03 March 2017

Review: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm & Make Up Remover

Why didn't I know about these cleansers earlier? Clinique has a cleansing balm and a make up remover in their "Take the day off" skincare line. I always use an oil based make up remover to remove my eye make up and I have been loving cleansing balms lately so these two products seems to be a perfect addition to my skincare routine! I have been using these two products for almost a month now and I am sharing my thoughts about it in today's post.
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CLINIQUE TAKE THE DAY OFF CLEANSING BALM 
This cleansing balm from Clinique is lightweight and it removes stubborn face make ups, including waterproof eye makeup, sunscreen, bold lipsticks etc., basically everything. It is suitable for all skin types, even the sensitive skin types. It contains 125ml of product.

I like the packaging, it's purple, made of hard plastic, it's simple. One thing that I don't like is that it doesn't contain a spatula. How am I going to grab the product out then? I am not going to dig in with my fingers. Luckily I saved some spatula's up and used one for this cleansing balm. (I am glad that Korean beauty products comes with spatulas often!)



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INGREDIENTS
I love short ingredient lists and this cleansing balm from Clinique has it, it is very gentle! My skin can take all of this! You can also check out this list on cosdna.com to see which ingredient might irritate the skin. And hurray for no perfume!

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LETS DO THE TEST 
Does it really work? I say YES GIRL!!! In below pictures I have put a lipstick and an extremely waterproof eyeliner on my hand. It transforms from a solid balm to a silky, fluid oil upon application and when you mix it with water, it turns into a white oil. It cleanses thoroughly, rinses off completely.  It is non-greasy, you won't feel an oily layer when you are done and the skin actually feels moist too. It also has no scent which I love! You can use it on your eyes, but you will get a blurry sight for a few seconds, once you rinse it off you are fine.


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CLINIQUE MAKE UP REMOVER FOR LIDS, LASHES & LIPS 
I love cleansers that are oil based, it is great to remove stubborn eye make up or lip products. All you need to do is twist the cap open, put some product on a cotton sheet, let it sit on the eyes or lips and wipe away the make up. It is ophthalmologist tested, the formula effectively loosens makeup's grip on the lids, lashes and lips, allowing it to slide away effortlessly. Goodbye waterproof eyeliner, mascara and bold lipsticks. It contains 125ml of product.

It has a purple packaging, which matches the Take the Day Off line. The cap can be opened easily, but the opening is extremely big. I have no idea why they made the opening so big. I often pour too much, which makes the make up remover go all over and on the ground too. (No I am not clumsy).


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INGREDIENTS 
This make up remover also has a short ingredient list, as I can see from the list, it is also very gentle for the skin. Also, this has no scent, no perfume inside! Check out cosdna.com to see if there are any ingredients which might irritate the skin.

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LETS DO THE TEST 
I applied a lip product and a waterproof eyeliner which is usually hard to remove. I poured some product on the cotton sheet and left it there for a few seconds, so the oil can sink in. I wiped it away, and all lip product is gone, the eyeliner is slightly still visible. I went a few times over it, but I couldn't wipe the eyeliner away. It leaves an oily film after using it, which I am not a fan of. According to instructions you need to rinse it off too. I actually used the cleansing balm eventually to remove the eyeliner mark and that worked haha.


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WHERE TO BUY
You are able to purchase it at the Clinique counters in your country. The cleansing balm is sold for €32.- (£22.00/USD$29) and the make up remover is sold for €23.50 (£17/USD$19). Feel free to go to the Clinique website to check out their assortment.

FINAL THOUGHTS 
Again, why didn't I know about these products earlier? I am so in love with the cleansing balm and it will be added to my Holy Grail products. I use it as my first step of my double cleansing routine.

If you can't get your hands on the cleansing balm from Korean brands Heimish or from Banila Co, you got to give this one a try! Almost every country has a Clinique counter nowadays. And if you ask me which of the 3 is better, I would choose the Clinique take the day off cleansing balm. Why? It contains great ingredients, it's so gentle! While the Banila co and Heimish one both has a strong scent, this one has no scent (no perfume included) at all! It doesn't leave an oily film when rinsing off the cleansing balm, it removes all stubborn make up and it doesn't make my skin dry. What is not to love? The only thing that is a pity is that it doesn't contain a spatula, other than that, it is a fantastic product!

Unfortunately, I am not a fan of the make up remover, although it removes lip products easily, it doesn't remove the stubborn eyeliners easily which I wear on a daily basis. I am also not a big fan of the packaging with the big opening either, it makes me pour too much product out. And, I am a lazy person so I don't like to rinse it off after, but I have to because it feels oily after using it. So mehhh, I wouldn't get this one but I would highly recommend the cleansing balm, since that one does its job well!

note: these products were sent to me for review purposes, this didn't affect my opinion about the product. I didn't receive money to write about it, see disclaimer.


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