I recently tried the Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm when it came free with this months Marie Claire magazine (which is still in store, so run out and get it!). As an award winning product, it appears impressive straight off the bat, having won the Beauty Bible Anti-Ageing Award. I can find nowhere on the packaging or website which states this product to be anti-ageing but this is always a bonus if it has proved to be!
This balm retails at £4 for a 15ml tube, £10 for a 40ml tube, and £20 for a 125ml tube which is not particularly cheap for a makeup remover but is fairly affordable for what feels like a more high end product, especially since you really do not need to use a lot to remove your makeup. It is a 100% natural, oil-based product which is recommended for normal to dry skin but, according to the Balance Me website, is also good for balancing oily skin and so shouldn't cause breakouts. It also does not contain parabens which, whilst I do not personally avoid, I understand some do due to links to breast cancer. Although this isn't completely proven, it's always something to bear in mind.
The balm contains oatmeal powder so it provides some exfoliation which is a great little bonus and perfect for its target audience of dry-skinned girls. This exfoliation is mild enough for use around the eyes and I did not find it to be at all rough around my eyes or on the rest of the skin (my skin is quite sensitive). I was particularly impressed with how it removed makeup around my eyes, which was achieved with very quickly and easily by gently rubbing my eyes with my fingertips. I had no problem removing my mascara which is always something I can find rather tricky to take off at the end of the day.
Overall, I can certainly see myself using this product as an everyday makeup remover as a far quicker and simpler alternative to my current routine of using a separate eye makeup remover and cleanser, of which I have to use tonnes of to remove every bit of makeup. One thing I really do not like about this product is the smell which I find to be a bit repellent and lingered on the skin after using. However, this is more of a personal criticism (I have known others to love the smell), and this is not something that would stop me from repurchasing it.