REVIEW Pond’s Cleansing Balm

by - December 02, 2019

Raise your hand if you were surprised when Pond’s released a cleansing balm! *raise hand*
I didn’t expect it at all, so I was shocked when I saw this Pond’s Cleansing Balm released. I also was a bit confused when I saw the pink and blue packaging, which doesn’t look like most Pond’s products. But then they repackage their whole products using the same theme, and everything starts to make sense. Anyway, I’ve been curious about it as I haven’t tried any cleansing balm before (because most cleansing balms are somewhat pricey). Of course, I didn’t buy it right away since my 1st cleanser (I used cleansing milk at that time) wasn’t empty yet. After a few months, I finally ran out of 1st cleanser so I was allowed to buy this cleansing balm! Luck was with me as I bought it on sale, so I save a lot of money even though it’s already very affordable.

IDR92,000 for 44ml.

A pink and blue themed plastic jar. There’s a plastic lid between the cap and the jar to protect the product inside. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a spatula, which makes it a little bit unhygienic.

A moderate floral scent, and I think it’s not too much.

This is my first cleansing balm so I can’t compare it with other brands’ cleansing balms. The texture of Pond’s cleansing balm is kinda waxy, similar to an almost hard soy wax candle. It’s easy to scrape, melts and spreads easily, too. The capability of it to emulsify is really great. It doesn’t take much time for it to be fully washed off.

Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Polyethylene, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Ozokerite, Polysorbate 80, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydroxystearic Acid, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Octyldodecanol, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, Potassium Sorbate

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A facial cleanser that can instantly remove waterproof makeup ~ true, but I don’t think it’s 100% true (will be explained later in the result section)
A makeup remover that can thoroughly clean for a cleaner, smoother, and nourished skin ~ true

To be honest, I’m amazed by the performance of this cleansing balm. As a cleansing milk user, I usually need to use my cleanser multiple times to remove my makeup entirely, but it takes only one time using this balm and I don’t even need to use micellar water anymore to be assured! I even have tried using this balm to clean my quite heavy makeup, and I have to say it performs wonderfully. If you read the claims section, I wrote that this cleansing balm can remove waterproof makeup but it’s not 100% true, right? I wrote that because when I tried to clean the eyeliner (see the picture), it takes some time to make it entirely gone. It eventually broke down when emulsified, but then it means it’s not instantly clean ALL waterproof makeup. Also, there was a time where I used this cleansing balm to clean my waterproof mascara but turned out it can’t clean it all. I think this one is my fault, though, seeing that I kinda resist myself to use a lot of this balm on my eyes area, merely because I’m not used to doing it (I always use a bi-phase micellar water on cotton pads to clean the eyes area) and I don’t want my eyes to be blurry.

So far, the most disappointing point of this product is it doesn’t come with a spatula. If the product was a cream moisturiser, I wouldn’t really mind. But, for a cleansing balm, I think it really needs a spatula. I don’t want to dip my dirty fingers into the product! Even though I always think even cheap products have to be maximised in the development, I think I’d still try to accept it anyway at the end of the day.

Oh, and a little note, the price listed is the normal price but Pond’s always has a promo. I bought it only for around 60,000 when it was on sale!

+ removes makeup very well
+ since it can remove makeup very well, I don’t need to use micellar water to cleanse further, which means I save some money
+ very easy to be emulsified
+ affordable

- doesn’t come with a spatula so it’s a bit unhygienic
- I think the claim that it can remove waterproof makeup instantly is not 100% true, but it’s just a small con because it’ll still be removed anyway (it just takes more time)

Overall rating

Did any of you buy this product when you saw it released?

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