Dupe? Clinique Take the Day Off Vs. Equate Wipe Away the Day

Can we just have a talk about how much I love cleansing balms? Y'all--they make removing makeup so easy! They're basically a solid cleanser that removes makeup. You can read my review of 10 of them here.

One of my favorites is the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. But it's also $29. So when I happened to be at Walmart and saw their version, I knew some dupe testing would be in order. Let's see if I have a dupe for Clinique Take the Day Off or not?

ULTA, Sephora

Can be hard to find, but can be ordered online

Here's a comparison of them both removing waterproof eyeliner. Clinique is at the top, Equate is at the bottom. I love the texture of both of these products and they make removing makeup a breeze. While a little more difficult to find, the Equate is definitely a dupe. I'm not sure I can go back to the Clinique after finding this gem.

Do you like cleansing balms?

Extra Elle:
Still getting over being sick--it's all good now--so I took my weekend very easy. I hope yours was wonderful!

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  1. I love cleansing balms. I haven't tried many but the Emma Hardie one is my favourite, the next one I want to try is either Clinique's or Pixi's. Great dupe post and such a massive saving too, great find, thanks for sharing xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  2. Oh my gosh, I had no idea! Will be ordering this as soon as my Clinique runs out!!

  3. I've never tried a cleansing balm, but it looks like the walmart one is the one to try! such a good price.


  4. I haven't tried a cleansing balm, but this one looks like a must-have! I can't wait to pick it up!

    By Lauren M

  5. I cant believe I have yet to try a cleansing balm especially clinique...that is def on my list from now :) xx


  6. I've never heard of Equate before but it certainly seems like an excellent dupe! xx

    Beautylymin| LuxuryFragranceGiveaway

  7. Girl I am obsessed with the Clinique one!!!! I got a deluxe sample awhile back and it's almost gone which I have all the sads about. But if you say this one is a dupe then I'm gonna have to try it for the price!!!

  8. I don't see a difference in their ability to take off makeup at all! What a great dupe! Thanks for sharing!

  9. You are always teaching me things. I didn't even know a cleansing balm existed!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  10. Cleansing balms are so good! And this is a great dupe for the Clinique. And what a difference in the price, you can't beat that!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  11. OH WOW!!!! it did an even BETTER job, it looks to me. What is that brand - is it a store brand?I cant think which store. I gotta find these!

    1. You can find Equate brand products at Walmart.

  12. How awesome you found a dupe!! I would definitely go for the Walmart one because it's so affordable!

  13. So good to know Equate is a dupe! I do buy special makeup remove from time to time to remove my waterproof eye makeup. I'll have to try this one next!


  14. Oh wow! Thanks for this comparison, Elle! The Equate looks/sounds like a great dupe for sure.

  15. Glad you're finally feeling better! I've never tried these, but it sounds like Equate is the way to go. I usually use generic make-up wipes and save up for the actual make up. :)

  16. I haven't tried the Clinique product but I don't think I need to now after you've discovered this totally affordable dupe!

  17. When they work pretty much the same, I will always go with the more inexpensive option! Thanks for sharing.

  18. I've never tried a balm like this before. That's exactly why I love blogging---I learn about some fabulous new products!! Thanks!

  19. Holy Moly! Looks like the dupe blew the Clinique out of the water. Way to score a major find! I've never tried a cleansing balm, but now I'm intrigued.

  20. I always love your comparison posts! It always amazes me the price differences in some of the dupes!

  21. Thanks for finding this dupe! I have never tried a cleansing balm but might have to give it a try.


  22. Oh wow, both removes makeup similarly, how's the ingredient list of Equate?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  23. Well this is a great dupe comparison! I love that it's so much less. Glad you're feeling better!!

    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  24. Very helpful post. I love the walmart brand. It worked very well. I will check it out.


  25. Wow, what a great dupe. I have actually tried the Clinique one and I liked it, but have not tried or bought others similar.Thanks for sharing, as always! xo

  26. I have never used a cleansing balm. I will have to try it, yes when you find a less expensive version that works just as well it is hard to back, that is for sure.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  27. I've never tried a cleansing balm before and I don't know why!! Must get this dupe asap!

  28. I have been using a cleansing balm and I am in love! I need to check out that walmart one!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  29. Wow great post! I have some in my profile as well If you can check it! Cleaning balm is the best option :P
    Mónica Sors

  30. I'm glad to hear you're feeling better now. It would be pretty hard to justify buying the Clinique one with the other being so effective and super cheap too! I find these comparison posts so useful. xx

    ♥ Carly Susanne ~ A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  31. My jaw hit the floor when I saw this. I love the Clinique but I stopped using it because it was so expensive. You have hit the mother load with this dupe. Going to check my wal mart ASAP!

  32. Wow such a great dupe! I really love the equate line and frequently purchase from it!

  33. oh wow! Such a steal! I wish I had a dupe to get my hands on!

    Inside and Outside Blog

  34. Elle, even the names are a little bit similar - Clinique Take the day off and Equate wipe the day away... I mean, it's the same concept, or maybe I am mistaken - I am under some stress and am a bit strange these days :) I would definitely stay with Equate, since you said it's definitely a dupe and I can see by the pictures (removing makeup swatches). I hope you feel totally well soon! And me too :)

  35. Looks a great budget dupe. Very nice detailed article.


  36. I've never tried a cleansing balm. But yeah, why pay $24 when the Equate does the job? And looks like it does a better job!

  37. I've never tried cleansing balms. I use an oil to take my makeup off. I have a few questions. Does this clog drains? Also is it fragrance free? I have a dreadful time with some fragrances so I try my best to steer clear of most. I'm wondering if this would be a good alternative to drain clogging coconut oil?

  38. I fell in love with the clinique balm when I worked for Clinique and I still have a lot of it. When I run out, I will definitely try the equate!

  39. I'm glad to know it is a good dupes. I've seen it in Walmart so many times and wondered about it. Thanks for the review!

  40. I've tried one or two of Equate's dupe-type products, but this one is the most interesting to me. I just picked up the Pixi Double Cleanse, so I should probably wait to try the dupe at Walmart. 😩😩😩 My dry skin and I have seriously been loving cleansing balms lately!

  41. I've never tried a cleansing balm but I'm in desperate need of new skin care regime. I'll check this out!


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