Roses. Pink. What’s not to love?
At first glance, Mamonde Petal Spa Cleansing Balm (about $20/80ml) seems made for me. And it is a good cleansing balm…just not for me.
Note: The packaging has since been revamped, but the formula and ingredients appear unchanged.
It starts off as a clear jelly and then melts into a slippery gel. Not as oily and slippy as cleansing sherbets though or even the Ole Henriksen cleansing jelly. It emulsifies completely with the help of light massaging in the nooks and crannies and doesn’t sting my eyes.
Mmmm, and that rosewater scent makes for a relaxing experience.
I use the notoriously waterproof Heroine Make Long & Curl and a separate waterproofing topcoat. Although the Mamonde balm completely melts them, I need to massage my lashes for at least 30 seconds longer than with other cleansing balms.
For that reason, I unenthusiastically slogged through this tub. But I recognize that my mascara situation is uncommon, and the extra bit of work might either not apply to you or be outweighed by the joy factor.
Pros: Roses! Pink! Melts waterproof makeup and emulsifies completely. Excellent for light makeup.
Cons: Takes extra massaging to melt makeup and fully rinse off.