Review: Clinique 'Take The Day Off' Cleansing Balm

Review: Clinique 'Take The Day Off' Cleansing Balm

I’m sure you have seen these products popping up all over your favorite makeup and beauty stores. I finally decided to take the dive into trying out a cleansing balm because I was getting pretty fed up with makeup remover wipes! Makeup removing wipes I was using irritated my super sensitive skin and especially around my eyes. I noticed they also pulled out my lashes occasionally when I was wearing certain mascaras! Yikes! So I was looking for a little relief because I felt like makeup removing wipes weren’t taking off my eye makeup all the way, leaving me irritated and annoyed! Finally, I’ve found a little relief for my skin, that is also low waste. Now enter….cleansing balms!

Review: Clinique 'Take The Day Off' Cleansing Balm

A cleansing balm is beneficial not only for our skin, but for the planet too. Just think about how many makeup remover wipes I’ve thrown away over the years because they are only for one time use. Yuck.

With a cleansing balm, you can dissolve makeup easily, with no harsh rubbing or tugging on your skin, leaving it glowing and fresh! That is why I chose to pick up this Clinique ‘Take The Day Off’ cleansing balm.



A makeup removing balm with a silky soft, solid to oil formula.

“Lightweight makeup remover quickly dissolves tenacious eye and face makeups, sunscreens. Transforms from a solid balm into a silky oil upon application. Cleans thoroughly, rinses off completely. Gently helps remove the stress of pollution so skin looks younger, longer. Non-greasy. Non-drying.

For all skintypes.

100% fragrance-free; paraben-free; sulfate-free; phthalate-free; SLS-free; talc-free; silicone-free; mineral oil-free; gluten-free; alcohol-free

Ophthalmologist tested. Nonacnegenic. Allergy tested. Vegan.”

- Clinique


One of my favorite things is that this product is affordable, high-quality, and you get a lot in one tub (3.8 oz)! And you truly get what they are promising here. I’ve used this product about 5-6 times before reviewing it to make sure I really did like this product enough to review and recommend it. When I first tried this product I was super confused because I’ve never used a balm to take off my makeup with and I was especially skeptical to use this to remove eye makeup.

Putting my skepticism aside, I started gently rubbing this balm with my fingertips all over my face, my eyelids and lashes, as instructed. The product turned from a balm-like consistency (kinda feels like how coconut oil feels), to a soft oil consistency. You can see your makeup melt off and it’s so satisfying. I rubbed this all over my eyelids and lashes to remove my mascara (with my eyes shut) and it didn’t sting or burn my eyes at all! So gentle and nourishing. This is what totally sold me.

Review: Clinique 'Take The Day Off' Cleansing Balm

Keep in mind, I am super weird about my eyes because I have struggled with sensitive eyes, dry eyes, and have gotten clogged pores and styes from mascaras and makeup wipes in the past. Since using this cleansing balm, I haven’t had a stye or any left over mascara AT ALL while removing my eye makeup. Thumbs up Clinique!

This newly discovered ease of removing mascara because of this cleansing balm has completely changed my makeup routine! I used to skip out on mascara often because it was such a pain to remove at the end of the day with makeup wipes. I never seemed to get it all off before too! Which would leave my eyes feeling super uncomfortable the next day. Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm has allowed me to no longer fear wearing mascara anymore! Woohooo!

Review: Clinique 'Take The Day Off' Cleansing Balm


Clinique’s cleansing balm is great for all skin types, even my sensitive and combination skin. This product did not breakout my skin or cause clogged pores. After I rinsed off the balm, I followed with my evening face cleanser and typical evening skincare routine as normal.

This product is CLEAN! Clinique’s ‘Take The Day Off” Cleansing Balm does not contain any parabens, phthalates, and fragrance.

Note: This product was NOT sent to me, I purchased this with my own money. I am not being paid or sponsored by Clinique to review this product. All opinions are my own.


Bottom line:

I love it! And I will be repurchasing. I highly recommend Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. If you end up splurging on it, you won't be disappointed! Let me know if you’ve tried this product before and what you thought of it. Do you like cleansing balms too? Tell me in the comments below what you prefer to remove your makeup with. I’d love to hear from you!

Available at Nordstrom.

Available at Sephora.

xo, Chloe