The Balance Me Restore and Replenish Cream Cleanser has sat in my bathroom unused for quite some time – I’ve got a massive pile of cleansers in my bathroom and I’ve been trying to finish up part used ones before starting on the next – but after deciding my skin seemed to have “got used” to the routine – I decided it was time to swap it about and try something new.
Balance Me is a brand which I’ve never bought anything from – but have always managed to get samples via magazines or beauty boxes, in general I’ve always had a good experience with the products, but never enough to tempt me to buy them – I’d say the prices are mid-high range (full size of this is £19), so higher than Liz Earle – and when you come into that kind of price bracket, there’s always been something which I’ve liked more for the money(or even for less money!) , so I was interested to see whether this Cream Cleanser would be the product which would tempt me.
For those people who enjoy natural skincare – this one is 99% natural being free of nasty chemicals I’m always keen to keep away from my face where possible. This is a very thick cream consistency – it almost reminds me of a clay mask it’s that kind of thick and dryer texture. When it comes to cleansers, I like it to do everything – I don’t like to do a 2 step process if at all possible, unless there’s a product which is adding to my routine. I want makeup to be gone and my skin to be left soft and clean. Unfortunately this one doesn’t deliver on being a catch all product. Makeup removal with this leaves me looking more like Kung-Fu Panda than skin being clean – I’ve tried with different mascaras, eyeshadows, eyeliners – and it doesn’t seem to breakdown anything that I’ve tried well at all.
Where it does deliver is on the softness front – if my skin is clean (or at least my eye area) before using this, using a small walnut sized amount, I wet my face without it being dripping – just enough to moisten up the texture, leave on for about 30 seconds, before rinsing away, massaging into the skin in circular motions helps massage it into the skin – leaving the skin softer than before. It’s almost like a quick face mask – are the effects as good as waiting for 10/20 minutes with a moisturising face mask? No – and for me whilst at least it’s a way for me to use the product up – I don’t think it is enough to make me repurchase, after all I have a face mask stash that could rival some beauty salons.
This product claims to boost collagen so should plump up the skin, personally I saw nothing immediate – just feeling softer – and the sample wasn’t big enough over 2 weeks of use to see any difference over a longer term either.
Overall I would say save your money on this one – I think other cream cleansers like Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish or the Superdrug Hot Cloth Cleanser do a better job – both of which are cheaper.
What are your favourite Cream Cleansers?