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This is the current mascara in my collection. My husband bought it from the Clinique range in our local John Lewis and it was about £15. That is quite expensive but it is worth it as it is very good quality.
=== Packaging ===
It comes in a lovely cardboard box with pink and green pale flowers on it which is really nice and I think that makes it seem more special. I always keep them in the boxes. Inside the box is the mascara which doesn't look particularly different to any other really. It's a long black tube with white writing on the side. The tube is slightly pearlised so it shows that it is a bit more special than your average brand.
=== Applying it ===
The first thing I noticed when I first bought this is that the wand is very narrow. I used to have a different Clinique mascara and the wand was bigger than this but I quite like this narrower design. It seems to be slightly wider in the middle and less thick in the outside parts which makes application better. The bristles are spaced evenly and are not as close together as other mascaras. I find that applying it is really easy to do because of this lovely neat wand.
The mascara is really thick and wet so easy to apply. I dislike it when you have to keep dipping the wand in and out of the tube to get more on your brush but you don't need to with this, you get enough out first time and it isn't gloopy either but a really god consistency which is really easy to brush onto lashes. It comes away off the bristles easily and covers lashes nicely. The shape of the brush makes it very easy to apply.
=== The look ===
This is a very dark mascara so it has a nice impact and a good look. I think it is the best I've used. The mascara goes on so evenly it makes my eyelashes look nice, no silly blotchy parts or a dried clump anywhere. It stands out without being too much. I find that it lasts a long time too. If I apply this in the morning it will still be there in the late afternoon and it doesn't feel all hard and dry or heavy on my lashes.
=== Conclusion ===
This is a great mascara I like how easy it is to apply and the finished look. I really recommend this if you are looking for a classy finish to your lashes.
I was interested to read that the travelling public spent 2.5 billion pounds in airport duty free shops last year throughout Europe. I contribute a fair amount to that number! I love shopping in the duty free shop whilst waiting for my flight to be called and usually end up buying perfume and make up. Last year was no exception and I came away with Clinique lash power mascara amongst other goodies. I can't remember how much I paid but this mascara is widely available for around £15.
The mascara comes in a 6 gram tube with the brand name and a promise that this is a *long wearing formula* on the front. It is available in two colours; black and dark chocolate. I opted for the black although was tempted by the brown. Clinique state that this mascara will stay in place for 25 hours without smudging. They also claim that it is easy to remove using warm water. I have tried numerous brands of mascara in the past and am still searching for the perfect brand. So was this what I had been searching for?
On unscrewing the top and pulling out the brush, I was struck by just how small the brush is. It has no weird and wonderful curves as with a few brands I have used. I actually like the small size of the brush and find that it makes applying this mascara easy. I was also happy that dipping the brush onto the tube didn't produce lots of clumps but gave me a thin coating of mascara. The brush separates my lashes perfectly whist depositing a decent amount of mascara onto them. I find one coat is enough to coat my lashes.
If you are looking for mascara that will give you a dramatic effect that you should probably look elsewhere. I think this is a great mascara to wear during the day as it gives a very natural look. The brush doesn't curl my lashes either, but this is not an issue for me.
Clinique claim that this mascara won't smudge and I have to agree! I can't say I have ever worn it for 24 hours but it does stay smudge proof for 8 hours. On the negative side it does tend to flake after a while.
How about that claim that it is easy to remove with water? I find that to property remove all traces of the mascara I need to use an eye make up remover product with cotton wool. It is possible to remove most of the mascara with warm water, but I found I needed to scrub my eye area and this is not something that is recommended for such a sensitive area.
Clinique do not say that this is waterproof mascara, but I have worn it whilst swimming and it didn't smudge. I also have a tendency to rub my eyes and again it doesn't smudge.
I really like this mascara and would buy it again. Although it doesn't give a dramatic effect, it does make my lashes long longer. I like the small brush and find that it makes applying this mascara easy. It also helps to separate my lashes. However the best thing about this product is that it really doesn't smudge and although it does tend to flake a bit, I think this is preferable to smudging!
I have tried a million and one different mascaras over the years. Because I have fairly sensitive eyes and I do have a horrible habit of rubbing them, I have found that mascaras really irritate my eyes. So it was with some trepidation that I tried yet another one. To be fair, I got this free from a Clinique stand at a work exhibition recently, so if it was rubbish, it wouldn't be too big an issue. Turns out it wasn't a problem anyway, because the mascara is actually pretty good and I'll probably be buying it in future.
The mascara is in Clinique's usual understated and simple style in that it comes in a small and symmetrical black and silver tube. The size is pretty good because it fits comfortably into handbags and make up bags; I have used other mascaras that contain the same amount of liquid but are in much bigger and clumsier bottles than this one.
The mascara is available in two colours; black and dark chocolate. I have the black one and the colour is really dark and thick, which I love. It seems a bit of an obvious thing to say, but I have had them in the past that are a bit wishy washy and light and I have found that I have needed more than one coat. This is not so with the Clinique one because it only needs one coat to give a nice dark colour.
The brush is quite small which I think is actually much better. It is really easy to use and I find that, because it is so small, it is really easy to get really good coverage across my lashes. It is really maneuverable and I find that I can apply the mascara all the way around my lashes without too much effort. The mascara goes on really well and I haven't had any clumping at all with it.
I also find that I poke myself in the eye less with this brush (I do have a ridiculous tendency to do this, which probably explains the sensitivity!). I think that because it is smaller I can work out where it is more easily when applying mascara and I don't get it too close to my eyes.
The main selling point of the mascara is that it is long lasting and they claim that it will last up to 24 hours. I am usually weary about these kind of claims, but in this case I think the mascara has earned the bragging rights. I wear it mainly for work and I find that I tend to rub my eyes a lot at work, but there are no panda eyes in sight when I am wearing this one. It doesn't smudge at all and it does maintain the colour for a long time.
In fact the only problem with the mascara is that it is a little difficult to remove. You get usage instructions with the mascara and it advises that you should dab it off with bath temperature water. his is apparently because it uses thermal sensitive technology to keep it on for so long and to make it easy to remove. To be honest this is where it falls down a bit in my opinion. It isn't impossible to remove, but it is certainly more difficult than just throwing a bit of warm water in the direction of your eyes, as the instructions imply.
The mascara is available for around the £16 mark, which isn't cheap, but I think it is pretty good value for money. The mascara is easy to use and long lasting, which in turn will mean that the tube will last longer. I would definitely recommend the mascara because it is a good investment, rather than spending as much on lots of cheaper but inferior mascaras.
Clinique 6g lash power mascara long-wearing formula / Vows to look pretty for 24 hours without a smudge or smear / One stroke and these pretty lashes last through rain / sweat / humidity / tears / Yet the formula removes easily with warm water / Unique brush reaches and beautifully lengthens even the tiniest lashes / Ophthalmologist tested / too / All skin types.