Take The Day Off Eye Makeup Remover Stick

0.04 fl. oz. for $ 18.50
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Take The Day Off Eye Makeup Remover Stick features a solid balm formula that promises to dissolve long-wearing eye makeup, which would be a major benefit for those of us who wear tenacious eyeliner and mascara. The results: It was less effective than what we were hoping for, but the product does have some merit.

You're instructed to apply the twist-up balm onto fingertips and massage over the intended areas, followed by a rinse of warm water. We did just that over our long-wear eye makeup, and the balm did dissolve a good deal of it … but not all of it.

Removing mascara, however, was a whole other story. As we said, Take The Day Off Eye Makeup Remover Stick is in solid form, and that makes it difficult to saturate mascara-coated lashes with it. For a product whose primary selling point is removing tenacious eye makeup, that's disappointing. Fluid makeup removers, including those from Clinique, work much better.

Take The Day Off Eye Makeup Remover Stick is also supposed to be able to correct eye-makeup snafus, such as an eyeliner or mascara gone awry. Unfortunately, the stick proved a bit cumbersome for precise cleanup, but, when paired with a Q-tip, we were able to rectify mistakes easily enough. Granted, you could say the same for liquid makeup removers paired with a Q-tip, but the solid texture of Take The Day Off Eye Makeup Remover Stick makes it less greasy than most, so it's easier to control for touchups.

In the end, Take The Day Off Eye Makeup Remover Stick's fragrance-free formula is gentle on skin, and certainly better than having no makeup remover at all. Ultimately, though, the results are not superior to what you can get from a well-formulated fluid makeup remover.

  • Less greasy than typical makeup removers.
  • Helpful for cleaning up makeup mistakes like mascara smudges.
  • Gentle, fragrance-free formula.
  • Solid stick texture isn't conducive to removing mascara.
  • May require additional cleanup for long-wear eye makeup.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Silky, greaseless formula gently dissolves even long-wearing eye makeups. Ideal for precision touch-ups and on-the-go makeup removal.
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyethylene, Sorbeth-30, Tetraoleate, PEG-5, Glyceryl Triisostearate, Water, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol.

Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested aren't regulated by the FDA and can mean anything, thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations, many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color, though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

Note: 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 brands state that they dont 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 Beautypedia Team.

For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.

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