This beautiful mirrored pot of Clinique goodness is without a doubt the most talked about and raved about cleansing product in the beauty world. After receiving this for Christmas and using it everyday since, I can now confirm that it truly lives up to all expectations and beyond, despite how high the bar had originally been set.
'Take the day off' is a cleansing balm, a formula that was previously new territory for me. In the pot it’s not as hard and solid as I’d imagined, it’s comparable to the consistency of a lip butter and you only need to use a really small amount each time. A little really does go a long way. Once you begin to massage it into your dry (not damp or wet!) skin the balm turns into an oily fluid which instantly dissolves face and eye makeup. After rinsing it off you’re left with a clean, fresh and makeup-free face and surprisingly the balm doesn’t leave a single trace of oil behind, yet it hasn’t dried out the more sensitive bits of my face (around my eyes etc) either. The only way I can describe the result is that it leaves your skin feeling clean, yet nourished and as though you’ve had a facial. Daily facials? Yes please!
Although I’ve tried it and it does an okay job with removing mascara, I personally haven’t been using it for this as I don’t think it does it as well as a good eye makeup remover. I also think it requires more rubbing to completely remove all traces of it which I try to avoid doing around the delicate eye area. I take off my mascara with eye makeup remover on a cotton pad, then use this balm to take off the rest of my makeup and follow with a toner and moisturiser. I’ve read that this balm is meant to be the first step in your cleansing routine and can be followed with another cleanser which I like to do if I’m wearing a lot of makeup, though it’s definitely been working well when used alone (which I do the majority of the time)! It just seems to do the whole ‘shebang’ (awful, yet completely necessary word!) and my skin has been looking visibly healthier since using it.
What I particularly love about this product is that it’s completely fragrance free and from its noticeably short list of ingredients, you know you aren’t putting any harsh chemicals or scents onto your face. It’s kind and caring to all skin types so it’s a good all-round product for everyone. Considering the fairly large, 'fits into your palm' sized tub, I’ve only got through around a 6th of the pot since using it everyday since Christmas, so I’d say it’s really good value for money. I’m now left intrigued to explore the world of cleansing balms further, although I’m almost certain the results from this cannot be beaten...
An all round, massive thumbs up from me!
Have you used this balm? I’d love to know your thoughts!