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Dermalogica recently released their PreCleanse Balm, and challenged a number of bloggers to remove all of the Halloween makeup using just their double-cleanse system. I am always up for a challenge, so this is how it all went.

The first step in the double cleanse is the PreCleanse Balm. This brand new product is a balm-to oil cleanser that melts away makeup and impurities from the skin, including waterproof makeup. It comes with a cleansing mitt for gentle exfoliation, and the formulation is ideal for normal to dry skin.

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Laureth-4, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Ozokerite, Bis-Stearyl Dimethicone, Glyceryl Behenate, Tribehenin, Stearyl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Phospholipids, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Glycol Distearate, Sorbitol/Sebacic Acid Copolymer Behenate, Tocopherol, Glycolipids, Eucalyptus Staigeriana Branch/Leaf Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Linalool, Citral, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol.


The balm comes in a tube, and the 90 ml size is great to bring when traveling. I found the balm to be quite think, and had to work the tube a bit to be able to squeeze it out. Once I spread it over my face it instantly started to melt, and I didn’t really have to rub hard to remove my makeup, although I used a lot of black eyeshadow and a very hard to remove liquid lipstick. I did use the mitt, too, just to see how it feels, and it provides light to medium exfoliation, depending on how hard you press. I really enjoyed the herbal scent, but it’s not overwhelming.

After gently rubbing the balm over makeup you splash your face with a bit of water and emulsify, then rinse off. I am happy to report that the balm rinses completely off, with no greasy residue remaining on my skin. The whole process is different than old-school cleansing, but I am used to balm cleansers. This one works the same way as most, but I do really like no greasy residue. It didn’t look like I even needed the second cleanse, but I proceeded with the challenge.


Here are some photos of the mitt (please excuse my lack of manicure, I had a busy weekend). You can see the mitt is quite big, and fits comfortably onto my hand. I do have to point out that I have quite thin hands, though. But even if you can just fit it over your fingers, it should still be comfortable to use.


For your second cleanse you can choose from a variety of Dermalogica cleansers, with textures you are probably more accustomed to. I got the Special Cleansing Gel to use as my second step. This is a  soap-free foaming gel that removes any remaining dirt and makeup, while soothing the skin.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Hexylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.


The gel has a thin consistency, lathers a bit and has a nice, gentle lavender scent. I really didn’t need much to cleanse my face and neck. To use the gel you dispense a bit into moist hands, lather a bit, apply to your face and rinse off. So, basically works like most old-school cleansers, but with no soap, fragrance or colors added.

The two step process left my skin thoroughly clean, with no remaining makeup. My skin didn’t feel tight, but I definitely needed to moisturize it afterwards. This are the before and after photos, to show you how much makeup this system actually managed to remove. I did a quick, dark Halloween look. Not what I go for usually, but I thought all the black would present a bigger challenge for the cleansers.


After the double cleanse, I ran a cotton pad with some micellar water over my skin to check for any residue. As you can see from the photo below, there was no residue left.


These two products obviously worked very well for me. I wouldn’t do the whole double cleanse on no make-up days or when I use just the basic makeup, and on those days just the Special Cleansing Gel would work great (after using a makeup remover). For days when I do a full face this system is great.

You can order both of these products from dermalogica.ca. PreCleanse Balm retails for $62/ 90 ml (deluxe size $21/ 15 ml), and the Special Cleansing Gel for $52.5/ 250 ml (deluxe size $15/ 50 ml).

Have you tried the double-cleanse trend yet? How about oil or balm cleansers? Do you have any questions?