I admit, I was skeptical that what looks like a big jar of Vaseline could be such a godsend because this is wonderful stuff; wish I'd tried it sooner! I have dry skin year-round (the worst occuring in winter, naturally), and I wear makeup daily which can consist of all or any combination of SS, moisturizer and/or primer, foundation or TM, blush, concealer, setting powder, brow powder or pencil, brow setting gel or wax, lip stuff (including stains), topped off with waterproof eye makeup - the bane of most removers and cleansers! My hope was to find one product that will cleanse AND remove all of this every night without a lot of effort- much like DHC's Cleansing Oil I used until they raised the price and the mall kiosk I used to buy it from closed. Shiseido's cleansing oil is too pricey, Lancome as well (plus the sample I tried wasn't all that to begin with), MAC's didn't wow me, Lumene doesn't make theirs anymore I can find; jojoba and olive oils were sticky, ineffective and made me feel less cleansed than before I started. Other cleansers, such as Philosophy Purity and Mary Kay Timewise 3-in-1 are still some of my favorites but don’t do so well in the makeup-removing part which means an added step with a separate product for just that. My last attempt was good 'ole Ponds Deep Cleansing Cold Cream which worked but had issues. Despite being affordable, it was so strongly scented my husband asked when I started wearing "icky floral perfume" plus it left a filmy residue behind despite my rinsing like Lady Macbeth, requiring an astringent toner to fully remove- something my dry skin definitely doesn't need. After I ran out of ideas, I tried this based on recommendations from the lovely ladies on the makeup board. I'm happy to report that once again, they were spot-on (thanks!)
I know this isn't necessarily cheaper than the others I mentioned but it's a lot easier for me to get IRL or online, via their site or somewhere else (aka whomever is having the best sale and/or GWP at the time!). I already use quite a few Clinique items I consider staples (if not outright HGs: Superbalm moisture gloss, Different & Almost lipsticks, CreamShaper liners, brush spray cleaner, Bottom Lash Mascara) so adding something new to the “List o' Clinique Stuff I Like” didn't faze me in the least. If anything, it makes me even happier that I can one-stop shop for many of my favs despite that I've never been terribly brand-loyal to begin with.
To use, I scoop out a little with my (clean) fingers, rub between my hands to emulsify into a thinner (but not entirely liquid) consistency, apply to a dry face (important!), work it in a bit to get all the waterproof stuff, then rinse using a soft washcloth or cleansing sponges. No scrubbing needed, no leftover residue (makeup or otherwise); NO scent (‘icky’ or otherwise), no irritation or breakouts, and my skin feels so soft and smooth that I don't need to moisturize afterwards as much as I used to. I still do, but now for more specific purposes rather than just slapping on something to add moisture back to my skin that cleansing just removed, since that's no longer an issue. With this, my skin doesn't feel dry and there isn't a trace of makeup hanging around -no more sad-panda eyes in the morning despite that I thought I got it all the night before (ugh!). I don't have to tug at my lashes to get my mascara off, either. Nor does TTDOB sting or burn my eyes, even when I don’t remove my contacts beforehand, whether on purpose or not.
I can see this purple jar of goodness lasting a long time and getting more than my money's worth at the rate I use it; I don't need much to get the job done. I found my all-in-one product which is easy to find, easy to use, and works like a charm. I put some into a little travel size jar so I don't have to take the big jar every time I go on a trip. This definitely lives up to its name and claim :) it does indeed "take the day off" so in the end it's not quite as hokey as it sounds.
... my apologies for another of my overly wordy reviews! Although I think more info is generally better than less, I strive be at least somewhat useful, not just a PITA to wade through :)
after realizing that my cleanser which is also supposed to be a makeup remover was not getting all of my foundation off, i started searching for a makeup remover. i spent a few hours reading reviews and searching on youtube and this cleansing balm was something that was well loved by many. it was also just what i was looking for because i hate having to wipe my face with towelettes,wash cloths etc. i was looking for something that i could rinse off. so off i went to the clinique counter and i pruchased this for around $30.00. the tub is pretty big so i can see it lasting me for a long time. so that made the price worth it to me. i wear cream foundation and this balm removed it quickly and with ease and with no scrubbing or wiping. i just took out a small amount of the balm and gently massaged my face in circular motions and then rinsed with warm water. not only was the foundation gone but my complexion looked better too! i will definitely keep using this and i will up this to 5 lippies once i determine that it doesnt break me out. will update in a few weeks.
woke up the next morning with clogged pores all over..this is going back to the store.
If, each morning, you are the type to layer sunscreen, primer, foundation, concealer, powder...and so on...you need *this* to take it all off. Clinique's Take the Day Off Balm is a gentle, fragrance-free white balm that breaks down even the heaviest makeup and sunscreens and rinses away without the need for wipes. I've used this for several years and it's a HG Hall of Fame product in my cleansing routine. I will use it as long as Clinique makes it!
How you use it: The balm is designed to be applied dry, so scoop a small amount out and gently massage into dry skin. It will transform from a white balm into a clear fluid oil as you massage it in. You may use bare fingers or a scrublet pad (Sephora's Precision Pore Cleansing Pad) to help the balm break down all those layers of beauty products. (This cleanser needs some sort of friction to lift and break down makeup - it won't do it completely on its own - so make sure all areas of your skin get at least a few passes with your fingers before you remove it.) I found it takes me about 20 seconds of light massage to get a thorough cleanse.
The best way to remove the balm is to rinse it off. It breaks down easily with water and "almost" all of it removes with a thorough rinsing, the "almost" part is why I do follow up with a gentle cleanser afterward. I find this rinses away cleaner than comparable liquid oil-cleansing products like DHC or Shu Uemura - those I noticed leave a bit more residue after rinsing.
One tub should last you at least 4 months of regular use if you use a generous amount with cleansing (about 1/4 tsp). I don't find the balm to be particularly drying, but it's not hydrating either. Finish your skin care routine with your moisturizer of choice. continued >>
A really good product. Cleans really nicely and pretty quickly- in addition it doesn't make the skin dry. I always use a toner afterwards just to make sure that any residue is gone. Definately a HG for winter and fall. For warmer weather I always use foaming cleansers.
Definitely the best make-up remover for me. I have been using this product for many years and haven't found anything to replace it. I use it to remove all make-up, including waterproof eye make-up and sun screen. It just works! I rub a little amount over my face and eyes, massage in for a few seconds, then rinse and with warm water. I sometimes use a damp cotton pad held onto my eyes for a second or two and gently swipe away heavy eye make-up. Does not leave a residue or film after. Does not dry out skin. I then follow with my Clarins cleanser in my Clarisonic Mia.
My HG make-up remover. On my 3rd jar now.
Lovely fragrance free balm that feels soothing and calming to massage on your skin for as long as you want. Whether you use it for a few seconds or a few minutes, it takes all make-up off instantly. Some kinds of lipstick may need wiping off with a cotton ball/ pad, but for the rest of the face just a quick massage with your fingers and rinsing with water gets everything off.
Does not leave a residue or film after. Does not dry out skin.
I would suggest follow up for a second cleanse with a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser (see my review of this).
Definitely not cheap - in fact, it's very expensive. But it's the only make-up remover that is good for my dry/ combination skin. It lasts a while. It goes against my previous advice in other reviews of using a cheap cleanser so you can splurge on other skin products. However, as I said, it's the only make-up remover than gentle and thorough on my skin.
Definitely the best makeup remover that I have used as far as removing foundation goes. I use a tissue to wipe my makeup off. When you put it on a tissue or your hands, it warms up and turns to more of a liquid. With this stuff you don't really nice makeup wipes or eye makeup remover. However, I believe this has caused my to have some breakouts because it does contain pore clogging ingredients. I recommend following immediately with a cleanser.
What a great makeup cleanser. It goes on like Alboline but it is not greasy. It washes off in the shower and completely removes my makeup. I'm thrilled with it It removes most of my eye make up which nothing else has been able to do. I just love the way you can rub it in and the ease of washing it off with water. I'd buy again in a minute!
I have been using this for a few weeks. I have dry, sensitive skin. I wear a full face of makeup daily, and this is a wonderful makeup remover. I was going through a ton of pads and wipes to remove eye & face makeup. No need for either with this product. With a warm wash cloth everything melts right off. No tugging @ the eye either! Will mention the first ingredient is ethylhexyl palmitate, which is a pore clogging ingredient. So I follow with the Aveeno moisturizing bar to remove all traces of the balm, and have had no breakouts.
girls, this is meant to be used as double cleansing and you need to use it with dry hands on dry face (full of makeup/sunscreen/sunblock..yes!)...rinse with water THOROUGHLY and use your own cleanser afterwards...i realised some people break out from this as they did not properly rinse this off..it emulsifies into milk with water ..if you dont, it might block your pores...so to those of you who had break outs after using this..try rinsing properly...see if it works better this time :)) good luck..
Update: Already on my 7th tub..still love it, much as ever!