Rated 4.65 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Gentle enough for chemo skin!
I am currently being treated for leukemia, and chemo is really harsh on my skin. I get rashes and scabs and my skin dries and peels. My skin has also become super sensitive all over, so I've had to stop using my regular products and find something gentler. I remembered using Clinique when I was younger and how gentle it was, so I looked through their products and found this. The balm helps with moisture, which I then kick up a little bit with the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. The best part is that when my scalp started to get dry (no hair the past couple months), I just applied this to my scalp and like I do to my face and I get a clean scalp that's ready for a moisturizer too. I know this is meant to take off make up and to follow up with the 3-step system, but this gets my skin so clean and fresh feeling that I use it as a face cleanser all on its own. There are lots of little things that come from treatment that are just a reminder that the cancer is there, like pain and sensitivity. I really like that I can depend on this to help me feel normal, at least when I wash my face.
Most Helpful Critical Review Refuses to remove eyeliner and mascara
I have been using Clinique for over 30 years, and noticed a lot of changes (and not very positive ones at that). "Take the Day Off," in the old days was only sold as a liquid and did a great job! Now, I have both liquid and cream and neither removes non waterproof mascara or eyeliner. You'd have to rub your skin off to get it off and I really don't get all the positive reviews. Clinique needs to step up and either find the old ingredients used in their products that made them work or really go back to the drawing board!
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Jamie from Detroit, MI
It's good, I wear a lot of black. It does wash off pretty good compared to others I've used.
I'm buying this for my BFF too!
Deb from Ocala, FL
Really gets all makeup off, even waterproof.
Ash from OH
I use this balm every night to take off makeup, wether it's a light day or a heavier day. I take a scoop out, warm it up in my hands by rubbing them together (a crucial step!) for about 5-7 seconds and then massage all over the face, except the eye area, for up to a minute. It literally melts the make up right off. I use the eye makeup remover from Clinique as well (Lancôme also has a great one). I follow this up by a foaming wash and cleansing lotion before applying my moisturizers and serums.
Didn't want to love- but do!
Char from Fayetteville, NC
I thought I was happy with my cheap Ponds version of this. Didn't want to fall into the temptation to spend more. Half price sale and I caved. Then went back and bought four more on sale because it's great! Breaks up my long wearing full coverage foundations and mascaras delicately. Can not live without this product. Follow up with your normal facial cleanser.
My go to for easy makeup removal daily
Happyuser from Idaho
Take makeup off daily easy set rub in on and wash it off
Vegas Vickie from Las Vegas
I like this better than makeup removal wipes and Micellar water. I follow with a cleanser. Removes eye glitter and makeup easily. Highly recommend for maturing skin.
MB from Washington
As someone who is not acne prone and does not typically have breakouts boy did this cleansing balm destroy my skin. I had recently started a new tinted moisturizer that was causing some blackheads on my forehead and small bumps so I stopped using it and could NOT for the life of me figure out why my typically resilient skin was getting worse and worse. WELL looking back on my purchases I realized I had gotten this just after experiencing the little bumps from the make up and started experiencing dry wrinkled skin and huge breakouts. I mean chunks of skin were peeling off my forehead and I had SO many clogged pores along with a ton of inflammation. About a week ago I switched back to my miscellar water in hopes to see results and within days my skin started to look normal again.
BEWARE if you have never used a cleansing balm before. Considering this is one of the "best" for acne prone skin I'm alarmed at how bad my skin looked while using this.
Alissa from Woodland
I have bought this over and over. Super effective and gentle. I have sensitive eyes and it doesn't ever bother them. Gets all my makeup off. I use this first them follow with a foaming type face wash or cleanser.
NOT for sensitive eyes!!
LeLeHG from Arkansas
Be careful of this product if you have sensitive eyes. Within 5 minutes or less of me using it, I was finding it a new home. My eyes were red, swollen, itchy and hurting so bad...I have extremely sensitive eyes and it could have also been an allergic reaction to an ingredient I don't know but wanted to warn others just in case.
Takes it off
VHokc from Oklahoma
I love this because I can easily control the amount needed. It melts away stubborn eye makeup and lipstick with ease. It rinses clean. I use it first and then follow with face cleanser. When it goes on sale I will stock up!
Takes long wearing foundations off easily
Dawnjuan from Iowa
I really enjoy using this product. I wear Revlon Colorstay foundation and it can be tough to remove with ordinary cleansers. This product has made a huge difference. It just melts the foundation away and then I follow with a cleansing soap. I have oily sensitive skin and this has caused no problems with skin reactions. It's actually a product I look forward to using at the end of the day.
AMAZING! I will keep buying this
TaylorP from Boston
This is my first cleansing balm and I'm obsessed with it!! A little goes a loooong way and it takes off everything! I'm usually not a Clinique person but this is amazing.
Best makeup remover ever
blxndesxoxo from new york
I am obsessed with this makeup remover-it truly removes everything completely. It doesn't bother my skin at all. and it doesn't dry me out! It's a great product and would definitely recommend.
Hands down the best for waterproof
Crissi from Florida
I was using the liquid take the day off and then switched to this cream. It works so much better and doesn't leave an oily film on your eyes. After a long day at work and then CrossFit, I scoop out a nickel size, rub it together in my fingers and rub it on my eyes. When I wash it off, I use the gentle cleanser for the rest of my face and it all comes off.
This gets EVERYTHING off
Angie from Chicago
I use this to get off sunscreen, waterproof make up and the days dirt and oil. It works wonders. And you can even open your eyes before rinsing. That is how gentle it is. I have an oily t zone and thought I needed to avoid oil based cleansers but this handles my t zone well too.
I Will Purchase Again
Laura E. from North Carolina
I've seen a lot of mixed reviews about this product. I am 51 with sensitive skin that is on the dry side during the colder months and normal during spring/summer. I have been using Clinique Take The Day Off for a couple weeks and my skin seems to agree with this product more than pretty much anything else I have used before (and I have tried a lot). It does a good job of removing all makeup. It goes on as a balm and transforms into something that is not oily feeling and it easy to wash off. I think a little will go a long way. I follow by using Clinique toner #1 with a couple cotton balls and my face is completely clean and ready for my nighttime moisturizer.
No cleanser else compares
Chronic Artist from Houston, TX
I have oil-cleansed for years using straight jojoba, avocado, or olive oil. Out of curiosity I started trying cleansing balms for the "rinse-ability." I tried Clinique first, then several others at various price points from drugstore to high-end. Clinique wins hands-down: no oily residue, no cloying fragrance, skin is left soft and comfortable and so clean.
BEST THING EVER
Allison from Kansas City, Mo
I went into ulta to get some makeup remover when talking to the sales woman she told me about this product since I never feel like my face is truly clean. Ever since I've used this my life is changed I have really sensitive skin so I was hesitant to buy this but I have bought 2 more so I am stocked up! so amazing I love this product.
Best makeup remover for real makeup
BettyB from Ohio
I've been using this for years. It performs miracles removing stubborn, heavy and even waterproof eye makeup. No premature aging causing scrubbing necessary. I love this stuff. It doesn't burn my eyes or blemishes.
Lu from Atlanta
This stuff takes off an entire face of makeup in 30 seconds! It's so awesome only downside is that after rubbing to get your eye makeup off you open your eyes and it makes them foggy and you can't see until you blink a few times
xstine from garden grove, ca
meh i got this during the 50% off sale and i wouldn't have gotten it if it was full price. so far i prefer a cleansing oil over a balm.
Left me dry...
SD Momma from San Diego
Had to return. And really wanted to love it as it seems to work for so many. I have oily/normal skin.
I love, love, love this product!
Fearless Nonna from AL
This is the best "take-off" make-up I have ever used. It doesn't leave your skin feeling dry, just clean!
Arin from Dallas
this melts of makeup without drying out my skin or making me break out! its it's great for sensitive skin. it gets off even the most stubborn waterproof makeup with ease.
Amazing for your skin
Stephanie from Rogers,ar
Best makeup remover I've ever had