Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Review

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They say:

Lightweight cleansing balm quickly dissolves stubborn eye and face makeups, including those with sunscreen. Transforms from a solid balm to a silky, fluid oil upon application. Cleans thoroughly, rinses off completely. Non-greasy. Non-drying. For all skin types.


Ethylhexyl Palminate, Carthamus Tinctorious (Safflower Seed Oil), Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Polyethylene, Peg-5 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Water, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol

I say:

I use a lot of Clinique products and this is easily my favouritest (not a real word, I know) cleanser ever. Even when my skin is having a nervous breakdown (which happens more often than I’d like) this simple, yet effective formula never irritates or stings.

Now strangely, it says in the description that you can use this to remove eye makeup, but the lovely ladies at the Clinique counter in my local Boots, say not to use it around the eyes. Anyhoo, I always use a separate eye makeup remover when wearing mascara, etc., however I do use this around my eyes when I’m having a no makeup, just sunscreen, day and it hasn’t caused me any problems.

I always double cleanse at night and this is regularly the first cleanser I use.

Housed in a plastic pot, this completely fragrance-free (yes!) balm has a solid texture which begins to melt when rubbed between your hands.

I dig a bit out, about the size of a two pence piece, with my thumb (I do wash my hands first), rub together, and then begin to massage in using circular motions with my fingertips. Because of the oily texture, even rubbing quite vigorously doesn’t feel rough or abrasive.

When I’ve loosened all the makeup/sunscreen clinging to my face, I wash off any residue from my hands and begin rinsing. You can add water bit by bit to your face and keep massaging which creates a more emulsifying texture, but I just go straight into splashing, using lukewarm, almost cold water.

One’s instinct is to think hot water equates cleanliness, but not so my sensitive friends! Hot water is one of skin’s greatest enemies, stripping it and causing it to flush and heat up, thus aggravating rosacea and exacerbating broken capillaries.

Another popular way of removing Take The Day Off is to use a cloth/flannel. For a long time I practiced this technique, worried I wasn’t getting all the makeup off properly, but however gentle I was it always caused me irritation and because I double cleanse and use a gentle toner afterwards, just splashing my skin over and over until any residue of the balm has gone seems to dislodge any remaining dirt.

Overall, I love this product and think it’s a really effective way of thoroughly cleansing your skin.

Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is available at Clinique counters and online at* and* for £24.00

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