It comes in a stick! Did you know it came in a stick? I didn’t know. I’m so excited! For I love the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, £22, so much but the jar is huge. It’s a whopper. No way I’m schlepping that around, on holiday, for a weekend away. But at home, lovely.
You scoop a bit out, rub it between your hands, then rub it all over your face. Everywhere, rub the eyes, eyelashes, lips. Just a little rub, nothing strenuous. Then take a hot, wrung out flannel and remove the balm. I like to leave the flannel on my face for a few seconds, let it do it’s magic. Push it into the eye sockets a bit. Then wipe it away, and hey presto, make up gone. I swear, it melts it clean off. Sure, if I’m wearing liquid eyeliner I might need to rinse the flannel and give the eyes another rub, but one round of balm is enough for everything to be removed.
If you haven’t used it, let me tell you. It makes taking off your makeup a breeze. Makeup removal is not my best thing. Putting the stuff on, thoroughly enjoyable, taking it off, the pits. So much so that for nearly a decade, I just didn’t bother. But I’m a grown up now, with a skincare routine. And the Clinique Balm, one of my skincare heroes.
You can sometimes get a deluxe travel size, as part of a Gift with Purchase offer, but I’ve yet to get my hands on one. And I miss it when we’re apart. So when I saw the Clinique Take The Day Off Eye Makeup Remover Stick, £16, I thought yippee, problem solved.
But how does it work? Do you twist the stick up and break a bit off? Or smooth it onto your face straight from the stick. Like a stick foundation I guess. Which would work if it was big, like the Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick, £23. But this Balm stick looks skinny.
This skinny guy will run out fast, no? And he’s £16. Not cheap. So how much product do you get in this stick? I’ll break it to you gently. 1.3 grams.
I know, it doesn’t sound right. The jar is massive, 125ml in fact, I checked. For £22. How can it be only 1.3 grams? Oh Clinique.
It’s a pass.
Til next time,