on my skin first and the strong smell from that is over-powering the smell of this balm). It glides on effortlessy, removing all traces of dirt and make up beautifully.
I received a free sample of this product when purchasing some other Estee Lauder products. Although I wouldn’t purchase it as I find my Crowes Cremine such a great cleansing product at such a great price, I would be extremely happy to receive and use it if I received it again as part of a promotion. Infact, I would be skipping to the sink to take my make up off.
So for me, the make up cleanser which has stood the test of time, takes off my make up brilliantly, never irritates or leaves my skin feeling tight and dry and is great value for money, even after all of this time, is still Crowes Cremine.
Oops! Forgot to add that the large and extremely luxurious feeling pink flannel you can see in the photo is from Primark and costs only £1.50!
(I was going to talk about the soap I use as my second cleanse but will do my next review on soap and foam facial washes instead!)