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This mascara makes an impact
Clinique High Impact Mascara
Member Name: AbsintheFairy
Clinique High Impact Mascara
Advantages: Looks good, versatile, good staying power
Disadvantages: Can smudge on occasion
A while ago, the Clinique counter in Boots was offering free samples of mascara if you brought in an old mascara to exchange. I obtained both samples available, including the High Impact Mascara which this review is about. I was never previously bothered about Clinique products - I'd always seen the brand as rather 'clinical' and dull, and had a bad experience with the 3-step skincare system several years ago, but I've had good experiences with the products I've tried recently.
This mascara comes in a simple tube, which is dark green (almost black) with simple gold writing. It is supposed to give maximum volume, definition and length by using a brush that combs and separated the lashes as it applies dramatic colour. The mascara is claimed to lengthen and give volume with no clumping.
Inside the mascara, the wand is quite standard, although rather thin. The mascara is very easy to apply, and goes on my lashes easily with no more smudging than most mascaras (I am clumsy). I prefer mascara which are versatile and serve for both day and night, and this one fits that criteria - one coat produces a more natural, defined and lengthened look (which is still effective - 'High Impact' is an appropriate name for this mascara) while another coat creates a more dramatic look. I do feel that this mascara is designed for and suits a more dramatic evening look, but there's no reason why you shouldn't use this during the day as I do for a slightly more natural look. The mascara doesn't clump at all, even after several months of use, which is impressive.
The mascara has good staying power and I don't need to reapply it during the day (unless I'm adding an extra coat when going out in the evening). However I've noticed it can sometimes smudge slightly, for example when I've gone out in the rain, my eyes have been watering, or I've gone to the gym (okay, so I probably shouldn't wear mascara in the gym...). In fairness, the mascara does not claim to be waterproof, though I've used other non-waterproof mascaras which smudge less easily. The mascara is easily removed using normal makeup remover.
The mascara is priced at £15, which is expensive though not as highly priced as other high-end brands (including my favourite mascara, Lancome Hypnose). I feel this is reasonable for a mascara of this quality. My only issue with the product is the ease with which it can smudge, but in general, it is a high quality product and it looks good!
Summary: A good mascara that unfortunately can smudge