I hate the makeup removal process as much as I love to wear makeup. It is messy, time-consuming (takes a while to get all the gunk off) and above of all, most makeup removers leave some residue behind, especially waterproof eye makeup is hard to remove even with high-end makeup removers. But apparently, cleansing balms have eliminated this ordeal by making makeup removing process much simpler and easier. I had tried Heimish Cleansing Balm and enjoyed using it. I bought the Innisfree Apple Seed Cleansing Oil to try my luck again.
Feel this gentle cleansing oil balm melt upon contact with your skin as you gently massage it onto your face, dissolving impurities and savoring the fresh apple scent. Enriched with Apple Seed Oil to help nourish and purify, skin is left feeling crisp and refreshed with a super-clean finish.
My Experience with Innisfree Apple Seed Cleansing Oil Balm:
I wanted to buy the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm because it made the makeup removing process so much easier, but it’s a bit on the higher end and can be expensive if used daily, so I refrained from picking it up. Fortunately, I found its equally amazing dupe, in the Korean skin care brand “Heimish,” and once I ran out of it, I decided to diversify and try this cleansing balm by Innisfree.
I usually use makeup remover wipes to take off my face makeup and for eyes, I have tried various types of makeup removers such as micellar water, The Body Shop Gentle eye makeup remover and even used a really expensive one by Estee Lauder as well, but they all failed to remove eyeliner and mascara satisfactorily, some of them also irritated my eyes. That’s why, I decided to invest in a cleansing balm and see if they can make this process easier.
Innisfree Cleansing Balm comes in a very sturdy, white tub with a green apple color lid on top and an extra protection cover inside. The main ingredients of this balm are heavy oils which worried me a little because most heavy oils give me terrible acne, but I reasoned that a skin care company must be aware of comedogenic properties of these oils and would have somehow figured out how to compensate for that. It also contains Babassu, apple seed oil, water, glycerin and very small percentages of natural extracts.
Its consistency is like that of solidified oil, which when rubbed between the fingers turns into an emollient, which in turn helps in the whole makeup removal process. A small, pea-sized amount is enough for one-time use and can easily remove liquid lipstick, eyeliner and mascara.
I usually, gently rub my eyelids and lashes for a few seconds to remove all the stubborn makeup and then add a little water to remove makeup better. I then wipe off my face and wash it with a gentle face cleanser and that’s it. I go from full makeup face to makeup free face in just a minute.
I enjoyed using Hemish cleansing balm more because it has better packaging, better fragrance, works a little better at removing makeup than this one by Innisfree. If I have to choose between the two, I will go for the one by Heimish.
Pros of Innisfree Apple Seed Cleansing Oil Balm:
- This cleansing balm is half the price of Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm.
- Easily removes stubborn eye and lip makeup.
- Does not cause acne even though it has heavy oils in it.
- Packaging is pretty and sturdy.
- Contains some essential, natural extracts.
- Free of synthetic colors, mineral oil, animal products, sulfate surfactant, imidazolidinyl urea.
Cons of Innisfree Apple Seed Cleansing Oil Balm:
- Availability can be an issue for some but some Korean websites do ship to India as well.
- Can irritate eyes a little, so have to be a little careful while removing makeup from the waterline.
- It has green apple fragrance which is a bit overwhelming for me.
- I wish it came with a spatula to keep the process sanitary.
I love this product and recommend it to all those who are looking for an affordable cleansing balm and would like to simplify their makeup removing process, but if given an option to choose between this one or the one by Heimish, I would go for the latter.
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