Removing makeup should be one of the most important steps in our evening routine. You can spend a lot of money on amazing lotions and potions but none of them will work to its full potential if it’s applied on a face with remains of makeup and dirt on it. If we have 20 minutes on average in the morning to apply our makeup, we should always be able to find 5 minutes in the evening to take it all off and let our skin breathe.

I know, I know… easier said than done. It’s the evening, you’re tired, you had a long or bad day (or both…) and all you want to do right then and there is put your head on a nice fluffy pillow and forget all about it. I get it, I’ve been there, but your skin is much less understanding…

By choosing the right product, you can either make it very quick and painless or so unpleasant that you would rather go to bed wearing it all for the sake of it. I’m sure we’ve all done that, feel asleep with makeup on, once or twice, and that’s ok. It happens, life happens…As long as we don’t make it a habit.I have been a faithful fan of Clinique ‘Take the day off’ Balm for years now, and although I would branch out and try something new every now and again, I would always come back to this one. It earned its holy grail status long time ago.

Don’t get me wrong, there were some good products I’ve come across over the years, but none of them quite compared in my eyes (and on my eyes). I use it both for my eyes as well as rest of the face and could not be more pleased with the results. It removes makeup perfectly, even waterproof, it doesn’t irritate my eyes or skin and a pot lasts really long, as you only need a very little amount each time. It’s also fragrance free, so perfect if your skin or eyes get easily irritated. It is gentle enough, yet very effective.

Clinique 'Take the day off' makeup remover Balm

It has a consistency of a balm / cream but then while massaging it into the skin it softens and turns into more of an oily texture. It leaves no residue at all and washes off really well. I first massage it into my eyes and my lashes very gently for a little while to ensure the entire eye makeup is gone and then proceed to the rest of my face, again massaging in circular motions and rinse. It doesn’t smudge makeup around my face, it melts it and removes every little bit. Perfect.
The only negative side, is that it comes in a jar as opposed to a bottle with a dispenser, so it makes it a bit more difficult to keep it clean and not contaminate the product. I’m used to it, so it doesn’t bother me, I just try to ensure that I have clean and dry hands when I use it. If possible, don’t let any water on it. I wasn’t very careful in the past and some water got in, which after a while made the product smell, uhmmm, funky…

Clinique Makeup remover 'Take the day off' Balm

I tried the milk version of ‘Take the day off’ long time ago and I really didn’t like it. Surprising, since it’s the same brand and product from the same range , just different consistency, but it just didn’t work for me. It smudged the makeup around my face, and made me really work hard to get it off, and rub my eyes much more harder than my poor sensitive eyeballs could possibly handle. This is not what I’m looking for in a makeup remover especially one that sets you back £20 per bottle. I definitely would stay away from this one.

So when Clinique released another version of ‘Take the day off’, this time in a form of an oil, I was neither here nor there, to be honest. It’s a brand I love and trust, and have used / am using many of their products I could wholeheartedly recommend, but it made me wonder if it’s going to be just like the milk and will turn out to be a complete waste of money. Also, once you’ve found your Holy Grail product, you are naturally quite hesitant to switch to something else, regardless if it’s from the same brand or not.  I have read a lot of good reviews of makeup removers in oil form from other brands, so I thought maybe this one won’t be such a bad thing after all.

Clinique 'Take the day off' makeup remover oil

Makeup removers are one of those products where you can immediately tell, after first use if they passed or failed. This one was a definite pass. It removed pretty heavy eye makeup with ease and no rubbing. It seems to melt the makeup just as well and as powerful as the balm, while being very gentle. Although it’s an oil, it doesn’t leave any residue at all. After washing it off, you wouldn’t even tell that you’ve just used oil on your face, so if you have an oily skin, do not be afraid of it. Seriously, it will not make your skin oily. It comes in a plastic bottle with a pump, so much easier to use and keep hygienic.

If I was to recommend one makeup remover from the ‘Take The day off’ range, all things considered, I would go for the oil. I know balm has been my favourite for years, and it’s not to say that I won’t use it anymore, I still really enjoy it and it’s hard to break a habit. However, the oil removes it all just as well and comes in a more practical packaging, so that may something for you to consider.

Whatever option you go for, make sure you use the product that will make the whole process quick but enjoyable at the same time, so that there is no excuse to skip it. Although I am sticking to my trusted Clinique for the most part, I also like to use Makeup Eraser for when I don’t have to be by the sink. I can watch tv and clean my face at the same time, and then just finish it off with one of Clinique removers for my eyes if I need to.

If you’re not happy with your current makeup remover, or just looking for something new, try the Clinique balm or oil from the ’Take the day off’ range, I’m sure you will not be disappointed.

Both the balm and the oil retail at RRP £22

Clinique products are available at Boots, Selfridges (for balm and oil), Sephora,