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Take the day off
Clinique Take The Day Off Make Up Remover
Member Name: Amyrose
Clinique Take The Day Off Make Up Remover
Advantages: works well
Disadvantages: leaves greasy residue, expensive
=== The packaging ===
Like I said I have a sample size (well 2 actually, one with a green lid and one with a silver lid) and the packaging is basically the same as the full size product. The product is housed in a purple clear bottle with the words 'Clinique take the day off make up removed for lids, lashes and lips'. Simple and looks good. The lid is silver which I think looks very elegant but I am not a fan of the lid itself and how it needs to be removed. It is basically child locked and has one of those very annoying tops like medicines have where you have to push it down before you try to unscrew it. I absolutely hate the way you open the lid and cannot understand why a cosmetics company (whose target audience is presumably not children?) would use a child cap on their lid. Rant aside; apart from the lid I feel the packaging is perfectly adequate.
=== The make-up remover ===
The make-up remover itself has two clearly separate layers - this kind of resembles oil and water, but as there are no ingredients listed on my sample I cannot comment if there is oil in this product or not. To use you simple shake the bottle which makes the liquid look very cloudy and is then ready to use. Simple apply the remover onto a cotton ball and onto the area you wish to cleanse before wiping off.
=== How does it work? ===
I was quite dubious when I used this product as I tend to prefer creamier removers as opposed to ones that look like they are potentially quite oily. Looking on the Clinique website it is stated that this is a 'Makeup remover for lids, lashes and lips. Unique, two-way formula that loosens the grip, then speeds the departure of the most persistent, eye makeups, mascara and lipsticks. Ophthalmologist tested. Suitable for contact lens wearers.' This sounds impressive but does this make up remover live up to this claim?
I used take the day off as directed. I moistened a cotton ball with a reasonable amount of product before sweeping over my eyes. When doing this I noticed that unlike some removers you could easily sweep the ball over your eyes without dragging as some can do. In this way it is incredibly gentle on your eyes which I think is particularly important considering that the skin around your eyes is especially delicate. I was very surprised that it managed to take off all of my eye shadow in one clean sweep. I wear quite a lot of make up when I go to work and had worn my eye shadow on top of a base (to make it last longer), and it is still going strong when I come home about 12 hours later. I was amazed that it managed to take all of my eye shadow off so quickly, easily and gently. My eye lashes took a little more work ( I like my mascara and may have been wearing a few layers...) but after a few more sweeps using a different moistened cotton ball the mascara came off fairly easily. I find this particularly impressive as I usually find the hardest type of make-up to get off properly is definitely mascara. With some removers you may think that you have removed all of your mascara until a few hours later you get those horrible little splatters of left over mascara underneath your eyes. - not a good look, I do not want to be a panda! As for using this on lips I think that is ever so slightly strange. Lipstick is not something that tends to stick around for too long and tends to leave your face of its own accord. However after applying lipstick once in a colour that I decided I did not like, this remover got rid of it very quickly.
Although I think that this remover is fabulous and definitely does its job well I do think there is one main gripe that I have with it. I don't know if this product does contain oil but it certainly leaves you feeling ever so slightly greasy. This can easily be rectified by wiping an entirely clean and dry cotton ball over the affected area but is just ever so slightly annoying. As with all Clinique products this is allergy tested and 100% fragrance free, although I think they all smell to a degree. This does have a slight fragrance to it but not one that is unpleasant at all.
=== Price and availability ===
The full size product is 125ml and costs £14.50. I personally think that this is a little on the ridiculous side. While I am quite happy to pay large amounts of money for moisturisers, a make-up remover is not something I am willing to part with much cash for as I think there are much cheaper ones that work just as well. Take the day off is available in the usual places for Clinique products - House of Fraser, Debenhams, larger boots stores, independent department stores, and of course online too.
== The good ===
* Works brilliantly
* Very gentle
* Quick and efficient
=== The bad ===
* Leaves a greasy feeling on the skin
* Seriously overpriced! (in my opinion at least, others may think it is more reasonable)
=== Overall ===
Overall I would say that while I think this product is brilliant and does its job well it is not one that I would purchase due to the price which I think is just far too much considering what it is. The greasiness is also a slight drawback but one that I could manage. I therefore wouldn't recommend this product either unless you are happy to spend such a large amount on a make up remover.
Thanks for reading.
Summary: great product, awful price