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No More Makeup Meltdowns: Balms that Dissolve Even the Toughest Products

Looking for the perfect cleansing balm? From international brands balms like Clinique and Wishful to Pakistani brands like Beautify by Amna and BnB Derma, we've tried them all. Discover our top picks for all skin types!

Written By Samara Hasan

Samara Hasan

Beauty Enthusiast and Researcher

Samara Hasan, a passionate writer exploring the beauty world, shares research-based insights and practical tips on fragrances, makeup, skincare, and haircare with utmost enthusiasm.

With an engaging style and dedication to accuracy, Samara empowers readers to make informed beauty choices. Her interdisciplinary approach connects beauty to other aspects of life, promoting a holistic perspective for overall well-being.

Updated Aug 08, 2023

I used to dread the after-makeup skincare routine the most. My unique skin composition makes finding the right cleanser for it a never-ending battle. But then, carrying a beacon of hope, my friend recommended a cleansing balm that worked miracles for my skin.

I was thinking that slathering on a balm would only make my oily T-zone worse, but I was desperate enough to try. The results took me by surprise! The make up was not only well removed, my skin felt light, fresh, and breathable. If this product has got your curiosity peaked, read on, as I will discuss all the small things that make this balm a hit! 

Top Cleansing Balms That Work for All Skin Types!

I’ve tried countless skincare products in my lifetime, and they all seemed to either leave my skin drier than the Sahara or greasier than a slice of pizza. But removing makeup using a cleansing balm was different. It was like the Goldilocks of cleansers – not too heavy, not too light, but just right.

I quickly learned that this balm was made for all skin types, with nourishing ingredients like shea butter and vitamin E to keep your skin look and feel healthy. Take it from me – give cleansing balms a try. Who knows, it might just be the missing piece in your skincare puzzle.

Here are my top picks of cleansing balms that ensure a great experience.  

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Makeup Remover 

When it comes to makeup removal, the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm is a true hero. As I scooped up a small amount of the balm and warmed it between my fingertips, it started melting into a smooth, silky oil. I massaged it onto my skin, watching in awe as my makeup effortlessly dissolved.

Stubborn mascara? No match for this cleansing balm! It rinsed off easily, leaving behind no greasy residue, pigmentation or dryness. It’s fragrance-free formula made it gentle even on my very sensitive skin. Clinique has truly created a makeup remover that’s a force to be reckoned with. Though it might not work as well on oily skin, it is recommended to checkout some other options. Other than that, it’s a great cleansing balm fit for normal, combo, and dry skins.

What We Don’t Like

  • Residue is not easy to remove from eyes
  • Slightly waxy

Key Ingredients: Safflower Seed Oil | Quantity: 125ml | Cruelty-free: Yes

Wishful Clean Genie Cleansing Butter

As soon as I laid my hands on the Wishful Clean Genie Cleansing Butter, I knew my skincare dreams were about to come true. The texture is incredibly soft, gliding effortlessly over my skin like a magic carpet ride. With a dash of water, it transformed into a gentle milk, washing away all traces of makeup and impurities, leaving my skin feeling fresh and clean. The fragrance and essential oils provided a luxurious sensory experience, though it’s worth noting that it may not be suitable for sensitive skin types.

What We Don’t Like

  • Absence of spatula
  • Not suitable for sensitive skin due to fragrance and essential oils

Key Ingredients: Malachite, Green tea | Quantity: 100g | Cruelty-free: Yes

Glow Recipe Papaya Enzyme Cleansing Balm & Makeup Remover

Picture yourself on a tropical island, sipping a refreshing papaya smoothie. That’s exactly the experience I had with the Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Smoothing Enzyme Cleansing Balm & Makeup Remover. The balm effortlessly melted into a silky oil, and enfolded all my makeup, and dirt, ridding my skin of it without an effort. The texture was divine, and the scent was like a sweet escape to paradise.

Enriched with papaya seed oil, papaya enzymes, papaya extract, and antioxidant-rich blueberry, this tropical treat leaves your skin bouncy, clean, and absolutely radiant. The inclusion of a spatula was a delightful touch, ensuring every scoop was a tropical delight.

What We Don’t Like

  • Waterproof liner didn’t come off easily
  • Not suitable for sensitive skin due to fragrance and essential oils

Key Ingredients: Papaya Enzymes & Extract, Blueberry Extract | Quantity: 100ml | Cruelty-free: Yes

Banila Co – Clean It Zero Balm Original

I love how Banila Co cleansing balm makes my skin feel deeply cleansed and hydrated in just one step, making it perfect for my busy lifestyle. It transforms from a sherbet-like texture into smooth oil on the skin.

And with its skin-loving ingredients and free-from harmful chemicals, I feel confident using it daily as the first step in my double-cleansing routine. The balm effortlessly melts away all makeup, including waterproof mascara.

What We Don’t Like

  • Light fragrance of acerola
  • May not work as well for extremely oily skin types

Key Ingredients: Active botanicals, Hot Springs Water, Vitamin E and Vitamin C | Quantity: 100ml | Cruelty-free: Yes

CeraVe Makeup Removing Cleanser Balm

I was excited to try the CeraVe Makeup Removing Cleanser Balm. It promises to remove makeup, dirt, and excess oil while leaving the skin hydrated and soft. After using it, I found that it did just that. The velvety melting balm texture dissolved my makeup effortlessly without leaving any greasy residue. What’s more, it’s formulated with three essential ceramides and plant-based jojoba oil, making it suitable for all skin types, including my sensitive skin.

What We Don’t Like

  • Contains synthetic fragrances

Key Ingredients: Ceramides and Jojoba Oil | Quantity: 36g | Cruelty-free: Yes

BnB Derma Dissolve – Makeup Melt Cleansing Balm

BnB Derma Dissolve has changed the makeup removing game for my combination skin. This flash-melting balm effortlessly removes even the toughest long-wear formulas and water-resistant sunscreens. The result? A soft, hydrated, and refreshed skin. I also appreciate that it rinses clean, making skin ready for the rest of my skincare routine. This is the best local cleansing balm I’ve ever used.

What We Don’t Like

  • Packaging was a bit heavy

Key Ingredients: Sunflower seed oil, | Quantity: 150g | Cruelty-free: Yes

Beautify by Amna – All out Cleansing Balm

I have always been a fan of double cleansing, but finding a balm that cleans up without any residue of the product can be a challenge! Enter Beautify by Amna’s All Out Cleansing Balm! It effortlessly dissolves even the most stubborn lip and eye makeup. Overall, I have had a great experience with this cleansing balm. It has become a staple in my skincare routine, and I love how clean and refreshed my skin feels after using it.

What We Don’t Like

  • Packaging is a bit bulky

Key Ingredients: Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter | Quantity: 100ml | Cruelty-free: Yes


There are a variety of cleansing balms on the market to choose from, each with their own unique benefits. From the Beautify by Amna All Out Cleansing Balm to the Banila Co Clean It Zero Balm Original, and the CeraVe Makeup Removing Cleanser Balm to the BnB Derma Dissolve Makeup Melt Cleansing Balm, there is a balm for every skin type and cleansing need. 

These balms offer an efficient and effective way to remove even the most stubborn makeup while leaving the skin feeling clean, hydrated, and nourished. So, whether you’re a double cleansing enthusiast or just looking for a quick and easy way to remove your makeup, these cleansing balms are definitely worth a try!

At A Glance

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm



Banila Co - Clean It Zero Balm Original



CeraVe Makeup Removing Cleanser Balm



Wishful Clean Genie Cleansing Butter



Glow Recipe Papaya Enzyme Cleansing Balm



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