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?


Mascara Monday: Essence All Eyes On Me mascara

Essence rocks. And of course y’all know this because I am forever bragging about this insanely affordable brand. From their cheap (and awesome!) gel liners, their metallic eyeliners, $3 blush and world glass glosses, Essence is hands down one of my favorite drugstore brands everrrrr.

Fellow Essence lover Anne reached out to me to see if she could do a mascara review on an Essence mascara and I was like “Um…yeahhhhh!”

Take it away, Annie!

Essence all Eyes on me, with my new Amika hair bow (haha, a joke kinda, cuz it’s a bow…made to look like hair…that you wear…in your hair). Both available in Ulta stores and Ulta.com.

Price: $1.99 at Ulta.
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What It Claims: “The all eyes on me multi-effect mascara has it all! the innovative brush and the unique texture of the mascara provide your lashes with extra volume and breathtaking length. Each lash is perfectly separated making your eyes pop!” (source)

The Truth: Amazing length and definition add awesome drama to any eye look.

What I Loved About It: This is a fabulous mascara, for less than the price of a soda and bag of chips.

What I Didn’t Like: Ummm…… It would be nice if this mascara would do the dishes and switch the wash for me, but I don’t have any real complaints.

Overall: This is a superdupertotallyawaesome mascara, Like f’real. The spiraled brush really helps the smooth formula glide over lashes to provide mega-long, dark, defined lashes.

I would pay 5-10 times the original price for a mascara of this quality, so the fact that you can get it for under two bucks makes it all the better. Color me impressed because not only is this the cheapest mascara I own, but also one of my favorites. I own most of the Essence mascaras and use them on a daily basis. I know this is probably really terrible, but I sleep in mascara from time to time (yeah yeah I know, “you’re gunna mascara your eye out, kid!”)

There is a reason behind my madness though, several of the essence mascaras claim to dye the lashes, and I find this true. I have very fine blonde lashes, and letting a mascara really set in leaves me with darker, more noticeable lashes for the many times I am too busy/lazy to put on makeup. I have yet to test the longevity of All Eyes on Me, but the formula is smooth and flexible and did not flake in the time frame I wore it. I don’t say this often, but this may be too much of a good thing. I mean it would be very hard to achieve a subtle eye look using this mascara, because it definitely gives that rimmed in black, look at me lashes with just two thin coats.

I don’t know if this mascara would give the same results to someone starting off with darker, thicker lashes, but at two bucks, I am recommending it to just about everyone.

 

Bare Lashes

Lashes after 2 coats

 

Do I recommend it?: In a word? Yeah. I mean really. Come on. For two bucks? I mean if you don’t want big lashes (who doesn’t want big lashes???) then take your eight quarters and buy yourself something really nice like a bottle of water and a candy bar. Oh, wait, you cant have a bottle of water and a candy bar for two dollars. But you can have these lashes! FTW!

What do you think? Have you tried any Essence products? Is there a cheap brand you love?

Mascara Monday: NYX La Amoureux mascara

Yeesh. I’m more than halfway through with reviewing the mascaras in NYX’s Boudoir Mascara collection. Each mascara focuses on giving us mascara lovers what we desire most; volume, length, curl, separation, dark and lush lashes, etc. Next up on the list is the baby that promises to give you some cuuuuuurl.

Price: $6 where ever NYX products are sold and on NYXCosmestics.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “To curl and lengthen lashes. Curved spiral wand maneuvers lashes expertly” (source)

The Truth: I think curl mascaras are a bit gimmicky, but this one actually does a decent job.

What I Loved About It: It’s a sturdy mascara. It lasts all day without flaking.

What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t help curl. But then again, I don’t think any mascaras do.

Overall: Curl mascaras. *sigh* They kind of annoy me. Only because I know there’s no REAL way for a mascara formula (or wand) to “curl” your lashes. I mean, think about it: lashes are hair. And if you’re looking for noticeable curl in your hair, you usually have to use a curling iron or something like that, right? That said, my belief is that the best way to get your lashes to be a bit curlier is to use an eyelash curler. Yep, I said it. I don’t use my often but when I do I find that they curl my lashes WAY better than any mascara.

But let’s rap about this mascara anyway. La wand….

Now I’ve got to give it up to the wand. It actually does a decent job at lengthening the lashes. And it’s study too. The curl in the wand also makes it easy for you to apply mascara to your lashes and then hold the wand in place for a few seconds. Of course you can do this with any type of wand, but it’s always easier with the wands that have the little loops.

Performance-wise, I found application to be easy. The mascara has a nice formula and so I didn’t run into any problems with that. In fact, I’m having a difficult time finding anything horrible about this mascara. Yes, I do think curl mascaras are pretty ineffective but I will prop the mascara up on what it DOES do well; and that’s lengthen and last for hours at a time. If I could find a downfall, it would be that while it does a great time at lasting, it definitely isn’t the kind of mascara that works well if you’re spending a considerable amount of time outside. It isn’t a waterproof mascara so you’ll definitely want to think twice about wearing this one to the beach.

I’ll admit, I didn’t see much of a difference on my lashes after applying this mascara. Maybe it’s just me though. What do you think?

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats



Do I recommend it?: It isn’t my favorite mascara from the NYX Boudoir collection but it does well. Just don’t expect to see much curl action unless you manually curl those lashes ahead of time.

Whatcha think? Do you think curl mascaras actually get the job done?


Mascara Monday: Milani Runway Lashes Volume mascara

I’m obsessed with Milani Cosmetics. No surprise there. From their glosses to their nail polishes, blushes, eyeshadows and powders, Milani always keeps me on the edge of my seat wonderin’ what they’re going to come out with next. But when it comes to their mascaras, they’ve always just been so so in my book. Until now. Let’s just say if you get the urge to run to your nearest drugstore to scoop this up, don’t be lookin’ at me. ;)

Price: $4.99 at drugstores and MilaniCosmetics.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What It Claims: “The classic shaped, soft bristle brush gives instant volume, length & curl. The formula is long-lasting, smear-proof and does not clump. Paraben-free.” (source)

The Truth: Whoa whoa whoa…Volume Ci-taaaay!

What I Loved About It: It volumizes beautifully.

What I Didn’t Like: The wand is meh.

Overall: Oh snap, oh snap! Milani has a winning mascara. Weeeee! Yes, I’m excited about this. Very excited about this. It’s crazy hard trying to find a winning volumizing mascara. And you would think that with all of the mascara brands on the market, that it would be easy to find one that really makes those lashes be OUT there, but girl, no….trust me. When I find a good volumizing mascara, I want to throw a party. Fo real.

That said, I love everything about this mascara. Oh! Except the wand.

I mean, it’s not horrible. There’s nothing special about it. I would have liked for it to be a little more plush but it did just fine with separating and volumizing from roots to tips. My biggest issue, however, was trying to get those inner corners. If you’re not careful, you’ll definitely end up smudging. But then again, that happens to be the case with me and MOST mascaras.

The best thing about this mascara? It volumizes beautifully with only 1 coat. I know, right? Some mascaras require a good 3 coats before you even seen any volumizing but with this, I was done by the 2nd coat. And I didn’t really HAVE to apply a second coat. I did it out of habit. The formula is a bit on the thicker side so a little goes a long way. I can appreciate this and find that formula like this is perfect for ladies like me who are on the go and don’t have time to “build” their mascara. If you just want to apply and be done – this is the perfect mascara for that!

You gotta be careful with volumizing mascaras as they tend to smudge and flake because of their thick formulas. The same can be said for this mascara. Throughout the day, I had minor flaking. Nothing detrimental but it’s worth mentioning. Also, I really wish this mascara was waterproof. It’s very light on the lashes and takes little to no rubbing for it to smear away. Which is good if you don’t intend on wearing it all day in humid and/or rainy climates. But if you’re like me and live in a sauna and will be doing more than sitting at a desk all day, this mascara may smear away. But for a night out with the girls? Or crazy volumized lashes at work? This mascara wins!

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats



Do I recommend it?: Heck yeah. It’s cheap and one of the best volumizing drugstore mascaras that I’ve come across. Go Milani!

Have you ever used any of Milani’s mascaras? Or do you generally scoop up some of their other products?


Mascara Monday: Maybelline Volum’Express Hyper Curl mascara

This mascara post is being brought to you by a guest editor; 16-year-old John! John is Flipino and loves beauty and nature! While he’s someone who can appreciate just about anyone’s natural beauty, he also believes a good mascara or foundation used properly can enhance it tenfold.

And even better – he’ll be reviewing an Asian-exclusive mascara. Okay yeah – I know this is going to make my non-Asian guys and girls a little disgruntled but I’m all about featuring location exclusive products. I do it all the time and get lots of “No fair, it’s in my country!” emails for y’all. ;)

Let’s get to it…

Price: 5 out of 5 (Not entirely sure though. Here in the Philippines this cost 250 PHP [which is considered relatively cheap here] but converted to US dollars, it equates to roughly $5.99).

Packaging (brush wand): 3.5 out of 5

Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “In my area, cosmetics don’t come in their original packages but according to online sources, it promises to:

a) The “Instant Volume-Building Express” formula will quickly thicken the lashes.
b) “Patented Curved Anti-Clump Brush” will give you separation in the lashes
c) “Ultra Waterproof formula” will ensure long-lasting wear.
d) “Curly Fix Formula” will fix and curl up the lashes instantly for a 75º curl
lasting 18 hours.” (source)

The Truth:  Despite it somewhat lacking in the volume department, it’s very good mascara that lives up to it’s claims!

What I Loved About It: The packaging is so cute~ LOL. But that aside, the lengthening, curling and separation was amaaaaaaaaazzziiiiiiing. And it really lasts all day. And definition was definitely there!

What I Didn’t Like: It lacked in volumizing and it flaked a teensy bit, but I’m ready to forgive that since it only happened after, like, my 8th hour of wearing it.

Overall: I’ve gotten around when it comes to mascara. Although I haven’t tried as many mascaras as B, I have certainly tried my fair share. I’ve tried Maybelline, CoverGirl, MaxFactor, L’Oreal, Lancôme (♥), et cetera, et cetera. As well as a few local brands found around here in my country. And Hypercurl is definitely in my Top 5, along with Lancome’s Hypnose, and L’Oreal Voluminous.

Although it lacked in the volume department, the lengthening and separation was great. As for the curling factor… I don’t really know about 75º

The wand…

This wand is awesome sauce yo. Wands like these are one of my favorites; they make application very easy and the bristles are stiff enough to smoothly glide through my lashes and it makes for great separation. The only drawbacks however, are that they make application to the inner lashes a bit hard and that it’s not suitable to use for the lower lashes. But I don’t apply on the lower lashes so the latter didn’t really matter to me.

In summary, Maybelline has another winner in my book. Albeit a bit lacking with the volumizing, lengthening, curling and separating was nice. And I didn’t experience any clumping, a bit of flaking occurred but only after approximately 8 hours of wear.

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 3 coats



Heheh, my eyes got wide in the first ‘after’ pic because my cat suddenly clawed my ankle, so I was caught by surprise. ;)

Do I recommend it?: Yeah I would! Especially if you’re the type who doesn’t like to deal with eyelash curlers and all that.

What about any of you fellow Asian Clumps? Have you tried this yet? Any thoughts?

More about John: I’ve tried my fair share of cosmetics. Mostly I have tried the mainstay drugstore brands like, Maybelline, CoverGirl, and Revlon. But I have also tried a few pricier ones, such as YSL, Dior, and Lancôme. So I’ve gotten around cosmetics-wise. Also, when I was around 13 and 14 I was a teen model.

Interested in writing a guest mascara review for Clumps? Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Mascara Monday: Laura Mercier Long Lash mascara

No one and I mean no one makes a foundation like my girl Laura Mercier. And I know this post isn’t about foundation. It’s about a mascara. I know,  I know. I just had to say it. Everything about her cream foundation makes me just…ecstatic. Okay. And that’s all I’ll say about that. I promise. But honestly – with a foundation that good, I just knew the mascara would be just as awesome. That’s the thing about having awesome products in a brand. In your head, you kinda want everything else in the brand to be just as awesome. I can’t be the only one that thinks that. Come ooooon. I know I’m not!

Price: $24 at Sephora stores and Sephora.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara extends and precisely separates the thinnest, shortest, hard-to-reach lashes by expertly scooping up and lengthening each one—while delivering just the right amount of product. The perfectly engineered brush, designed to meet Laura’s specifications, dramatically lengthens and defines each lash. An innovative stretch formula lengthens, separates and curls each lash making lashes appear longer in just two strokes. The long-wearing, water-resistant and smudge-proof formula contains rich dark pigments to enhance lash color.” (source)

The Truth: Hmmm…I’m impressed.

What I Loved About It: It lengthens well.

What I Didn’t Like: It had the tendency to get a wee clumpy.

Overall: Well now – this is a lengthening mascara that I can get used to. And I don’t say that often. I find lengthening mascaras a bit tricky to work with. And here’s why – a lot of times, brands give you the “wrong” brushes. Some brushes are too plush. Others have bristles that are too far apart making lengthening and separating difficult. But every now and then, a brand will get it right. Kudos to Laura Mercier! Perhaps my favorite thing about this mascara is the wand. And it’s a no frills wand. There isn’t anything particularly special about it but it goes great with the mascara’s formula..

This wand makes it easy to wiggle though the lashes while separating the lashes with ease. Because the bristles are tinier than I’d like, it may take some time reallllly wiggling from root to tip. But patience is a virtue, darling and I found that with some elbow grease and a spoon full of sugar (I’m in a Mary Poppins kind of mood – don’t mind me), you’ll end up with nice long lashes.

Now. When it comes to lengthening mascaras, people expect the most. Myself included. I’m in the mindset of “Lengthen my lashes, you say? Well then…I want my lashes 3 feet long.” Um no. It doesn’t work like that. To really get your lengthening mascara to perform better, I recommend combing your lashes first. Untangle them and separate them as much as you can. I also recommend curling your lashes if yours are like mine and happen to be all over the place. I found that I had better results with this mascara when I curled my lashes before using it. Of course if you already have naturally curly lashes, you may need to omit this step.

3 coats of mascara seemed to do well with this mascara. I tried it with just one coat and two coats but I find it to really pop with  three good coats. Also, keep in mind that it’s a lengthening mascara so if you’re desirous of volume, you won’t be getting it from this mascara. But for lengthening? I say yay! It does a darn good job. The formula is lightweight so I’m not sure how we’ll it would do in terms of wearing allllll day but it doesn’t smudge or flake and that’s always a plus for me.

 

Bare Lashes


 


Lashes after 3 coats



Do I recommend it?: Absolutely. Especially if you’re a Laura Mercier fan!

Are you a fan of lengthening mascaras or would you rather roll with the volumizing ones?


Mascara Monday: NYX Faux Lashes mascara

I’ve been reviewing my fair share of NYX Cosmetics mascaras this year, uh? Not that I’m complaining. I mean, I’ll never get annoyed at makeup brands shooting me a crap ton of mascaras to review. The more the merrier! I am just now hitting the mid way point of reviewing half of NYX’s Boudoir Mascara Collection. I’ve tackled Pin Up Tease and Provocateur and the fiber mascara kid called Faux Lashes is up next to bat.

Price: $6.00 at NYX.com and Ulta stores nationwide.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “Infused with fibers to volumize and extend lashes. Short bristle brush for dark and heavy application.  Ideal for bottom lashes.” (source)

The Truth: It certainly is a “different” kind of fiber mascara.

What I Loved About It: NYX is dead on about this mascara being great for bottom lashes. It rocks in that department!

What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t give me nearly as much volume as I would have liked.

Overall: I guess I should just come right out and say it – I’m a fiber mascara snob. I am. I don’t wear them regularly (primarily because I’m lazy and it can take a good little while to apply a fiber mascara) but when I do, I’m serious about ‘em. There are only about 2 brands that I feel have done fiber mascaras beautifully. Mind you, I’ve tried more than a dozen fiber mascaras; drugstore and higher-end. That said, while NYX’s Faux Lashes does a decent job, it’s just so so when it comes to fiber mascaras.

But not because the wand sucks. Because it doesn’t…

 (photo credit)

Y’all know I am also a photo snob so please excuse this press photo. I usually take my own but my camera was on the fritz this weekend. Boo. This is actually one of better fiber mascara wands. Especially if you’re looking for a fiber mascara that does more lengthening than volumizing. No need to ask what my preference is. Y’all know I LIVE for volumized lashes. If if you’re a fan of lengthening and separating the lashes, this wand makes it so easy to do so. It is also great on the lower lashes. I tend to ignore my lower lashes most of the time (again – laziness strikes when getting ready in the morning) but when I want some added va va voom-ness to zee bottom lashes, this is the ideal want to give me that length.

Formula-wise, the mascara is great. It is chockfull of fiber thingies and applying them to the lashes couldn’t be easier. But again, because of the wand’s slim design, you aren’t really able to coat and paint the fibers on your lashes efficiently to get a fuller effect. And like I said, if your goal isn’t volumized lashes – no lost love there. But considering the claims said this mascara would give us volume, I just don’t think it delivered in that department.

But is it still a good mascara? It’s okay. I found application to be fine except throughout the day, it seemed to disappear a bit. I would even push it to the limit with 3 coats and the overall look just looked so so. If ladies with shorter and smaller lashes are looking for a fiber mascara that is easy to apply, this would be a great start. Just don’t expect to have crazy Drag Queen lashes with this kid.

 

Bare Lashes

 


Lashes after 3 coats



 

Do I recommend it?: It’s only $6 so if it doesn’t rock your world, you haven’t broken the bank. I do think there are better fiber mascaras out there so you can probably pass on this one.

Whatcha think? Are you a fan of fiber mascaras? Have you tried this one yet?


Mascara Monday: Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat

I love getting the opportunity to review mascara-like products that aren’t really mascaras. I mean granted this topcoat goes on the lashes LIKE a mascara but it isn’t exactly a mascara. It’s cool stuff and the Anastasia team should feel like geniuses for created something like this. Because it makes sense. And us mascara lovers have been needing something like this forever. Why spend the money buying waterproof mascaras when you can just use your favorite mascara and top it off with THIS waterproof topcoat?

Genius!

Price: $21 at Sephora.com 
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “A clear topcoat that instantly waterproofs, refreshes, and protects any mascara all day, without drying or clumping. This advanced, lightweight formula glides on smooth, dries quickly, and gives your lashes a touchable, soft lacquer finish that lasts all day. ” (source)

The Truth: Man. I’m not the type that NEEDS a waterproof mascara but for those that do, this is the perfect choice.

What I Loved About It: I like how it doesn’t change the look of your mascara. Nor does it change the consistency of the mascara in any way.

What I Didn’t Like: The wand is a bit Plain Jane. I would have loved for the bristles to be a bit more plush.

Overall: Whoa! Anastasia gets major props from me. Even if this topcoat sucked, I’d still have to get the brand an A for effort. Many many mascara users desire the waterproof effect in their mascaras. In fact, I’ve heard many gals say that they WON’T even think about wearing a mascara unless it’s waterproof. And I can see why – waterproof mascaras are perfect for those who like longterm use, have allergies, rub their eyes a lot or tend to sweat. And many makeup artists prefer to use waterproof mascaras on their clients. Personally, I don’t need a waterproof mascara. My favorite mascaras work well with lasting all day and that’s primarily because I don’t wear my mascaras longer than 9 hours or so. And it’s not like I’m doing anything more than doing computer work most days so I’m okay with regular mascaras.

Still, this topcoat surprised me and I’ve been enjoying using it with my favorite mascaras. It’s pretty awesome because it doesn’t do anything but make your mascara even more functional. So who can complain about that, uh?

The wand is just okay…


It could definitely be worse so I won’t complain about it too much. I do wish it were a bit more plush but short lashes, long lashes, thick lashes or thin – it’ll work just fine. The key is to apply a good amount after your mascara has dried. But not “It’s been on for an hour and super dry” kind of dried. So yeah, while I wish it had a bit more frills to it, it gets the job done and that’s all that matters. Oh! And the bristles are nice and stiff and that realllly helps with application.

Consistency-wise, this paraben-free topcoat reminds me a lot of Shiseido’s Mascara Primer. It has a jelly-ish look and feel to it. If you rub it in between your fingers, it feels a lot like a gel you’d put in your hair. When applying it on the lashes, I found it was best to apply after the mascara dried a bit. One coat does the trick and I love that it doesn’t shrink the mascara or make it too soft. Nor does the previously applied mascara lose its length or volume. It doesn’t get weighed down either. It’s as if you didn’t even do anything. Which I can appreciate.

This topcoat is definitely a luxury and not a must-have for those who have already found their ideal waterproof mascara. But, if you’re looking to give your favorite mascaras that extra fix of waterproof-ness, you’ll definitely need this.

It was hard to actually SHOW the topcoat on the lashes so I didn’t feel the need to post pics of zee lashes this week.

 

Do I recommend it?: Yep! Only if you think you’ll need it. It’s a pretty dope product.

Whatcha think? Would you find any use out of a waterproof topcat?