Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

For some reason I have been holding off on writing a review on the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm for quite sometime. Its not for any particular reason, except maybe that I don’t think it is the stand out product that most people seem to think it is. I know that products are different for everyone, but I havent found a bad review of Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm yet, and for that reason I keep thinking I havent given it chance enough to like it.

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I have such a large selection of cleansers with my favourites being cream and foaming, with the occassional gel cleanser thrown into the mix. The only other balm cleanser I own is the Emma Hardie Moringa Face Balm which I absolutely adore, but the £36 price tag puts me off slightly. Priced at just £21, Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is a cheaper alternative, and seems to be a popular dupe for Emma Hardie.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

First of all, the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is very plain and no frills. It looks white in the jar and turns into a translucent oily milk when water is added. It reminds me of lard when it is in the tub, and the formula is a tad off putting when I apply it to my skin. I find it feels very cloying and overwhelming on my face, and I think this is the reason why I haven’t given it chance, as it feels so claustrophobic on my skin. I’m sure this sounds very odd, however I found this with the NSPA cleansing gel too, and stopped using it for this reason. It removes all make up and stubborn mascara which is brilliant, and leaves my face feeling soft and smooth and overall very clean without any oily residue. The properties of the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm are great, its a great cleanser in terms of removal and does do what it says on the tin. With the basic formula of the balm cleanser, it is suitable for sensitive skin and causes no irritation.

If the feeling of the balm on my face was a lot lighter and not as cloying, then I would be using Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm daily, but I’ve let this feeling put me off. Like a trooper, I keep trying and it has ended up in my long haul suitcase for when I am downroute, however hot climates and a lard like substance on my face has made my feelings towards Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm a lot worse.

Have you tried Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm?

  • The balm looks very ‘interesting’ shall we say in the pot! I’m always intrigued when people rave about a product, which usually sets it up for disaster by building it up lol. Great honest review x

    • I can’t find any bad reviews! So weird!xx

  • hannah

    Nice to see an honest review on such hyped up products. I’ve been toying with trying this or not. Do they do travel sized pots? X

  • Stacey

    I have to say I really like it and I love to mix up my skincare a lot but this is my second tub of this. I think I like it because it is so basic-it does an excellent job of removing my make up and doesn’t cause me to break out. For me, the Emma Hardie was so full of essential oils and my skin struggled with it. I am now double cleaning in the evening-my first cleanse is purely to remove all my make up (using the Clinique balm) and then I look for some kind of skincare benefit in my second cleanse.

    I remember you telling me this was like lard lol!!

    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict xx

    • I just don’t like the feel of it on my face, however I’m not doubting it does a great job of make up removal 🙂 xx

  • hannacornish

    I’d want the product to look a bit more interesting for £21! Having now read this review, the texture/formula sounds really off putting. My skin is naturally oily and the thought of adding this to my face makes me a little scared! Love the honest review, as opposed to others sugar coated ones x

    Hannas’ UK Beauty | Lifestyle blog @ hannatalks

    • I like to be honest, but what doesn’t work for me may work for others!xx

  • I really like this balm, I feel like it’s not a dupe for Emma Hardie though if your wanting added skin care benefits the take the day of balm won’t be for you. A lot of people also seem to think this replaces cleansing when in fact it’s only designed to remove make up that’s it’s one and only purpose and it does remove make up well I think- but everyone’s skin is different 🙂 X

    • It really does remove make up well, i just feel a tad claustrophobic when its on my skin, and thats the main reason why I’m not a fan 🙂 xx

  • MJ

    I have the Clinique Take The Day Off liquid make up remover and it’s one of the best make up removers I have ever tried, I have already gone through a few bottles.
    It was first given to me by a friend of mine who had got it for herself and hadn’t liked it, which proves your point Anoushka! 🙂

    I have never tried cleansing balms because I hate the thought of rubbing my eyes with creams as they are very sensitive, so the lighter the formula the better.