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Where is the £15 worth of quality?
Clinique High Lengths Mascara
Member Name: Lovehearts
Clinique High Lengths Mascara
Advantages: it does what it says on the tin
Disadvantages: the brush is absolute pants and they think they are funny charging £15 for this heap of....
This product came with the Clinique gift set my friend bought me for Eid, along with some goodies and a lip gloss (that I have reviewed already) and I will be making some suggestions for the other things that came along with it as they currently not on Dooyoo.
Clinique are usually associated with high quality, and are, in my opinion, a very popular brand. Along with this high quality label (as you would expect) is a high price. You can buy clinique products from your usual Boots, Superdrug, Debenhams. You can find these products online a lot cheaper but by the time you pay for postage and packaging, you are really paying the same price if not more. You can usually find clinique products are free but this is no reflection on the quality, but probably just people's reluctance to pay high prices for make-up. Although I wouldn't go out my way to buy anything from the Clinique range (except from their fake tan), the free set I got was great and I can't complain.
However, with such a high price, how does it compare to cheaper brands? .... Is it worth the price?
I'm not going to talk much about the packaging because it's irrelevant. But I felt it looked awfully cheap and when I took it out the bag, I assumed it was a free sample and not the real stuff. However, when I checked dup on Clinique's sight, it's the real deal and I think they were very lazy with the design of this mascara considering they were going to sell it for this price.
When you unscrew the top, you find there is a plastic wand. Usually, you find mascara brushes are feathery although this wand has plastic spikes, it does the job just as well. It may seem a little confusing using the brush at first, when you take it out, all the spikes are to one side unlike usually wands where the whole brush is rounded although it does the job all the same. I don't actually like the style of this brush as I prefer a rounded brush due to the way I apply mascara. I place the brush on my eyelashes and roll it towards my eyeball slowly so I can get right to the root of the eyelash. With this, however, you are unable to do that unless you are brave and can just bring the wand close to your eye. I'm unable to do this as I just blink and flinch when I bring it too close to my eyeball. So yes, this did sort of ruin the way I like to apply my mascara. Because of the rounded shape of the mascara brush, you are almost forced to apply it the one way. I like to take the corner of the brush and give the edges of my eyes a good brush, then slowly move from the inside of my eye out, rolling it towards my eyeball and giving the top of my eyelashes a brush. With this wand, you have to place on your eyelash, and stroke up. Place it on your eyelash, and stoke up. Place it on your eyelash, and stoke up. It seriously ruins your creativity and the way you like to do your make-up. The awkward application does make me feel uncomfortable and makes my eyelashes feel "unfinished" because I haven't been able to get all my lashes. Very often I have to take my beloved stiletto and so the work that the Clinique didn't do. Also, several times when trying to get the corners of my eyes, the silly brush has wiped mascara all over the inside of my nose. That's another thing, when you dip it into the mascara liquid, it goes all over the back of the brush on the very end of the brush where it's not needed, completely wasting the liquid and getting it all over your face causing you to have to do your make-up again.
It claims to "lengthen" the eyelashes, which of course like most mascara it does but I have bought cheaper mascaras and I don't notice it has done any better of a job. Infact, I think the brush is what causes this product to fail as you simply can't get a good application. You can buy the best mascara in the world but if you can't get the chance to apply it properly you may as well buy ASDA's own brand. I felt that this mascara done the opposite of what it was supposed to do in some cases. I felt that because of the large spaces between all the brush 'teeth' it didn't even clump you eyelash together, it just thinned them. I did notice a huge difference in the lenth, so yes 10/10 and a gold star for that clinique. But having full and vibrant lashes is just as important as having long ones, and I felt this mascara didn't give vibrant lashes at all. I like my lashes to either be clumped together (yes I do like the clumped look) or preferably fluffy and thick. But I just felt my lashes were anorexic and dead even though they were a very long length. I had the brown version of the mascara as opposed to the black, so I suppose this may have hindered the results slightly although I have had other brown mascaras and I felt my lashes were more outstanding with them. Even when I do have a brown mascara, I always place another black mascara over it to highlight them but not even darkening the colour of these lashes helped the results.
It wasn't waterproof as it transferred a little on to the area under my eye in the rain, although I don't think it has claimed to be waterproof so I can't criticise it for that.
I'm not going to say it was awful, yes it done a fair job and did do what it said on the box (lengthen) but I am just fussy and like my lashes to appear full and I don't think this did it for me. The results were good, but not for a £15.00 mascara unfortunately. Which brings me on to my next point....
Price! The RRP is £15.00 and I can tell you right here, right now, you wouldn't find me paying this amount of money for it. I think that just because Clinique are a high quality brand they can just stick whatever price they want on to their products regardless of the job it does. You can get great maybe line mascaras or even collection 2000 that do just as good a job as this for half the price.
This mascara apparently won Top Sante Health and beauty Glow awards 2011. Apparently, this is quite a reputable award from a magazine which promotes readers to be healthier and more energetic. So I guess this mascara has some healthy ingredient that we should be using or what not. However, you know what they say, when something has healthy ingredients, it never tastes as good! So don't be thrown by this award.
I'm not going to say it's an awful mascara, because it isn't, it done the job fine and done what it claimed to do so really I can't complain about that. But the brush was a huge disappointment and really made things difficult for me. What I can say is that it's not worth the price and doesn't have the "wow" factor that you would expect from a high quality brand and such a high price.
You let me down a bit here Clinique!
Summary: It's not any better than cheaper brands.