Why Choose Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm over other makeup removers?

When I ran out of my favourite makeup remover, I was so glad to have Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm in my “inventory”. Because after trying three other makeup removers in my stockpile, Clinique was the only one that’s gentle enough on my dehydrated skin. 

I’ve since used Clinique Cleansing Balm for a month and am ready to share my thoughts – the goods and the bads.

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm


More about Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

Clinique is one of my favourite US beauty brands and I’ve tried many of its products. Looking at its range of makeup removers, Clinique offers about 8 different types to suit varying needs. These cleansers can take the form of oil, wipes, balm, gel, milk etc. 

The one we are reviewing today is a balm, and it’s the only cleanser in Clinique’s range that comes in a solid form. This balm is suitable for all skin types and is Clinique’s #1 makeup remover.

For info, what you see here is a smaller version (30ml) that came in a X’mas bundle. The standard size is a larger tub that contains 125ml of solid, white balm. 

Clinique Cleansing Balm (30ml)
Clinique Cleansing Balm in 30ml

What Clinique Cleansing Balm Promises

According to its label, Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm is said to be able to remove all eye and face makeups, and to do so gently. It is also described as being non-greasy and non-drying – the latter being exactly what I was looking for.

Now, let’s see what’s so good about this makeup remover before we examine its cons.


What’s Great about Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm?

1. Great for Dry or Aging Skin

The key reason why I love Clinique Cleansing Balm is how gentle it felt on my dehydrated and aging skin. This gentleness was especially pronounced when I ran out of my favourite makeup remover (couldn’t stock up in Malaysia, and not willing to pay the 2X price in Singapore), and had to try new cleansers that were sitting in my cabinet. 

All of them left my face dry and patchy after just a few tries, except for Clinique Cleansing Balm which I could continue using without experiencing skin tightness or flaky skin. In fact, I’m still using it right now – every single night.

2. Easier to use than I thought

You may be surprised to know that this is the first balm cleanser I’ve used as a beauty blogger. :)

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
Solid State Cleanser

I’d always thought it cumbersome to use a balm as compared to a cleansing oil. As you can imagine, Clinique Cleansing Balm requires more steps to operate (e.g. opening lid, digging out the balm, and closing the lid) than a single-step pump of a cleansing oil.

Thankfully, the actual experience proved to be much quicker and easier. For instance, I could twist open the lid in half a turn. Also, the balm won’t get under my nails as I can scrape it out of the tub using the back of my nails.

So it wasn’t as much a hassle as I’d thought it would be.

3. Spreads easily 

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm has a silky smooth formula that spreads easily over dry skin.

How to use Clinique Cleansing Balm
Easy to massage and spread over dry skin

When you add some water, it would emulsify a little and transform into a light, watery consistency. No tugging of skin involved! This is unlike two other Korean cleansers I’ve tried when adding water turned the oil into a thick liquid that wasn’t as easy to spread over skin.

How to use Clinique Cleansing Balm
Turns milky when water is added

How to use Clinique Cleansing Balm?

The official instruction says you just need to massage the balm over dry skin, and then rinse off with warm water and pat dry.

I used it a little differently. After spreading balm over face, I would add water to emulsify and massage further, before washing it off. Thereafter, I’ll do a double cleansing using a gentle foaming wash

4. Small amount needed to work the magic

I’d initially thought I would need a large dollop of balm per application. In actual practice, a small amount is sufficient and a tub can last you for quite some time. Therefore, it is very likely that I would consider balm cleanser in future.

I’m a converter, all thanks to Clinique.

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
Small amount per application

5. Does a great job in removing makeup 

One of the most important aspects of a makeup remover is that it must do its main job well and get all makeup and sunscreen off the face. Clinique succeeds as I didn’t get any pimples after using it. 

However, I cannot be sure how well it does in removing eye makeup as I have habitually been using a specialised eye makeup cleanser. 

> RELATED:  Review of Clinique Eye Makeup Remover


What’s not Great about Clinique Cleansing Balm? 

1. Not the Cheapest

I wouldn’t say Clinique Cleansing Balm is expensive, because it is not. However, it’s also not the cheapest makeup cleanser you can find.

In Singapore, a 125ml tub costs around S$55 as at time of writing. Here’s its latest online price.

2. Ease of Use

I’d shared earlier that Clinique Cleansing Balm was easier to use than I’d thought. However, it doesn’t mean it is easier to use than say, a cleansing oil. 

You’ll still need to open the lid, scrape out sufficient amount of balm and then close the lid. The last step is normally a little cumbersome as the fingers or palm would be greasy by then.

Clinique Cleansing Balm (30ml)


Recommendation: Should you buy Clinique Cleansing Balm? 

I’m a converter, and I am pretty sure I would repurchase Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. If you have dry or mature skin and need a gentle makeup remover, this is one you can certainly consider. Rating: 5/5


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2 thoughts on “Why Choose Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm over other makeup removers?”

  1. I used a beauty spatula to get the balm out of the pot without potentially contaminating it with my fingers. The spatula prevents the balm from melting on fingers and that. I let it melt on my face- the spatula makes it much easier to apply to the skin on my face to warm up.

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