[REVEW] INNISFREE My Makeup Cleanser Melting Balm

If you’re a fan of double cleansing, then cleansing balms would surely be no stranger to you. However, what about cleansing balms… in a tube? Yes, instead of the more traditional jar packaging, Innisfree has now produced a tube-packaged balm! Definitely a more hygienic option, no?

Product Claims:

This cleansing balm has a paste-type formula that softly melts, transforming to a gel-type texture to remove your makeup and skin impurities thoroughly. Leaving the skin feeling fresh and moist. 


Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Polyglyceryl-3 Cocoate, Trihydroxystearin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Water, Ethylhexylglycerin, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Fragrance.


80ml / 2.70 fl. oz.


Opaque blue plastic squeeze-tube with a black flip-top cap.

Period After Opening (PAO):

12 months


Moderate herbal scent with a hint of citrus(?).

How To Use:

  1. Apply an appropriate amount onto dry hand and gently smooth over dry face to dissolve makeup.
  2. Add water with fingertips and massage to remove makeup.
  3. Rinse off with lukewarm water afterwards.


Thick, pale yellow oily cream paste. Spreads onto the skin easily and gently dissolves makeup without irritation. Emulsifies once mixed with water and rinses off with no tight or dry feeling. However, I do find that there’s a kind of “moisture film” left post-wash.

My Skin Type:

Sensitive (prone to redness and irritation), combination-dry, acne-prone, dehydrated.

Overall thoughts:

Personally, I always prefer products in more hygienic packagings such as tubes, pumps (even better if it’s the airless kind) and droppers rather than jars. Unless the product comes with a spatula, you’re more likely to cause contamination issues every time you dip your fingers into the jar to use the product as opposed to say, just dispensing the product out of a non-exposed container.

So, when I saw that Innisfree released a cleansing balm in a tube… I immediately added it to my wishlist to try! Besides satisfying my inner neat freak, I was also interested to see how it performs as a first cleanser as opposed to mainstream jar-packaged balms.

And overall, I’m pleased to see that it performs quite well in removing both daily and long-wearing makeup, though it does struggle a bit with the really stubborn/waterproof ones (as seen in the pictures). I’ve also noticed that for a cleansing balm, it’s oilier than its counterparts; to the point where every time I squeeze the tube, I have to make sure to shake it well before use. Otherwise, as seen above, the balm will be dispensed with oil pooling around it.

Before After

In terms of after-effects, there is also a noticeable “moisture film” post-cleanse that I have mixed feelings about. While yes, this guarantees that the Melting Balm doesn’t dry out your skin at all, it can be annoying sometimes. If you’re familiar with the Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil, it’s exactly like that. So, as with the Klairs, I do recommend following up your second cleanse with a gentle cleansing tool like a konjac sponge to ensure complete removal of this film.

All in all, the Innisfree My Makeup Cleanser Melting Balm is a product I’d particularly recommended for those with drier skin types. I also find it safe for sensitive and acne-prone skin as the ingredients list is fairly minimal and doesn’t contain many traditional acne triggers, though please do check beforehand as everyone’s skin sensitivities do differ.


INNISFREE My Makeup Cleanser Melting Balm

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