June 14, 2016

Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm Review & Swatches

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Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm

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!

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Pixi Cleansing Balm

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!

Get it now at Target.com or pixi.com.

Tried it?

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  • michelle

    Dang this sounds great! I wish Target didnt close in Canada so I could grab this.

    • Isabella Muse

      The It Balm actually rinses off, this doesn’t, you have to wet a wash cloth and remove it. So, the formulas are considerably different in that aspect. The textures are the same but I think this one is more moisturizing than the It formula.

  • Kim

    I keep seeing reviews of this product. People mention it is good for dry skin, bad for oily skin. Does anyone with combination skin have much experience with this?

  • Rachel

    This is literally still one of my favorite ones and I think they’re on the brink of d/c it bc it’s no longer available inside target. Only online.

    Tried the true botonics or whatever from Walgreens hot balm. With Muslin cloth, nah. Not the same. Too waxy and not enough product. I do like eve lom cleansing balm. It emulsified very milky and is very balm like. Smells very herbal though. I will put the balms balm and banila on my list! Can’t believe I haven’t tried banila. I’m currently working through a peter Thomas Roth 24k gold butter balm stuff. It sucks. It’s like a thin wax version of pixi that smells like fake honey and came with s konjac spOnge that just pushed the oils around. Ugh I’m trying to pan it, then find my beloved pixi.

    • Isabella Muse

      I haven’t seen in stores in ages and I quite like. Banila has a clean version now too if you don’t like fragrance/etc…! Avoid the NYX one it stinks! The Yes To ones are quite nice! Been using them and enjoying!

      • Rachel

        Tried the yes to coconuts but it burns my eyes so I am returning it. And it takes like 2-3 good passes to take my makeup off. But I do want to try that the balms balm away eyemakeup remover I think it would be a great all over makeup remover with fatty acids in it.