Take it Off with Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

I’m sure you’ve all come across this: Always remove your makeup before bed. I am a firm believer and I NEVER ever miss this step. No matter how late or how tired I am, I always make sure I remove all traces of makeup, cleanse, tone and moisturise before I go to bed at night. I have tried many makeup removers before, and just recently, I finished my Shu Uemura cleansing oil. I’d love to get another bottle, but there isn’t any Shu Uemura counters where I live. So, I thought I’d give Clinique a try. I’ve heard good things about their Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, so it’s a great time to try it out.


A lightweight makeup remover that quickly dissolves tenacious eye and face makeups and sunscreens. This makeup remover goes on as a solid balm and transforms into a silky oil that effortlessly dissolves makeup and sunscreen. Its non-greasy, non-drying formula cleanses thoroughly and rinses off completely. This product is ophthalmologist tested and ideal for all skin types.


Usually, I find product description by the brand itself a little flowery and exaggerated. So I always take it with a pinch of salt. That is why I am pleasantly surprised with this product – and its description! The balm does what it is said to do. I could verify all, except for the last statement.

Prior to this, the only other balm I have tried is Bobbi Brown’s Extra Balm Rinse and I loved the smell. For my combi oily skin, it was recommended I use it on alternate days, so it took me more than a year to finish the whole jar. I wanted to repurchase, but it is a little pricey. Now comes Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. This has no fragrance. It smells of natural oil, only a faint smell. In the jar, it looks like a huge lip balm. It is in solid form but once it goes onto the skin, it transforms into oil. I think this is absolutely travel friendly because I can just transfer some into a smaller container, and I don’t have to worry about spillage, like some cleansing oils or milk.



I like to massage it into my face slowly, down to my neck. The good thing about this is, I can also massage my eyes. It claims to remove all traces of makeup, and I agree. I like to use waterproof and smudge proof eye liners and mascaras, and this balm melts it effortlessly. After about a minute of massaging, I use damp cotton to wipe off the oil from my eyes and face before rinsing off with lukewarm water.

My face feels clean and soft, without any dry, tight feeling on my skin. There is no trace of grease on my face either. All the stubborn mascara, eye liner and foundation are gone. My face looks bright and so darn clean. The balm cleans thoroughly, but it does not strip my skin dry. I friggin’ love this!

Below is the list of ingredients for those of you who are interested.




I have combination oily skin, where I’m comfortable around my cheeks but oily on my T-zone. This balm does not irritate my skin, but I do not have sensitive skin. My skin seems to love this makeup remover because every time after wash, my skin feels soft and supple.

Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is priced at RM120 and is available at all Clinique counters nationwide. Take The Day Off also comes in milk form, and another just for eyes and lips. I have not tried those before, so I don’t know how they are compared to this balm.

Have you tried cleansing balms before? If you have a different skin type than mine, and if you’ve tried this product before, does it suit you? Please share, I’d love to know!