As much as I love and find putting on my makeup therapeutic, at the end of the day, I’m not as eager to take it off because I’m either tired, lazy, or my makeup happened to still look awesome. Bwahaha! But that’s not all the time. After learning how beneficial it is go to bed with clean, makeup free skin (Hello Beyonce~), I’ve grown to appreciate the process of taking off my makeup. I had been using makeup removing wipes, but since discovering the magical effects of Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil and Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, I’ve been converted to these makeup removing wonders. It’s made me love seeing my normal face again, dark under eyes and all.
Both the cleansing oil and the cleansing balm perform beautifully at removing makeup. The difference between the two is that the balm is more travel-friendly given its solid texture. I enjoyed using the balm on trips because it removes makeup well and eliminates any worry regarding potential spill-tastrophes. Both Caroline Hirons and ThePersianbabe on Youtube first brought the idea of cleansing oils and balms to my attention. Hirons, a facialist and consultant to brands in the beauty industry, is an adamant supporter of double cleansing. ThePersionbabe mentioned how the ingredients in the Clinique balm was gentle enough for her sensitive skin.
When I’m at home, I look forward to using the cleansing oil, which comes in a useful pump. I’ll usually use a pump to a pump and a half for lighter makeup days and two pumps on my face for heavier makeup days. Furthermore, both products smell slightly like cooking oil, but I don’t find it overwhelming or offensive. If you’re curious, feel free to smell it in store.
To use both products, you apply them onto your dry face. You’ll then massage the product into the skin, eyes, neck–wherever you’ve applied makeup–and the oil will melt whatever foundation, eyeshadow, and lipstick you’ve been wearing that day. The final step is to rinse your face with water, during which the oil will transform into a milky texture. The oil and makeup rinse off easily leaving me with a clean, makeup free face. I then follow up with a facial cleanser.
After rinsing all that dissolved oil and makeup off my face, my face feels clean and neither tight, dry, nor oily. So I think it’d be good for all skin types. The oil and balm were great to use when my skin was drier in the Fall/Winter and more combination during the Spring/Summer.
A note about removing waterproof mascara: Both the oil and the balm work on removing waterproof mascara, but it takes a little time to work in the product and can result in the oil/ balm getting into the eyes. The oil/balm will blur your vision, but not sting the eyes. The stinging sensation I felt however, is from the mixture of all the melted makeup that got into my eyes while I was trying to remove the waterproof mascara. No worries though, a little bit of water in the eyes will flush the product right out. I recommend using a separate oil based makeup remover–the ones with the water and oil solution that you shake up–with a cotton swab or cotton pad, to remove waterproof mascara if you want to save yourself from the blurry vision and stinging sensation.
In conclusion, I recommend both the cleansing oil and cleansing balm from Clinique. If you find yourself traveling often, I’d recommend the balm for the convenience. I use them strictly for makeup removal, but always follow up with a facial cleanser afterwards. While they haven’t made me enthusiastic about taking off my makeup at night, I can sleep well knowing that my face is clean and makeup free. 🙂
The Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm retails for: $28.50
The Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil retails for: $27
What are some of the best makeup removers you’ve tried? Let me know in the comments and I hope you all are having a nice day (or night 🙂 )!