5 lippies from someone who's not a Clinique fan!
I'm oily and prone to break-outs, and I'm using this as a pre-cleanse before my sulphur soap. I don't use it on my eyes though, so I don't know how effective it would be in taking off my eye make-up (although I hear it does well with that also).
I massage it onto my dry face first, then add water and massage some more, and then rinse. It takes away all my make-up, rinses clean and doesn't leave my face tight or dry.
It never caused any break-outs, but I make sure I never use it by itself too. My skin seems to have improved after introducing this in my skincare routine, so I bought a back-up already.
I wish it lasted longer (mine lasted for about a month), and that it was cheaper, but these are the only complaints that I have about this product.
EDIT-I love this so much, that I felt I should edit after 3 months of use just to say that I'm towards the end of my 2nd jar, and intend to buy my third. It never gave me any breakouts, no extra oiliness, I still follow up with a sulphur based soap, and my face has never looked better. I have no intention of changing it any time soon.
EDIT 10/16/2008 - still my HG. I've been using it for over one year, bought many jars already - nothing can beat it IMO. I get less breakouts because it takes off the makeup so well, and it's never caused any problem. I do follow with another cleanser.
I'm a huge fan of balms and oil-based cleansers. I had a friend tell me how great this was at removing all makeup including eye makeup. I had tried to get a sample from Clinique before buying, but they had no tester jars and didn't seem to keen on handing out a sample, jar or not. I was so excited to try this out, I remember happily slathering it all over my face and my eyelids. And then nothing happened. A big white lumpy mass became a sort of non-oily liquid when I whooshed it around my face. Then I rinsed it off, and followed up with my normal cleanser. Dry skin baby! Dry, tight skin all the way. I really just don't like this stuff at all. It doesn't look pretty, it doesn't smell pretty and it's not moisturizing in the least. Not that a product has to be cute or smell cute to work, but I really expected it to be more moisturous. I don't know how it can be called a balm, a balm to me is coddling and moisturizing. I find it so odd to use this, since it always just seems to sit on the surface on my skin never really penetrating. And I can't seem to get it to remove my liner and mascara properly. All in all this was somewhat of a useless purchase, since my normal cleansers remove makeup just fine on their own. Hopefully I'll be able to put this to some sort of use over the summer months, maybe it'll take off my Megan Gale sunscreen easily.
I just started using this because of all the raves, and i normally use Ponds CC but i've been going through so much toilet paper that i figured the $$ of this stuff is a wash, lol. I'm breakout/sensitive and dry(rx-DIfferin) and use Shiseido spf 55 PA++ so i needed something that wouldn't irritate, but could remove SS and makeup, and this stuff is great! Not as moisturizing as Ponds but, if you compensate with a good nightime moisturizer you won't dry out. Haven't broken out either. They should include a spatula so it's more sanitary but, other than that i'll def. repurchase.
This balm has a waxy feel that rinses completely away with no residue. It didn't break me out. It really does remove the tenacious sunscreens, self-tanners and long-wearing makeup as it claims on the label. I took off one lippie for eye irritation. Every time I use this, my eyes water for hours after, no matter how much I rinse. I always keep a jar handy for summer when I'm wearing the self-tanner and Estee Lauder Doublewear makeup. Otherwise, I wouldn't use this as an everyday cleanser.
This is an interesting product the texture of which takes some getting used to. It is a jar of balm that I find difficult to handle and spread evenly and easily. It removes everything well but I also feel that it leaves my skin feeling very dry and tight despite the fact that it's a "balm." Like a previous reviwer, I also found that it left my eyes very blurry. The price is also very high. I prefer other products for removing makup and sunscreen.
Love, love, love this!!! Doesn't sting, no smell, takes off even my eye makeup. Feels great and doesn't dry my skin out at all. I use it in the p.m. followed by my Estee Lauder Verite Light Lotion Cleanser and my skin glows. I wish it weren't so $$$$, but it should last a while.
This removes every bit of makeup - eye makeup included - just as thoroughly as cleansing oils (ie. DHC, Shu Uemura, Fancl) without the messy runniness. It resembles lard in the jar, but melts down to an oil on the skin. I like that it doesn't contain any added extras like colors or fragrance, and is pretty easy to take off (no need for vigorous scrubbing or repeated rinsing). Okay, too good to be true yet again. The catch for me?It's DRYING - my skin feels tighter to the point of cracking with every use. For the first time in years I'm having to slather cold cream on my face to alleviate the parched feeling. *sigh* I hate it when I find something that falls short of becoming a staple.
Best makeup remover I've found. I rub this wonderful balm over my face and around my eyes, and it takes absolutely everything off - even my hard-to-remove eyeliner and mascara. And, it doesn't irritate my eyes!! Not exactly cheap, but due to its effectiveness and gentleness, it's worth the price to me. I also think it'll last a while. Definitely recommended!
This is a really nice product. It can remove any kind of make up. However, it is very drying on my skin. I also get some terrible allergic reaction on my eye lids. Strangely though, I am not allergic to any of the ingredient. I guess this product can be too much on very sensitive skin.
It took me a few tries to get the hang of this product, but now I can't live without it. The container will last me forever because it only takes a small amount to get results. I love this as an eye makeup remover...I rub it in well, then moisten a cotton ball and, VOILA--even waterproof mascara comes off. Of all the Clinique items I've tried, this is my favorite.