REN Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm

Using the REN Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm is my current method of makeup removal, as I’m taking a brief break from my beloved Shu Uemura cleansing oils. Not that there’s anything wrong with my cleansing oils, because that’s my number one method of removing makeup; but, I was just curious about all the hype around cleansing balms. I’ve been using the REN Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm for a few weeks now, and I figured it would be good to share with you my thoughts about the product.

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This product is a “two-in-one cleansing balm that gently yet thoroughly melts away dirt and makeup.” The “rose-infused balm sweeps away impurities, including waterproof mascara and the toughest of complexion products. It leaves skin cleansed, purified, calm, and glowing. It also conditions the lashes and brows.” The general idea of the cleansing balm is the same as the cleansing oils — in that you apply the oily product with your hands onto your dry face. After massaging it around, you emulsify the product with water as you rinse. For me, I follow-up with a separate face wash to remove any residual leftovers from these kinds of products. And, every few days, I use my Clarisonic.

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The cleansing balm comes with its own muslin cloth. This is nice because it helps to exfoliate your skin and remove any excess traces of the cleansing balm before you fully rinse your face. It’s suggested that you gently rub the product between your hands to warm it up, and directly apply it to your skin. As stated earlier, water will emulsify the product into a luxurious cleansing milk. However, this is NOT very good at removing eye makeup because the product stings like crazy. It’s best to remove your eye makeup with an appropriate eye makeup remover beforehand — which adds another step to the cleansing routine. I don’t mind though.

Also, it’s best to use the muslin cloth in conjunction with the balm. I noticed if I don’t the balmy residue just slips and slides around my face creating a white cast — and, then, it becomes hard to remove because of its waxy consistency. It’s best to dampen the muslin cloth and use it to wipe off the balm before rinsing with water.

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The product smells amazing and is intensely hydrating — meaning, that even after it’s removed my makeup, my skin feels nourished and hydrated and not dry and tight. It also appears to temporarily plump my skin — which is nice for when I move onto my nighttime routine. I’m confident that this cleansing balm removes makeup just like my cleansing oils, and I feel good about using it in place of my cleansing oils every now and then. I think my number one method of makeup removal will always be using oils; but, the balm is more convenient since it’s in a tub. It also feels so nice on the skin at the end of the day, and a little massage never hurt before bedtime. :)

I’d recommend this product to people with all skin types. It’s important to thoroughly remove all traces of makeup and debris from your skin at the end of the day, so that it can breathe at night. Using a cleansing wipe or just a regular face wash is not going to remove all traces — it will most likely remove just the surface particles. This product is an investment, much like the Shu Uemura cleansing oils — however, they last for 9+ months and are well worth it.

Retails for $48.00 USD.
Made in UK.
Contains 5.1 oz.

Bioderma Crealine Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution

So, Bioderma is pretty much the #1 makeup remover online, on YouTube, and on beauty blogs world wide. Because it’s not readily available to me, I’ve put off trying out this product until I finally bit the bullet and ordered on eBay. Normally, my cleansing routine consists of using a cleansing oil and following up with a foaming cleanser and Clarisonic. Out of the Bioderma cleansing range, the Bioderma Sensibio H2O is the most popular and created for sensitive skin. It’s the safest one to purchase if you’re on the fence about the product, or you have reactive skin that’s prone to breakouts.

Because Bioderma has claimed to have “pioneered micellar solutions,” and is formulated for sensitive, normal to dry skins, the brand explains that “micelles contained in its formula effectively micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the skin’s balance (soap-free, physiological pH).” It also claims to remove water-resistant makeup, and contains “soothing and decongesting active ingredients [to] prevent the feelings of irritation often caused by cleansing.”

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Using the product is simple — saturate a cotton pad and wipe your skin. And, repeat until your skin is cleansed and makeup is removed. I can say that it does remove makeup effectively on the surface, but it doesn’t remove Japanese mascara (and I didn’t expect it to). On days when I’m not wearing much on my face — only sunscreen, blush, and some concealer — I don’t mind using Bioderma at the end of the night. Even though rinsing is not required, I still like to go over my skin with my foaming cleanser and Clarisonic. On days when I’m wearing sunscreen, primer, foundation, etc., I prefer to do a more thorough removal with a cleansing oil.

Using the Bioderma is easy and the cooling feeling left over after using the product is refreshing. The interesting thing about this product is that you feel clean afterwards. You skin looks and feels smooth and there’s something calming about the formula. While it’s a trusted way to remove makeup, for me, it just depends on the day. Nothing is going to be more thorough than removing my heavy-duty mascara with an oil-based eye makeup remover, and then using a cleansing oil to break down foundation, and then washing everything off with a cleanser and Clarisonic. Yes, this process has more steps and more products. But it’s also more thorough.

Made in France.