High End vs. Low End: ‘Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm vs. Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm’

Hello loves!

Today I wanted to do the first of many reviews comparing high end and low end products. 

I love trying to new skincare/haircare/makeup products (as long as it’s within my budget of course) and I like to determine a few things when trying them:

  • Is the product worthy of its price?
  • How much of a comparison does one product have to the other?
  • Is it good enough to repurchase?

So this time around I’m starting off with cleansing balms. They’ve been popular as of late and are supposed to help replace the quality of makeup wipes (but are not to replace an actual facial cleanser…more of a pre cleansing). The ones I’ve tried are scent free, non comedogenic, and made for all skin types.

High End: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm ($29.99 for 3.8 oz @ Sephora)

  • Pricing: It definitely comes at a fairly high price, but considering that Clinique is a long-time high end brand it’s expected.
  • Packaging: Attractive, clean, simple, and placed in a sheer purple jar with a silver screw top. 
  • Product: The product works pretty neat. It comes in a white solid yet soft form and easy to apply. Once it’s massaged onto the skin it becomes an oil like texture and breaks down all makeup (lip and eye makeup too), and as the product is being rinsed off it turns into a milk like liquid texture. 
  • Results: It removed even my fullest face of makeup with virtually nothing left behind. Rinsing was a breeze and my face wasn’t left feeling or looking oily afterwards.

Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm ($9.99 for 2.4 oz @ Target)

  • Pricing: Being $20 cheaper than Clinique, it’s definitely worth a try based off of the price alone.
  • Packaging: Clean and simple with an all white jar and top. Also comes with a white cloth for removal. 
  • Product: The texture is slightly chunky with a green appearance (close to the green on the box above). Just like Clinique it turns into an oil once massaged on the skin, however it’s thicker and can’t be rinsed off by hand which is why the cloth is provided. The cloth helps to open pores and draw out impurities when first rinsed under warm water and removes the product. Then once the product is removed you then rinse the cloth under cool water and apply to the face to close up your pores. 
  • Result: Despite the difference in texture, my skin didn’t look or feel oily with this product either and did a pretty good job of removing my makeup with the help of the cloth.

Winner: It’s a DRAW!

Final Thoughts:

Both products work very well and get its job done. As far as prices go I would choose Botanics, but when it comes to quicker results and easier makeup removal I would go with Clinique since the point of most balms is to replace any wiping. I’ll just pick up Clinique’s when I want to treat myself with a little splurge.

Have you tried any cleansing balms? Would you? Feel free to let me know!


L ❤️


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