REVIEW: No7 Radiant Results Nourishing Cleansing Balm

by - July 24, 2019

Hey guys! I've actually been using this product for months now and I went back and forth on whether or not to review it here on the blog, but since I haven't really seen reviews of this elsewhere I figured it would be worthwhile to give my thoughts. Finding a good, affordable cleansing balm can still be really difficult and I'm always on the hunt to try out the different formulas that are available in the drugstore, which is why I picked up the No7 Radiant Results Nourishing Cleansing Balm. This tub is basically gigantic and this 125ml size retails for $14CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart here in Canada. Really, how could I not try it out?

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Cleanse your way to radiant & healthier looking skin in 1 week. A nourishing cleansing balm which works to dissolve away make-up, impurities, and pollutants. Enriched with nourishing oils to help gently smooth away dryness, without leaving any residue. Leaves skin feeling perfectly clean, soothed, and silky soft. Helps skin to retain moisture levels, and feel hydrated. Formulated with No7's Tri-Vit Complex + Grapeseed Oil. Each No7 Cleanser is formulated to help protect your skin's natural, healthy balance.

Ingredients: Ethylhexyl palmitate, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, Hydrogenated microcrystalline wax, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed butter, PEG-20 glyceryl triisostearate, Synthetic wax, Glyceryl stearate, Panthenol, Vitis vinifera (Grape) seed oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopheryl acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Retinyl palmitate, 

So, what kept me from reviewing it? Honestly, I wasn't really sure how to communicate how I feel about this balm, because this is definitely a bit of a love hate situation for me. That being said, once I realized that I had used up most of this tub, I knew that I had to get my thoughts out here on the blog. I'm going to start with what I hate about this product - the scent. While I don't have nearly as much of a problem with the smell now as I did when I first got it, the strong floral scent can be really, really off putting initially and I would caution anyone who's really sensitive to scents to avoid this.

Now, with that being said, I do actually think this is a really solid option for a first nighttime cleanse as far as how it performs. It melts down really easily and works well into the skin, breaking up the makeup without having to work too hard. It's definitely a cleanser that you're going to want to follow with a second cleanse to remove any residue and actually clean the skin because I don't find that it rinses quite as clean as some other cleansing balms that I've used. But honestly, that really doesn't bother me because I'm a double cleanse kind of a girl either way. 

As far as removing the makeup completely, I'd say that this does a pretty good job, although I do find that sometimes I will have some stubborn eyeliner or mascara that survives this so I do follow this with an eye makeup remover just to make sure I have everything. As you can see in the below photo, it really effectively broke down and removed foundation, face products, eyeshadow, and brow products. 

Full face of makeup... removed from face and transferred to a white wash cloth. Kind of ew....

I was a little bit curious about what other people thought of this product and I found... some kind of weird criticisms in the reviews - though, admittedly, the most common complaints were about the smell. The least of the weird was that it broke people out, which I suspect is from people who used this as their only cleanser. Like I said, it does leave a residue so it's important to use this as a makeup remover and then go in with a cleanser that works for you to actually cleanse the skin effectively. Personally, I haven't had any breakouts and bad reactions to this when using it as a part of my double cleanse and I do actually have a tendency to get clogged pores and breakouts fairly easily.

The weirdest criticism that I saw was people complaining about the tub only being half full. I don't personally think there's anything deceptive about this product since it does say very clearly on the front of the packaging how much product is in the tub. Is it a huge tub? Yes, it absolutely is, and even only half full this does contain 4.2oz of product - at least a half ounce more than almost all of the other cleansing balms I can find online. I don't know whether this is just a complain about the bulkiness of the packaging or some sort of claims of deception. At $3.33CAD/oz, this is by far the most affordable cleansing balm I've personally ever seen - and I tried to look online for anything to compare and couldn't even really get close. 

Overall, like I said, I feel two ways about this product. I think it does the job, though I do have some other cleansing balms that are more effective and don't require me to use an eye makeup remover afterwards to make sure I got everything, and I think the price is literally as budget friendly as you're going to get for a mainstream, easily available cleansing balm. I hate the smell and I very sincerely wish that they would change it or just remove fragrance from the formula all together, but I do find it less bothersome when using it now than when I first started using it. Overall, I think that it's a really solid option if you're looking for a balm cleanser on a budget. Like I said, I've been using this for months and I've still got a fair bit left to go before I use it up. 

The No7 Radiant Results Nourishing Cleansing Balm is available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart and retails for $14CAD and is available at Ulta and Target in the US for around $10US.

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