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Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Review & Demo

I thought I'd try something new for a change and try the Clinique Take the Day Off Balm. And wow! What a world-changing experience in the history of makeup removal! (OK, maybe not that dramatic, but close!)
🎁 Right off the bat, I was drawn to the pretty purple jar! And it's a humongous jar! Not exactly travel-friendly here but you can always transfer to a smaller jar to take it with you.
✔️The way I use this balm is simple. I usually just dig it out with my clean fingers (if this sounds unsanitary to you, or if the balm gets stuck under your long fingernails, try a spatula) and massage it on my dry (made-up) face. The warmth from the skin will instantly melt the balm and turn it into a layer of soothing oil.
✔️I find that light makeup (non-waterproof) can be easily dissolved and washed off without emulsifying but for long-wearing or waterproof makeup especially eyeliner/mascara, adding a little bit of water helps to break down the product easier.
✔️Final step is simply rinse clean with warm water and pat dry.
My face always feels soft, refreshed, clean, and most importantly, non-stripped after using this balm. The formula is so gentle, non-irritating, and never tugs at skin. There is no oily/greasy residues left behind so you can probably get away without a second cleanse. But I am acne-prone so I always follow with my usual cleanser to make sure my face is as clean as possible.
⭐To test whether all traces of makeup is gone, simply wipe your face with a toner-soaked cotton pad. There shouldn't be anything transferred onto it if you have cleaned properly.
The Test
📷 01 – Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain 02 – Benefit Benetint Lip & Cheek Stain 03 – Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation 04 – MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer 05 – Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor 06 – Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick 07 – Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow 08 – Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner 09 – Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil 10 – Marc Jacobs Magic Marc'er Precision Pen Eyeliner
After applying a generous amount of the balm over it and massaging for a full minute, you can see that the balm now turns milky and the majority of the makeup (1 and 3-9) has started to come off already.
Since 2 and 10 don't seem to budge at all (good job Benefit and Marc Jacobs!), I add a little bit of water to further emulsify, rub a little more, and then rinse clean with warm water. They are still not completely removed after rinsing (see below) but most of them is now pretty much dissolved.
👍 I have to say Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is the best (face) makeup remover I've tried to date. It hasn't irritated my skin, clogged my pores, or made me break out since I've started using it. While digging out the balmy texture is not as easy as pumping (cleansing) oil into the palms, you can't beat the soothing sensation of massaging the balm on the skin. It really just feels so relaxing that I always look forward to removing my makeup every night! :)
❤️ Have you tried any cleansing balm? What do you prefer: cleansing oil or balm?
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  • Tonilynn Rosario

    loved this cleansing balm. I loved your visual photos and the description you gave of your run through with cliniques take the day off balm.

  • theresa

    i have not tried a cleansing balm yet but they look so fun to try .do you still have to wash you face with spap after applying the balm to your skin or do you just wipe off and thats it ?

  • Sarah

    I actually got this for a gift a few weeks ago haven't tried yet but now I can't thanks

  • sally peabody

    I do have this product and was not impressed. However after reading your review I realize I was using it incorrectly. When you said After applying a generous amount of the balm over it and massaging for a full minute, you can see that the balm now turns milky and the majority of the makeup has started coming off.... I was not doing it like that at all ! So I tried it the correct way waiting a minute it does turn milky I then felt it cleaning my skin significantly better. So glad you wrote this it is excellent especially relating it to each type of makeup. That is important and useful information to share. Very professional and well done. I can now enjoy my product. I generally prefer an oil to a cream cleanser and this is a bit of both.

  • holly

    i just bought this and was so surprised at how well it really works and how clean and fresh my face felt after! i most definatley reccomend!

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