How to Take Off Stubborn Makeup: Farmacy Cleansing Balm Review

Hey, everyone! Long time no see, it’s good to be back. I took a bit of an ~extended~ break from posting because SO. MANY. EXCITING. THINGS. have been happening for my writing portfolio! Peep my recently updated press page to see what I’ve been writing in the interim.

Anyway, I had to come back to tell you that I FINALLY found a way to get all my makeup off in the evenings. Taking off my makeup at the end of the day is, by far, my least favorite part of my nightly routine. The biggest reason being: it’s a freakin’ HASSLE. I don’t even do a full face, guys, but wow, did I struggle every night to get all of it off. I used to use makeup wipes (#cursed. If you still use wipes, pleeeeaase, for the love of humanity, consider switching. Greta is watching you). Eventually, I switched to Garnier’s micellar water. Both left me with disgusting raccoon eyes every single morning because they failed to get all my damn liner and mascara off. Not cute.

What’s a heavy eyeliner-lovin’ gal to do, then? Use a CLEANSING BALM.


When I expressed my makeup-removal issue to the people of the Beauty of It All Facebook Group and to my bff/beauty kween Francesca, I was told to run to my nearest Sephora and pick up Farmacy’s Cleansing Balm. Skeptical, but with nothing to lose but $34+tax, I left with a jar of the Green Tea balm in hand.

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As a total cleansing balm noob, I had NO idea how to put this on, so lemme give it you straight. As you can see, it’s not liquid at all. The balm is solid, but melts onto your skin when you apply it. Weiiiiird, right? As it melts, it breaks up the dirt, oil, and makeup on top of your skin. I use a wet reusable cotton round to take off my stubborn makeup and that’s it! No more raccoon eyes!!

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I was so happy to wake up without leftover eyeliner, you have no idea. It had be 84 years since I woke up without a trace of black residue. Now, as for the balm, while it DOES do the job I want it to do, it’s still not perfect. Here are my critiques.


  1. It’s not gentle. Actually, it’s kind of intense, especially on the eyes. I stick it out because I’m a bit cray, but if you can’t handle intense products on your skin, this is NOT for you.

2. It’s not a one-and-done application situation. To get all of my makeup off, I have to apply this to my eyelids and wash it off multiple times. Takes about 3-4 times to get everything off. It didn’t speed up my evening routine as much as I wanted it to.

That said, it is the ONLY thing I’ve ever that can take off my Wet n’ Wild eyeliner completely. Have I been converted to the cleansing balm lifestyle? Yes. Is this the best balm for me? Maybe, but I have a feeling I need to try other balms to find out for sure.


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Since the cleansing balm isn’t the gentlest, I follow up with a whole arsenal of other products. I spritz on an aloe toner from Lexli right after to help with any redness and sensitivity. Then, I use an eye cream and supercharge my skin with moisturizer, both from Kiehl’s. A dream team, really. My house is dry af, I need all the moisture I can get!


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And that’s it! That’s how to take off stubborn makeup. The answer is all in the balm, baby. Seriously. if you want to remove all your makeup effectively, the balm will do that. Think about it, you’re probably going to bed still with particles of makeup if you’re using wipes or micellar water! Do your skin a solid and come on over to the balm side.

To any balm connoisseurs reading this: do you use any different balms? What’s the best one you’ve tried? Pls, let’s discuss in the comments below.

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