Don’t you love it when you somehow get a product you’ve never heard or tried before for free and then end up loving it?
I recently bought some Clinique products to test and there was an offer of spending £55 and getting a full size cleanser for free. Didn’t even need to try for the offer, as you know all too well, a cosmetics orders easily get above that price. Atleast I got a full size Clinique take the day off cleansing balm and put it to the test!
Cleansers might not be as exciting to buy or write about but they are a very important part of skincare. In fact, no matter how good your skincare is, if your cleanser is not cleaning properly or is drying out your skin too much, it can get as bad as having visible skin problems! A good cleanser can be priceless.
Thankfully, these days we have a couple of cleanser type options. Cleansing wipes, liquid type cleansers like micellar cleansers, wet face type cleansers and more recently, cleansing balms. If I’m honest, I was never a fan of cleansing balms. Perhaps because they are still a relatively new product or because a lot of famous balms, like the Evelom, were a little over-hyped in my opinion. They clean but not any better than any other cleanser type. However, the Clinique take the day off cleansing balm might have made me a believer.
Let’s have a look at the details.
The Clinique take the day off cleansing balm comes in a jar packaging. While jar packaging is never ideal for skincare; as some ingredients can oxidise, react with light and it’s also not the most sanitary option; there isn’t a lot of packaging choice when it comes to balms. Their thicker texture but also stable ingredients and formulation makes it ok to be packaged in jars.
The jar it comes in is actually quite beautiful. It has the typical Clinique simplicity, but the silver lid and light purple jar gives it an elegant appearance. The jar also feels very sturdy and expensive.
A full size, 125mL jar of this balm retails for £24. It’s not as cheap as supermarket cleansers but it is relatively cheap comparing to other high-end brand cosmetics.
One jar will last you around 1-3 months depending on usage.
Texture and Colour
The Clinique take the day off cleansing balm looks like a white solid in the jar and becomes almost completely transparent as it warms up in your hands.
It feels silky smooth and soft even when it’s in the jar and it is very easy to spread on the face, even if you don’t let it completely melt in your hands first. It spreads so easily that you don’t even need to pre-wet your face.
The balm is smooth and heterogeneous, meaning it doesn’t have any bits in it like beads etc.
This balm is fragrance free but it has a very, very subtle oil-type scent that you will only smell if you literally stick your nose in the jar. You will likely not smell this at all when using the product but even if you do it’s not unpleasant.
The Clinique take the day off cleansing balm is suitable for all skin types. This is stated by Clinique on their website and on the product itself. This is also evident by the ingredients contained.
However, like with all cosmetics, do not use this product on broken or irritated skin.
This balm lasts for 6M and although this is a relatively short amount of time for cosmetics in general, it’s actually absolutely fine for a cleansing balm. If you like this and use it daily or often, you will definitely use it up in less time and if you don’t, it would be too unsanitary to keep an open jar product around for longer than that. Especially one that you use when your face is at it’s dirtiest!
It is also worth noting that this balm is actually highly rated all over the Internet too (how did I never see this before?!), and with a score of 4.7/5 from more than 5200 reviews, it is even ranked as the #2 cleanser balm on Influenster!
Here’s what the brand says about the product:
“Skin Types: Works for all skin types.
Our bestselling makeup remover
What it is:
A uniquely textured face and eye makeup remover that transforms from a balm to an oil for gentle, yet effective removal of even the toughest makeup.
What it does:
Gently, yet efficiently, dissolves and removes face and eye makeup (full coverage, long-wearing, sunscreens), dirt, and oil due to an innovative formula, that includes Safflower Seed Oil to break up natural oils and tenacious makeup.
Leaves skin soft without leaving a filmy residue because of a uniquely textured formula that transforms from a velvety balm to a lightweight oil when massaged over skin.”
Practicality of use – user experience
This balm is very easy to use. Picking the product up on the fingers is super easy as the balm is already soft enough to handle. It’s almost like a thicker cream not a full on solid. Plus, it becomes ever thinner once it warms up a little on your hands or face and it spreads very easily.
It also fully dissolves with water without much effort and it doesn’t feel sticky or oily. You can remove it with a wet cloth or simply rinsing away with water.
I often wear two layers of the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation in order to control my oil production all day long, so that combined with the fact that this foundation sticks to the skin very well, means that I always need to go through 2 cleaning cycles, no matter which cleanser I’m using. However, this balm takes it all off in one go! I still go through it twice, just to be thorough, but there is hardly any make up coming off in the second round. Job well done.
It is worth noting here that how well it cleans will also depend on how much you pick up to beging with and if you rub it well everywhere on the face. I don’t use an excessive amount but I can’t say that I am concervative with it either. You will get a feeling for it once you spread it on your face and use it once or twice.
What I also love about the Clinique cleansing balm is that it spreads on easily without even wetting the face first and it comes off even more easily with lukewarm water after. It cleans the skin very effectively and it doesn’t leave it dry at the end. My skin felt naturally balanced and moisturised, neither oily or dry.
This is a major advantage over other cleansing balms and is one of the reasons why I never really loved the Evelom cleansing balm and some others. They often left my skin feeling too oily after and I felt that I wanted to clean my skin after using the cleanser…The Clinique balm leaves my oily skin just perfect.
This balm is very simple, containing only 9 ingredients. This means that the formulation is very effective but also not very nutritious for the skin. However, this is a cleansing balm, a product that not only you will wash off but also one that doesn’t need to be nutritious for the skin. It is meant to clean and it cleans well.
Out of the 9 ingredients contained, 6 can offer you some skincare benefit (of course some more than others). There are no negative ingredients and only 3 potential irritants. It’s an overall very efficient and safe product and its fragrance free which is great.
To keep this article short, I am only listing the ingredients that make this product a cleanser and any skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients, while ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Ethylhexyl Palmitate – Derivative of palm oil, can act as a skin moisturiser, smoother and cleanser.
- Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil – A skin conditioner and anti-oxidant that gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance.
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – A skin conditioner and replenisher. Can enhance the delivery of vitamins, pigments and other ingredients. Can act as a cleanser too and provide a lightweight non-greasy barrier of lubrication.
- Peg-5 Glyceryl Triisostearate – A skin conditioner and cleanser.
- Water\Aqua\Eau – Not a water based formulation but still a good skin ingredient.
- Tocopherol– Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?and Is mineral oil in cosmetics safe?
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in this cleanser have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyethylene, Phenoxyethanol.
Full list of ingredients:
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Polyethylene, Peg-5 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Water\Aqua\Eau, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol.
I was never into cleansing balms but since I discovered this one I can’t stop using it. It’s so easy to use, efficient and a safe product to use on healthy skin. I love how beautiful it looks in my bathroom (yes it’s the little things sometimes) and how easily it cleans out a full face of makeup. It’s also fragrance free, relatively cheap and doesn’t dry out the skin. What more could you ask from a cleansing balm?
I highly recommend this product.
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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