Mascara Monday: Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume mascara

 

Excuse me while I throw a party but Clinique has a new mascara. Weeeee!!! Clinique is most known for their amazing skincare products (word up to that Even Better Skin Tone Corrector!) but their mascaras are their biggest secret, I think. I’ve reviewed 7 of their mascaras and have been impressed with most of ‘em. It’s really hard to be disappointed with Clinique mascaras. Or so I thought.

 

Price: $19.50 at Clinique counters and on Clinique.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “With every stroke, the over-the-top brush wraps lashes in instant, jaw-dropping drama. This larger-than-life formula is also safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Ophthalmologist tested, too.” (source)

The Truth: OMG, the insane volume that this mascara provides is awesome!!

What I Loved About It: The volume is just…wow.

What I Didn’t Like: The packaging sucks. And this part makes me really sad.

Overall: I am always really excited to review Clinique mascaras. And I can’t say this about all brands. Clinique’s new mascaras don’t promise 198% more length and introduce these new ingredients that claim to really volumize your lashes. The claims are always simple and believable. Back in 2008, I reviewed Clinique’s High Impact mascara. I’ll be honest – that review sucks. That was back in my “new to reviewing mascaras” days and I didn’t review them to the best of my ability. How I managed to give that mascara such a low rating is beyond me. High Impact Extreme has made up for it.

Let’s check out the wand…

It’s scary, uh? Clinique isn’t the first to the do the small bristles, dagger ball on the end wand thingie. It’s a cool little feature as it makes applying to the outer lashes and bottom lashes a breeze. In fact, I usually only apply mascara to my bottom lashes when I have a wand like this. But using this wand is far from easy.

One HUGE downfall with the packaging though – we’ve got what I call “The Black Abyss Effect”. Pulling the wand out of the tube will reveal a huge gap in the tube.

I haaaate when this happens. It pretty much means that you have to spend a ton of time wiping the mascara residue on the inside of the tube. And it sucks. This problem can be easily alleviated if there was a stopper in the tube but that doesn’t seem to be the case with this mascara. Boo.

But once I was able to remove as much mascara from the wand as I could, applying was easy. And the outcome…whoa!! With only 2 coats of mascara, I got a ton of volume. Extreme volume is the best name for this mascara. As with all mascaras that provide great volume, it did have the tendency to clump up a bit on me. The best way to prevent that is to slooooowly move from root to tip. I didn’t have any issues with flaking and it did a darn good job at lasting throughout the day. I am beyond impressed! Except for the lack of a stopper.

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats



Do I recommend it?: Sure do!! It’s an awesome volumizing mascara. Do know that you may have to do some extra work in cleaning up the wand but if you don’t mind, you’ll love love LOVE this mascara.

Any other Clinique mascara lovers out there?


Clinique Brings Happiness this Holiday Season

If there was a perfume that could describe my personality, it would be Clinique Happy. This upbeat and cheery fragrance rocks in several ways and Clinique is giving us Happy lovers a darling holiday set. Say Hello to Complete Happiness.

Que bonita, no? I’m beyond tardy to the party because I didn’t even know there were other Happy fragrances. I know, I know. I’m mad late. While I’m a fan of the original Happy ,I reallllly dig the other siblings. A Hit of Citrus. is my absolute fav.

Per Clinique.com this set is, “A happy ensemble of fragrance notes: bright floral Clinique Happy and rich floral Clinique Happy Heart, plus limited-edition Happy in Bloom, Happy Wealth of Flowers and Happy Hint of Citrus. Travel-ready sprays inspire a spritz of happiness anytime.”

Indeed. This is THEE perfect gift for the fragrance lover in your life. For $37, you get five travel-sized fragrances that can be tossed in purses, suitcases, office drawers, glove compartments, anywhere!

Oh! And if you are a bit of a cheapie like me, get the set and give away the fragrances individually. Especially to your favorite young beauties.

I’m such a genius, aren’t I? Actually, the masterminds at Clinique are the geniuses. I’m just taking their shine. ;)

Grab this at Clinique counters and at Clinique.com.

Mascara Monday: Clinique Lash Building primer

Ah yesss….mascara primers. While us mascara lovers can make use of any mascara item, the average beauty consumer may not get the point of mascara primers. Are they worth my extra pennies? Shouldn’t my mascara provide enough volume and length on their own? What’s the real purpose of mascara primers? And how good is this one by Clinique? Warranted questions indeed. I’ll do my best to answer them in this review of Clinique’s Lash Building primer.

Price: $13.50 from Clinique.com and Clinique counters
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: Per Clinique.com

Lash-conditioning undercoat boosts the benefits of Clinique mascaras. Unique polymer combination holds mascara to lashes for a longer, fuller look and extended wear. Moisturizing formula helps condition and mend dry lashes. Ophthalmologist tested.

The Truth: It actually does what it says it’s going to do. Oftentimes a rarity in a lot of mascara claims.

What I Loved About It: It was easy to apply and the formula did not make mascara application thick and clumpy.

What I Didn’t Like: You have to work quickly. Once it dries, it makes applying your first coat of mascara pretty tricky.

Overall: Mascara primers. For the longest, I didn’t see the point of these. And to be quite honest, I think we’d be okay without them. Yes, I do agree that a mascara should be good enough on its own. But, if you don’t mind the extra few pennies and really want to enhance the look of your mascara, then splurging on this mascara primer isn’t a bad idea. My favorite attribute about it is how it doesn’t change the formula of your mascara. Some primers can make application difficult. Mascaras that weren’t clumpy are suddenly difficult and tricky to apply. Not the case with Clinique’s Lash Building primer. I tried this with both a Clinique mascara and another brand mascara and got the same results. The formula for both mascaras wasn’t changed a bit. Coolness! The wand is nice.

Nothing special. No tricks and frills. I do love how the wand has bristles that are stiff. This allows you to really get up and through those lashes. Coating your lashes with the primer does the prep work for your mascara. Instead of your having to use your mascara to separate and elongate lashes, the primer does it. When applying your first coat of mascara, your lashes already have a good amount of volume and length to them. Having a primer is great in that instead of applying 2-3 coats of a mascara, with a primer’s use you may only need to apply one.

But there is a downside. You have to work quickly after applying the primer. While its initial application is creamy and pleasant, it can harden up a bit if you wait too long to apply your first coat. This won’t wreck anything but it can make applying difficult.

Do you NEED a mascara primer? Not really. Especially if you feel like your current mascara gives you what you want. But if you feel like your mascara needs an extra push and don’t mind spending a good $13, I would definitely give this primer a try.

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after applying primer

 Both lashes have 2 coats of mascara. Primer was applied to the lashes on the left.

 

Do I recommend it?: Yep! I likes it!

 

What do you think about mascara primers? Cool or pointless?

Mascara Monday: Clinique High Definition Lashes Brush Then Comb mascara

Have y’all heard about this mascara or am I the only loser late to the party? I was browsing Clinique’s site one day only to come across this little gem. And don’t you just love how blunt the name of the mascara is. Forget all the frilly adjectives here, folx. Clinique straight up told us ‘You brush, then comb’. I am lovin’ the keep it real-ness. But is the mascara just as straight up? Let’s find ouuuuut.

Price: $14.50 from Clinique.com and Clinique counters
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: Now brush, comb. Create. Brush-side coats with dramatic colour. Comb-side separates to perfection. Transforms each and every lash with extreme length and definition. Ophthalmologist tested. (source)

The Truth: Seriously Clinique…this is why you rock.

What I Loved About It: This one is easy. The wand, the wand, the wand!!

What I Didn’t Like: I don’t even have any complaints. I’m just…shocked and amazed. Well, I take that back. The formula is a little on the thick side.

Overall: I love reviewing mascaras with supe cool wands. A wand can often make or break a mascara’s performance. Even if you’ve got the best formula dumped inside a gorgeous tube, if the wand is the pits, chances are the mascara will suck. Unfair, I know but that’s just how it is in the mascara game.

Clinique has ingeniously combined the best of both worlds of a wand, a brush and a comb. I like both. I thought the comb-like wand on Maybelline Lash Sylist (RIP) was great. To see a comb incorporated alongside a brush is just like…OMG, amazing!

And the #1 reason why I’m so giddy about this mascara wand is because I think it incredibly diverse. If you have issues applying mascara mascara with a traditional wand, the comb is just a turn of the wrist away. Do I agree with the brush first and then comb secondly aspect? Why…yes, I do! Brushing the lashes first allows you gently coat and elongate them. Combing them afterwards then allows you to separate evenly. Have you ever had a mascara that gave great volume and length but after a coat or two, it was a hot clumpy mess? I run into that problem quite frequently. And what sucks more is when you try to sort out the clumps, you’re left with a mess so big that you’re better off removing the mascara and starting over. Clinique High Definition allows you to comb through the clumps (should you have them) and elongate your lashes even more. It’s perfect!

I did find the formula of the mascara a bit on the thick side but nothing that the comb can’t tweak. A thick formula can also lead to flakiness and hard lashes, but surprisingly I didn’t run into those issues.

 

Bare Lashes


 1 coat using the brush


Combed after brush

 

 

….and all together now.

 

 

Do I recommend it?: Oh yeah! Especially if you have wonky lashes that need some straightening out. This mascara is perfect for the job.

 

Am I the only crazy gal that is just now discovering this mascara? Have you tried it yet?

Clinique’s 8 hr-lid smoothie feels amazing. But does it last?

 

Anything that has the word “smoothie” in it makes me ridiculously happy. Y’all know how much I loooove smothies, don’t you? It was my love for smoothies that had me all giddy about Clinique’s new Lid Smoothie Antioxidant 8-Hour Eye Colour. They are certainly cute enough to be all that and more, uh?

I love anything that allows me to look polished without doing too much work. Clinique describes these Lid Smoothies as…

“Creamy, crease-resistant eye colour wears for 8 hours. Instantly cools thanks to a unique applicator. Nourishing ingredients coax fine lid lines into a blanket of smoothness. Antioxidants help protect eye-area skin.” (source) 

Okay, so I’m not having to battle fine lines (not yet, at least) but I could so using nourishing properties on the lids. Every little bit helps when your skin is drier than the Sahara in the middle of summer. More than the product itself, I absolutely loved the applicator of these Lid Smoothies.

 

 

What looks to be a simple spout that emits smoothie goodness is actually a chrome’d out spout. Is chrome’d out a word? Not exactly but  I’m a fan of creating new words as needed. 8) I absolutely love the metal applicator of these things. They feel fantastic on the lids. I’ve never seen anything like this and I can only hope that other brands pick up this idea and do something similar. I would also love to see these on lip balms. Ohmigoodness, can you imagine using a chrome’d out applicator to apply a gloss on a hot day? Cool, uh? So yes. Clinique gets major cool points from me. This applicator is a total winner. While I was only able to check out 5 Lid Smoothies, there are 12 of ‘em. Most shades seemed to be a bit pastel-y. Shades like Bit O’ Honey and Cashew Later are perfect as primers as their colors will work great for applying darker eyeshadow colors without changing the colors too much. Then you’ve got shades like Impromtu-Blue and Currant Affair  which will be perfect for layering blue and purple shadows on top of. They have the potential to bring out the color intensity and pay-off.

(from l-r)

Currant Affair, Born Freesia, Cute-cumber, Pinkgo Biloba, Bit O’ Honey

 

While I’ve got super oily lids, a good creamy eyeshadow base gives me the opportunity to be lazy enough to throw it on the lid and move on and chic enough look like I spent 20 minutes doing my eyes. They are perfect for busy beauties on the go. But unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get 8-hours of wear-time with these kids.

Which made me SO sad. I tried wearing these two ways; by themselves and with an eye shadow on top of them. Both tests resulted in creasing within a few hours. Boo and double boo. I was hoping for more longevity but nope, I didn’t get it. That said, while pretty and practical, these aren’t the best for ladies looking to wear their eyeshadow and have it not budge all day. I would also like to see more shades with different finishes. These may do 10x better in a matte finish. If you’re in the mood to try something new from Clinique and don’t require long-lasting eyeshadow bases and shadows, then give these a whirl. Otherwise, if you’re like me and have super oily lids, these smoothies may not be up your alley.

That’s the bad news. But the good news is, green smoothies CAN be up your alley. Woo hoo!

You can buy these 8-hr Lid Smoothies from Clinique.com and at Clinique counters for $19.50.

Mascara Monday: Clinique High Lengths mascara

As we get closer to the 100th mascara, I’ve been trying to crank out the most requested mascaras. Clinique’s High Lengths has been on that list forever. Think it measures up?

Clinique High Lengths mascara
Price: 3 out of 5 ($14)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: 
Stretch limp, lifeless lashes to lengths beyond your wildest expectations. And wow – eyes look noticeably wider, fully energized. Our curved, fine-toothed comb finds the tiniest lashes and brings them out of hiding. Ophthalmologist tested and appropriate for sensitive eyes. (source)
The truth: That wand is the best!
What I loved about it: Check this out…

This wand is absolutely perfect for separating and lengthening. Loves it!
What I didn’t like: I would have liked a little more volume but I was so impressed with the wand that this little flaw didn’t really bug me.
Overall: We all know how much I LOVE mascaras with comb wands. From Maybelline Lash Stylist (RIP) to Rimmel Lash Maxxx, I just adore the separating power that the they provide. High Lengths is no different. If you have wonky go everywhere with no direction kind of lashes (ahem…me), this would be a great mascara for you. If for no other reason than to ‘train’ your lashes. I find that regularly using mascara wands with combs can really get those lashes to act right…with prolonged use, of course.

As far as the formula of the mascara, it’s good. Not good great but good okay. I wish I could have gotten a little more volume but it just wasn’t there. I did get a good amount of length though. But still…not as much as I expected. I think you’ll get more if you wiggle through the lashes and hold before applying each coat.

And as far as coats….2 should suffice with this kid. More will send you straight to Clumps City.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)



Lashes with 1 Coat



Lashes with 2 Coats



Mascara from a distance



Some perks about this mascara? It is allergy tested, 100% fragrance free and doesn’t smudge. I mean, at all. Although it did great in the Florida humidity, I would love to see a waterproof version of this mascara. Or even a clear one. Oh the possibilities! 


Would I recommend it?: I do. If for no other reason than the wand’s awesomeness. I think it’ll suit ladies with wonky lashes that need a bit of length and volume just fine.
And lovers of Clinique High Lengths? 

A crazed mascara reviewer,




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Clinique’s Even Better Dark Spot Corrector

When I was in Clinique’s Beauty Insider Club last year, we received the original Even Better Skin Tone to review. I fell in love with it, y’all. I mean, IN. LOVE. To see dark spots literally vanish after months of using a serum is amazing.

And it’s not like I’m exagerrating. Just look at the dark spots on my forehead a good two years ago.

And my forehead now…

Clear, kids…clear! All because of skin tone correctors. I love Clinique’s so much that I even sell it in my store. Clinique recently came out with another one and I can not wait to try it out.

It is different than the original Skin Tone Corrector in that it has additional powerful ingredients that will get rid of discoloration and that awful AWFUL hyperpigmentation. Clinique says that the Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector is not only effective for all ethnicities but that it will improve skin tone by 53% in just 12 weeks.

That’s a major claim but I believe it since I found such success with the previous Skin Tone Corrector.

Yours truly will be giving this one a try again. Stay tuned for a formal review.

Have you tried any skin tone correctors?