Review: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
The only other cleansing balm I've used is the Pixi Double Cleanse, and if I'm comparing the two, I prefer the Pixi one. The Clinique TTDO is $29.50 and 3.8 oz. It's not a bad product and I'll definitely use it up but won't buy it again. I'd rate it 7/10.
First, the good:
It will last months as you only need a small amount and it works really well. It does exactly what it says: melts down into an oil and removes all traces of makeup and SPF completely. Unlike a natural oil, it emulsifies with water so it can be washed off in the sink or shower if you don't have a washcloth on hand. And finally, the fact that it's a balm and not a liquid makes it really convenient for travel.
Compared to the Pixi Double Cleanse, there's something about this that feels, for lack of a better word, artificial. Whereas the Pixi balm truly feels like a butter, this has less of a natural feel. And even though it's technically unfragranced, I find that it smells faintly "chemical-y".
Lastly, it's not a luxurious product. To be fair, this product doesn't pretend to be luxurious. Which I don't mind, sometimes skincare should be functional. But if I'm paying more than $10 for a balm cleanser then I'm mostly paying for the experience. The buttery sumptuousness, if you will. Perhaps even a fragrance reminiscent of spring in the countryside.
The Clinique balm doesn't exactly disappoint because it does its job, but it falls flat on the experience.
A cheaper option:
A natural oil on dry skin, removed with a wet washcloth will work the same as a balm. It might leave a film (especially coconut oil) but as long as you're using a second cleanser it works. I've used jojoba oil as a makeup remover for years; it works really well and doubles as a moisturizer/hair oil/top of the cheek glow. Multi-use and $5 at Trader Joe's.