6 July 2013

Bobbi Brown, outdoing Emma Hardie.

I've finally found it. My perfect balm cleanser, so perfect, I might be tempted to refer to it as the best balm cleanser. Ever. And trust me, I've tried a few! Everyone goes on about the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, and even I was pulled in by the hype and had to pop it onto my Christmas list. But after using it, I just didn't see what all the fuss was about. So much so, that I wrote a post explaining why Emma Hardie hadn't stolen my heart like it has the hearts of many other beauty adorers out there. But today I get to share with you all my thoughts on a balm cleanser that is worth the rave review, which deserves far more limelight than the Emma Hardie one in my eyes, and is now a firm favourite and even holy grail skincare product. Oh yes, it's just that good.

The Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse* is better than any balm cleanser I have ever tried. It is a conditioning cleanser which works to dissolve and remove all traces of makeup, clearing impurities quickly and as Bobbi Brown claims, completely, leaving your skin with a smooth almost velvet finish and looking and feeling refreshed! This can be used either daily, which is as I use it every evening, or a few times a week it can be used for longer as a treatment mask. The scent is very citrus, with a sweet but not over-powering scent of orange. The balm itself is incredibly thick, the formula very solid and compact; this differs to the Emma Hardie balm which is soft, almost like butter and slips and slides all over my skin. The Extra Balm Rinse is so dense and firm, I have to really massage it into my skin and work it in. And that is exactly why it's so amazing; it requires more work, you have to really work it in and massage your whole face and this gets off far more makeup and dirt on my skin than any other balm cleanser I have used. I like to take a 20p sized amount and add some on to both cheeks, my chin, my forehead and even a dab on my nose. I then massage, massage, massage! It really does make me work it in properly and my face can end up looking pretty funny as I do it. Then I massage again with dampened fingers before wiping off with a warm face cloth. Afterwards? I genuinely don't think anything has left my skin so clear, smooth and looking so fresh and vibrant, almost brightened. My skin feels soft, almost like velvet after use, it's just beautiful. There are also some Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains which Bobbi Brown have made in conjunction with this, that I hope to save up for and use with the Extra Balm Rinse, as I've heard some pretty good things about them. 

For me, the Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse beats the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm hands down. This is in a league of it's own and let me tell you, the rest of the Bobbi Brown skincare range is just as amazing (keep an eye out for a revolutionary, life changing eye cream!) I don't see myself ever being without this now. From the relaxing scent to the way I love massaging it in, to how my skin feels soft, supple and velvety. My skin always looks forward to using this at night. A 200ml class pot will set you back £43. But when you consider the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm is £34 for 100ml, I think it's safe to say this is far more worth the pennies! I love the packaging, which is a big glass pot that sits proudly among my other skincare bits. It's a simple screw on lid, with the stand out, bold Bobbi Brown logo, so no fancy packaging, no leaking, no cracks like a lot of people remark happens with the Emma Hardie one. Of course with it being glass you have to be careful not to drop it, but the shape and weight of the product mean that's pretty easy to avoid. It's not going to be the most travel friendly, but it's easy enough to decant some product into a travel pot. There's no downsides to this product for me, none whatsoever. Will you give it a go? (Bobbi Brown*, 200ml, £43)

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