March 8, 2017

NYX Stripped Off Cleansing Balm Review

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NYX Stripped Off Cleansing Balm ($14) us a new cleansing balm that recently released NYX Stripped Off Micellar Cleansing Water, NYX Stripped Off Whipped Charcoal Cleanser, and other products in their new skincare collection that launched for Spring 2017.

Like many of you, I love Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm although, I must admit recently Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm has been taking over many of my other cleansing balms!

I think a lot of people are slightly wary of cleansing balm as like cleansing oil they feel it’ll leave their face greasy. I get it! I mean asking someone to smear what essentially feels like petroleum jelly all over their face can be a little scary. But honestly, since trying my beloved Banila Co Clean It Zero I’ve been hooked!

Check out my review of NYX Stripped Off Cleansing Balm below.

NYX Stripped Off Cleansing Balm is 3.52 oz in size and comes in a black plastic jar. This is a generous size with a small price tag as Clinique’s formula is a smidge bigger at 3.8 oz but it’ll also set you back $29.

If you’ve need used a cleansing balm before they are fairly simple to work with. The formula is a solid balm but has a soft consistency that reminds me of petroleum. You’ll scoop a small amount out of the jar and apply it to your dry face. You don’t have to remove you makeup as this obviously acts to break up makeup but I tend to remove my eyeshadow, mascara, before I do any cleansing. Although, some people actually just rely on the cleansing balm to remove all that as well. The soft, balmy consistency of the cleanser breaks down as you rub it around your face. After you’ll add a little water to emulsify the balm, typically this means it’ll go milky. After that you can rinse. This does have a light fresh floral fragrance if you’re sensitive and concerned about such things. And it also contains mineral oil as one of the first ingredients.

I actually felt disappointed in the NYX formula. Cleansing balm shouldn’t be a lot of work. It tends to remove makeup quickly and effectively with no scrubbing evolved. NYX’s formula is quite thick and it doesn’t break down well during the initial application. During that first application cleansing balm tends break down with the heat from your skin and turns into more of an oil or the formula thins out. NYX’s formula took a little work to actually get to that point. I felt like I was literally applying vaseline to my face as I massaged it in. It just wasn’t breaking down at all. Not to mention rinsing it off was a little challenging as well. It didn’t quite emulsify as quickly as I would have liked. I hate to say it but on some levels it reminded me of Equate Wipe the Day Away Cleansing Balm which was a horror show. In the end, I started to use it more like the Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm I love so much. I’d apply and I’d remove it with a wet washcloth versus trying to rinse it off. It does a fairly good job removing makeup but it does struggle with waterproof mascara and eye makeup. It also leaves my eyes cloudy and a bit red after using it around this area. I will say that a little goes a long way. I typically apply cleansing balm generously. This isn’t a formula you want to be too generous with as it becomes more and more difficult to rinse off the more you apply.

I’m a little shocked because this is actually formulated in Korea. Korea is the mecca of good skincare! Hell, the cleansing balm trend started there. So, why the weird formula? Hmmm…!

Oh well!

Anyone try NYX Stripped Off Cleansing Balm?

Do share your thoughts!

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • EliCaroline

    I wanted to try this, but after your review I think this will be a pass for me. I like cleansing balms that almost melt away makeup as soon as you slather it on your face.

  • Lyndsay Ann Ashley

    I am currently using this but every night I keep questioning myself as to why I still am. It does break down most makeup easily except mascara and liner. The worst part is I also get the eye cloudiness, the outer corners of my eyes burn. By morning I also have a slightly crustiness on the outside of my eyes. Needless to say my eyes do not enjoy this product….I think tonight may have been my last use.

    • Marshmallow

      I tried this cleansing balm.
      The store recommended I remove it with micellar water – red flag! My double cleanse just became a cleansing balm, micellar water, & a water based cleanser.
      I used it to double cleanse last night & woke up with watery eyes that kept tearing. Upon looking @ them – they were bloodshot.
      It’s now 13 hours later & my eyes still sting a bit & they are almost clear of the bloodshot.
      I do not wear glasses/contacts & wear little makeup.
      STAY AWAY!

      • Isabella Muse

        oh no sorry to hear it Marshmallow! Apply a cold compress to your eyes!