CLIO Micro-Fessional Cleansing Oil Balm

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Hi guys, today I have a review of 2 super convenient cleansing balms! 
I personally love cleansing balms but it's quite difficult to travel with them as they usually come in a jar. To address this point,  Clio (a super famous Korean makeup brand) has launched cleansing balms in tube format. When I saw them, I was super excited and that's why I snatched the 2 versions: Blackhead Off and Color Off! :D

Cleansing balms (oil cleansers) available in a tube format. There is a version specifically designed to remove liquid lipsticks and even waterproof mascara in a single step (Color Off) and another one to deeply cleanse pores and elimate blackheads and impurities (Blackhead Off).

Super clean, super powerful, and super easy is the slogan of Clio concerning these cleansing balms.

1. More powerful than cleansing oil. Microfluidizer technology allows liposome particles to cling evenly to skin, completing a thourough and complete cleanse! These cleansing balms remove everything from lip and eye makeup to skin impurities while minimizing oil residue for a refreshing sensation.
2. Quick and Easy cleasning. While maintaining powerful cleansing power, these oil balms solve the problem of runny cleansing oil and the unhygienic scopping inconveniences of cleansing balm!

Color Off
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Isohexadecane, Ethylhexyl Stearate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, PEG-10 Isostearate, Polyethylene, C13-15 Alkane, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Seed Extract, Moringa Petrygosperma Seed Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Trihydroxystearin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Water, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceramide NP, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parum).

Blackhead Off
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-10 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Mineral Oil, C13-15 Alkane, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Candida Bombicola/Glucose/Methyl Rapeseedate Ferment, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Amber Powder, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa (Tumeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Honey, Lactobacillus Ferment, Glycerin, Trihydroxystearin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyl Avocadate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceramide NP, Coconut Acid, Propyl Gallate, Fragrance (Parfum).

The Color Off Cleansing Balm is composed of hydrophobic esters (Cetearyl ethylhexanoate, ethylhexyl stearate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, PEG-10 Isostearate) that are used as oil components and here as cleansing agents (they as lighter than plant oils, silky and “dry” (but they’re moisturizing), isohexadecane (a form of mineral oil), safflower seed oil, lotus, green tea, moringa eucalyptus extracts as main ingredients.
Note that it does contain Polyethylene (form of plastic that you can find in almost all cleansing balms).

The ingredient list of the blackhead off balm is a bit different, it also contains some hydrophobic esters, but contrarily to the Color off version, it contains mineral oil, argan oil, green tea leaf oil, olive oil and different plant extracts, such as Melia Azadirachta (chinaberry tree), Coccinia Indica, eggplant, turmeric, etc.

I’m not sure how to explain the difference in cleansing properties of both in terms of ingredients (main difference is the presence of mineral and plant oils in the blackhead version that probably can dissolve sebum an liposoluble impurities better but I'm not 100% sure) so I’ll discuss this point only in terms of effects I’ve been able to see with my own eyes.

I painted some lipstick (Bourjois Rouge Velvet the lipstick, 14 Brownette), Diorshow on stage liners (felt-tip eyeliner) in matte blue and matte black, Dior Cooling Stick in 002 (eyeshadow), Pixi liners in Rose Glow and tightline liner in black and a lip lacquer (Estée Lauder in Mandarin Mash).


 All products were rather easy to remove with both balms except for the Diorshow liners that were really difficult to remove. I had to rub my arm quite a lot before I managed to remove everything off with the Color Off balm while with the Blackhead Off balm I couldn’t completely remove the black liquid liner (or I would have had to rub like crazy and that’s not something I will do to remove my makeup in real life). That said the black liner from Pixi was easy to remove with both balms, so I think the Dior liquid liners are rather difficult to remove in general. This difficult task nevertheless shows that the Color Off balms is slightly more efficient to remove hard-to-remove makeup than the Blackhead Off balm. In real life, the difference between both balms is not that evident. However I have the impression that the Blackhead Off balm can deep cleanse my skin a bit more thoroughly than the Color Off while still removing my everyday makeup. Maybe that’s just an impression but I think I can get some grits with the Blackhead off and not with the Color Off so I like it a bit bitter.


Something I really enjoy with both is the packaging. I love cleansing balms but sometimes I don’t like when they come in a jar and you have to take a spatula to scoop some product out. This tube packaging is also super convenient when you travel! The only con I see with them is the scent. I have the impression they’re unscented (although fragrance is present) and what you can smell is a chemical scent from the ingredients. This is not strong but I’m not really enjoying this scent. I would have preferred a fresh lemon or berry scent.

In summary, I think these are nice cleansing balms to take with you when you travel. They’re effective to remove makeup and cleanse the skin, they do the job very well, but they are not my all time favorite cleansing balms (I prefer Hope Girl Jamong balm for example). But I could probably repurchase them again because of the so convenient packaging, that’s the best way to take an oil cleanser with you in my opinion!

What's your favorite cleansing balm?

Purchase info
CLIO Micro-Fessional Cleansing Oil Balm can be purchased from They are listed here

*I received them from for review. I could chose what I wanted to get in their shop*

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