Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Cleansin' Wednesday: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Cleansin' Wednesday is a weekly instalment of this blog in which I review a different cleanser (until I run out... and start hoarding cleansers again!)

The Clinique "Take The Day Off" Cleansing Balm is my first foray into cleansing balms. I purchased it late last year and have been using it regularly for makeup removal at night. It’s a rather stiff lard-like mass in a plastic purple pot. It reminds me of coconut oil, texture-wise. The writing on the packaging rubbed off pretty quickly within the first month of use so it’s not very aesthetically pleasing but the product itself is an excellent makeup remover. Dare I say I prefer it to Bioderma? I just feel like I get a more thorough cleanse when I use this balm.

I massage it onto dry skin and watch it melt all the makeup off before rinsing it off and going in with a second cleanser. It’s more effective at removing stubborn mascara however if you are super conscious about massaging the delicate skin of the eye area, a separate eye makeup remover might be a better option for you (I’m a fan of the Dior Instant Eye Makeup Remover or Lancome Bi Facil).

At $35 (available at Sephora) it is a great value. It’s an effective makeup remover, it is free of fragrance and irritants, making it ideal for all skin types. Aside from the packaging fading and the fact that being scent-free it literally feels like putting lard on your face, you really can’t go wrong with this cleansing balm. It does its job and it does it well.

Have you ventured into cleansing balms? What are some of your favourites?


  1. Nice post :)

  2. I've heard so many things about this cleansing balm. I've never tried one before but if I was too I think I would try this one, especially if you say it's better than Bioderma's!

  3. This stuff is the - on to my second pot already ! But yet so tempted to try the Emma Hardie ;) #beautybloggerproblems xxx


  4. I've gone through two jars of this Clinique balm. I use it in the shower though which leads to using it wet which means I burn through it at a ridiculous rate. I think the last jar only lasted 2.5 months? Too fast to justify buying it again. But I really do enjoy it! No scent, effective and added a little moisture to my always-dry under eye area.

  5. I really like the Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser. I don't use it in the morning though; too oily for my oily skin. It removes makeup really well and has a nice clove-y scent. It's in a tube, so I imagine the consistency is thinner than the Clinique, but I still consider it a balm-like texture. I'm almost out so I'll have to give the Clinique one a go next.

  6. I used this one years back and it really is effective! But my all-time favourite makeup removers are the Shu Uemura cleansing oils :)


  7. I've only tried one cleansing balm and it was a big failure for my skin because it contained mineral oil :( I even did the second cleanse afterwards, but it wreaked havoc on my skin.

    I have been too scared to try any others now, so I am going to wait until I can afford Clinique Take The Day Off Balm - it seems the safest route and the best reviews :)

    Kate | The Minted Beauty

  8. I used to use this with 2 other cleansers (Bioderma for my eyes and spectrojel for the 2nd cleanse) but now I just use this by itself - and it works so much better than pairing it with others. I first apply it to dry skin like you do, but then, when I wet my skin to rinse it off, I gently massage it near my eyes (the balm is watery rather than thick at this point). I sometimes use a wet cotton pad to wipe my eyes - this removes EVERYTHING - and is much more thorough than Bioderma. I follow up with a second cleanse with this + a hot towel - and my skin is clean, happy and moist. I used to think I needed a separate cleanser to remove any oily residue - but it works much better by itself - my skin is much calmer.

  9. I was curious about this one. I love Pai's cleanser, I am on my 5th bottle now. it is the only cleansing balm that i can use around my eyes, no stinging. Have you tried this around eyes?

  10. Dicen que el de The Body shop es muy parecido a ese, pero la verdad es que prefiero los desmaquillantes en gel.

    Kyllie | Make Up Fragrances

  11. I am obsessed with cleansing balms! My all time favorite is Emma Hardie. So luxurious. A real treat. I have had my eye on this as a more affordable alternative. Thanks for the review!

  12. Right now I am using the Colleen Rothchild cleansing balm and really like it. Kind of has a wierd smell. before that I did try the camomile cleansing balm from the body shop and really did enjoy it. I am still using bioderma on my eyes for mascara before the balms. Old habits are had to break!

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