Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm


Skin Types: Works for all skin types.
Lightweight makeup remover quickly dissolves tenacious eye and face makeups, sunscreens. Transforms from a solid balm into a silky oil upon application. Cleans thoroughly, rinses off completely. Gently helps remove the stress of pollution so skin looks younger, longer. Non-greasy. Non-drying. Ophthalmologist Tested. For all skin types.


I’ve already found my holy grail makeup remover (more on that in another post) but I picked this up just to experiment with. I’ve used everything from the very basic (soap and water), to the tech-y (double-phase liquid which you shake to activate) to the old-school (cold-cream-method where you just apply the cream to your face and tissue off) so it was only natural that I test out this balm next.


I applied the balm to remove my makeup but all it did was just smear the makeup all over my face. After rinsing it off, it actually left a thick, greasy residue on my face. I’ve clearly stated a million times before on this blog how I feel towards cleansing products that leave any type of residue on my skin. It makes me feel unclean. I’d rather my skin feel dry yet clean instead of moisturized but gross. Many people swear up and down about how this balm is amazing at removing waterproof mascara but it barely dissolved through mine (granted I did have no less than a billion coats of mascara on but still). What’s more? The balm gave me cloudy vision (or foggy vision). It took a lot of elbow grease and unnecessary rubbing of the delicate areas of my face (hello future wrinkles) to get rid of the the residue left over by the balm.

Basically, it felt like I was trying to remove my makeup with Vaseline or Petroleum Jelly as it had the same thick consistency, and the same stubborn refusal to rinse off. This could either be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your preference but this balm doesn’t have any discernible scent (which is typical of Clinique) and yet another reason why this reminds me of Vaseline. I’m not interested in any product that takes that much time and effort to remove my makeup especially after a long day when I can barely keep my eyes open and all I wanna do is just crawl into bed and crash.


I’ve only held on to this for so long because I wanted to review it for my blog (and warn people). That said, if you like a little hydration in your makeup remover then this stuff is for you. You get a lot of product for the price (but I did get this ages ago and I’m sure they’ve increased the price by now). This really did feel like I was trying to remove my makeup with Vaseline as it just pushed my makeup around my face, gave me cloudy vision, and left a hard to remove residue on my skin. Even after rinsing it off (with soap) my eyelids still felt greasy and heavy which is exactly the same result you get when applying Vaseline to your eyelids. If you are still interested in this Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm from Clinique, I strongly suggest you experiment with regular ol’ Vaseline first before taking the plunge because as I said, that’s a lot of product (i.e. commitment). After a few uses, I’ve pretty much given up on this stuff.

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  1. Pingback: Best Makeup Remover Ever | LuLu ♥'s Makeup

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