A few weeks ago I found myself on the Space NK website for some reason or another and what was on their homepage? The new Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquillity Cleansing Balm. I was like wwwhhhhhaaaatttt? What is this blue balm? Why had I not heard Sunday Riley was putting out a new cleanser? As a fan of Sunday Riley’s Ceramic Slip (spoken about here) and the Charisma Crème cleanser (see here) I really felt the need to complete the trilogy with the Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquillity Cleansing Balm. Cause yeah…you know, gotta collect them all!
Since Blue Moon has arrived on my doorstep, every time I use this cleanser or even walk into my bathroom and spot this, there is one thing going through my head. That scene in Grease where Danny has been accosted by Cha Cha for the spotlight dance and the song Blue Moon comes on. Then the T-birds actually moon everyone. Lols, good times. If you haven’t seen it (huh? have you been living in a cave your entire life?) or just want to reminisce click play. I know the last line is in Spanish (?) but all the other videos I could find of this particular scene were awful quality.
So all jokes aside, lets get down to the details of Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquillity Cleansing balm. The balm is housed in a 100g tub, which although is plastic (great for travel or just not smashing it) is quite luxe looking. Definitely one that there would be no shame leaving out for the world to see on your vanity. Upon opening it’s discovered that yep, it’s definitely blue. More of an aqua blue rather than a midnight blue that I was expecting, but nonetheless, it’s a blue balm.
The next thing you will notice is the beautiful scent. As a regular chocolate eater I do appreciate the faint smell of cocoa and find myself inhaling this for a couple of moments each time I use it. It’s not a full-on-choco smell, but more like that faint chocolate smell that lingers on the foil wrapper of easter eggs.
So after persuading myself not to lick the balm just to check if it tastes like chocolate I use a plastic spatula to spoon a little out. The texture is a rather hard balm, so no chance of it melting like say, a coconut oil, and I would think trying to dig this out with fingers would be a bit gross. The balm actually doesn’t come with a spatula (it should) but I have plenty floating around. The balm needs to be warmed up in the hands for a moment or two to melt and then it’s time to start the fun part. Massaged onto the face and neck, the balm is easily spread and although nowhere near as a oily as something like the Emma Hardie balm, it effortlessly removes all traces of makeup, mascara (not waterproof – haven’t tried that) and impurities. I have used this balm as both a first cleanse and also a second and it performs equally well as both.
Removal is super easy. You can add some warm water to your fingers and emulsify it a little before removing with a warm damp face cloth or apparently you can just rinse clean (I wouldn’t, I always remove with a cloth) but I guess if you are using it as your first cleanse and are going in with another cleanser anyway rinsing could be an option.
Another fab thing about this cleanser is it can double as a hydrating mask. Applied a little thicker and left on for up to 20 mins provides a nice little boost of hydration. I have only tried this once, but it was lovely to walk around for 20 mins inhaling the cocoa goodness.
I’ve included photographs below of the box, descriptions and ingredients list as I know some people find it useful.
All in all, I’m pretty in love with the Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquillity Cleansing Balm so far, after using for a week or so. I’ve noticed no adverse reactions to it and can pretty confidently say that although it marketed towards those with dry skin, my combo skin loves it and for those with sensitive or stressed skin, the inclusion of ingredients such as chamomile, blue tansy and beeswax should be welcomed.
How do you feel about cleansing balms in general? Hate them or rate them? Is the Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquillity Balm something that interests you?
Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquillity Balm is available exclusively at Space NK and ships worldwide.