I mean, I love a good Cleansing Balm. Love one. More specifically, my evening skincare routine wouldn't be complete without a good dose of Emma Hardie.
However, you just can't keep a good beauty addict down. Word on the street is the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is a no nonsense, kinder on the purse alternative and I was always going to give it a whirl.
Conclusions? It couldn't be more of a (to quote the excruciating phrase) 'does what it says on the tin' product. It's a balm...that cleanses. Clinique have kept it simple. No box, no super swanky packaging, no scent, no colour, no nasty ingredients.
Do I like it? Of course, it gives good massage and melts into a great cleanser. Am I jumping around like a raving convert? Partially. It's a brilliant holy grail cleanser for those of you who find essential oils and bells and whistles too much in a daily cleansing balm. It gives a fresher cleanse than the Emma Hardie as it feels like a slightly lighter formula. I don't feel a second cleanse with a lighter cleanser is half as necessary with this.
I can miss the bells and whistles. It's taken the indulgent edge off my skincare routine and I miss the fragrant fancy when I'm using this product. I can't not review this product without mentioning it looks and feels like lard. I'm more than willing to forgive this for a quick simple cleanse though. I'll always reach for this if my skin is playing up (thankfully rare) as it's as gentle as it gets.
If you're after a great cleansing balm that suits sensitive skin and comes in at a comparatively pocket friendly £21 RRP, this is what you've been looking for. I will still use and love this, but if I'm looking for a more therapeutic evening treat, Emma will always win.