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So who are Clinique exactly?
Clinique was originally founded in 1968 by a single dermatologist who began with an assumption that hygeine and cleanliness was the beginning to treating all skin conditions e.g. dry, oily, normal or breakout skin. Since then Clinique has been self motivated to customise their products to individual types of skin to suit an individual persons needs. Since then Clinique has created the "Happy" range of perfume for both men and women as well as make-up and of course the skin cae range which is also for both men and women but separate products as gents have a different skin type to ladies.
Clinique: Take the Day Off Makeup Remover
Well the bottle is simple in design being that it's a transparant purple with a mirroring silver "C" and "push down then twist" lid with white writing. It looks professional enough and the liquid itself is clear as though it's water. There isn't really anything fancy about the look of the product and the bottle doesn't come in a box like a lot of the other Clinique products do. I do like the design as it stands out as being an obvious Clinique product and at the same time isn't in your face but just nice and simple. The only thing that stood out a little different was how the solution seems to be in half inside the bottle as it looks as though there's an oil and then water on top (which there is).
The front of the bottle states that this make-up remover is for lids, lashes and lips which is perfect as it means I don't need two or three different types of make-up remover just so I can have a wash! On the back of the bottle is states:
"Allergy Tested. 100% Fragrance Free. Ophthalmologist Tested (to do with the eyes). Gently lifts stubborn eye and lip make-ups. To use: Shake well. Apply with a cotton ball. Wipe off. Rinse before applying make-up. Important: replace cap tightly." The bottle then also states that there is 4.2 FL.OZ./125ml.
I do think that there isn't anything about warnings and suitabilities and really this should be included but obviously keep out of reach of children and then make sure that you obviously don't swallow and if you do consult your GP. If there is a case where the product does irritate you for whatever reason then the best advise would be to stop using the product and see your GP.
Why did I buy this product?
Admittedly I was walking past Boots and I saw a Clinique promotional offer for the "Clinique Bonus Time" stating a free bag and several samples when any two Clinique products are bought and I decided that I wanted a new make-up remover... Ok I decided to look for the two cheapest products because it's the week before payday! So I went in and I opted for the make-up remover and a redness solution problem and then treated myself to a chubby liptsick from the range for Clinique Take The Day Off Make-up Remover for the £5 Boots points.
My first choice was the make-up remover as the Rimmel London make-up remover doesn't completely remove mascara (look at Rimmel London review for this) and I wanted to see if it was going to be any better than what I was using. Even though my Rimmel was £4.50ish this is £10 more than what I would have ideally liked to pay but seeming as it's a Clinique product I do have a lot of faith in this brand and I didn't want to be proven wrong - it's such a struggle to find a good make-up remover too!
Using the Make-up Remover
There's nothing worst than coming off a 12 hour shift and thinking "Oh god how long will it take to sort my face?!". So I plonked myself down and persuaded myself to just get it over with.
I grabbed two cotton pads as I find they apply easier and I shook the bottle of make-up remover. I then applied some to the cotton pad and noticed that it didn't leak through the pad as easily as my Rimmel London make-up remover did and that has a squirt top so I would have thought it would spill everywhere. So I had a quick sniff and noticed that the product isn't completely odourless but it's not offensive and it's quite bland. I then went for the eyes and wiped inwards to help prolong the signs of me getting old! Then I followed by removing my ligloss and foundation.
What did it feel like?
My first reaction was shock as it was just removing the make-up so easy and this was in fact mascara! - and we all know how much of a pain it can be to remove. It just wiped off straight away and I rubbed my eyelashes with my fingers to test whether the mascara had actually been removed and I was shocked to find that it actually had. Then I realised the next thing - it's actually really greasy! So I'm a little dubious about this as this really isn't going to be any good for my skin and might encourage spots because of grease not being the worlds easiest thing to remove.
As I looked at the pads it was as though I was about to apply the make-up it had just completely removed it all. I'm actually really impressed with this as it's the only make-up remover I've come across that has actually removed ALL of my mascara and not just the top coat! I do however think it's possibly too greasy but beggers can't be choosers and I think that as long as you wash your face ith soap and water that you should be fine as this should remove the greasiness from the skin.
I recommend to anybody that wants to try this product that you make sure you wash your face afterwards as it really will irritate your pores and you will more than likely make yourself a few spotty enemies and prevention is always better than a needed cure. I've been wearing makeup for a few years now and one thing I've learnt is that greasy skin is annoying and as it spreads across the face easily you could be spreading germs meaning that you could be spreading spots. Remember - just because it removes makeup doesn't mean it removes dirt!
Warnings and Suitability
As previously stated there are absolutely no warnings and suitabilities for this product which is a shame and it's the least that I expect this product to have really. Although I'll always advise to stop using the product if you find that your skin becomes irritated and to keep the product out of reach of children. Obviously don't swallow the product as it's for external use only - it's all common sense really but I still think that Clinique should have put this on the bottle somewhere to make this all clear as there's always going to be one that decides to drink it or something else rather silly and state that they did it because it didn't say anything against it on the bottle!
Harness to Skin?
This is in no way harsh on my skin because of the oily consistency although this isn't to say that everybody else will find the same and should always be cautious about trying out a product for the first time. I actually find that this is quite conditioning for my skin and even though I have a dry combination skin problem I still believe that this is slightly good for my skin but as I have stated I am dubious about whether it will give me spots although it hasn't so far. I do strongly recommend that as soon as you remove your makeup you wash your face with soap to remove the oily consistency and help prevent spots otherwise you might as well just sleep with your makeup on as it will probably result with the same consequences otherwise - clogged up pores and spots!
My tips on skin care
I've looked into a lot of skin care tips to help combat spots and ones which I've felt have been useful include; moisturiser, your pillow, your phone and being healthy.
If you're somebody who thinks your skin is really oily then ask yourself why first. If you're using products which are drying your skin out then this could actually be the reason as to why. You see when you dry your skin out too much you're irritating your pores which release natural oils gradually over the day therefore if your skin is dry your skin will work harder to release natural oils making your skin oily. So if you use something that is drying your skin out then moisturise or just moisturise anyway as it can help prevent signs of aging later on in life.
Have you ever smudged eyeliner or mascara on your eyes or underneath them? Well if you get a small facial sponge or fold some tissue and get just a bit of the cleanser on then you can remove the smudge yourself. It can save you buying the corrector stick that's recently came out and I find this product works better on fresher make-up.
You can also use this to remove other make-up such as foundation although I would still recommend that you wash your face afterwards after as to help prevent yourself from clogging up your pores.
When removing eye make-up never sweep away from the bridge of your nose always sweep inwards. By sweeping outwards you're actually encouraging the signs of age by helping to cause wrinkles to occur whereas if you sweep inwards you're not likely to cause this and can look younger for longer.
Your pillow is another thing - think about it - you sleep for around six to eight hours on your pillow and how often do you change your pillow? It's not necessarily the case either so you may want to wash both the pillow and the case as you will actually get germs from your pillow which will clog up your pores and create spots.
Another thing is your phone, have you ever been on the phone and then noticed a bit of make-up on the phone? If you have then imagine what else is on your phone besides make-up. You touch your phone with you fingers and whether you realise there are germs/dirt or not you will leave bits of dirt and then somebody rings and you put the phone to your ear and the dirt is then pressed onto your face. If you notice spots more so on one side of your face then this could be why. Wipe your phone over before you make a call to help reduce this.
Finally - be healthy and happy. If you eat seven takeaways a week and you drink loads of fizzy drinks not only will you be packing more pounds than the bank but it'll show in your skin, hair and nails. Nails will chip easily, hair will break easily and become greasier and so will your skin therefore promoting blemishes. Make sure you eat your veg and better still drink plenty of water. You'll feel happier too.
There is also a three step skin care system which you can purchase from Clinique or the Clinique counter in Boots - by speaking to a dermatologist consult (at the Clinique desk for free) you can find out what your skin type is and they'll recommend the three step system that would be the best for your particular skin condition and this will also help to reduce and remove spots.
Value for Money
To most people £15 is a lot for 125ml of make-up remover and as much as I love the Clinique range I can't say their prices are amazing but in consideration to some of the other top brands such as Estee Lauder and Benefit then it's not actually that badly priced - although £5 would have been suited to a majorities pockets. However, taking into consideration that I have used a sample of this recently I've worked out that it should actually last between three and four months which is what I do like about Clinique because although it's expensive at first sight they do last a decent amount of time. Overall though I think £10 would have been a much better price for this makeup remover as I do think it's still a little high.
Overall, I'm rating this product four out of five stars and I'm going to say that I'll definitely recommend this to a friend. Reasons I haven't rated this product five stars is because it does make your skin feel a little oily and forgetting to wash your face properly after removing makeup could be troublesome on the skin and may promote spots - especially if you suffer from oily skin. I love how it removes all makeup quickly and effectively so that there's vertually nothing left and I like how it's in a nice looking bottle I'm just also not really keen on the price.
A friend of mine that has worked for several cosmetic brands introduced me to this product several years ago and is one of the few products within the Clinique range that I consider irreplaceable.
This eye make up remover literally does what it says on the box, within seconds, without rubbing, without irritating eyes. It is 100% effective with all types of make up including waterproof.
Packaging: comes in a 125ml bottle and is a bit of a shame they don't do a bigger size
Components: I'm afraid this is not much of a natural product, in fact most components are chemical and I'm not going to mention them as it would be along boring list that wold not interest many. Just be aware that is not a natural product however safety is guaranteed as it is Ophthalmologist tested
Suggestion for use: shake the bottle before using it. Do not use if you have fake eyelashes, it is a oil based formulation therefore not indicated for fake eyelashes or/and lash extensions. I use it saturating first a cotton ball and keeping it on the eye area for few seconds.
Feeling on skin:This is a eye remover with an oily base however no oily sensation left after ashing off face with water.
Price and where to buy it: £16.00 available from Boots or any Clinique counter
I got a small bottle of this Clinique Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes and Lips free with Glamour magazine a few months ago. I decided to keep it to take away on holiday with me, as I was going to Portugal and would be using waterproof mascara for the first time. I was worried that my normal makeup remover wouldn't be able to do the job.
The product comes in a clear plastic bottle with a silver lid. It is simple but attractive and the clear design means it is easy to see how much you have left. The remover is a two-way formula described on the Boots website as 'unique', but since I've seen a similar makeup remover by Lancome and have owned removers by Johnson's and Garnier that use this method, I'm not convinced about this claim - unless there's another aspect to it that is unique. The idea is that the bottle contains two liquids which you need to shake up to mix before applying some with a cotton wool pad. The liquid in this case is two different shades of purple and it is easy to shake it up and mix it.
According to the Boots website, the product "loosens the grip, then speeds the departure of the most persistent, eye makeups, mascaras and lipsticks." I do find that it is very effective at doing this. I normally dampen a cotton wool pad with this product, then hold it over my closed eyelid for a few seconds before wiping away. I find my eye makeup, even waterproof mascara, comes away easily when I use this: I only have to wipe a couple of times and I don't have to rub my eyes - very important as I wear contact lenses. The product doesn't irritate my eyes or dry out my skin at all. It is slightly oily and leaves a little residue behind, but since eye makeup remover is only the first step in my cleansing routine, this isn't a problem as by the time I've cleansed, toned and moisturised any residue is completely gone.
I found that the small amount of product in this bottle lasted over two weeks when used every day, so the larger bottle would last even longer. I was very impressed with the secure packaging too: it has the kind of lid you normally get on medicine bottles, where you have to press down and twist. This helps to ensure that the bottle doesn't open in your bag - handy as it is very thin liquid and could really make a mess!
Overall, I was impressed with this product as it removed my makeup with ease and seemed to be good for my skin. I didn't get a chance to see how well it removed lipstick, as I only took light lipglosses on holiday with me, but it certainly does a great job on eye makeup. I would certainly be prepared to repurchase if I went on holiday again and used waterproof mascara. However, I probably wouldn't repurchase for everyday use. At £14.50 for 125ml it is expensive (though not prohibitively so) and I have used cheaper alternatives (such as the Garnier and Johnson's products mentioned above) on my normal eye makeup and found them very effective. Therefore I don't need to buy this at the moment, but I'll keep it in mind for the future.
Product: Clinique Take The Day off Make-up Remover
I wear eye make-up daily so I wanted a product which would be a little kinder to my skin and which would easily remove that stubborn mascara without rubbing or tugging too harshly on my eye area, which I found I was doing way too often with standard baby or make-up removing wipes.
I decided to buy the Clinique Take The Day off Make-up Remover. I chose this brand as I own a lot of Clinique products, especially their skincare range in which I have always been very happy with the results.
I bought the Make-Up Remover from Cheapsmells.com at £14.50 for a 125ml sized bottle. I had a search on the internet to compare prices and this is the site in where it came up the cheapest and what's even better is that it also offered a free standard delivery service.
The product comes in a generous 125ml sized clear bottle. The bottle is transparent and as a screw top safety lid. I prefer see through bottles as I then know exactly how much product there is left in the bottle. The Clinique logo and product information is embedded on the front of the bottle and all other relevant information is printed at the back of the bottle.
The product is described to be a make-up remover for lids, lashes and lips. The description states; Unique, two way formula that loosens the grip, then speeds the departure of the most persistent eye make-ups, mascaras and lipsticks. Ophthalmologist tested. Suitable for contact lens wearers.
Clinique Take the Day off Make-up Remover is suitable for all skin types, I have combination skin; dry in some areas whilst being prone to being a little oily in other areas, mainly the T-Zone area.
To use I shake the bottle well and apply a little of the liquid to a cotton ball or cotton wool pad. The make-up remover as a clear liquid formula, I then sweep the cotton ball/cotton pad gently over my eye and lip area to remove the make-up.
I find that I have to use this a couple of times before it gets rid of all my make-up, especially on my lashes. The remover feels extremely oily on my skin and I have to rinse my face a few times to get rid of this oily feeling.
Overall I'm disappointed with this product, it doesn't get rid of my make-up thoroughly, it feels extremely oily on my skin and for £14.50 it's simply a waste of money. I've tried Drugstore products which have had much better results than this.
A product which I definitely won't t be re-purchasing.
Dooyoo Stars Rating: 2/5
I wear make-up practically every single day and it can be quite a chore to get my skin clean and clear at the end of the day. I was given a travel size bottle of this Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover, and have been using it for the past few weeks. It is available from most department stores and Clinique beauty counters costing £16.00 for a 125ml bottle.
Product description: "Makeup remover for lids, lashes and lips. Unique, two-way formula that loosens the grip, then speeds the departure of the most persistent, eye makeups, mascara and lipsticks. Ophthalmologist tested. Suitable for contact lens wearers."
This product is recommended as being suitable for all skin types and can be used on lids, lashes and lips. I have combination skin with occasional spates of blemishes and sensitivity. I always try and take extra care of my eyes as part of my skincare routine. I go for a natural look day-to-day, and then like to glam it up with heavy eye make-up when I go out. Even on a "natural" day I still use eyeshadow, concealer, eye liner and mascara on my eyes, so it all adds up and I require a specific eye makeup remover to get rid of it all at the end of the day.
The packaging of this eye make-up remover is quite simple, it comes in a clear tinted plastic bottle with a safety lid. I always prefer clear packaging so that I can see exactly how much product is left inside. My travel size bottle contains 50ml and has lasted for several weeks with frequent use, although it is now very near the end of its life. The makeup remover has a liquid consistency and can be poured from a large opening at the neck of the bottle.
Recommended directions for use: Shake well. Apply with a cotton ball. Wipe off. Rinse before applying makeup.
The make-up remover is colourless and does not appear to have any scent to it. To use this I first shake the bottle, which causes the liquid to go very frothy and bubbly. I then place a cotton wool pad over the neck of the bottle and then tip it up a couple of times to get enough of the liquid onto the pad. I have to hold the pad against my eye so that the liquid has a chance to soak onto my lids and lashes, and then once the make-up has loosened it comes away with a few wipes. I quite often have to repeat the process and apply a second time to make sure that my makeup is fully removed, as it doesn't seem particularly effective at getting rid of my mascara, and I can be left with smears where the rest of my makeup had been wiped away. I thought it was a bit odd that you can use an eye makeup remover on your lips as well, but in my experience it has actually worked really well at taking off dark lipstick, which is great as this can sometimes leave stains behind otherwise. The only problem is that it leaves an awful taste behind on my lips, so I wash over with a damp flannel and then pop some lip balm on to finish off.
After I have used this on my eyes it leaves behind quite a lot of residue and I am left with an oily feeling as the leftover product coats my skin. To begin with I found this to be quite unpleasant and was really unimpressed with it, but after continuing to use this remover for a while and getting more used to it, I've come to notice that it actually seems to condition my lashes and leaves them feeling nice afterwards. I only ever use this makeup remover before going to bed, and then I cleanse, tone and moisturise again in the morning which makes sure that any remaining traces are removed.
Overall I have not been particularly impressed by this Take The Day Off Makeup Remover. It works well on lips, but requires a lot of product and repeat applications to remove all of my eye makeup. I have used better products by other brands, and would not want to be paying a premium price for this makeup remover as it is not good enough to justify the expensive price in my opinion.
I bought this make-up remover after a recommendation from a friend as I always found i was waking up with panda eyes no matter how hard I tried to remove stubborn eye make-up. I purchased the Clinique Take the day off make-up remover from Boots, and it cost 15.50. This is quite expensive in comparison to other removers but I think it is very worth it.
The bottle is a light purple, lilac transparent bottle with a silver screw top cap. The cap has a safety mechanism, similar to what you find on medicine bottles. The first thing you will notice is that there are two distinct layers to the make-up remover. This is due to it being a oil based make-up remover so you find that the oil separates from the non-oil parts. Before you use the make-up remover you must thoroughly shake the bottle so that the two layers mix. You often get bubbles forming in the bottle when you do this. To remove make-up, get a cotton pad and tip the bottle twice on to the cotton pad. I then go over my eyes with the cotton pad and the make-up just melts away. For more stubborn eyeliner I usually leave the pad over my eye for a few seconds and then wipe away. You can use it all over your face, it has quite a oily texture therefore dehydrating the skin to a certain degree.
I have very sensitive eyes, but I have found this is very gentle on my eyes and it is almost like just using water. It causes no irritation whatsoever. Since starting to use Cliniques take the day off make-up remover I know longer wake up with panda eyes. Well done Clinique!
It's nice to treat yourself now and again, and Clinique's Take the Day Off Make Up Remover is a recommended choice. Yes, Clinique is what I would call an upper class make up and cosmetics brand, so it is not expected that it would be that cheap... However, I find that having a good make up remover is as important to your beauty routine as the actual make up itself, as much as having a good eye liner sharpener is as essential as having a good eye liner. Here are my views on this product:
As stated above, Clinique is an upper class brand of make up and of course this will not come cheap. Even my recommended method of using Amazon to save money will not save you from spending a lot of money; at the moment, you can get it for a little under £20, which is a lot considering the price of ordinary make up removers. I suspect that prices from counters are even higher, though I have always bought it from Amazon, because of the outrageous increase in price in drug stores at the moment. I DO think that it is worth paying more money for better products, and Clinique has not failed to impress me with its make up remover.
QUALITY AND FUNCTIONALITY:
The quality of such a good product from such an esteemed brand is very impressive; it has never failed to remove my make up even after heavy use (even after huge "emo" eye liner lines and multiple coats of mascara), and takes much less to remove more than other make up brands and for this reason I think it is very good value- one bottle lasts you for a very long time! The texture of this product is not unpleasant and greasy; it is light and leaves your skin feeling great; cleansed and refreshed, as it should do after you have removed your make up. Clinique achieves this fully and completely.
This is the best make up remover I have had the fortune to come across. I know that I have previously taken of a star for products having a high price, but with this, I honestly believe it is worth the money for Clinique's immaculate, brilliant quality and capability to remove make up with so much ease. For that reason, I happily reward this product with 5 stars.
I am a quite a fan of Clinique, especially their skin care range, and I use a lot of their products every day. Clinique Take The Day Off makeup remover for lids, lashes and lips is another of my daily essentials.
=== Packaging ===
Take The Day Off comes in a 125 ml clear bottle with the usual Clinique branding of the C on the front. There are clear and simple instructions for use on the back, telling you to apply it using a cotton ball and, very importantly, telling you to shake the bottle before use. Before you shake it you can see that the liquid is separated into two stripes, as it is an oil-based remover and the oil separates. You need to shake it to mix it up and ensure you get a proper mixture of the product out onto your cotton pad, and not just half!
The lid is a silver screw cap with a safety mechanism which you need to press down and then twist, like a medicine bottle. This is reassuring as it means less risk of the bottle opening or leaking in luggage or makeup bag. However, on my first bottle of this the safety mechanism broke so that I actually couldn't open it anymore. I had to pull the lid apart, removing the silver bit to leave a bare white medicine cap which was covered in dried glue (the silver bit had come loose, which was what caused the problem). This looked a bit unsightly but I have had about 3 more bottles since then with no further issues, so I do not think that problems with the cap are to be expected.
=== Use and Effectiveness ===
I find Take The Day Off very effective. I put a cotton pad over the bottle opening and tip the bottle up once or twice to allow a small amount to soak into the pad. All I need to do then is press the pad onto lips and my eyelids. It instantly removes lipsticks, liptints, eyeshadow with no effort at all. My eyeliner also dissolves onto the cotton pad, even waterproof eyeliners. Sometimes you need to gently rub if it is a particularly longwearing eyeliner, but usually I don't need to really apply any force. This is a big plus as I don't want to be too vigourous on the delicate skin of the eye area. It also works well on waterproof mascara without me having to tug at my lashes.
Although this particular Take The Day Off product is only supposed to be used for eyes and lips, I have sometimes used one more cotton pad of it for a quick sweep over my whole face when I use a longwearing foundation (Estee Lauder Double Wear). It gets this off very easily but does feel quite oily on the face. There are other makeup removers which are much better suited to the rest of the face (I normally use the Clinique Wash Away gel cleanser) and some people might find it a bit of a disadvantage that you should use two separate products to take all your makeup off although personally I don't mind, as I find my long bathroom routine quite relaxing!
It is hypoallergenic and feels gentle, so I have never had any bad reaction to this. This is really important for me as I have quite sensitive eyes and have suffered burning, stinging and irritation from a few other eye makeup removers in the past.
=== Value ===
A 125 ml bottle is available for £15.50 from Boots. The price will be the same or similar at Clinique.co.uk and the department store such as House of Fraser, Debenhams, John Lewis etc. This is quite expensive compared to a lot of other make up removers. It is very good and the bottle lasts a long time (6 months + for me), but I'm sure you can get something fairly decent to do the job for much less. I usually try to buy it when Clinique has a Bonus Time promotion on so I can get the goody bag of free gifts (which often includes a smaller 50 ml bottle of Take The Day Off), but otherwise I would consider it quite pricey.
Because of the price and the fact you need a separate product for the rest of your face I will take 1 star off, but I do really rate this product and enjoy using it for effective makeup removal every day.
I got this as a Christmas gift so unfortunately will not be able to comment on the price of this but needless to say it will most likely be out of my price-range.
The packaging is a plastic bottle with a screw top, I would prefer there to be a stopper in the bottle to prevent too much of the product being administered at once, because you really don't need that much for an effective application. I have combination skin and usually use this product after using the Take the Day Off cleansing milk which is excellent at getting the excess dirt and make-up off the face.
I would however not recommend this product on anywhere other than the eye lids, eye lashes and lips as it is oil based and whilst it would cleanse your facial skin it would also make you feel oily. I use this product to get rid of the more stubborn mascara on my eye lashes.
This product does a great job and I am hard pushed to find anything else like it anywhere.
I recieved this product as another sample from the "bonus time" and it was probably the best product in the batch. It was a 50ml sample of cliniques best-selling makeup remover that claims to remove every trace of make-up including eye make-up, lip stains and waterproof mascara.
On first impressions i was really impressed with the sample. It was a really large, well sized product for a sample, and the packaging looked great. A see through purple bottle with a silver lid. The white writing made the whole product look really professional and well put together.
The product claims to remove every trace of make up and it definitely does on the first use. The make-up remover is a liquid and not a cream like most make up removers, and splits in the bottle into two layers. One is clear and the other cloudy, and you need to shake the bottle to mix the two layers and activate the make up remover.
You are supposed to pour some onto a cotton wool pad and sweep it over your face. If im wearing my light, every day make up it tends to come off in one sweep, however if i've been on a night out or been wearing my gel liner, it takes a few more sweeps until it all comes of.
After use, i do feel like my skin is a little oily, but i then i always wash my face straight after and it goes away. The make up remover doesn't irritate at all, it is amazingly gentle and i love it. The 50 ml bottle lasts absolutely forever, i use it about 5 times a week, and it's finally running out about 4 months down the line. It is expensive, but honestly im not too bothered as it works and doesn't cause any redness/irritation. Buy it!
When I recently made some purchases on Clinique the lovely lady provided me with some samples (rather large ones too) one of which being the 'Take the day off for lids, lashes and lips'. While I do not own a full size product I do have a 50ml version of the exact same product (I said it was a large sample) and so feel I can write a respectable review on it.
=== The packaging ===
Like I said I have a sample size (well 2 actually, one with a green lid and one with a silver lid) and the packaging is basically the same as the full size product. The product is housed in a purple clear bottle with the words 'Clinique take the day off make up removed for lids, lashes and lips'. Simple and looks good. The lid is silver which I think looks very elegant but I am not a fan of the lid itself and how it needs to be removed. It is basically child locked and has one of those very annoying tops like medicines have where you have to push it down before you try to unscrew it. I absolutely hate the way you open the lid and cannot understand why a cosmetics company (whose target audience is presumably not children?) would use a child cap on their lid. Rant aside; apart from the lid I feel the packaging is perfectly adequate.
=== The make-up remover ===
The make-up remover itself has two clearly separate layers - this kind of resembles oil and water, but as there are no ingredients listed on my sample I cannot comment if there is oil in this product or not. To use you simple shake the bottle which makes the liquid look very cloudy and is then ready to use. Simple apply the remover onto a cotton ball and onto the area you wish to cleanse before wiping off.
=== How does it work? ===
I was quite dubious when I used this product as I tend to prefer creamier removers as opposed to ones that look like they are potentially quite oily. Looking on the Clinique website it is stated that this is a 'Makeup remover for lids, lashes and lips. Unique, two-way formula that loosens the grip, then speeds the departure of the most persistent, eye makeups, mascara and lipsticks. Ophthalmologist tested. Suitable for contact lens wearers.' This sounds impressive but does this make up remover live up to this claim?
I used take the day off as directed. I moistened a cotton ball with a reasonable amount of product before sweeping over my eyes. When doing this I noticed that unlike some removers you could easily sweep the ball over your eyes without dragging as some can do. In this way it is incredibly gentle on your eyes which I think is particularly important considering that the skin around your eyes is especially delicate. I was very surprised that it managed to take off all of my eye shadow in one clean sweep. I wear quite a lot of make up when I go to work and had worn my eye shadow on top of a base (to make it last longer), and it is still going strong when I come home about 12 hours later. I was amazed that it managed to take all of my eye shadow off so quickly, easily and gently. My eye lashes took a little more work ( I like my mascara and may have been wearing a few layers...) but after a few more sweeps using a different moistened cotton ball the mascara came off fairly easily. I find this particularly impressive as I usually find the hardest type of make-up to get off properly is definitely mascara. With some removers you may think that you have removed all of your mascara until a few hours later you get those horrible little splatters of left over mascara underneath your eyes. - not a good look, I do not want to be a panda! As for using this on lips I think that is ever so slightly strange. Lipstick is not something that tends to stick around for too long and tends to leave your face of its own accord. However after applying lipstick once in a colour that I decided I did not like, this remover got rid of it very quickly.
Although I think that this remover is fabulous and definitely does its job well I do think there is one main gripe that I have with it. I don't know if this product does contain oil but it certainly leaves you feeling ever so slightly greasy. This can easily be rectified by wiping an entirely clean and dry cotton ball over the affected area but is just ever so slightly annoying. As with all Clinique products this is allergy tested and 100% fragrance free, although I think they all smell to a degree. This does have a slight fragrance to it but not one that is unpleasant at all.
=== Price and availability ===
The full size product is 125ml and costs £14.50. I personally think that this is a little on the ridiculous side. While I am quite happy to pay large amounts of money for moisturisers, a make-up remover is not something I am willing to part with much cash for as I think there are much cheaper ones that work just as well. Take the day off is available in the usual places for Clinique products - House of Fraser, Debenhams, larger boots stores, independent department stores, and of course online too.
== The good ===
* Works brilliantly
* Very gentle
* Quick and efficient
=== The bad ===
* Leaves a greasy feeling on the skin
* Seriously overpriced! (in my opinion at least, others may think it is more reasonable)
=== Overall ===
Overall I would say that while I think this product is brilliant and does its job well it is not one that I would purchase due to the price which I think is just far too much considering what it is. The greasiness is also a slight drawback but one that I could manage. I therefore wouldn't recommend this product either unless you are happy to spend such a large amount on a make up remover.
Thanks for reading.
I am now onto my second bottle of Clinique Take the Day Off Make-Up Remover. The first bottle lasted me over six months and I have only just started on this second bottle. I am a fan of Clinique products generally and expected great things from this make up remover which I had read about many times in various beauty magazines (most of which were positive reviews) and I decided to invest in my own bottle to see what all the fuss was about.
As I expected, this product is not cheap to buy. It retails for £11.50 for a 125ml sized bottle. As a regular purchaser of Clinique products, I was expecting it to be around this price mark as most of their products are on the expensive side but generally speaking I have been impressed with the quality of the majority of all the Clinique products I have been fortunate enough to have tried. I initially managed to source a bottle of Take the Day Off Make-Up Remover from an on-line discount beauty store, however, my cousin's friend warned me off the site, claiming they were selling products which were not the genuine article. I finally managed to buy some from Ebay but only managed to get it at a slightly reduced price of £10.
I work in Customer Services and come face to face with clients every. I have to look my best and consequently I wear full-face make up six days a week and this can be pretty hard going on my skin. I needed a product that was going to be able to cope with removing not just the 'normal' foundation etc., but also heavier eye make up and lipstick, without the product being too harsh on my skin. I don't have a particularly sensitive skin but I like to ensure that the products I use are still 'kind and gentle' and won't make me break out in blotches or blemishes.
The reason I was primarily attracted to Clinique's Take the Day Off Make-Up Remover was because it first glance it appeared to tick all the boxes. It claimed to remove every bit of make up, eyes, lips and lashes and was going to be kind to my skin. That, plus, the fact that I am accustomed to this range and have been happy with their products previously when I have used them.
As far as the packaging of this product is concerned, I was initially quite surprised that it doesn't come in a box (as do many Clinique products). It came housed in a rather thick opaque glass bottle, through which I was clearly able to see the contents inside. The liquid looked ever so slightly pale pink and when I removed the top I could not really detect any smell as such.
The first time I used this product was after I had been to a works do and I was wearing a lot of make up. I shook the bottle, as recommended, to disperse the oil based ingredients and poured a small amount onto a cotton pad. It glided over my eye area really well and immediately when I looked at the pad I could see it had removed a lot of the mascara I had been wearing as well as some of the eyeliner and eye shadow at the same time. Another few swipes and I have to say I was suitably impressed with the solution's ability to remove the make up without me having to scrub away at my eyes as I usually have to with my favourite Johnson's Baby Wipes. I then used more liquid and fresh cotton pads to remove the make up from the other eye as well as my lipstick and some foundation.
The only downside to this product (apart from the price tag) is that it left my face, and in particular, my eyes, feeling slightly clogged and greasy. In fact, I have to say that for the first few minutes after removing my eye make up I was left feeling like I was looking through a pair of greasy reading glasses and I had to blink several times before it dispersed and I was able to see clearly again. Having said that though, I'm happy to put up with the slightly greasy feeling because the benefits outweigh this minor disadvantage.
I do love this product because it is so kind and gentle on my skin and it really helps me to avoid tugging and pulling at the delicate area around my eyes. In the past, removing waterproof mascara has been a bit problematic for me and the baby wipes just weren't doing the job properly. I have tried other make up remover wipes and lotions but a lot of them have made my eyes water and caused me a bit of irritation, whereas Clinique's Take the Day Off Make-Up Remover causes me no discomfort whatsoever. It is also really good at removing waterproof mascara, which is just brilliant as far as I am concerned. It is safe to use for contact lens wearer's too and I can really very much recommend it to you as a quality product.
N.B. ------ Also posted on Ciao! under the username "dawnieG" (I am THE SAME person & this review is my own work & NOT copied from another source
I first sampled Clinique's Take The Day Off Make Up Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips a couple of years ago when it was included in one of Clinique's Bonus Time promotions. I've been using it ever since.
I'm getting on a bit (fifty two years old), and I'm doing my utmost to fight the signs of ageing. Unfortunately, like many women, my face shows its age most around my eyes; crows feet, laughter lines, bags, dark shadows - sadly the list goes on! I want a product that will help me win this fight, and I also like to be careful about what products could potentially come into contact with my actual eyes. So I just don't economise with eye products; I buy the best I can afford. I already have a firm favourite eye cream (see my Clinique 'All About Eyes' review), and to complement that I use this Clinique Take the Day Off eye make up remover every night.
In true Clinique style, this product is beautifully presented in a lilac plastic bottle with a silver screw top and the standard Clinique logo. It looks sleek and classy on my dressing table. It is allergy and opthalmologist tested, and is apparently suitable for people who wear contact lenses. It is colourless and odourless.
Inside the bottle, the product sits in two distinct layers - a layer of oil and a layer of watery fluid. Remember to shake the bottle well before use to mix them.
To use, I simply shake the bottle, remove the lid, and gently tip the bottle to dispense some product onto a cotton wool pad. Only a small amount is needed to get excellent results. I then sweep this pad over my eye area, and with just one sweep all my 'standard' eye make up comes away. For mascara with extra staying power, or if I'm wearing more dramatic make up, I may need two or three sweeps, but never more. And I never need to rub or press hard - only a light pressure is needed which means I'm not pulling or dragging that delicate skin around my eyes.
After use, I can feel a very slight oil film on my lids, but this is very light and it feels pleasant rather than greasy. It disappears into my skin in less than a minute and my eyes feel very soft and moisturised. There is no visible sign of the product. My eyes are then ready to apply my favourite eye cream.
On occasions I have got this product in my eyes when using it. I have felt absolutely no irritation when that has happened; no watering, no discomfort, no reaction, nothing. So I'm even confident using it after a good night out!
The product is designed to remove lipstick as well. I'm sure it would be equally efficient at that, but I just tend to remove lipstick with my usual cleanser so can't really comment.
Boots sell this product at £14.50 for a 125ml bottle. I suppose that is quite expensive, but a little goes a long way - much more so than with cheaper products I've used - so I actually think it gives excellent value for money. A bottle lasts me about six months.
Although I am older, this product isn't particularly aimed at mature women and is suitable for all ages. My eighteen year old daughter borrows it all the time and it is her favourite too. I'm going to make her a hamper of high-quality products for Christmas this year and I will definitely be including this one.
I would recommend this product to everyone. It is easy to use, it works quickly and efficiently, leaves your skin feeling great and won't irritate your eyes if you make a mistake. What else could you want?
Clinique is a part of the Estee Lauder brand. They offer various beauty products at a premium price.
Clinique offer quite a few different makeup removers. The range includes balms, milks and various washes. Whilst some claim to remove only eye makeup, Take The Day Off Makeup Remover is suitable for lids, lashes and lips. This makeup remover won a SHE Magazine Beauty Award this year for the best eye makeup remover.
This makeup remover is allergy tested and 100% fragrance free. It is also ophthalmologist tested so suited for those with sensitive eyes and who wear contact lenses. It is suitable for all skin types. Take The Day Off claims to remove mascara, eye makeup and lipstick thanks to the two way formula. To use, shake well and moisten a cotton pad or ball. Sweep over eyes and lips to remove makeup and then wipe off.
Regardless of which size of bottle you have, the packaging offered is a purple, transparent plastic bottle with a silver, safety cap lid. Black writing adorns the bottle. Inside, there is an oil and water type separation and the bottle once shook, combines the two layers. Once opened, the makeup remover should be used up within 6months.
Clinique products can be purchased online and on the high street. Stockists include Debenhams, House of Fraser and John Lewis. 125ml is priced around £14.50 though it is worth looking out for special offers where you can take advantage of a free beauty set with 2 purchases. If you wish to purchase a trial sized bottle which is identical in design to the full size bottle, try ebay as 30ml/50ml bottles can be picked up exceptionally cheap.
I wear makeup almost daily (sometimes I really cannot be bothered). I try to avoid going to bed with traces of makeup on my face. Whilst I am happy to use cleansing or baby wipes around my face, my eyes are particularly sensitive and I prefer to use a separate product for this area. I have been a fan of Clinique for a few years now but have had mixed experiences with them. I used to buy bulk lots of Clinique for ebay purposes but more often than not, I buy for personal use.
A few months ago, I received 2 x 50ml bottles of Take The Day Off Makeup Remover. I decided to keep them for myself and believe it or not, I am still on my first bottle and that is with regular use. I will point out here there is absolutely no difference except height between the smaller and larger bottles and the product inside each is the same. The packaging is quite attractive which is common with Clinique. The addition of the safety cap confirms this is may be a strong product and I keep mine in my makeup bag away from my son.
*~*Bedtime...Lets Get Clean!*~*
It takes a while to get used to opening this bottle. There is no noticeable scent except a slight hint of makeup wipe aroma to the liquid and visually, it looks very oily. By the end of the day, my eye makeup isn't too strong but if left on over night, it can cause irritation to my eyes. I tend to use a few cotton pads with this makeup remover. The opening is quite large so I recommend placing the pad over the top and slightly tipping the bottle to moisten the pad. You really don't need much on the pad to effectively remove makeup.
As I sweep the pad over my eyelids, it feels cooling and refreshing. Eye shadow is immediately swept away and clings to the pad. Turning the pad around, I can quickly remove eye shadow from my other lid without needing to apply any more liquid to the pad. If I use a cleansing wipe to remove mascara, my eyelashes never feel fully clear of mascara. Using a small amount of this liquid on another pad and sweeping it over my lashes, effectively removes all traces of mascara. I don't need to rub which is ideal as that may cause irritation to my eyes. The liquid seems to grip the mascara, gently pulling it away from my lashes without causing damage to them.
Two dirty pads down and my eyelids and lashes are free from makeup. At first I was a little unsure about what else I should do once my eyes were clear. The makeup remover had left a greasy layer on my skin which although not intrusive, made me a little paranoid! Further investigation led me to discover that the area must then be wiped over. This involved another pad but within seconds, my eye area was free of makeup and greasiness. All that remained was a silky soft texture and thankfully I didn't experience any irritation.
I rarely wear lipstick as my lips tend to become very dry and this isn't a good look with lipstick. For the day where my lips behave, I tend to use a lip stain. By the end of the day, the colour is often fading but does need a little help to be fully removed. I was a little bit anxious about applying an oily, cosmetic product to my lips. Again with a cotton pad, I applied a small amount of liquid and swept the pad across my lips. I could feel the oiliness on my lips but any colour effortlessly swept away and with the other end of the pad I dried my lips off. The makeup remover is very gentle on my lips and doesn't leave a weird taste allowing me to eat and drinks afterwards.
*~*Size Is Everything*~*
Now, I have been using this almost daily for around 3months. I still have around 25ml left of a 50ml bottle so a 125ml bottle would last me around 1 year. Let's make sense of this. One bottle is designed to be disposed off after 6months so for me and many, it doesn't actually make sense to purchase the larger bottle. The smaller bottles are ideal for placing inside a makeup bag or overnight bag for travelling and keep fresher than the larger bottle. Unless you are going to be sharing with someone else in your home, I would recommend hitting ebay where you will find 2 x 50ml for under £6.00.
*~*Recommendation and Conclusion*~*
I think it's a far gone conclusion that this makeup remover comes with a full recommendation from me. It is gentle on sensitive facial areas, effectively removes makeup without irritation and only a tiny amount is required so financially, it is very much worth the price tag.
Thanks for reading :)
This Clinique make up remover was given to me by a family friend who just didn't have a use for it, I think she'd gotten it as part of a makeup set (and she barely wears makeup) so she decided to give it to me to try. A Clinique product for free? I nearly snatched her hand off! Despite it being just makeup remover I really rate the Clinique range so thought it was do wonders for my usually heavy makeup especially at night time
This Clinique makeup remover comes in a purple tinted opaque plastic enforced bottle around 5-6cm long. The lid is green and has a safety cap which is similar to medicine bottles so that if little hands go meddling in your makeup bag they won't be able to open it and more importantly they won't be able to drink it or put the liquid formula near their eyes etc. On the back there is a list of ingredients in various languages and on the front is the Clinique logo and it states 'take the day off makeup remover for lids, lashes, & lips'.
The makeup remover itself is clear in colour and runs like water so it's not sticky or gloopy. It does not have a distinct smell and on further inspection I have discovered that it is in fact fragrance free so this will not cause irritation to the skin. You get 50ml of the clear solution which I'd say would last 8-10 months depending how often you use it as you only need to apply a bit of product to get the desired effect. It is best to apply the makeup remover with a piece of cotton wool; you only need to tip the bottle up slightly to get the perfect amount on the pad. Once it's applied to the pad you can rub the areas where you have previously applied makeup.
My personal experience with this product has been mainly positive, my main gripe is that I often forget to take it along with me when I'm staying at a friend's house or going to and from University or, if I remember the makeup remover, ill forget the cotton wool! That is why it is easier to use makeup remover wipes! However, I have found the remover to have the desired effect; it removes makeup with minimal effort. Otherwise painful removal of fake eyelashes slide off with ease once I've rubbed my cotton bud soaked in this remover over my eyelids. The solution has caused no irritation to my skin whatsoever so I can't complain on that front. Bare in mind that makeup remover does take a little elbow grease to remover caked on mascara or heavy eyeliner but this odourless solution cleanses the skin nicely and freshens up your face just before you get into bed.
**Availability and price**
After some internet research I discovered the cheapest place to buy a 50ml bottle is a website called Lavish and it can be bought for around £5. £5 might not seem a lot but to a student my 57p baby wipes from the supermarket do the job-they may not cleanse as well but they remove my makeup with ease. However, as previously stipulated, I did not pay for this item so therefore it was a handy freebie! Other online retailers also sell this product, a quick Google search will pull up all of the relevant sites.
Makeup remover for lids, lashes and lips. Unique, two-way formula that loosens the grip, then speeds the departure of the most persistent, eye makeups, mascaras and lipsticks. Ophthalmologist tested. Suitable for contact lens wearers.BenefitsSuperior, fast acting cleansing and makeup removal for the delicate eye and lip areas. Removes eye makeup thoroughly, without pulling or tugging eye area skin, even waterproof formulations. Suitable for contact lense wearers. Ophthalmologist tested.How To UseShake well before using. Then moisten cotton ball. Sweep gently over eye and lip area.