Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover Stick

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.

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.

My skincare heroes

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. 

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. 

They’ve added an ‘Eye’ to the name which made me worry it was a different product, but no, ‘All the benefits of our best-loved Take The Day Off™ Cleansing Balm in a slim, twist-up stick’. Yes.

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,



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