I used both and I prefer the intense hydrator. It's more moisturizing. I am in the minority of people who didn't love the balm. I prefer the k Pak line overall, everything from it is golden.
Did you try the new or old MRB? I’m still using the old formula, and haven’t tried the new ones. K-pak really is a great line. I feel all of Joico’s lines do what they say they’re supposed to. Im interested in their newer line, the damage prevention/bond building one too.