High Impact Lash Elevating Mascara
Clinique's High Impact Lash Elevating Mascara isn't the flashiest fringe enhancer out there. For the most part, it does what it says and does it well, but it isn't without its faults.
This mascara comes in a somewhat nondescript black tube with a silver top. One of the aspects we liked best initially was its applicator; it's a tapered spoolie brush that picked up enough mascara to fully coat lashes, but not so much that it got goopy or clumpy.
Unfortunately, this doesn't remain true over time. Several days after opening, the mascara did develop clumps that you could see on the brush and that translated to lashes. You can brush these out, but it's less-than-ideal, especially because of how nice the brush was on the first try.
True to Clinique's claims, this adds curl and lift to lashes, resulting in a more open-eyed, "awake" look. It doesn't add tons of volume, but Clinique doesn't say that it will, either.
High Impact Lash Elevating Mascara also stands the test of time, with no flaking or smearing throughout a standard work day of wear. Despite this, it is also easy to remove.
What about the mamey seed oil that Clinique claims conditions lashes? Like most seed butters and oils, it's a good skin and hair conditioning ingredient, but it's not superior to any of the others available (including other oils Clinique includes, such as avocado, castor, and soybean).
Overall, this is a good curling and lash-enhancing mascara, but one that doesn't quite live up to its first impression over time.
- Adds good curl and lift to lashes for a more open-eyed look.
- Doesn't flake or smudge.
- Easy to remove.
- Formula becomes clumpy after it's been opened.
Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.
Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.
Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested aren't regulated by the FDA and can mean anything, thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.
That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).
Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations, many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color, though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.
The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.
Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.
For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.
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