Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Review: Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara

Clinique mascaras have been getting quite a bit of love from us here at LBR recently.  This one, High Impact Curling mascara, has a bendy curvy wand designed to push lashes up in a lush, volumised, curled look.  It claims to be flake, smudge and smear resistant, and to hold fast for up to 24 hours.  All in all, that's a hell of a list of claims.  So how does it fare?

The traditional brush style wand doesn't give that ultra smooth and defined look that more modern plastic bristled brushes do, but layered on a bit, and with some careful combing, the end result is lush, thick lashes.  The curve of the wand makes it pretty easy to wiggle the mascara up through the lashes from the roots, and the formula in combination with the wand definitely encourages a curl.

As you can see from the first photo, I have noticed a bit of flaking from this mascara after a few hours of wear.  I've not noticed any smudging or smearing, though, and as for that 24 hour claim.... Let me tell you, this mascara clings to the lashes like nothing I've tried before.  Even my favourite, most effective oil cleanser takes two goes and plenty of rubbing to remove this from my lashes.  Aside from the little bit of flaking, this mascara  definitely ticks all the long lasting boxes.

Personally, I like a bit more definition from my mascara, and usually, the amount of work required to get a clean look from this would put me off...  but given the extraordinary long lasting nature of this mascara I would definitely repurchase if I needed a lush, volumised look which would definitely last well.  The curling is secondary to me, but I've still been impressed by the amount of uplift you can achieve without any curlers - so if you're looking for volume, curl and long lasting - definitely try this.

If you'd like to give it a go, you'll find it anywhere where Clinique products are sold, including their website, where it will cost you a thoroughly reasonable £15.  What do you think?  Tried this, or any other long lasting curling mascaras?  Let us know in the comments!


  1. I really like this mascara, I remove it with warm water which makes it come off a lot easier than eye make-up remover. x

  2. I've never tried this mascara before but I've tried the high impact and the lash power mascara from clinique which were both amazing!

  3. Thanks for the warm water tip Lily! I'll give that a go. I've never found a mascara that doesn't budge quickly with oil!

  4. I've tried it before and loved it, didn't have the flaking issues you had. Fortunately I was somehow aware this was the kind of mascara you remove with warm water and didn't have any problem removing it.
    I am baffled to why Clinique doesn't say clearly on the package of this mascara that it is to be removed with warm water. Didn't love it enough to pick it up after trying High Lengths...


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