Good afternoon, beauties! How time flies when you’re working full time throughout the summer! In fact, it’s been so long since I’ve last been active due to being busy that a Mecca Maxima had time to open in my local shopping centre and I didn’t have a spare moment to take a look for 5 whole days. That’s a little concerning. So to break my posting drought I thought I’d try something I’ve been looking forward to using for some time, that is the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. I saw this product on YouTube and what particularly drew me to it was the fact that it’s both nourishing on the skin and works as a makeup removal tool — basically you rub it into the skin and as you massage it in it will break down all of the makeup on your face which can then be rinsed and wiped away with a face washer or microfibre towel. So if you’re like me, and looking for this product it can be purchased for $55 AUD from Clinique, Meyer, David Jones or Mecca Maxima (where I bought mine!).
Basically, because I start work at 5am, makeup isn’t exactly on the agenda right now for me, but I still wanted to put this product to the test seeing as everyone had only good things to say about it that I’ve spoken to, and the Clinique website claimed the following:
“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. Non-greasy. Non-drying. Ophthalmologist Tested. For all skin types.”
So, to do this I devised a test where I put lines of typically hard to move products across my hands. These included my MAC foundations and concealers, mascara, my LimeCrime Velvetines, a Colourpop Matte Lip, my essence Eyeliner and some of the cream super shock shadows from Colourpop. After these had time to dry, I sprayed them down with Fix+, waited for that to dry then swirled my fingertips along the surface of the balm. To start off with, this balm is quite hard — it seems fairly solid, but it breaks down to an oil very quickly from the warmth of your hands. Basically, you massage this into the skin for several minutes and the makeup just breaks down before your eyes, literally, by the time I rinsed it off and wiped everything away with a microfibre face cloth there was nothing but the faintest trace of everything left and with so very little product at all!
I can safely say I didn’t think it would break down the liquid lipsticks, because let’s be honest very few products actually can. It’s for that reason that I can definitely see why people had nothing but good things to say about this! I also have to say that my skin feels so beautifully soft after using this, and it’s without the scent of the argon oil Micellar Water that I’ve been using, and the oily residue. In fact, once I’d rinsed this with warm water there was almost nothing of it left despite it being an almost oil-like substance. While it is quite pricey, a little is really going to go a long way. It’s not like your gouging out a huge chunk of product each time, but rather are brushing the surface of the balm and that’s impressive for what it’s doing. There’s just so many good things to say about this product and clearly not enough words available to me. So, whether you are looking for something gentle to remove your makeup, or something that you can use to pamper your skin of a night, I would highly recommend this cleansing balm, or at the very least give it a try in store. I can tell from my test on the backs of my hands that this is going to work wonders on my skin.
Have you tried this cleansing balm? What did you think — let me know!