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Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm 85g

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4.5 of 66 reviews

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Less Waste and More Effective Than the Oil!
I really, REALLY like this product and will most likely purchase more in the foreseeable future.

You only need a very small amount to get full face and neck coverage plus the exfoliating mitt is such a handy tool included in the mix.

Great for sensitive skin and noses. Even though threes a mild scent it's not overpowering or irritating. It does a great job of removing makeup, dirt and grime from your face and gives the cleansing gel a hearty boost. We'll worth the money!

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Good but not great
I personally prefer the precleanse oil. I feel like the balm doesnt work quite as good and leaves more of an oily residue when wiping it off than the oil does. Does the job and removes makeup etc but wouldnt buy this one again
  1. Less Waste and More Effective Than the Oil!

    I really, REALLY like this product and will most likely purchase more in the foreseeable future.

    You only need a very small amount to get full face and neck coverage plus the exfoliating mitt is such a handy tool included in the mix.

    Great for sensitive skin and noses. Even though threes a mild scent it's not overpowering or irritating. It does a great job of removing makeup, dirt and grime from your face and gives the cleansing gel a hearty boost. We'll worth the money!
  2. Good but not great

    I personally prefer the precleanse oil. I feel like the balm doesnt work quite as good and leaves more of an oily residue when wiping it off than the oil does. Does the job and removes makeup etc but wouldnt buy this one again
  3. absolutely love love love this

    I will never, ever use any other pre-cleanser - I've lost count of how many times I've repurchased this.

    I love how thick the balm is, it smells a little lavender-y but definitely not overwhelming, and my sensitive skin is a very, very happy camper. Dissolves all my makeup and sunscreen ready for the next cleanse. I don't use the silicone mitt that comes with it with the balm though - I prefer to use my hands for the balm then use the mitt for my foaming cleanser.

    Plus, Dermalogica is cruelty free which just really is the cherry on top. Ugh, I love this product so much.
  4. Prefer original

    I definitely prefer the original Dermalogica PreClense rather than this balm. I don't feel like it removes quite all of my makeup like the other one does. I do prefer the balm for travelling though, because the oil is too messy to pack.
  5. Love!

    I received a sample of this and have since bought 3 tubes. Is so good at emulsifying and removing all my makeup and leaving my skin soft and dewy. I have sensitive skin and I have never had a break out with this product. Its not oily and it lasts for ages as you dont need much. Great addition a must buy.
  6. This stuff is awesome

    Love it. Great to get makeup off before cleansing to actually get a deeper cleanse. Removes makeup so well!
  7. YES! this stuff is great

    I received a sample of the original PreCleanse and quite liked it but given I've got dryer skin I decided to purchase the full size Balm instead. I notice that the balm is in the top 10 Dermalogica products so I guess that people quite like it! My skin feels sooo clean and plump after using this, I can really tell the difference between just using a cleanser on its own.

    I always wondered why you'd need to use precleanse AND cleanser, and I would have never bought if I hadn't received a sample. Good work AB, keep sending those samples please ;-)

    The mitt is quite large though, I actually still use the small circular silicone brush that came with the sample instead. The product is super thick and can be a little hard to squeeze out of the tube with wet hands too. Maybe it's just too cold down in Tassie though!

  8. Great for travel

    I like to keep the oil for regular use and the balm for travel. The balm is fantastic but you tend to use a bit more of it so would be better to keep for travel as no risk of leaking etc.
    I use everyday to help take off my makeup. My skin is ALWAYS feeling better after I use this balm.
    I have normal skin type
  9. Leaves a film on the skin

    I ordered this nearly 12 months ago and still have half a tube as I find that unless I use a cloth with it there is a film left on the skin.
  10. Better than the precleanse oil!

    I much prefer the balm over the pre cleanse oil! I found this one much more hydrating and I love that it comes with the little cleansing mitt as it leaves your skin feeling so super soft and clean afterwards! I have a normal/oily skin type and it has never caused congestion or breakouts. Perfect makeup remover!!!
  11. Feels great

    My review is going to compare the precleanse Oil by Dermalogica, with this product.

    The balm feels much nicer on the skin - the mitt is a great addition too. It's not a messy product, and doesn't leak.

    I personally will always go back to the oil though. It doesn't feel as nice on the skin but the balm doesn't get as much off as the oil.
  12. Good

    I bought this small tube just try it, and I love it. It came with a small buffing type bit, and it works great. I'll definitely buy a large one next
  13. Prefer this over the oil

    I have used the precleanse oil for many years and didn’t know how a balm would compare.
    I much prefer the balm and find although they’re both effective that the balm seems to be more hydrating on the skin and I find I waste less product.
    I apply it onto my face and use the brush which is provided and I find it’s super effective at removing all the makeup including waterproof mascara.
  14. A must have for makeup removal

    This is my new favourite product. I had been using the precleanse but found it to be very messy when travelling. The balm is firmer than a cream when you dispense it but emulsifies into an oil and then into a milk when you add water. I did find it tough to get out of the tube on a cold day but prefer the balm over the oil hands down. I like wearing foundation but never felt I was removing it all at the end of the day even after double cleansing. The precleanse balm changed all that and my skin feels clean without feeling raw from over cleansing. I also love that the product comes with its own cleansing mitt.
  15. Good

    If you're a sucker for oil cleansers than this is perfect. Smells so goood.
  16. Not great

    I definitely recommend Dermalogicas Precleanse in the oil form, it’s much more effective and doesn’t feel overly thick like this one. If you have super dry skin it’s probably worth buying but it’s too rich and leaves a greasy film on your skin.
  17. Worth it!

    I tried this after receiving a sample and immediately went and bought the full size. It is great for a pre cleanse, removes any excess makeup and makes my skin feel super clean! I also love that you receive a new cleansing mitt with each bottle!
  18. great product!

    This is great for removing any remaining makeup for glowing clear skin
  19. Scrub mit to hard

    This product is ok, smells alright.. the mit though they give you was too hard for my skin. I have brought this product before and I don’t remember it being that hard.. won’t be buying again
  20. Amazing

    I think it is absolutely essential to pre-cleanse and properly remove makeup. I did not realise how much makeup could be left on the skin after cleansing, but with this pre-cleanse there is no makeup left and my skin is looking much clearer.
  21. Excellent first cleanse

    This product is fantastic. The squeeze like tube packaging is very sleek and travel friendly, and the product comes out easily. The balm itself is quite thick and you actually need very little to cleanse your whole face. I use it as a first cleanse to remove any makeup or sunscreen I have had on, and for the majority of uses it takes of every single bit, sometimes I don't even need to second cleanse. The balm smells quite herbal to me, which I like, and it can be used around the eyes which is a bonus. I have sensitive dry skin with rosacea and I have had no reaction to this balm, which I love. I will definitely be purchasing again.
  22. amazing difference

    tried this and was surprised to see what a huge difference it made to my skin, double cleansing made more effective
  23. Silky smooth

    I bought this after I got a free sample sachet from my previous order and I loved it straight away. I had no idea pre cleansing was a thing but this balm makes my skin feel noticeably nicer when I include this in my routine. I use it every couple of days in the morning. It does sting my eyes if I'm not careful when I wash it off but otherwise I love it and will defiantly be purchasing again!
  24. Squeaky clean feel

    I have oily combination skin and this product simply melts my make up away. Great as your first cleanse and followed with a foaming cleanser. It’s very gentle but effective. Easy to use and does not feel tacky or leave a residue. Definitely recommend this product.
  25. A new must have

    I decided to try the pre cleanse balm after a friend recommended it to me. My skin is so normal it’s almost boring! I struggled to ever feel like it was totally clean even though I never suffered breakouts.
    My first night using this I was in love, the texture is amazing and it massages into my face beautifully. I followed with the daily microfoliant, toner, serum and night cream. My skin was glowing the next day. Love it, hands down my new favourite product!
  26. Good make up remover

    I tried the Dermalogica PreCleanse after receiving a sample from Adore Beauty. I found that it left my sensitive skin a little dry after a double cleanse, so gave this PreCleanse balm a go. I found it didn't dry my skin out at all, and wasn't as messy to use as the PreCleanse oil. However, it didn't remove quiet as much make up as the oil formulation. Even so, after the double cleanse my skin was just as clean but without the dryness. Would definitely buy again, although I felt I could live without the mitt.
  27. Prefer the oil

    I have tried both the balm and the oil. The oil is hands down my favourite product but I think the balm is better to travel with
  28. Such a nice Product

    This is so beautiful to use, smells and feels great. Leaves the skin super clean but the packaging needs to be changed so it's easier to distribute and get all of the product out. Not a fan of the mit it comes with.
  29. Perfect for heavy makeup

    This thick paste took everything off! Stuck on eyelashes, copious coats of mascara, everything! I recommend squeezing out a little, spreading over your face to melt it a little before using the pad for additional cleaning. Great product, but if too pasty for your liking, check out the pre-cleanse oil version. It works just as well!
  30. good 1st cleanse

    i decided to give this a try because i love the pre-cleanse oil and i fell inlove with it, it removes all my makeup, and dirt and oil leaving my face ready for the actual cleanse, it smell amazing and feels amazing, and ive never felt so clean
  31. Its amazing!

    I pair the precleanse balm with my special cleansing gel. The two together are absolutely amazing! Its great for sensitive skin! Its easy to use and it leaves your skin feeling clean and hydrated. Its amazing!
  32. Great combo!

    I use this at night, whether I wear makeup or not. It completely dissolves all traces of any stay-put foundation AND provides extra moisture to my skin, which is super-dry AND sensitive due to medical conditions. If I wore makeup, I follow with the special cleansing gel. The cleansing mitt is an added bonus, and I use it with both the balm and the cleansing gel. I hope they never stop making either as they are now my absolute FAVORITE skin cleansers!
  33. Not my favourite product

    The product was nice and creamy but a little too oily for my skin.
  34. Great for skincare routine

    If you ever feel like your cleanser isn't getting everything.. you are probably right. This is the best product ever as it preps your skin for your cleanser. It works wonders. Best part is you can use on your eyes too!
  35. Great product

    I can't imagine ever going to back to cleansing my face without this product. I wear heavy foundation every day (Napoleon - Stroke of Genius: Liquid Cashmere) and water-proof mascara. This product removes it all and leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean. I do find that it can sting the eyes a bit, so be careful around the eye area. Also, use the mitt gently as you will still get your desired effect when used in a gentle, circular motion.
  36. love it

    Love this. Used a whole bottle and when I ran out decided to try the normal precleanse (the oil) instead. I honestly like both. The balm is a little thicker, a bit more nourishing and more travel friendly but I feel like I'm using more product with the balm. I love that with both of these products I'm not wasting heaps of cotton rounds or make up wipes. I honestly love them both and I don't know which I will repurchase when I finish with the precleanse!
  37. Love this product!

    I love this product, it takes all of my makeup off with a little bit of balm and I have noticed a difference in my skin. The free glove is amazing as well!
  38. 5 star!

    Amazing product! Effectively cleanses away make up and leaves my skin feeling fresh and clear.
  39. Love this Product

    I have been using this product for a week and what a difference. Finally a product that really cleanses my skin. So easy to use and I love the glove that comes with it. Highly recommended
  40. Love this stuff

    I received a sample of the pre cleanse balm with other purchases, after using the sample I was hooked on it and had to buy it. It leaves your skin feeling to soft and clean. It smells lovely and really hydrates my skin. Love it
  41. Liked it but love the original PreCleanse more

    I have been using PreCleanse (the original) for around 4 years and was quite excited when this balm was released as i thought it would travel better (the other one tends to leak a little) however I just didnt like it as much as the original. Its good, and feels nice but its just a little thick for my liking and I didnt like the scent as much as the original PreCleanse.
  42. Completely melts makeup off

    I first purchased the pre-cleanse oil and although I loved how it worked, I found I wasted a lot of product as it would seep out of the pump. When the balm was released I knew I would love it, and I was right. No cleanser removes my make up like pre cleanse. I will purchase this product again and again. Love it!
  43. Fulfills all its promises

    I’m 52 and am very aware that clean skin is sooo important. I have found this product perfect for precleansing because it nourishes the skin rather than depleting it of oils. I love using the applicator, so much better than micro beads for a gentle exfoliation. I’m on my third tube an will continue using this as part of my daily cleansing routine.
  44. Amazing for dry sensitive skin

    I have dry sensitive skin and did not like the oil version of this. The balm is easy to use and I love the cleansing mitt! I use my hands to rub it into my face first then I apply a little bit of water and go over my face with the mitt then rinse and use my usual cleanser.
  45. Not in love with it.

    I think my expectations were high with this product and I was really excited to try it. I already double cleanse because I wear a lot of makeup and didn't find this any better than cleaners I have used in the past. I had to use a large amount to get off my makeup and this seemed to leave an oily residue on my skin so I always have to use a significant amount of my second cleanser. It does a fine job but I probably won't buy this again.
  46. Everyone needs to use Precleanse!

    Have you ever washed your face thinking all the make up was gone, only to dry your face and see your towel still has make up on?
    Precleanse stops this from happening!

    Use it before you wash your face and all of your make up will actually be removed. I use a very heavy coverage foundation (Estee Lauder Double Wear) and sometimes I would have to wash my face with a cleanser 3 times to have it completely removed. Precleanse leaves your face feel soft and actually free of make up and dirt.

    My skin is combination and I find this a flawless product to use.
  47. Game Changer

    You can't go wrong with this Dermalogica Pre Cleanse Balm. This is the first pre cleanse balm I have ever used and the formulation is gorgeous. It feels super soft and glides on to the skin nicely. It pairs perfectly with their gel cleanser. This product is a game changer and would definitely recommend giving it a go.
  48. Best makeup remover, particularly for drier skins

    I am 61 years old and wear sunscreen and makeup each day. My skin also tends to be on the drier side and this calm is absolutely wonderful at removing the day completely. I love using the mitt which comes with the product as it gives a really good cleanse without drying my skin. This is the 3rd tube I am ordering..it lasts and comes in a travel friendly tube as well. I even use it to removed eye makeup without causing any sensitivity to my eyes, thereby removing a step in the process as well.
  49. Amazing makeup remover!

    I have been using preclense for so long now. It’s amazing. It removes makeup and any dirt from the day so quickly and leaves my skin so soft and clean. I prefer the balm over the oil, I feel that it removes more and is much easier to use, the mit is so good. It really exfoliates your skin. Great price and it lasts about 2 months for me and I wear makeup everyday.
  50. Good product, but not essential!

    I received a sample of the PreCleanse Balm with an adorebeauty order and was very excited to try it. I got about 10 uses out of the small sample bottle so was able to give it a good go to see if it was a product I would use! I wouldn't recommend it based on the following reasons. Using this product added an extra step to my nightly routine which I don't really have time for. I also found I had to use more cleanser following the PreCleanse Balm to wash it off. It is quite thick and creamy so left residue on my skin even though it claims not to! It would be very useful if I wore heavy makeup as it was effective in makeup removal and my skin was left moist and soft after cleansing. I think that the product does what it's supposed to do but is probably more suited to someone who wears heavier makeup or has very dry skin. I personally wouldn't purchase this for myself!
  51. not my favourite

    I was in love the dermalogica precleanse oil and tried to give this balm a try. I have tried other balms like the clinque take the day off. Double cleansing is a must for me as I wear quite heavy makeup. I found the instructions on the box quite fustrating. It directs you to put the balm straaight on the mitt provided and massage onto dry skin.The balm ended up getting stuck in the bristle crevices and wasn't transferring onto my face at all. I felt the mitt was a bit rouch considering my face was dry. I have tried not using the mitt and massaging the product onto my dry face then activating it with water. However I struggled to wash the product off it just felt like there was a film of balm on my face. I had to use a towel to wipe it. the only way I can get this product to kind of work for me is by activating the balm before putting it onto my face. However I might as well have purchased the precleanse oil. on a positive note I do think this product is pretty when you are travelling.
  52. Great product

    This product does exactly what it says it will, it is something I will always use in my skincare routine at the end of the day. I have used the pre cleanse oil from Dermalogica before, I honestly love both products equally and would recommend both, they work towards the same desired outcome. If I was to choose one it would be this one as I like that it comes with the silicone cleansing mitt, at the same time you pay more money for less product than the oil cleanser so I'm considering buying the pre cleanse oil next and using the silicone mitt I got when I bought this.
  53. The best makeup remover I have ever used

    Normally wipes and micellar waters make me feel as though I am tugging at my skin even with a light hand. I had tried the precleanse oil front Dermalogica and still felt as though I was constantly tugging at my skin to get makeup off. If you're deciding between this and the Precleanse Oil, I recommend going with this. The Precleanse Balm is 100x better and leaves your skin feeling hydrated and smooth. It gets the job done so much better.
  54. Indulgent night cleanse

    I Love both Dermalogica's Oil and Balm Pre-Cleanse. This one is super thick and indulgent, though once warmed up on the face, has a similar slip to the oil version. I find this one even more hydrating for the skin. Removes all makeup and leaves skin feeling plump and wonderful.
  55. I'm in love!

    I received PreCleanse Balm as a sample and trying it was like discovering something amazing! I've used PreCleanse before and liked it, but rotated it with other products. The balm however I have repurchased twice now.

    PreCleanse Balm shifts everything! I wasn't originally convinced by the accompanying glove but am now a total convert. The balm + glove combination is a super gentle way to remove makeup, including my mascara for which I'd been previously using a dedicated makeup remover as nothing else would shift it.

    After PreCleanse Balm my skin feels clean and soft and ready for any further cleansing/masks etc.
  56. The best!

    I love this cleansing balm. It is the best balm at removing makeup. Love that it comes in a travel friendly tube and also with a cleansing mitt. I can't recommend this product enough.
  57. This bad boy works!

    I love the whole idea of this product. It takes away all traces of make up, and leaves your skin with a film like layer. Then the magic happens when you add water and it turns into an emulsion and washes off with ease. This tube has lasted forever. My skin feels super super after using it, even after exfoliating.
  58. The BEST

    This is the best cleanser I've used, better than micellar water, wipes, and other cleansing balms (including the clinique cleansing balm).

    It is amazing at whisking all makeup off, including eye makeup and sunscreen, and the little mitt it comes with is absolutely lovely to use.

    The balm itself smells beautiful, like an expensive spa product, and my skin feels so soft and nourished after using it. It has completely cleared up a dry patch on my eyebrow.

    For reference, my skin is 36, combination and sensitive.
  59. Very happy, would purchase again

    I have been using the PreCleanse Balm for 2 weeks now. So happy to have found this precleanser balm - it has made removing my makeup at the end of the day so much easier and really gets everything off before I cleanse.

    The mitt is very handy to get makeup out of the spots that might normally need a bit of extra scrubbing (side of nose, eye lids, etc) without using any additional pressure.

    Very happy with this product!
  60. Exciting New Product

    As a lover the PreCleanse, I was excited to try this. I travel frequently and the packaging of this is ideal for travel.

    I think it is a bit richer than the PreCleanse, but it is very effective and removes or I should say melts away even the heaviest makeup.

    I love the mitt which comes with it,, and thinks its great each new tube will have a new mitt.

    Awesome product, and will now stay in my regime as one of my staples
  61. Wow

    Wow, I'm really love this product. It's a pre cleanse, but I find it cleansing enough on its own. I love rich hydrating cleansers, so this is perfect for my skin. the little massage cleansing tool that comes in the box is an absolutely gem! This gooey balm really works a treat and feels incredible on the skin. Winner.
  62. You need this in your life!

    By far the most amazing cleanser around without a doubt! Texture is like when you leave your lip balm in the sun and it begins to soften. You only need a small amount and it just glides over the skin lovely, you don't need to apply pressure not even when your trying to remove mascara.
    Removes all makeup with such ease that you wouldn't even need to follow up with another cleanser for that double cleanse feel and benefit.
    After removing with a damp cloth your skin not only looks amazing but feels amazing too. No tightness or oilyness that other cleansers tend to make your skin feel.
    Highly recommend
  63. Removes all makeup!

    I have been using cleansing balms for the past year as they are better for sensitive/ dehydrated skin.
    This one really works to remove all traces of make up in one wash without leaving any residue as long as you use a face cloth.
    Highly recommended!
  64. Removes makeup gently but effectively!

    I have used Dermalogica PreCleanse for a long time as it is one of the only products that removes my makeup without leaving my skin red and irritated. I love love love this PreCleanse Balm as it provides the same gentle removal power without leaving my skin feeling oily. I enjoy using this every night before my Dermalogica Cleanser for super soft and clean skin!
  65. Best Cleansing Balm Ever!

    I like this better than the any other make up remover balm I've ever used! Only need a small amount to rub it between my fingers and massage my face for less than a minute and it's ready to be wiped off! Not as waxy as the some of the others and needs less waiting time to remove eye make up, melts really well. Suits my sometimes-dry skin.
  66. Melts everything off - even waterproof mascara!

    I love this as the first step in my cleansing routine. I always double cleanse and usually use an oil first, but I dislike how messy these can get and sometimes they leave behind a oily residue on my skin. I love that this was a balm, it was super easy to use and it completely melted off all of my makeup - even waterproof mascara. If I was short on time I could definitely use this alone and either take it off with a cloth or follow with a micellar water and be confident my skin would be squeaky clean!
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