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Clinique High Impact Mascara
Member Name: jimmychoogirl
Clinique High Impact Mascara
Advantages: Good all round product
Disadvantages: I still prefer lash power!
As anyone who has read any of my previous reviews will know I am a big fan of Clinique, so when a magazine was offering this mascara free with the purchase, I decided I had to try it. I am normally a fan of the 'Lash Power' mascara by Clinique, so was wondering how well this mascara would compare and whether it would convert me to buying this one in the future.
~~What is it?~~
This mascara was designed by Clinique to add volume, alongside definition and length. Therefore it is there sort of 'multi purpose' that claims to do everything, whereas some of their other mascaras are specially designed to add length, etc.
~~Price and Availability~~
This item costs £16 for an 8g tube, which although is a little more than what I would normally spend on a mascara, I also don't think it is too expensive, considering some of their mascaras cost £22!
You can purchase Clinique in most large department stores, such as Debenhams, Hourse of Fraser and others. Along with these shops you can also purchase Clinique at selected Boots stores (and there online store) along with the Clinique online store- where they often have offers on.
This mascara is currently available in two colours; black and black brown. They also have a limited edition one called 'Brightening Black', which personally I cannot see how this will be any difference to the black version, though they all cost the same price. There is also a high impact curling mascara available too.
~~The brush/ bristles~~
The brush itself is quite normal in size, by this I mean it is not a very short brush, or a long one and neither is it very slim or have any curves in it in order to achieve different effects. The bristles are all quite closely packed in and it looks quite dense as the bristles are quite thick. The bristles are not very flexible and tend to stay in place, therefore are quite sturdy.
~~Applying the mascara~~
I actually found this mascara very easy to apply, even on the first application, which I sometimes a little bit difficult when getting used to the brush. To apply the mascara felt very glossy and was very smooth to apply through the eyelashes, in no way did it feel flakey or brittle. I could see that the mascara had the glossy black sheen to it when applying, opposed to the matte black, which I prefer.
When applying I could see that it was easy to reach all my eyelashes and was also capturing the very inner and outer eyelashes, which are sometimes a little harder to reach. It took one to two coats before I thought that the mascara looked good and had managed to cover all my eyelashes easily.
I was really pleased with the results of this mascara. It had managed to do al the things it had claimed to do; lengthen, define and add volume. My eyelashes looked really thick and black, yet were not at all spidery due to the fact that individual eyelashes had been defined, rather than them all clumping together.
The mascara dried with the glossy sheen to it, rather than drying the matte black which some other mascaras do, which can then make the mascara look a little brittle/ flakey. Though I really liked this mascara, I think the fact that it was a multi purpose mascara, meant that it did not perform as well at lengthening as a lengthening mascara would and the same applied to that of defining and volume. Nonetheless, as a multi purpose product it did do all these things well and if you wanted to do all of the following, opposed to something more particular then I think this could be the one for you.
The mascara stayed in place all day without flaking or becoming brittle, which I was also really pleased with and I think this is mainly due to the glossy finish of the mascara. It did also not begin to smudge in areas, though if I did make a mistake whilst applying and smudged it a little, I found it very easy to remove and it did not create a big black mess.
I did like this mascara. It was very easy to apply, due to the size and shape of the brush, meaning there was no difficulty in getting to the inner or outer lashes. It was also comfortable to hold, which is also enabled applying the mascara to be easier.
I really liked the results, which I think is mainly due to the dark, glossy finish that the mascara had. The fact that it also stayed in place all day was also a plus as it meant there was no need to reapply or worry about the mascara flaking or becoming brittle.
The fact that it wasn't too expensive, also made the mascara seem much better value for money as for a multi purpose product it was of very good quality. Though, I am not really a fan of multi purpose products, I liked this one as often I find the quality to be poor on a product that claims to do more than one thing, though this mascara did deliver and was able to do each of the things it claimed to do.
It also was able to curl my eyelashes a little, though it had not claimed to do this, which allowed the mascara to give me the more wide eyed and opened to look, which I also really loved.
-Easy to use
-Lovely glossy finish
-Not too pricey
-Mine was free!
-Lengthens, defines and adds volume
-Not as good as mascaras that are specialised in one area- for example lengthening
-May be a little expensive for some.
On the whole, I did like this mascara, it worked well and stayed in place all day, whilst making my eyelashes look lovely thick, dark and long. I don't think I am converted to this mascara and am still a big fan of the Lash Power one as I love the lengthening abilities of that mascara, nonetheless I would recommend this mascara if someone wanted a mulit purpose, all round mascara that lasts all day!
Summary: High Impact!