Review: Clinique Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes, and Lips

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With different types of makeup out there with different strengths and qualities, it sure wouldn’t be a surprise for cosmetics brands to invest on a product to remove the pile of junk they encourage their customers to wear. I don’t mean to disparage but when we put too much or just the right amount of makeup, it feels quite “junk-y” at the end of the day and for me, all I wanted was to get rid of it effectively. Wouldn’t you?

Most of my makeup are on the lids, lashes, and lips. Having combination to oily skin that’s also prone to pimple breakouts, I apply little on my face so I invest on those three instead.

My daily makeup routine for my lips, lashes, and eyes consist of matte lipstick that resists smudging, waterproof mascara, and a choice between eyeliner pencil, waterproof liquid eyeliner, and waterproof eyeliner gel. Therefore, I’m likely to invest on good makeup removers, especially one that can effectively remove that junk on my eyes.

If you’re like me, then Clinique’s take the day off makeup remover for lids, lashes & lips is a good investment.

Review: Clinique Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes, and Lips

clinique take the day off makeup remover

Fast Facts

Disclaimer: I got mine as a gift from a friend so I’ll be getting my info from the Clinique website instead.

Price:  Php3,2511
Volume: 125ml (mine’s 50ml)

Water, Isohexadecane, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trisiloxane, PEG-4 Dilaurate, Lauryl Methyl Gluceth-10 Hydroxypropyldimonium Chloride, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Dipotassium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol2

Product Claims:
Works for all skin types.
Dissolves and “lifts away” long-wearing makeup, even waterproof mascara.
Non-irritating, non-stinging.
Ophthalmologist tested. Appropriate for contact lens wearers.3

Directions for use:
Shake well.
Apply with a cotton ball.
Wipe off.
Rinse before applying makeup.


Strength: 10/10

It does what it says it does. I’ve never encountered such an effective makeup remover and I’m just basing this on how it made my life much easier when removing my eye makeup.

For review purposes, let’s use my right eye as an example. Here I’m  wearing Heroine Make’s [waterproof] Impact Liquid Eyeliner and Benefit’s They’re Real waterproof mascara. I let the makeup stay overnight (skin care/beauty tip: you shouldn’t sleep with makeup on) so the eyeliner may have smudged a bit into my lashes.

What I normally do when removing eye makeup is to use massage the serum/oil using my fingers onto my lids and lashes and then wipe off with tissue. I do this twice.

For Clinique, it’s not in a pump bottle, I use cotton buds—each end to each eye.

Here’s what it looks like after the first massaging.

After the second massaging and wiping…

You can see how thin and lacking in eyeliner and mascara my eye is after using Clinique’s makeup remover. If you’re still not sure, here’s a shot of my finger and the cotton buds after the first round of eye makeup removal.

If you’re still not sure, here’s a shot of my right and left eye (closed because I look cross-eyed if they’re open) to see the difference.

closed eyes before after comparison

Price: 7/10

Other than the fact that I got mine free (thanks friend!), the price for this one is way up there, around Php26 (0.50-0.60 USD) per 1ml, more expensive than Shu Uemura’s OB Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil. But considering the strength—stronger than Shu Uemura’s—and since most of my makeup is on my eyes and it takes just a little of this to remove it, then I guess it’s worth the price to pay.

Verdict: 9/10

Right now, Clinique’s makeup remover for lids, lips, and eyes is my favorite so I just had to make a review and share it. It really does its job on that department and it’s quite easy to use.

Just a note to share while I was researching on the product but I could have gotten this wrong, but according to beautypedia, Clinique sometimes tests its products on animals.

“Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.”

I just hope the one I got was not animal tested.

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Do you have any thoughts on Clinique’s makeup remover for lids, lashes, and lips you’d like to share? Or do you have a makeup remover that’s just as strong, if not stronger? Share them in the comments below. 🙂

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