Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Kat Burki Vitamin C Nourishing Cleansing Balm: Review

Disclaimer: The product featured was provided for review.
Hey everyone, I hope your day is going well! Today I have a review of an exciting upcoming release from my new favorite skin care brand Kat Burki. Formulated with a concoction of vitamin C (15%) and cold-pressed plant oils, the Vitamin C Nourishing Cleansing Balm ($94 CAD) promises to "plump, hydrate, and brighten" the skin. To read all about this new cleanser, click.......
Kat Burki Vitamin C Nourishing Cleansing Balm
The Kat Burki Vitamin C Nourishing Cleansing Balm comes in a lovely frosted 60ml glass jar with a reflective silvery lid, much like the brand's Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream (which I just a smidgen away from finishing). I personally really like Kat Burki's packaging. It's super simple but there's something so elegant and modern about it.
The Vitamin C Cleansing Balm is formulated with a simple combination of vitamin C, camu camu berry, avocado, coconut, jojoba, olive, rose hip, sunflower, and cranberry seed oil (and nothing else). Kat Burki is well known for her usage of all natural and cold-pressed oils, so the quality of the product is definitely dependable.
Kat Burki Vitamin C Nourishing Cleansing Balm
The cleanser has a melty, chunky texture with a really lovely and subtle floral scent. To use, simply rub the balm onto the face with dry and clean hands. I had really high hopes for this as I've thoroughly enjoyed the other two Kat Burki products I've tried in the past; however, I'm not sure if this product is for me. I have combination to oily skin and after using this as per the instructions, my skin was left with an icky, oily residue. I mean, with an ingredient list full of oils, it's kind of expected that this would leave my skin feeling a bit congested and greasy. I even followed this with a normal foaming cleanser and I still couldn't get rid of the residual grease. Some people may not mind the feeling but if I'm washing my face, I want it to feel refreshed and clean!
I gave this product a second chance after realizing that this could be designed as a pre-cleanser for removing makeup. However, things didn't get better. The Cleansing Balm did manage to emulsify with my makeup but after that I couldn't get that emulsion off! I had to rub and tug; I tried to remove it with a dry cotton swab and then I tried taking it off using a cleansing oil but it was just really stuck on. It made things twice as hard to remove!
So all in all, this product has some fantastic ingredients but the formulation is not suitable for my combination skin. This may work as a cleanser for those with extremely dry skin but for me, this was a dud. I may try applying it sparingly as a night cream but otherwise, it's staying far, far away from my cleansing routine.

The Kat Burki Vitamin C Cleansing Balm will be available online and in stores at Murale starting February 2016.
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