Test Drive: Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm

THE PRODUCT

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Melting Meltaway Cleansing Balm  

THE PROMISE

Featuring Papaya extract to exfoliate, Mongolia tree extract to purify, and sunflower and ginger root oil to gently cleanse, this new cleansing balm from Farmacy is designed to melt into the skin to instantly dissolve everything from bold eye makeup to waterproof sunscreen.  It also leaves behind an even complexion thanks to phytochemical Cichoric Acid, a potent natural antioxidant.

THE PLAY-BY-PLAY

I’m not usually one to follow directions, but this time around I skipped diving deep with my fingers and instead scooped out the green balm with the spatula provided, which delivered the perfect amount. I gently massaged in what felt like an emulsifying extra-soft candle wax, starting with my eyes and then working around my face in a circular motion. I took my sweet time doing this because it felt so silky and the bouquet of lime, bergamot and orange essential oils were pretty calming. When I came to and wiped it off with a warm, damp washcloth, I was surprised to find zero trace of makeup left behind. (Maybe I should start to read instructions more often...)

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Melting Meltaway Cleansing Balm, $34, at Sephora.

Heather Marrin