Clinique Take the Day Off Balm 

My bestie swears by the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, but I just recently tried it out. I received a deluxe sample from Sephora, and I’m so glad that I gave this one a try.

At first, I was hesitant to try this product because the balm feels a bit oily. Since I’m acne-prone, oily products can be kind of hit-or-miss for me, and often they cause breakouts depending on the type of oil. I was also kind of scared to apply this over my eyes to remove eye makeup because it is just such a different experience than typical eye makeup removers. Finally, I was kind of afraid that, if I liked the product, I would feel conflicted over whether or not to buy a $29 product just to remove my makeup when I typically use drugstore products for this.

I was very pleased that this product did not break me out. I did get a few blemishes at first, but I think these were related to my period since I haven’t had any more in the three weeks I’ve been using the product. The oiliness is actually quite nice because it really melts into the skin and does a great job at removing ALL makeup. This did not irritate my eyes, and it is actually really remarkable at removing waterproof eye makeup. I didn’t have to rub much, and I’m sure the delicate skin around my eyes and my fragile eyelashes will thank me for the gentle touch instead of my normal desperate scrubbing to remove all my eyeliner.

Lastly, I am actually okay now with the $29 price tag, and I will absolutely be purchasing this product after my two deluxe samples have been used up. You really only need a tiny amount to remove all your makeup, and I expect that the large full-size container will actually last quite a while. Also, if it’s going to be better for my skin, then it is worth the investment!

One final tip: a lot of skincare expects suggest that you use cleansing oils and balms as the first step in a double-cleanse. This means that once this product removes all of your makeup, they suggest you still cleanse your skin once more with something else that targets your additional skincare needs. For now, I’ll be using the Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser, but I’m not sure what I’ll use once that is all used up. Maybe I’ll embark on a quest for the perfect cleanser whilst blogging about my experience.


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