I received the Makeup Be Gone Cleansing Balm from Trilogy in a Birchbox from a while back and wasn’t keen on cleansing balms at the time, so it went to the bottom of my ‘tester’ box. Having recently tried (and loved!) the Eve Lom Morning Time Cleansing balm, and rediscovering Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanse & Polish I thought it would be a good time to bring this out and give it a whirl.

The cleansing balm is a solid, waxy balm that softens and melts upon contact with the skin. A little goes a long way as you massage it gently into the skin. Due to oils and highly emollient ingredients, the balm can dissolve and remove even waterproof/ longwear makeup.

The directions for use simply state “Massage into face. Gently wipe off with warm cloth.” I applied the cleansing balm to my dry skin, in the same way as I do the Eve Lom. I waited 2 minutes, then rinsed off with damp muslin cloth. I patted my skin dry and then washed a second time with my trust Liz Earle (and a fresh muslin cloth) and a air amount of foundation was washed off the second time. When I used to do the same routine with the Eve Lom, it got almost everything off first time (only a very small amount came off in second wash). I was quite disappointed.

Then… I searched online to see whether others had felt the same about the Trilogy Cleansing Balm. I saw Lisa Eldridge’s review and she was happy with it’s efficacy, albeit a little too emollient for her skin. What she did differently was that after she massaged into dry skin, she then wet her fingers and massaged further to make it more emollient and easier to work with. I tried it Lisa’s way and had a better experience, with most of the makeup coming off first time. That said, it was still a bit heavy on my skin and I did get a few breakouts after using this. I don’t have particularly sensitive skin, but the formula was too thick for my skin and did clog the pores. Nothing that a few nightly clay mask treatments couldn’t fix but having been spot-free for so long, I didn’t want to upset my skin too much, so I stopped using the Makeup Be Gone Cleansing Balm after 4 or 5 days.


The active ingredients in the Makeup Be Gone Cleansing Balm are as below

  • Sunflower Seed Oil – contains essential fatty acids and antioxidant-rich vitamin E
  • Coconut Oil – anti-bacterial and nourishing properties,
  • Mango Seed Butter – emollient nature softens skin and,
  • Rosehip Oil – contains essential fatty acids to hydrate and repair skin.

Trilogy say that it is suitable for all skin types but having tried it, I wouldn’t advise for those with acne-prone skin or oily skin. This may serve to further clog pores due to its very emollient nature.

Full ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Polyglceryl-3 Palmitate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (chamomile) Flower Extract, Parfum, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool

Makeup Be Gone Cleansing Balm is priced at £20.50 for 80ml and is available from Trilogy online, John Lewis, and Holland & Barrett.