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Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm Review

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I do love a good cleanser – a proper, massage-it-in, take-it-off-with-a-cloth kind of cleanser. If I have a full face of makeup (and actually, even if i don’t) I like to spend a good while massaging, cleansing and rinsing thoroughly, usually repeating the process to make sure that I’ve got all of that deep-seated grime and oil. Cleansing balms and creams (“hot cloth cleansers”) are my product of choice for the evening cleansing ritual, and you’ll probably already know that if you’ve been reading A Model Recommends for a while. I do use face washes and micellar waters and cleansing lotions, but usually as a hasty morning wash or, very occasionally, as a lazy quick-fix if I’m extraordinarily tired or if I’m on an aeroplane.

My latest cleansing discovery is Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm from Clinique. It’s not new, but it’s new to me. I don’t know how I haven’t used this before because I have used the bi-phase eye makeup remover for years and years and I really like the cleansing milk in the pump action bottle. I suppose that the balm, in its little flat pot, must have simply escaped my notice. Next to the tall bottles, it’s rather forgettable, but despite that I really like the packaging; it feels compact and neat and – furthermore – the cat can’t knock it over. (His latest funny “game” is to get onto shelves and knock things off with his paws. Ha. Ha. Ha.)

Inside the squat pot [ugh, I’ll edit that out once I’ve found a better phrase] there’s a hard, lard-like substance [again, find a better description] that can be scooped out and then melted between your fingertips. You don’t need very much at all, in fact the hard texture makes it more difficult to scoop out excessive amounts. (Unlike my Emma Hardie balm, the fragrant cleansing delight, which I slather on as though the world’s about to end.) The Clinique balm is unfragranced, which I imagine will be a huge bonus for many, and the formula is gentle and non-stripping. The balm melts to an oil that slips nicely across the skin so that you can really massage it in. It removes every last trace of makeup but rinses clean and if you have oily skin and are worried about using oil: fear not. This cleanser rinses completely clean – there’s absolutely no residue left behind and it’s not greasy at all. Surprising considering the initial waxy, lardy texture, but there you are. Never judge a book by its cover and all that.

The balm is £20.50 which I’d say is an extremely fair price for such a thorough cleanser – it’s not a luxurious product, by any means, but it’s very well put-together and will fit nicely into most beauty regimes. If you want to read other cleanser reviews then please click here

Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm is at Boots.com

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  1. This balm sounds lovely! I use the Emma Hardie one at the moment but I would love to try this one out. Do you know if there is mineral oil in this product? Thank you X

  2. I really want to try this. I love the Clinique eye make-up remover so am surprised that I haven’t heard of this product before. Emma Hardie is on my wishlist too but this is much better value by the sounds of it. x

  3. I love this balm! Bought my pot 5 (!!!!!!) years ago and still going strong. Use it for my first cleanse to remove make up then something else to target whatever problem I’m having at that time :)

  4. I simply adore this one – it’s a must have, really!

  5. It reminds me of Lush’s Ultra Bland, really like that one

  6. Ruth, you should cross your fingers and hope Mr. Bear doesn’t decide he likes your makeup brushes …. My monster will sniff them out (literally), try to open draws to get them, and sit watching the whole time I use them. Smart enough to watch where I hide them, too :( If he does get them, he’ll run around playing with them like a mouse with a handle …..

  7. Its my favorite makeup remover ever. As you mentioned It can remove every last trace of makeup. HG!

  8. I just picked this up after reading your review. Can’t wait to get it in my hands!

  9. Hi Ruth, what is the best product you have come across that can help to solve eye bags? Thanks!

    • Honestly? I’m not sure that there are really any that can work absolute magic and I think that some of them out there actually make things worse. If mine are puffy, I tend to grab some kind of cooling eye patch and get back into bed, propped up on pillows, for 10/15 mins. I’ll do a bit more research, but I know that I get them if I drink the night before or if I’ve (ironically) slept really well! x

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