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I regularly buy Clinique products. I know they are costly, but I do feel like the more money I put into my skin care regime, the better my skin will be. I bought this for the first time two months ago. I went into the Clinique counter and needed a new make up remover and general face cleanser. I decided to ask the lady behind the beauty counter for her advice, being the beauty expert after all. She recommended this cleansing balm. I bought it, with another product, as they were doing their regular offers of buy two products (one to be skincare) and get a whole host of travel size goodies for free (and I just love trialling the products I haven't tried yet).
Price and availability:
Every Clinique counter I have seen, stock this product. Clinique counters can be found in large department stores, like John Lewis, House of Fraser, etc as well as stores like Boots. I have always found the sale assistants really helpful. This product is priced around £22.50, which in my opinion is quite a lot of money, so I expect a lot for that. I am never normally disappointed by Clinique products, so I had high hopes.
The packaging is quite heavy, so makes the product feel quite substantial. The pot is short and round, and clear purple plastic. The lid is a screw on and off lid. It is easy to take off and on again, and secure once done up tight. The product is a thick solid constancy. It reminds me of hair wax. You rub a little bit onto cotton wool and then rub it onto your face to remove make up, and as the name might suggest, the day off, so all general dirt and life build up! The product smooths on easily, but it takes quite a lot of applications to get the make up off as it does not absorb much each time, certainly less than traditional creamier more liquid types of make up remover. I also find this product quite difficult to remove, it leaves my skin so greasy, which is horrible. In fact my chin has got considerably more spots since I started using this product.
I really didn't like this product, I found it hard to use, you had to use lots of remove your make up, making it quite poor value for money. It left my skin greasy and feeling horrible. I only pushed through and finished the pot because it cost so much money I felt like I had to, but I was so relieved when I finished. In my opinion this is definitely not worth the money it cost and I will not be buying it again. I am rarely disappointed with Clinique products, but sadly, this time I was.
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm - 125ml for £19
I don't really use Clinique products, firstly because I usually find them very harsh on my skin and secondly because they are quite an expensive range.
I was given this cleansing balm as a Christmas gift and have been using it since just after Christmas.
It is marketed as fragrance free and as suitable for all skin types.
The cleansing balm comes in a round plastic pot, the pot is purple in colour with a silver coloured screw top type lid. The plastic pot has not been made from recycled plastic but can be recycled after use.
On opening the pot the cleansing balm is completely solid. It is a very pale white in colour almost translucent. The cleansing balm is sold as fragrance free, it does however smell a bit like plastic, I found this a bit odd and not a very nice smell, probably better if it was very lightly fragranced.
The directions say to apply the cleansing balm to dry skin, I do this and scraped the balm out of the pot. The texture of the balm is very slippery and it feels very sticky. Once applied the balm turns to more of an oily texture, it is thick and still quite sticky.
I follow the instructions by massaging the balm into the skin on my face. I then use luke warm water to rinse the balm off my face. It takes a couple of rinses to remove the balm completely.
My face looks and feels clean and there are no signs of left over make-up on my face, the balm has done exactly as it said it would and removed all traces of make-up including waterproof mascara from my face. My face does not feel overly dry and is now ready to moisturise.
I liked the fact that this balm removed my make-up and cleansed my skin. I got used to the texture of the balm after a couple of uses and found it quite easy to use. The 125ml pot lasts for ages because of the texture of the balm and a little goes a long way.
I really disliked the plastic smell of this balm, also when I used it to remove mascara it stung my eyes and felt quite unpleasant.
There are lots of cleansers on the market and to be honest they are mostly an awful lot cheaper than this cleansing balm. If you are a big Clinique fan and you can afford the £19 price then you may like this product but it's not for me because of the price and my personal results.
I give this cleansing balm 3 out of 5 Dooyoo stars.
I actually ordered this product on line thinking it was something else - it was a good mistake to make!
Having a dry sensitive skin that recoils in horror at many cosmetics, I found this product suited me down to the ground.
As others have said, it is a balm in the pot and turns to a very light oil when it touches the skin. It is virtually fragrance free, and I do disagree slightly with others in that I didn't find it difficult to extract from the pot. I simply use a couple of fingers, rub the balm in a circular motion and then apply the residue to my face. To remove it I simply use a damp cotton ball and wipe - easy!
I would suggest however that you do this twice: once to remove the make-up and the second application to remove the dirt. I think this is a general recommendation for all removers anyway.
Because it may concern some of you, I'd like to point out that I'm a bit of a cheap-skate where make-up is concerned. This product's price doesn't hurt me one bit - it lasts for ages, even with the repeated procedure, and to over use it would just be a waste as you really don't need much at all.
Most cleaners have me rushing for the moisturiser as I feel my skin tighten and heat up, I have none of that with this product and sometimes my skin feels so soft and relaxed that I forget to apply a moisturiser at all!
For as long as I have worn make up I have been conscious of taking it off every evening but let's face it when you are getting ready to hit the hay, already tired and longing for sleep, the last thing you can be bothered doing is taking your make up off. I will admit to being lazy about this sometimes and your skin always feels horrible in the morning when you don't take it off but no more.....
I was at my local Clinique counter trying out a new foundation when the consultant used this balm to take my make up off. I was intrigued as I had always used a cream or lotion (or baby wipe!) but Take the Day off is actually a solid Balm. It comes in a large Purple round tub with silver lid. Although the balm is solid when rubbed either between your hands or directly onto your face it melts. You only need to use a very small amount and I find the best/easiest way to apply it is to scoop a little onto your hand, rub between your hands and then simple rub all over your face! Simple as that. The balm is very gentle on your skin but very hard working, it literally melts and make up including mascara - even waterproof mascara! To remove the balm all you need to do is rinse your face with warm water. It can take a little bit of rubbing with the warm water to remove sometimes but I tend to find this is due to it not being rubbed in properly on your skin. It leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and thoroughly clean.
I have been using this daily now for over two months and have not even used half of the tub yet so at £18.50 I think it is very good value. My only small criticism would be the method of getting it out of the tub. As soon as you put your fingers in to scoop some out it inevitably gets up the back of your finger nails and if you don't get enough first time round residue makeup from the first application gets transferred back into the tub - although a little bit of tissue gets rid of it easily. Over all a fantastic product and definitely my solution for getting all my make up off hassle free.
As some of you may have read in my other reviews, I do suffer with ezcema, and so find it hard to find products that suit my sensitive skin. As I use the clinique fash wash, I thought that I would try the clinique make-up remover.
It comes in an attractive wide circular light purple pot, and looks great on the shelf (especially if you use the other clinique products). It does retail at around £18.50, which is a little pricey, but it lasts ages, as you only need a little bit.
It is a balm, but as you massage it onto your face it transforms into a fluid oil. I have found that it is really good for removing all kinds of make-up, and it isn't at all greasy. Because it transforms into an oil, it is really good at moisturising as well, and rinses off completely. This would suit all skin types, but is particularly good for sensitive skin. Its really quick to remove make-up as well, so really good to apply after a night out!
I would definitely recommend this!
After years of searching for my ideal cleanser, I have finally found it!
This balm is excellent at removing a full face of make up, including heavy duty eye make up and lipstick, in one swoop.
I use this product as recommended, by taking a small amount and massaging across the face, including over the eye area, and then rinsing with warm water. As you massage, the balm turns to an oil and clings to the make up and everything gets swept away as you rinse. You can also use cotton wool to remove the balm from your face, however this can get quite messy, as the texture of the balm means pieces of cotton wool stick to it, so I would definitely rinse with water.
The balm comes in a nice round pot, with a purple base and silver top. Some people may find clinique packaging too clinical, but I like the clean simple lines. The nice big lid means that you can get this on and off and dip your hand into the balm.
This balm leaves the skin feeling soft and clean, with all traces of make up removed.
Although I really do love this product, and would recommend to anyone who is fed up of having panda eyes, there are some disadvantages. The product can be quite messy to use and is not easily decanted so it's not too good for traveling. I also always need to follow this with a second wash of clinique facial soap, to make sure all of the product is rinsed off.
This product is available for £18.50 directly from the clinique website. It can be used alongside the clinique 3 step skin care plan.