February 15, 2017

Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse Review

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse ($24) is a new solid cleansing oil slash cleansing cream duo that was created in collaboration with youTube guru, Caroline Hirons. If you’re currently a fan of Korean Beauty and skincare you’ve likely run across hundreds of articles about the miracles of double cleansing. What is double cleansing? Double cleansing is a method (and trend) in Korea and other Asian countries where you remove your makeup with a cleansing oil or cleansing balm and follow up with a secondary cleanse using a cream or milk-like cleanser to add moisture back into the skin where it may have be stripped during the initial removal process. The secondary method may also help in removing any left over makeup or film left behind from cleansing balm or oil.

Let’s take a look at the new Pixi Double Cleanse!

I’m a fan of Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm so, when I saw the new Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse I was quite excited as it seemed like they took the original cleansing balm and paired it up with a cream cleanser in this new duo. Turns out that isn’t the case as the formulas are different. Caroline’s version lacks fragrance and also contains a host of other ingredients that the original formula didn’t and I could be wrong but this version contains no alcohol where as there was some (low on the list of ingredients) in the original. Also, they worked a lot different in my opinion but I’ll get into more details about this shortly.

This comes in a split pot that features the balm on one side and the cream on the other. I’m little unsure of the size. The box reads 2 x 50 ML and it proceeds to say 1.69 oz. I’m confused if each side is 1.69 oz each? 50 ML=1.69 oz and 1.69 x 2=3.38 oz so, I’m making a big assumption here that it is in fact 3.38 oz in size. That would mean it’s a little bigger size than the original cleansing balm which was 3.04 oz but keep in mind it is $4 more in price since the original was $20 bucks and this version is $24. Target does in fact list it was a total of 3.38 oz so, I’m going with that!

I think the packaging is up for debate. You’re either going to love it or hate it. I like it in theory. I love the idea of having two products in one place which I use daily anyway. It’s a space saver and it’s travel friendly. But if I’m being practical it can get a little messy when you’re washing your face and water is involved etc….!

The original formula reminded me a lot of Lush Ultrabland in the fact both have the same removal process which I’ll tell you about shortly. It has the same thick balm-like texture we’ve seen from products like Clinqiue Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, Banila Clean It Zero, etc..but where as these formulas break down and emulsify, Pixi’s formula is meant to be worked into your skin and removed with a wet, warm wash cloth. The new version recommends the same removal process but I actually thought it broke down well with water and rinsed away the way a normal cleansing balm formula does. So, I’ve been using that method for removal. But you can always use a wash cloth should you wish. The original version actually leaves sort of a hydrating balminess behind on face but this version did not. It rinses clean away. The balm was created for you use on dry skin and water or a wet cloth is meant to be used later after you’ve massaged it in to fully remove your makeup. Removing with a wash cloths does have its benefits since you can follow up directly with the second step of the cleansing process. If you remove with water you’ll have to dry your face to follow up with the second step of the double cleanse.

The second step would be to use the cream cleanser. I don’t feel like the balm strips my skin or makes it dry but some people might feel it leaves behind a balminess on their skin. This is where the cream portion of the double cleanse is handy as it’ll add hydration but also remove any balminess or left over makeup that the balm didn’t remove. One thing to take note of is neither the balm or the cream cleanser has any fragrance.

Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse is a rather nice introduction to double cleansing. I think the packaging is innovative and unique but can be a little messy in practice. None the less, as a dry skin girl, I really liked this makeup removal method. I typically double cleanse with cleansing oil and a cream cleanser or sometimes a cleansing balm and a cream cleanser. I like the idea of having both products in easy reach of each other and also, felt like Pixi’s formula never stripped and did a excellent job removing all makeup easily.

This one gets a Muse Approval.

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This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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  • kimkats

    this looks like it might be worth a try! I kinda dig the packaging, and tho I’m not really a double cleanser, I could do that in the summer!!

    Didja notice in weensy little type at the very end of the ingredients it actually says it’s made in Korea? So I think we can assume that the formula is pretty classic to the other Korean formulas!! I’mma hafta look for this one, thanks for waking the lemming, Muse! 😀

    • Isabella Muse

      I did 🙂 Interesting eh? A lot of It Cosmetics stuff is also made in Korea 😀 My pleasure!

  • Darinka DAlessio

    I love both products in the Hirons cleanse. I hope, however, that they will be introduced in separate packaging since one is always used up before the other one. I’d also like to see the cream cleanse packaged in a large, airless pump container for ease of transport and use. All and all, though, these are lovely, effective and gentle products!

    • Isabella Muse

      ITA! I always end up using one o more than the other. I like the idea of the dual packaging but would prefer individual pots! A pump would be impossible with the balm but a tube for the cream would be fab!

  • moda31

    Caroline Hirons is a big fan of the Emma Hardie cleansing balm which I’ve been using and loving for the last couple of months, so I’m definitely curious about this duo even though I hated the original Pixi balm.

  • Laurie

    I have been using this for the past few weeks rather than my Tatcha cleansing oil. I like the two-step system and find the oil breaks down eye makeup more quickly and with less “eye film” than my regular cleansing oil. I think the cream side gives me extra confidence that my face is really clean.

    I’m dying to know how long the jar lasts, and think my skin is nicely hydrated after I go through the steps. Sometimes I feel like the cleansing oil I generally use (and this includes Tatcha, my old BareMinerals oil they discontinued, and even the Trader Joe’s jojoba oil) is a little on the dry side, which is so counterintuitive that it makes my head hurt.

    I have not had issues with keeping it dry or the sides separate, but I’ve worried about it.

    • Isabella Muse

      yay! Happy to hear! I feel like I’m doing through mine very, very fast. I’ve been using it for two weeks and it is nearly empty with nightly use. EEP! 😀

  • Jane

    I love this stuff, though it seems pricy to me for some reason. I would also prefer them separately, but failing that, a flip cap!

    LOVE that it’s unscented.

    • Isabella Muse

      I know right? For some reason have to share the pot between two products makes it seem like it’s costly!

  • Justin

    I’m glad you like it! I’ve seriously stalked every Target in my area to get this for weeks. This sells so fast…. I found ONE and surprise someone opened it and it leaked out in the box and put it back on the shelf

    • Isabella Muse

      sigh drives me bats when people open stuff. WTF! I’ll stop at my Target tonight and see if I can find you one!

      • Justin

        You’re sweet. You don’t have to do that. If I wasn’t so lazy I’d just order it and be done.

        • Isabella Muse

          J, come on, I’d do anything for you! xoxo! Don’t, I’ll head out at lunch or after work and see if it’s around here!

          • Justin

            Seriously lady you don’t have to do that. I’ll get one. That’s a big hassle for you!! BTW did you get the lipstick I sent?

          • Isabella Muse

            Please, you know it’s no big deal for me to do 😀 I didn’t EEP! I haven’t been home in two weeks! Been staying in the city because of work but this weekend for sure. I’m looking forward to opening it 🙂 I love your packages xoxo!

  • Aneiren

    I recently started the double cleanse and I purchased the Pixi Nourshing Cleansing Balm. I was worried about the strong scent, but so far it has not irritated me. It doesn’t burn my eyes either, actually seems soothing. (I have dry skin that tends to be a bit reactive.) I remove with a warm wash cloth, then I get in the shower and do my thing and follow up with my cream cleanser (which right now is either Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery or Algenist Gentle Cream Cleanser.) Caroline says we should wash our faces outside the shower, which I imagine is a big part of why this product is packaged this way. It would drive me batsht. I have always washed my face in the shower and I’m just not going to stop now. Using a washcloth to remove the balm/using the balm is a big enough change for me. But I’m glad I finally got on the bandwagon with this brand, I recommended the Glow Tonic and Mud Cleanser to a friend with oily acne prone skin and it’s really helping her!

    • Isabella Muse

      Yay happy to hear your success with this, Aneiren! I use glow Tonic as well and really enjoy it 😀 As for washing my face in the shower, I totally do it too, can’t break that habit. I typically wash my face in the evening but in the morning I also wash my face in the shower!

  • Dora

    Oooh, think I may try this when I have to order a refill of my Pixi Glow Tonic. Sounds really nice.

  • Emily

    Thank you for this review! The hype on this has been incredible, and the fact (or rumors) that it’s always sold out make me crave it more. But when I think about the reality of 2 cleansers in 1 pot, it doesn’t really appeal to me. The balm portion sounds great and I think I’d be more likely to try it if it were in its own package. But I’m very happy with my CeraVe liquid cleanser after my first oil/balm cleanse, and I’m not really interested in dipping in to a cream cleanse. I think I can comfortably hold off for now.

    • Isabella Muse

      Understandable, I thought it was messy myself but I still liked it 😀

  • Cathi C

    Im a huge Hirons fan and actually had this in my hands and decided to not purchase. I thought it was pricey for the amount you get (I tend to be very heavy handed with skincare product) and I didn’t care for the packaging. I am hoping that Pixi will come out with a larger version, or maybe even separate the two. I don’t believe I would use both at the same rate and that would also bug me. I’m glad to read that the formulas are first rate, but I would expect nothing less from La Hirons. Really, really wanted to support this product. But it will have to wait till no-buy Feb is over. I can see where it would be optimal for travel, as long as it didn’t leak.

  • breyerchic04

    I’m in love with the formulas, I don’t LOVE the packaging, but it’s not the ickiest packaging I’ve run across.