Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is one of those cult favorites that I was late in trying. I often avoid popular products for fear of them not living up to the hype. I’m just a natural skeptic but some products are talked about so much that I eventually have to give them a try. This was the case with the Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. After hearing one rave review after another, I gave in and picked it up at the Sephora in Brooklyn. Read on for my Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Review.
I had been wanting to give up using makeup removing wipes because I feel like I have to tug at my skin when using them. I didn’t know what formula of makeup remover to go with. I had been using Bioderma micellar water but grew tired of using so many of my Muji cotton squares to remove my entire face. I knew I wanted something that would remove my makeup before my cleanser. I didn’t want to wash my makeup off with cleanser because for some reason I feel like that just pushes the makeup deeper into my skin. Don’t @ me.
Anyway, I narrowed my decision done to a cleansing oil or a balm. I love the way cleansing oils break down makeup before you rinse it all away. I’d never tried a cleansing balm before but assumed it was much of the same idea as using an oil. I decided to go with the balm, Take The Day Off in particular, since I’ve heard great things and it’s less messy than an oil.
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is a balm to oil cleanser that claims to remove all makeup, even formulas containing sunscreen. It’s fragrance-free and ophthalmologist tested, so there’s no need to worry about it getting near your eyes. It can be used alone but since I have oily skin, I like to clean with a gel cleanser to unclog my pores.
How I Use Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
I like to use this right before I hop in the shower. I come home and gather my things for my shower. While the water is warming up, I massage the cleansing balm all over my skin while it’s dry; it’s so satisfying to watch my makeup breakdown. Next, I hop in the shower and add a little warm water to create an emulsion and massage some more. Then, I rinse. I then use my clarisonic with a gel cleanser to ensure I’ve removed all of the balm and any debris from my pores.
Honestly, this stuff is as good as everyone says it is. It’s not as messy as an oil but it breaks down makeup just as easy. It’s really soft and gentle on your skin but removes all traces of makeup. Also, you only need a little to remove a full face of makeup, so don’t expect to go through the jar quickly. This just might make it to holy grail status.
FYI: Clinique Take The Day Off also comes in a milk, oil, makeup remover, eye makeup remover stick, and micellar wipes.
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