Morgan: Clinique High Impact Mascara

I popped into Farmers to visit the Clinique counter a couple of weeks ago, to try out the Clinique High Impact mascara. This is one I’ve heard about quite a bit online, and although my Diorshow is still going strong, I wanted a waterproof mascara. I figured this would be a good chance to try out a new formula at the same time, and I’m really pleased I did! This is a really impressive mascara.

I used to get in trouble at high school for wearing makeup when I wasn’t actually – I just have quite long, dark eyelashes, and my oily eyelids are naturally a slightly different colour to the surrounding skin, so they can look like I’ve put some kind of product on them. I had an actual, heated argument with my English teacher once about it. (We also once had an argument because I wasn’t singing the hymns in assembly. From then on I just mouthed along and changed the words inside my head.) I had to wipe my eyes with makeup remover from the school office to show I wasn’t wearing any makeup.

If I had owned the Clinique High Impact Mascara in the waterproof formula then, I could have got away with wearing it at school, because even going crazy with a dual formula eye makeup remover like this one, it’s a struggle to get it off. This is a mild inconvenience, but coconut oil does get it off successfully. I went for the waterproof one because I’ve found my mascara has been rubbing off my bottom lashes onto the area just under my eyes. So far this one hasn’t been doing that, which is great.

The mascara is incredibly lengthening, as you can see in the photo above. On the left I have no mascara on, and on the right I’ve got one coat of the Clinique mascara. It gives a little bit of volume as well as length, while still looking natural. I find a good lengthening mascara helps to open my eyes up, as I have semi-hooded lids.

The wand is a standard bristly job, quite long and wide but not as big as the Diorshow wand. It only takes a couple of coats to get a good application, although it can be challenging to get right in to the inner and outer corners. (I guess that’s what the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara is for… that’s how they get ya.)

Clinique High Impact Mascara costs $46 in New Zealand, which is a little steep, but it’s consistent with other pricing considering a L’Oreal mascara will be around $25-30 and Diorshow is $63. I signed up to the Clinique membership list at Farmers and already got an email with an offer of a free scrub sample. Unfortunately the Clinique 7 Day Scrub contains microbeads, which don’t biodegrade and are therefore incredibly environmentally un-friendly, so I won’t be using it. But it was a nice gesture and hopefully they will have more loyalty offers soon.

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  • spooky

    $63 is a lot of money for mascara.

    • I know! I usually buy my mascara from the States because it is sooo much cheaper.

  • Have you tried the High Impact Extreme? One of my favorites, gives you big volumious lashes! Great post! xo

    • Thank you! This was the first Clinique mascara I have tried but I will have to put that one on my list!

  • Awesome review and photos – I love Clinique High Impact too! If you are looking for an exfoliator without micro-beads, YSL does an amazing granule-free exfoliator that goes on like a gel, then becomes a liquid, which is when you can gently wipe it off. It’s a really pleasant experience and worth trying! 🙂

    • Thank you! And thanks for the recommendation, I might have to try it out. I’ve got a H2O Plus exfoliator which has jojoba oil beads in it instead of plastic ones, which is great because they are biodegradable! But that YSL one sounds like pure indulgence…