Product Review: Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara (With Pictures!)

Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara, US$14.50/CAD$18.00
Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara, US$14.50/CAD$18.00

Since I had stopped using animal tested cosmetics, I had been using more Clinique makeup products. Since it is fragrance free and hypoallergenic, I find that I don’t react as much anymore, especially when it comes to eye products!

I had to give up Lancome’s Hypnose, my HG mascara for the longest time, after I found out about their animal testing. It was painful at first, as painful as it was for me to give up pretty much and virtually all Japanese and Korean beauty products I had been using (that includes my 10-year love affair with SKII). But I was happy to discover that many of the cruelty-free brands are actually just as good. Clinique’s High Impact Curling Mascara, while not as perfect as Hypnose was for me, is a very good mascara, and here are the reasons why.

Definition: this defines almost as good as Lancome’s Definicils, which was my second HG mascara of all time. It gives each individual lash great definition in a glossy finish (more than Definicils), and it does not clump or do anything naughty.

Lengthening: this does lengthen. It’s not too dramatic, but it’s there, and it’s noticeable.

Curling: the best feature of this mascara. Hypnose does a perfect job on my semi-straight lashes; and this one rocks mine sky high and does not quit; the curling power stays on until you take it off. I was really amazed. See photos below (click to enlarge them):

Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara gives me well defined and curled lashes.
Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara gives me well defined and curled lashes.
Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara - after 13 hours - the curls are still staying strong!
Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara - after 13 hours - the curls are still staying strong!

Staying power: I noticed a little flaking but only if I applied it on my bottom lashes.

Removal: very similar to Kanebo Sensai’s Mascara 38°C (US$25.00), this removes very easily and completely with warm water, about 38°C, so basically you can remove it just by standing under your shower.

The only drawback, which is major if you were going for the oomph factor, is the lack of volume. This doesn’t thicken. Lancome’s Definicils, though not advertised for volumizing, actually thickens the lashes. But this one doesn’t. To its credit, it did not claim to. It claims to lengthen and curl for 24 hours and it does that well. I know that each type of mascara is meant to be great for one or two features, and rarely does one do it all. This isn’t Hypnose, but Clinique doesn’t test on animals so I would not mind a little bit of a trade off.

The only drawback of Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara - no thickening effect.
The only drawback of Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara - no thickening effect.

For the price, this is a steal. I definitely will repurchase!

List of ingredients (click to enlarge):

Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara ingredients
Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara ingredients

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