For the longest time my method of choice for removing makeup were facial towelettes. They are convenient, fast, and inexpensive but no matter how thoroughly I tried to be, there would always be some makeup left on my skin. In addition, I found makeup remover wipes to seriously struggle with the more stubborn types of mascara. It was time to find a better alternative.
“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.
- Use fingertips to massage balm over dry skin.
- Rinse well with warm water. Pat dry.”
This cleansing balm starts off solid and dissolves into a silky oil when it comes into contact with your body warmth. Some beauty bloggers have compared the consistency of this balm to that of lard. Personally, it reminds me of certain kinds of jar-packaged lip balm where a gentle swipe of your fingers will release a small amount of oil but any stabs will destroy the delicate surface and leave behind a visible indentation. Similarly, this balm comes with a smooth surface that’s almost too pretty to touch but retrieving enough product to cleanse your face requires the use of your fingers (or a tool) to dig into the balm and scoop out the desired amount.
Personally, I like to apply several tiny dollops of the balm onto different parts of my face like my neck, cheeks, forehead, and eyes and massage them in. The balm transforms into an oil that thoroughly removes all traces of makeup. It takes less than a teaspoon to get the job done. Even waterproof mascara doesn’t stand a chance.
Before trying the cleansing balm for the first time I was afraid to use it around my eye area. I wasn’t sure what would happen if I got some of the balm into my eyes, especially since I wear contacts lenses and like to keep them in while cleansing my face (I can’t see a darn thing without them). My concerns were completely unfounded as I usually don’t get any of the product into my eyes while cleansing and if I do it doesn’t sting at all. It might leave a film on my contacts which can either be cleansed off with contact lens solution or will dissolve on its own after a few minutes.
I actually prefer to use this balm on my eye makeup as compared to cleansing wipes because it’s much gentler. There is a lot less rubbing needed to remove every last bit of mascara and for that my lashes are very thankful.
If you’ve never used a cleansing oil or balm on your eye makeup before you might want to brace yourself for the huge black circles of mascara-balm-mix that will appear around your eye area. You could get mistaken for a member of Kiss but I like to think of it as my cute panda bear look.Not to worry, though, as all of this will wash off very easily at the end of the cleansing procedure.
The instructions state to just rinse off the product but I prefer to use a wash cloth to thoroughly get rid of every last trace of makeup and cleansing balm on my face. I follow this makeup removal with a second cleansing step using a clay cleanser or a cleansing milk to address some more specific skin concerns of mine.
Overall, the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is brilliant for taking off any kind of makeup, including waterproof mascara and sunscreen. It’s effective while being gentle and is recommended for all skin types. It doesn’t strip my dry skin and leaves it soft, smooth, and thoroughly cleansed.
A little goes a really long way. I’ve used this balm daily for over a month and still have about three quarters of the jar left.