Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

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Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm by Clinique


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Gently dissolve your eye and face makeups with this lightweight cleansing balm. Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm transforms from solid form to a silky oil upon application. Suitable for all skin types, this unique Ophthalmologist-tested, non-greasy balm gently cleanses the skin and rinses off completely to reveal a clean, radiant complexion.

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Great product - 14-08-2018 by

This Clinique Cleansing balm was great because you can completely rinse it out without the need to follow it with a cleanser. It works as a cleanser as well as a makeup remover. It doesn't leave a greasy or oily film behind. As soon as it mixes with water it emulsifies and becomes milky and can be rinsed out with water. It dissolves all my makeup and doesn't leave an oily residue on my skin.

so good! - 13-08-2018 by

This is one of two oil cleaners that doesn't cause me to break out. It makes your skin feel really clean without making it feel super dry or super oily. You only need to use a little bit and it literally melts everything away, so the jar lasts forever!

Make up be gone - 12-08-2018 by

I love this balm. It works amazingly to dissolve my make up but like most balms it does leave a slight residue and I will use another cleanser after removing my make up. I have dry/combination skin so this is perfect on days when I am not wearing make up and I will use it as my morning cleanse when my skin is feeling dry as I find it also adds a glow to my skin.

Melts make up off! - 11-08-2018 by

I really love this product. My skin is normal/combination and I use this prior to cleansing every evening. I find it takes off my make up so easily, leaving my skin nice and soft. This is a great alternative to using make up wipes or micellar water. Only downside is that it’s quite expensive.

Love it! - 09-08-2018 by

I absolutely love this product. Has made cleansing at night so easy. The product is so luxe and takes makeup right off leaving my face soft and dewy afterwards.

love this - 02-08-2018 by

I've tried a few oil cleansers before that have left my face feeling greasy and not clean at all, this one is amazing! It takes off all my makeup and cleans my face well!

Not too bad - 31-07-2018 by

Didn’t 100% love this product as it left a bit of an oily residue on my skin. I prefer a similar body shop product, it’s half the price and does a better job in my opinion.

Perfect! - 31-07-2018 by

This product does an excellent job at taking EVERYTHING off, from heavy, long-wearing foundations, liquid lipstick, and mascara. It never fails to make my skin feel squeaky clean and refreshed, even before I have begun my skincare routine. Was not disappointed!

5 stars!

In the minority.... - 30-07-2018 by

I must be one of the few people who wasn’t too impressed by this. I am used to oil cleansing, which really does melt away all makeup and grime, and was hoping this would do the same. Unfortunately even with the use of a cloth I still have foundation traces on my face after, highlighted by the amount of residue evident on my toner wipe after showering. On the the plus side though, this doesn’t irritate my super sensitive skin. Good for the morning or no makeup days, but not what I reach for if serious makeup removal is required.

Pretty good - 30-07-2018 by

Overall a pretty good make up remover. Gets of all make up even waterproof without drying the skin, causing irritation or breakouts. Thumbs up!

Removes EVERYTHING! - 27-07-2018 by

This product is incredible literally melts the make up away and doesn't irritate the eye area which is a major plus

Amazing - 26-07-2018 by

This is the perfect makeup remover, you only need a little bit and it removes everything so well! With other products I had to use a lot to make sure it was all off but this balm literally melts your makeup off quickly and so easily!! Love it so much

Best make up remover ever - 26-07-2018 by

Love this stuff! So gentle on your skin. Makes your skin look and feel soft when you have removed Make up. Bit pricey but worth it.

Gets every bit of makeup off! - 25-07-2018 by

Love this product for removing makeup! It feels really nice on your skin and melts away every last bit of makeup leaving your skin feeling super clean and soft

Obsessed - 23-07-2018 by

PERFECT FOR THE LAZY GAL. Most nights after a long day of work i cannot be bothered to take off my makeup. This product has saved my skin, removes every trace of makeup from my skin before bed


I am obsessed with this product. The Take The Day Off Balm is so easy to use, lasts forever (and is so worth the price upfront) and leaves my dry and sensitive skin free from any makeup remnants, soft and soothed. I have recommended all my friends and family buy this because I know they will love it as much as I do!

Nightmare - 16-07-2018 by

I have fair, oily, sometimes sensitive skin, so I read all the other reviews raving about it and gave this a go in the sample version. My god, "rinse with warm water" to remove?? No freaking way!! It does not budge whatsoever!! I end up using a cotton pad to half-remove it, and have to follow up with a cleanser, both of which I was trying to avoid. It actually feels like applying straight up vaseline to my face. Super greasy.

Not the best - 16-07-2018 by

I have tried this a few times and I don’t find it very effective in dissolving makeup and sunscreen. It’s better priced than other balms but without the results

Takes everything off! - 10-07-2018 by

I use this everyday and it literally melts your makeup off of your face in seconds. It is so quick and easy to use. My skin is quite sensitive and my skin has never reacted bad to this product.

Removes all makeup and leaves the skin feeling hydrated - 09-07-2018 by

I have dry skin and most makeup removers leave my skin red and dehydrated. This cleansing balm is amazing because it removes ALL my makeup and leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. Definitely recommend this cleansing balm, I'll be repurchasing as soon as I run out.

My New Holy Grail Cleanser - 08-07-2018 by

After using other, very expensive cleansing oils which required a double cleanse, I finally tried the "Take The Day Off" Cleansing balm and have never looked back. Not only does it take every trace of waterproof makeup, SPF and skincare off my skin in a single cleanse but the tub lasts forever and is much easier to travel with than the cleansing oils I had tried before. This balm can be used with a microfibre cloth (my preferred method), with hands or with a cleansing brush, making it usable in any situation. I will be repurchasing.

Amazing! - 08-07-2018 by

I have combination skin and this is now the only way i take my makeup off. It gets rid of every trace of makeup and dirt but leaves my skin so nourished. I also love that this doesn't leave any annoying residue on my face. The only downfall is that i can't use this when I have eyelash extensions as it will cause them to fall out. Overall this product is amazing and i'm yet to find anything as good.

So worth it - 04-07-2018 by

This balm is great, totally worth the price. It basically melts like oil from the balm form when you have it in your fingers. It easily removes all the make up and gunk from my face every time.

Amazing!! - 02-07-2018 by

After seeing a lot of people rave about this product, I just had to give it a try. It takes off all my make-up, leaving my skin feeling fresh and clean. It doesn't irritate or break out my skin, which I find a lot of other products do. Definitely must give this product a go!

favourite - 29-06-2018 by

i always do double cleanse to wash off my makeup, and clinique cleansing balm is always the first step. it easily takes off all my makeup including waterproof mascara and eyeliner. i love it because it's a balm that turns into oil, so it doesnt make so much mess. it feels nice and doesn't irritate my skin. after cleansing with this balm i follow it with a gentle gel cleanser. a must have for me!

LOVE - 26-06-2018 by

absolute favourite pre cleanser! takes off all makeup!
love the feeling of the oil, and lasts ages

Would definitely recommend - 25-06-2018 by

I was introduced to the double cleanse last year and my skin has never felt better. A small amount of this directly onto a face of makeup, easily removes everything! follow up with a cream/gel cleanse and your face is left feeling so soft and smooth without feeling dry or left with an oily residue. Im yet to use a balm that I have not enjoyed.

Holy Grail Status - 23-06-2018 by

I have dry/sensitive/very reactive skin to perfumes so it's really hard to find skincare that will not inflame it. This is one of those products. I have purchased numerous tubs and will continue to do so, i only try different cleansers as i get bored looking at the same product (first world problems). I use this at night to take off a full face of makeup and heavy duty waterproof mascara, i use a mild cleanser in the morning but i do take this on holidays with me and it is both the morning/night cleanse. I take a smallish amount and massage it into my face and eyelashes (rubbing them between my fingers) let it sit for a half a minute then rinse it off with water. My face never feels dry or tight. My eyes are not irritated either and i wear contact lenses. Definitely a repurchase time and time again (until some shiny packing elsewhere catches my eye...). Hopefully the formula never changes!

LOVE IT!!!! - 23-06-2018 by

Oh my I love this balm, removes every last scrap of eyeliner & mascara!!! Leaves my skin so, so soft & clean feeling without feeling tight.

Great for sensitive skin - 21-06-2018 by

This product is good for sensitive skin as it removes even the toughest eye make up without irritating the skin. Definitely a staple product.

Applies as balm, works like magic! - 21-06-2018 by

Okay, I don't think I can rave enough about this product. I have oily skin and pretty new to using an oil cleanser to take off my makeup-which I wear everyday. This product is a balm that transforms into an oil as you work it into the skin and it is the best thing ever. lt takes off waterproof mascara, liquid eyeliner, 2 layers of foundation and glitter eyeshadow, leaving my skin clean and not greasy at all. The smell is great, not overpowering and not an "oily" smell. A little goes a long way so the tub will last you for a long time. Very much worth it.

Nice texture - 20-06-2018 by

Does what it says, isn't super oily. Doesn't have a strong chemical smell. Could probably use other, less expensive, products for this purpose. It does feel luxurious, though.

best in its class - 19-06-2018 by

as far as cleansing balms go, this is the best I've tried. takes off makeup really well and leaves your skin feeling lovely with no residue. as far as convenience goes, this isn't my favourite method to cleanse, but if you love balms this is fantastic. I do feel like you have to use quite a bit, but it's a great first step if you have a full face of heavy makeup on, not necessarily for everyday makeup wear.

Effective - 19-06-2018 by

I liked this balm, you don't need much, and when added to water it turns to an oil. However, since it's such a big container (which is great value) - you can't get water in the large container so you're not able to keep in the shower for cleansing! I found that annoying and ended up swapping to a different remover for convenience instead. In saying that though, it does what it says.

Another Holy Grail Product - 18-06-2018 by

I have dry/sensitive skin, and I'm a huge fan of the double cleanse. This is the perfect first cleanse balm. A tiny 10c size piece of balm massaged over a full face of make up (I'm talking waterproof mascara, eyeliner, highlighter, lipstick - the works) and rubbed off with a warm flannel will leave a bare and fresh face. 100% more effective than a make-up wipe, and not drying. Also does not leave a greasy texture on the face - I wouldn't hesitate at all recommending this product to those with oily skin. Worth every penny and lasts ages.

Makes it easy to love - 16-06-2018 by

This product is hard not to love, thanks to this product I don't whine about the hassle of removing my makeup. It's super easy and great at what it does.
It's a thick balm, almost feels like coconut oil that's been harden, apply to face a rinse. Doesn't really have a smell to it, and you get so much product!!!

G.O.A.T - 13-06-2018 by

I cannot fault this product. I have purchased it over the years and have never found a makeup remover like it. It is the only makeup remover i can use that also helps to remove the eyelash glue that is stuck on my lashes. It's is also gentle on the skin and doesn't require you to tug at all. I have combination skin and this product leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh but not dry and tight. I love it and I recommend it especially to glam makeup lovers because this works better than any makeup wipe I've ever bought. A tub of this also lasts me around 6 months and i wear makeup nearly every single day, not alot of product is needed.

Everything and more! - 11-06-2018 by

I’ve been trying to limit the use of foaming cleansers on my face. Using this balm on my face whether I have a ill face of makeup on or not makes my skin feel clear and clean, and doesn’t give me that tight feeling that other cleaners can.

Wow! - 11-06-2018 by

After hearing so much about oil cleansers, I have tried a few but hated the strong smell and the essential oils that are in so many. I never thought I would consider using a balm (which is essentially a solid oil!) until now - but they really do work in removing every last trace of makeup and sunscreen. Emma Hardie's Moringa Cleansing Balm might be all the rage, but I really can't deal with strong fragrances and citrus oils in skincare - especially if it is going anywhere near my eyes! Clinique's Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is the perfect solution - it is as fragrance free as it gets, yet is totally effective and rinses clean. I cringe to think of all the years I used foaming cleansers to take off my sunscreen...

Amazing - 07-06-2018 by

I just repurchased this product i have gone through about 6 of these, i have tried other cleansing balms/oil but always come back to Take the day off, it’s perfect, no breakouts, very easy to use, removes ALL makeup, doesn’t irritate my eyes, good packaging!
Basically it does exactly what you want it to!

Fool proof makeup remover - 04-06-2018 by

I've tried a lot of oil cleansers and oil cleanser balms but this one (and Eve Lom's one!) reign supreme. This is a lightweight oil balm that dissolves into a light oil upon application to the face. It breaks down my sunscreen, foundation, concealer, powder, blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara (phew!). It even breaks down waterproof mascara! It washes clean and doesn't leave a film like some oil cleanser do, which is really important. It also doesn't break me out at all.

Excellent cleanser - 01-06-2018 by

I was looking for a gentle cleanser that didn't strip away oils, yet removed make up effectively, without manual scrubbing with a cloth - this is beautiful. You only need a small amount, and it just melts the make up away. I wear very heavy make up and it takes it off first time, no problem. Also doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes.

No fuss and gets the job done - 29-05-2018 by

Regret waiting so long to give this cleansing balm a go. It is great at removing even stubborn mascara at night. It doesn't feel greasy like some balms can and it doesn't leave a film like layer after washing. This is probably one of the best cleansing balms on the market!

Perfect - 27-05-2018 by

As a 1st cleanse, this is the best. Nothing gets makeup off better than this. Love it.

Unsure - 25-05-2018 by

I used up a decent-sized sample tub of this. Pros are that it removes makeup really effectively and melts it away. I also like that it doesn't have any scent. However, if I use it alone my face doesn't feel clean, so I need to use a second cleanser which is time consuming. I also think it broke me out, so I'm on the fence about it.

Breaks down makeup - 24-05-2018 by

This is the perfect product for a first cleanse, it's consistency is perfectly creamy and thick and melts down makeup super easily. Because it's a balm it doesn't strip the skin, i have dry skin and it's very nourishing

Great make up remover - 11-05-2018 by

I received a sample of this product and loved it so much that I bought the large tub. It breaks down make up, especially mascara, really well! I jjust massage it into my skin and then wash it off with a fash washer. I find that's all you need to get your make up off.

Best - 08-05-2018 by

this is the most amazing balm cleanser i have ever tried. it takes off all your makeup and feels amazing on the skin.

Takes the day off! - 07-05-2018 by

This does exactly what it says and takes the day off!
I layer serums and creams and sunscreen on daily, and I love how easy and quick it is to clean it all of my skin since I've started to use this. I haven't touch my micellar water in weeks!
It breaks down my makeup including mascara so easily, and it comes off so easily with just plain water and doesn't leave any kind of film or oily residue behind.

I like to use it on the days where I've just been at home with no makeup or sunsreens, cause I feel like it really breaks down the dirt and oils as well as makeup!

100% will repurchase this gem!

Removes EVERYTHING - 30-04-2018 by

This is not my current cleansing balm but I am an absolute convert to the product. My sister got this as a free sample during her training at Sephora (and yes, I stole it because I highly doubt she'd notice it missing amongst all her other free stuff) but this is amazing. It has a heavenly, velvety texture when massaged onto the face and totally gentle for the eyes. Adding a bit of water emulsifies it and I only had to check in the mirror the first time to see that it had completely removed my heavy waterproof mascara, and all traces of foundation. If only it were cheaper :'(

Ultimate staple cleansing balm - 29-04-2018 by

There's not much to be said about this product that hasn't been said by every beauty editor you can name. Sometimes, you just need something that gets the job done without any bells and whistles. This is that product. It eradicates all traces of makeup without making your skin feel tight, and the lack of fragrance means it's not something you tire of. Keeps overprocessed skin healthy and happy, and is something that I'll always come back to.

essential everyday product - 19-04-2018 by

I always used to struggle taking my makeup off, especially mascara, but this product melts all my makeup right off without any aggressive scrubbing. It doesn't feel heavy or uncomfortable on the skin and I now use this product to remove my makeup every time and it works without fail. Would highly recommend.

Amazing - 29-03-2018 by

I absolutely love this stuff. So easy to use, i just scoop a bit put before i jump in the shower and massage it right onto my face. All make up including eye makeup just melts and washes of with water.

I cannot comment on whether it removes waterproof mascara as I don't use that however it removes everything else including liquid lipstick.

I have a very oily t section and I do not think this makes at any oilier, my face just feels clean and fresh after (I do use a foaming cleanser as well after this).

This is my favourite cleansing balm/ oil I have tried. The large tub lasted me about 6 months if not longer.

10/10 would recommend

Ultra efficient makeup remover - 29-03-2018 by

This balm literally destroys makeup, including waterproof mascara, a heavy matte lip and long wear makeup. It is fragrance free, which can make it seem a little "soulless" but is much better for those of us with sensitivities. There is nothing better and I will continue to buy it.

Favourite makeup remover - 26-03-2018 by

This is my number one makeup remover. It takes everything off with little difficulty, including waterproof mascara etc.

Perfect makeup remover - 20-02-2018 by

I love this product for taking my makeup off at the end of the day, it removes everything ! I have acne prone skin and other balm cleaners have made me break out but this one doesn’t. I will continue to repurchase.

Great Cleanser - 18-01-2018 by

Really does what it says and doesn't irritate my eyes at all. Only reason for four stars instead of five is that I haven't tried enough cleansing balms yet to know if this is definitely the best.

Great Cleanser - 28-12-2017 by

Just received this and am absolutely in love. with it. Glides on like a dream and you don't need to use a lot. It removed even my stubborn mascara in one go. I use a damp, warm facecloth to remove the product rather than rinse. Left my face feeling so smooth and soft, hydrated and clean.

It's just the best - 03-12-2017 by

Does what it is supposed to do. Great to travel with. Never had a cleaner face. Doesn't irritate my eyes so I can get waterline eyeliner off, but it does slightly irritate my sisters eyes, but not enough for her to not use it on her eyes! Just give it a go. You won't be disappointed.

Perfect! - 13-11-2017 by

Such an easy, no fuss way to remove makeup. You need the smallest amount of product and it dissolves all forms of makeup so easily without leaving your skin feeling stripped or dry. Have already repurchased

Longtime favourite - 02-11-2017 by

I love this cleanser. I use it exclusively to take my makeup/sunscreen off at the end of the day. It gets everything off and feels lovely to use. No scent. I take it off with a flannel to make sure its all off. I follow up with a second cleanser so can't say if it leaves residue. I have combination/dry/psoriasis patches and it doesn't make any of these conditions worse.

Easy - 20-09-2017 by

Most effective way to remove makeup. A little goes a long way. Can't live without it.

A happy suprise - 18-09-2017 by

I have had trouble with cleansing balms before and found them too oily and thick. This is perfect. It takes off my heavy eye makeup so quickly with minimal tugging to the eye area. It also removes foundation easily and doesn't cause any breakouts. I purchased the sample size and will definitely pick up the full size. Another great Clinique skincare item.

It's my favourite - 03-06-2017 by

This is my second time buying this product and I love it, makes my skin so much better.

Don't know how I lived without this! - 08-02-2017 by

This product is by far one of the best things I've ever used on my face. It is so quick and easy to use so its great if you're a little slack with removing your makeup before bed. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and moisturised no matter how heavy my makeup has been for the day. Never again will I buy cheap makeup wipes, this balm will be a permanent staple of mine from now on!

Beautiful balm does the job. A joy to use. - 02-11-2015 by

Recently felt like changing up my cleansing routine and came across this through a YouTube review.
This is perfect for removing the day's makeup and all the rest, but without stripping your skin. Beautiful consistency when applied on the face. Also if you're not a fan of products that have scent, then this is definitely for you (it doesn't smell of anything).
It's a simple, no-fuss product that has a hint of luxury being a balm and packaged in a nice big tub.

New favourite - 07-10-2015 by

This is the perfect lazy cleanser! Looks solid - but as soon as it touches the skin it transforms into a beautiful balm that takes no effort at all to rub into the skin. No need to dampen your skin - just slap it straight on! I then wipe off with a warm face washer. It removes all my makeup. It doesn't make my skin oily at all, and there's definitely no tightness either. It's a winner for me! I'll definitely repurchase.

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