Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm ($20) is one of the new Pixi Skintreats Skincare products that launched earlier this Spring. Cleansing Balms are the new cleansing oils it seems and they are popping up just about everywhere lately! But Pixi’s Nourishing Cleansing Balm isn’t quite like what we’ve seen and know of formulas like this so, I do believe it’s either going to be a love or hate.
Personally, I ADORE IT! But I have drier skin so, do keep that in mind when reading this review.
Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm comes housed in a large 3.04 oz tube. It’s formulated with almond oil, shea butter, and vitamin E and has a balm-to-oil consistency that morphs during application with a pretty rose fragrance. I was worried it would smell like Pixi Glow Tonic, which I dislike the scent of it. But I was quite happy and pleased that the rose fragrance was pleasant and not cloying the way Glow Tonic is. However, sensitive users might not appreciate the scent.
Nourishing Cleansing Balm is not a traditional cleansing balm formula and acts more like Lush Ultrabland in the way you apply and remove it. Typically cleansing balms are a lot like cleansing oils. You massage the cleansing balm onto your dry skin and proceed to rinse with warm water to emulsify and break down the balm to rinse it clear away! That isn’t how Pixi’s formula works. You apply this on dry skin, massage it on, and it breaks down into an oil of sorts! You won’t remove it by rinsing though, you’ll remove it with a warm, wet wash cloth. Typically I run a wash cloth under very hot water as I massage the balm onto my face. After I wipe the balm gently off. It breaks down makeup very, very easily and when uses with the warm wash cloth it easily removes without leaving behind a mess or film. A lot of people I know that tried it felt like it left behind a sticky film but I personally didn’t experience that. I think the key is using a warm washcloth to remove it. It’s kind of like a cold cream experience. After, I just rinse with a little cool water and I’m good to go. This leaves my skin very, very smooth and soft. I never felt tight or dry after using it which is something I experience more often than not with facial cleansers. I wouldn’t recommend this for oily skin but those of us with drier skin will appreciate how hydrating this is.
The texture is much like many cleansing balms in the fact it as a balmy yet soft consistency. As I mentioned above as it warms up it turns into more of an oil. There is a little bit of grittiness to it but I didn’t find this to be an issue as I got deeper into my tube! It seems to be the initial layer that has some sort of weird grittiness to it!
This is likely going to be a staple for me come the Winter. I had a rough Winter as my skin was super dry and sensitive. It kept flaking up especially around my eye lids and cleansers seem to irritate the issue. This seems like a great pick to gently cleanse skin without stripping it. I thought it did an excellent job breaking down my makeup and removing it while leaving my skin super soft and hydrated.
I’m laying a Muse Approval on it!