March 14, 2014

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

I know I have mentioned this product before in videos and posts but, I was using it the other night and I realised I had never given it a full review which is inexcusable because this is the absolute bomb. Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm is a light, solid-to-oil cleanser that dissolves all make-up, including waterproof and SPF-based. Dee reviewed this late last year and I wanted to give you a perspective on how it works for normal/dehydrated skintypes. You can check out her review here.

You might remember a post last year where I reviewed the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. I loved, loved, loved that stuff but, at around the €50 mark, it was too rich for my tastes and I decided to try something else. Since then I have tried The Body Shop Camomile Cleanser which I liked but, it was nothing awe-inspiring and finally, I landed on the Clinique offering.

Everyone had been telling me to get this for ages but, it is like gold dust and I only found it at Christmas (FYI - the Brown Thomas counter seems to have an everlasting supply of the stuff!). There's no looking back from here. Unless, miraculously, some brand manage to pull off a better cleansing balm than this, Take the Day Off will forever be part of my skincare regimen. And here's why;

It shows no mercy. When I say this stuff gets everything off, I mean everything. I favour heavy matte products and longwearing, often waterpoof, products and they all vanish without a trace under a thin layer of balm. The balm melts to an oil under the heat of your hands and, once you add water, it emulsifies and dissolves every last scrap of make-up.

It has the perfect formula. A non-greasy cleansing balm/oil is a rarity. Most will leave a slight sheen or stickiness to the skin but, not this. In fact this would nearly qualify as having a mattifying effect if it didn't make skin look so damn dewy and alive post-use. Which brings me on to my third point...

It makes skin beautiful. I mean that sincerely. The first time I used this I ran into my sister's room all like "That balm makes my skin look flawless..." and she was all "I know", nodding wisely because she had been using it for months. My skin never looks so good without make-up as it does immediately after I wash my face with this. The texture is even, pores are minimised and skin genuinely looks radiant.

All I do is cover my face and sometimes neck in a clear film of balm and allow it to work its way in while I brush my teeth. Then I take a flannel, wet it with warm water and press it over my face. Most of the make-up comes off at just that which greatly reduces the need to pull and tug at the skin. At €28, this isn't cheap but, I'm still using the tub I bought at Christmas and I will have no issue with repurchasing it over and over as needed.


  1. Yes. Completely agree with everything you said - it's amazing! I love the non smushy texture also. The Elemis one very smushy.

  2. I would be inclined to agree. At least this one doesn't turn to a tub full of oil if the bathroom gets in anyway warm!

  3. This has completely sold this to me! Need to get my hands on it now!

  4. Definitely check it out, BTs is the best stocked I find!

  5. I was kind of on the fence about getting this before but after reading this I definitely need it! I'm excited to see how it worksQ

  6. I got this about 3 weeks ago, and it's good at best. I still have to swipe with eye mup remover when I'm done, and I alternate it nightly with my (beloved) Liz Earle as it's just a smidgen too greasy for my combination skin. But I like how my skin is afterwards and it's not tight. And you don't need a whole lot of it.


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