Mascara Monday: Clinique High Impact Waterproof mascara


Look who has a new mascara! And a waterproof one at that. Just in time for summer, the folx at Clinique were so gracious to shoot me this mascara to test drive. I plan on doing a ton of time at the beach this season (yes y’all – I am a total beach babe) and I’m hoping that I can find a mascara that can accomodate my obsession with boogie boarding self.

Let’s see how this one did…


Price: $16 at Clinique counters and at
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Instant volume and length that resists flaking, clumping, smudging. Our waterproof version of High Impact Mascara can stand up to heat, humidity, an active day. Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Ophthalmologist tested, too.” (source)

The Truth: Decent brush, okay performance but waterproof? Meh.

What I Loved About It: The formula is pretty groovy.

What I Didn’t Like: It was far too flaky for a waterproof mascara.

Overall: FACT: Clinique usually has pretty decent mascaras. And you wouldn’t know it unless you were a Clinique fan because this brand always comes off as being so modest to me. Other brands love to brag about what they do well, but no, not Clinique. I was all kinds of excited to try this mascara because I usually have great experiences with their mascaras. Well, I hate to say it but this one wasn’t so hot.

And it wasn’t the wand’s fault because the wand is actually the best part about this mascara. See…


Yep. It’s a nice one. It does well at getting those smaller lashes and bottom lashes. It isn’t the most ideal mascara for volumizing but we don’t care about that because this is a waterproof mascara. All we care about is waterproofness. And that’s the thing. It just isn’t there. And that makes me sad.

Formula-wise, the mascara had a bit of glossiness to you. I liked it. It went on well and I didn’t have any issues with trying to get it evenly coat the lashes. It’s a lightweight formula and I didn’t notice any significant boost in my lashes’ appearance. Very little volume and not much length. Like I said, none of that really mattered. But the mascara totally disappointed me in that it didn’t really seem like a waterproof mascara. It flaked a bit throughout the day and after a few splashes of water in the face tests, it seemed to just wipe away. Nooooooo!!

I’ve tried better waterproof mascaras. This one isn’t horrible but I know that Clinique can do better than this. The mascara is still fairly decent because you do get a liiiiittle length.


Bare Lashes


Lashes after 2 coats


Do I recommend it?: Meh. Only if you realllly need to try something new. But don’t expect anything spectacular from this one. Your lashes may get a bit of added length but that’s about it.


Have you ever tried any mascaras from Clinique? Doesn’t it suck when a waterproof mascara really isn’t waterproof? Grr!

  • Clinique mascaras were the first I DIDN’T have an allergic reaction to. I have a lot of love for this brand for that alone ^_^

    • Brittany

      Clinique is one of the TRUE hypoallergenic brands on the market and for that reason they will always rock to me. So yeah, I will always be a forever fan of the brand. 😎

  • I am also looking for a good waterproof mascara for the summer. I am considering this particular product but good thing I saw your review. There is a little change in the length but if it can be wiped off with a little bit of water, then I don’t know why it says waterproof. Anyway, great review and I am thankful for it.

    • Brittany

      Clinique has so many other wonderful mascaras but this one definitely isn’t one of my faves.

  • gio

    How disappointing! I expected better from Clinique.

    • Brittany

      I knowww. It’s a decent lengthening mascara but I need more waterproof-ness.

  • Bev

    I think the mascara looks great on you. Clinique is an excellent make and I’ve used lots of their products. Will be interesting to see how this one turns out in the long term :-)

    • Brittany

      Maybe with longterm use it’ll get better. It’s definitely worth at try!

  • Salina Burns

    So, which waterproof mascara would you recommend?

  • I like how the mascara goes on so smooth! Looks great on you.

  • Great prices and looks good on you. Waterproof mascara is the way to go and with a nice range of colors :-)