Question: what could we possibly love more than makeup? Answer: some good makeup remover. Nowadays, it’s cleansing balms occupying our top shelves, with their luxurious texture and waterproof-eliminating power.

Allow us to sum up our romance with these balms in three points. One, they’re as hardworking as cleansing oils but travel better since they’re solid. Two, they melt only upon contact with the skin, which means a little goes a long way. Three, the feeling of a rich, fragrant balm against your face after a tiring day is such a comfort. And if that isn’t enough to convince you, take our customers’ word for it. They can’t stop raving about the five balms below!

Banila Co. Clean It Zero Classic, P890
Danielle, 20, Combination Skin: “I have acne prone skin and just wiping off my makeup with wipes and cleansing with a facial soap after isn’t enough, especially because I like to use a long-wear foundation that is difficult to remove. Before I tried this product, there would still be some leftover foundation no matter how many times I tried to wash or wipe it off and that would just irritate my skin, waste time and product. I don’t really have that problem anymore. I was a little reluctant to use an oil cleanser because of my acne but I was surprised that I didn’t have any breakouts after using it. My skin felt clean, fresh and moisturized afterwards. It’s also really perfect if you’re lazy when it comes to removing your makeup like me. Just take a tiny scoop of it and apply all over the face and it melts away all your makeup.”

Pixi by Petra Nourishing Cleansing Balm, P1,250
Mitch, 37, Sensitive Skin: “This is the very first product that I saw [as] a balm for the face. And it’s not just an ordinary cleansing balm…This is just so perfect. I like the idea of the balm as it is less messy than cream or lotion. Feels like wax once you apply [it] but turns to oil. I’m using a cloth [with it] to remove all the traces of dirt and makeup. And it’s doing its job, [even] up to the smallest [speck of] dirt on my face. It’s silky-smooth after. Must-have.”

Heimish All Clean Balm, P975
Katrina, 21, Normal Skin: “This is my first time using an oil cleansing balm and I’m glad that I started with this brand. I’ve started double cleansing with this and I don’t regret it at all! This stuff is really effective in removing makeup and grime! Even waterproof makeup is wiped off! I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and it hasn’t broken me out. From what I know, it’s packed with more natural ingredients so it’s friendlier to the skin. Those with sensitive skin types don’t have to worry! The smell is also amazing! It has a calming smell which really makes my skincare routine a pampering session.”

In Her Element Nourish & Cleanse Balm, P595
Claire, 32, Combination Skin: “All gals should have this. I love using this as a moisture booster on my skin. It also works wonders on my dry, chapped lips. Plus it also effectively yet gently removes eye makeup. The only downside is that I get cravings whenever I smell its chocolatey vanilla scent! I’m kind of addicted. Love this.”

Chateau Labiotte Wine Sherbet Cleanser, P925
Erika, 25, Combination Skin: Cleansing oils have always been my weapons of choice for removing makeup, but this balm totally changed my life. First of all, the beautiful wine glass packaging of this product is just unbeatable! Performance-wise, this cleanser also delivers. Love how this Korean formula is so creamy, gentle, yet so effective in whisking away makeup and dirt off my face - no pulling or tugging needed! It’s also sooo satisfying for me to see this cleanser transform from a balm, to an oil, and finally, to milk. It also has a mild, yummy scent of wine which makes your cleansing ritual feel even more luxurious. If you’re thinking about getting this cleanser, all I can say is, WINE NOT?