Actually I wanted to try Clinique for a really long time, and a few months ago I managed to grab a mini set with a big discount. This mascara was in the box.
It’s a mini tube with 4 ml. but it was enough to learn about all the peculiarities the product has.
I use this mascara from time to time, when I need a natural effect on my lashes.
Price (for a full-size mascara): $18
The mini product is identical to the full-sized one in everything except the size. I like the design: neat and laconic, like a keg. The case is of plastic, as well as the cap.
The stopper is great and doesn’t let the excess of the product out. It doesn’t get dirty with time.
The brush deserves another praise. It’s just my opinion, but I love when there are so many little bristles on a brush. When I see such a brush in a mascara, I know right away that I’ll like it.
On the other hand, I was afraid that these bristles would scratch my eyelid. These fears were groundless, though. The brush is moderately long and with equal-sized bristles and the same distance from each other.The tip of the brush is good too, and doesn’t take out too much. Therefore, you don’t have to wipe the excess of the brush and the stopper doesn’t get dirty.
The mascara is black and fragrance-free. The formula is lightweight and creamy.
Ingredients:Water, Stearic Acid, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cera Carnauba, Polyisobutene, Polyvinyl Acetate, Glyceryl Stearate, Paraffin, Silica, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Isostearic Acid, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Kaolin, Panthenol, Pantethine, Caprylyl Glycol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Nylon-6, Cholesterol, Simethicone, PTFE, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Mica, Iron Oxides
Peculiarities (both pros and cons):
The mascara applies very well, without turning my eyelashes into spider legs, I daresay. It doesn’t make them heavy and paints them from roots to the ends, creating a natural effect.
The mascara promised to create some volume too, but I don’t see any. It doesn’t thicken the eyelashes. Also, the product promised some kind of black pigmentation which were supposed to make eyelashes blacker. I don’t know what to say, my eyelashes are naturally black.
And just to finish the list of the cons, I’d like to note that the mascara doesn’t curl the eyelashes.
My eyelashes are naturally straight, and with this mascara, I can’t curl them properly.
To the advantages, then. The mascara dries fast, and doesn’t leave spots on the lid. It’s great, since I love applying eyeshadows and it’s so annoying to remove the mascara spots from the eyelid first.
No fall out. May smudge when it’s rainy. Can be removed with any kind of remover, like micellar water or cleansing oil. Doesn’t create raccoon eyes.
Let me show you the mascara from different angles, on my short and straight eyelashes.
In one layer:
The mascara behaves quite badly when applied in two layers. It sticks the eyelashes together. It isn’t too visible, yet it feels unpleasant.
If I were to describe this mascara in a few words, I’d say: it’s just your eyelashes, but a little bit better. It’s such a natural effect without lengthening, volume and curl. No more than 3 stars, alas.Well, in general:
- a very handy brush
- dries quickly
- doesn’t stain the upper lid
- doesn’t fall out
- can be removed with any makeup remover
- creates a natural effect
- no lengthening or volume
- isn’t waterproof
If you like natural makeup and ready to shell out $20 for a Clinique mascara - that’s for you. But personally I think it’s a mediocre overpriced mascara.