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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


  1. I adore this cleanser, it has truly sorted out my spot-prone skin! Check out my mini review here: http://elizabethbelles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/review-clinique-take-day-off-cleansing.html
    This review was also in August and my tub is still going strong – just under half still left!

  2. Hello Ruth,
    I just got mine through the mail today, it is a GREAT product! Thank you so much for the review, I really love this cleanser and my skin feels amazing.

  3. I never knew about this cleanser till I read this..bought it and I am absolutely in LOVE with it!Works great with a muslin cloth and its so efficient..sure saves a lot of time!Thank you Ruth!

  4. Hi Ruth,
    Would you say this was more of an everyday cleanser than your Emma Hardie one? I am so undecided :) x

  5. Ruth, have you ever tried REN no.1 Purity Cleanser Balm? It seems very similar to Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm…

    • Also, between Clinique Redness Solution Cleanser, Jurlique Purely Bright Cleanser and Perricone Nutritive Cleanser, which one should I use with the Clarisonic?

      Thanks xx

  6. Hello Ruth!

    I have a big problem. My Skin is sensitiv, but not dry. In the last jears i take my make up away with the Erno Lazlo Sea Mud Soap,Sisley Cleansing Milk and many more.But my skin sream” help”. The Pai Claensing and eve loom it”s not for my skin-unfortunately.Have you a great tip for my sensitiv but not dry skin for cleansing and moisturizes? Please help me! Ps.Sorry for my english, it`s not sooo good. greatings from Hamburg Astrid

  7. I’ve never used a cleansing balm although I know they are used a lot in beauty saloons because they are so convenient. It’s on my must-haves, thanks for the tip. Livia

  8. Ruth, do you like this one better than the Emma Hardie? Thanks!

  9. Ruth, do you like this one better than the Emma Hardie? Thanks!

    • I am hesitating between the two, so i’d love you to answer ? I am a student and the EH one is more expensive so if clinique is quite of a dupe …

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