What is it? Balm cleanser.
What does/should it do? Remove SPF/makeup and clean your skin.
Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser is a really long name for a balm cleanser. I picked it up for impractical reasons that are probably very familiar to you: I wanted to try something new, and I wanted to try out a store I’d never purchased from before.
I prefer balm cleansers for my evening routine. I find they get SPF and makeup off effectively, and I really enjoy the balm-to-oil effect that lets me smoosh and massage my face for a few minutes at the end of the day. A good double cleanse with a balm is exactly what I need to get me into wind-down mode, and even when I don’t want to actually get off the couch to go and clean my face, I always feel amazing once I’ve done it.
It’s hard to review a cleaner beyond yep, it cleaned my face, or, worse, it didn’t. Slaai gets the job done in a very boring way. Even then, a cleanser should be boring. It should get the job done at the end of the day – that is the point. But you also want your boring cleanser to be an experience, to make you feel good at the end of the day when take your face off and put your trackies on. I didn’t get that here.
I was disappointed to find I needed far more product that I would have thought, in order to get enough to massage around my face comfortably. Is that the fault of the product? Probably not, but I felt like I was using an awful lot compared to my previous faithful balm cleanser, and I was powering through the tub awfully quickly. I didn’t like the texture it it melted into – although oily, it was not as smooth and ‘buttery’ as I want.
Slaai comes with a physical exfoliant powder: Bamboo Booster. The option to customise the level of physical exfoliant in your cleanser is a nice touch, if that’s what you’re into. I didn’t use it on my face because I am in a committed relationship with Vitamin A, and I think it would be all a bit too much. I did enjoy using a dash of the powder mixed with the remains of the balm on my fingers to give my dry lips a good scrub, although I probably only did that once a month.
The tub also comes with scoop, to avoid getting your fingers into the balm, and I appreciated this when I was sharing the tub with a surly teen (she’s only cleaning her face under duress; balm cleansers are not her favourite). The scoop sticks to the lid of the tub with magnets, which is a neat touch.
Drunk Elephant will tell you their products are free of whatever they define as ‘nasties’; this includes fragrance, which usually suits me, but the fragrance-free scent here was, again, boring. The cleanser is a mixture of oils which all sounds lovely, but just ended up feeling sticky on my face although, I hasten to add, after using a face washer to remove the balm my face felt clean.
Ultimately, Slaai made my evening double-cleanse a chore rather than the part of my day I don’t mind getting off the couch for. I guess I should have paid attention to those influencers who told me how cool the scoop was but then never mentioned Slaai again. It gets the job done, but it’s not a repurchase for me.
Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser 110g is $54 from Mecca.