Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Review : Clinique's Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips

Some of my friends absolutely do not understand why I need a separate make up remover, eye make up remover, milk/gel cleanser and bar of soap to take everything off my face. They always complain that it's so time consuming to have that many steps in a skincare routine. One of my friends laughed until she snorted scoffed when I listed out my skincare routine. She's one of those girls who  fiercely believes in cleansing wipes.

'Everything comes off in a single wipe! Why waste your time on a million steps?'

I love the sound of a wipe that promises to take off everything but I am so very sceptical. Hence, I separate each and every step to make sure that my face is thoroughly cleansed. Of course it's pedantic and time consuming! But with the sensitive state of my skin, I really can't leave everything to chance!

Clinique's Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes and Lips is the first product that I reach for at the end of the day to take off my make up. It is an oil-based product that claims to remove the most stubborn eye make up and lip colours. I've been using this for years now and continue to re-purchase it time after time because it does such a fantastic job at removing all my make up. The bonus is that it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin!

I love playing around with my eyes and they are often dressed with an array of pencil and liquid eyeliner, various mascaras and a selection of nude and brown eyeshadows. So I definitely need a good specialised make up remover to make sure that my eyes are clean.

With the exception of the L'oreal lipstick, all the above products are ones that I use on a regular basis.
The L'oreal lipstick was a competition prize and unfortunately, the colour does not suit me at all and the formula is too drying for my lips. When I get the time to make my own lip palette, I think I'm going to mix this one out with Vaseline so it's more moisturising and hopefully the colour will become a little lighter.

So for this review, I have smeared a little bit of everything on the back of my hand.

The most important thing about Take the Day Off is that you have to shake the bottle before use. This is because it is actually a water/oil formula that needs to be combined in order to properly activate its ingredients. Trust me, it makes all the difference! 

When I don't shake the bottle, it takes much longer to take off my make up and when I do remember to give it a shake, everything comes off like a breeze.

For this little experiment, I tipped the bottle twice and that's the usual amount I use for both my eyes. I cover my eyes, or hands in this instance, with the cotton pad and let it dissolve the make up for awhile. Sometimes I get impatient and start pressing the cotton pad along my lashline to speed up the process.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT TAKE THE DAY OFF is that it removes e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. Revlon's liquid liner and Rimmel's pencil liner are actually quite pigmented and difficult to remove with just water. But Take the Day Off really lifts everything off and dissolves it right away.

I also like how I don't ever have to pull or scrub my eye area to remove stains. Admittedly, there are times when I will go back and swipe my eyelids a few times to completely ensure that everything is gone, but there's definitely no tugging involved. 

WHAT I DON'T LIKE ABOUT TAKE THE DAY OFF is that it leaves a thin layer of oil sitting on my skin. However, I think that's unavoidable since it is an oil make up remover and to be very honest, it isn't that big of an issue for me since I use a cleanser afterward. 

It's only an issue when I need to change or refresh my eye make up during the day and I'm left with oily lids. All my eyeshadows and liners just slide off if I don't clean the oil off properly. Water doesn't completely remove the oiliness and I've found that a milk cleanser is best to get rid of that shiny look.

I WISH TAKE THE DAY OFF came with a pump. It would so much easier to moderate the amount you use.

A bottle lasts me roughly 5-6 months which makes it a very good investment. A lot of you ladies have told me that you love Lancome's Bi-Facil and I've been meaning to try it for ages just to see how it compares! Has anyone tried both and decided to that fairs better than the other?

I think I'm going to stay true to Take the Day Off since it's works for me but I'm always curious as to how it compares to other products!
What make up removers do you use?


  1. WOW, thats a good make up remover. If you dont like make up removing oil, try make up removing water...Bioderma has a really good one...Mine are from from a brand called HARUHADA, its about 14 dollars for 500ML. its takes make up right off(but doesnt remove waterproof make up).
    great review


  2. Thanks for the detailed review. I like the photos, too.
    I usually use Biore wipes for my face, then a Maybelline eyes and lip make up remover and finally, follow up with a cleanser. The Clinique make up remover sounds good, but I'm not sure if it would be too oily?

  3. I have a lot of steps to clean my face and remove makeup too. I would rather take more time and be thorough rather than have residual makeup on my skin. I am currently using the eye makeup remover by a japanese brand called Mandom. It is super affordable, removes makeup well and doesn't feel too heavy on the skin. I really like it!


  4. nice opinion.. thanks for sharing...

  5. This is one of my favorite products ever! Clinique's take the day off is one of the best eye make-up remover products out there! And similarly to you my friends don't understand why I use a separate eye make-up remover. Great review and I agree I wish it didn't leave the oily film but what can you do?

  6. Thanks for the detailed review! It definitely makes me want to try this out. I've been using drugstore eye makeup removers and they do the job OK but this one looks amazing. And that's really good it lasts for up to 6 months, makes worth investing in!

    Cute swatches :)

  7. That makeup remover looks incredible! I must try this one out...
    I currently use CVS brand makeup remover which works very well for a pretty small price and CVS deep cleansing facial cloths...but I always always go in with a Skinfood cleanser after. (I don't trust facial wipes either!)

  8. I have yet to come across something that wipes off all my makeup in a single wipe. I'm a huge fan of Chanel gentle eye makeup remover, but I'm definitely interested in trying this Clinique one now!