Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm

But will your makeup really be gone?


I'm a bit of a cleansing balm addict. When you find a great one, it really feels like it can do anything: take makeup off, cleanse, treat, double duty as a mask, maybe pay off my taxes? Okay, that last one is reaching just a wee bit but hey, a girl can dream! 

The Trilogy brand from New Zealand is slightly newer to the US skincare market, but every product I've tried so far I've ended up loving and gave the brand a nod in my winter skincare favorites. The Cream Cleanser, Hydrating Mist Toner, and Certified Organic Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ are all incredibly lovely and constantly rotate their way into my routine. So when I saw they had released a cleansing balm when I was at Whole Foods recently, I had to try it.


Helianthus annuus seed oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cocos nucifera oil, Cera alba, Polyglceryl-3 Palmitate, Mangifera indica (Mango) seed butter, Rosa Canina (rosehip) seed oil, Camellia oleifera seed oil, Tocopheryl acetate, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Chamomilla recutita flower extract, Parfum, citronellol, limonene, linalool

There's no sign of mineral oil in this, for those wary of it. Instead it utilizes other natural ingredients like olive oil, rosehip oil, and mango butter to cleanse and moisturize. It also comes with a little cotton washcloth, which is handy for travel because it's small but effective. 

It's solid in the jar, but easy to scoop and turns emollient fast on contact with skin. I think it smells positively dreamy, but those who aren't keen on scents in their skincare might not totally love it. It's a soft, slightly sweet floral and faintly fruity scent, so YMMV on if that's a deal breaker.

You can definitely feel the oils and mango butter in this, as it turns a bit tacky when mixed with water. You'll definitely need a washcloth to wipe it off, but I did find on me the product didn't totally wipe away. There was a definitely a light bit of oils/mango butter left behind. Personally, I don't mind this because it was moisturizing and didn't cause my skin any problems overnight, but some who like a squeaky clean feeling after cleansing might not totally love that. I would say this makes it an ideal first cleanse, but you might want to use something else for your second else if you don't like that feeling, or if your skin is on the oily side. Pixi Mud Glow Cleanser and Trilogy's Cream Cleanser are great options. Sensitive skin types should note that the bit of essential oils at the tail end of the ingredients lists might irritate your skin depending on how your skin reacts to them. 

Does it get makeup off well, though? Yes, absolutely. This is a good, solid performing cleansing balm that didn't disappoint and fits nicely into the Trilogy line. You can find it online or in your local Whole Foods for around $38, which all in all isn't bad because you get a decent amount of product. Just remember, a little can go a long way. 

Will you be adding this cleansing balm to your skincare routine?