- Safe for sensitive eyes
- Separates and defines
- No smudging
- No transfer
- Flake free
- Not super dramatic
- Not as high impact volume as claimed
Clinique High Impact Mascara is your typical mascara: a fluffy brush that provides a little bit of length, a little bit of volume, and a little bit of definition.
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High Impact Mascara is Clinique’s “desert island must-have.”
If you have sensitive skin, I’m sure you’re familiar with Clinique. The brand is one of the first to take a complete skincare, dermatological approach for those with skin troubles. As a whole, the brand is free of parabens, phthalates, and fragrances. High Impact Mascara is formulated to be safe for even the most sensitive eyes, contact lens wearers, those sensitive to fragrance. No longer do those with sensitive eyes have to sacrifice having dramatic, bold lashes. In fact, Clinique calls this a “desert island must-have” for those who wear contacts.
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:Clinique High Impact Mascara
Promises vs. Performance: Lush, plush, and bold.
In the words of Clinique, High Impact Mascara will give you “lusher, plusher, bolder lashes.” High Impact promises to provide volume and length, coating each and every lash for instant drama. As with the rest of Clinique products, the formula is safe for sensitive skin (including those with sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers!) and is made for performance without irritation. Clinique promises this formula will give even those with the most sensitive of eyes long, bold lashes that last all day long.
You won’t get a ton of volume or drama with this mascara, but you’ll get a long wear. High Impact doesn’t smudge, transfer, or flake. It’s easy to apply, giving length and definition to lashes. While this isn’t the mascara I reach for when I want dramatic, fluffy lashes or that false lash effect, it is a solid formula that is reliable. I love that it’s one I can wear even when my eyes are feeling extra sensitive, but still want a bit of oomph with defined lashes.
How It Compares: Clinique High Impact Mascara is great for sensitive eyes, but what else?
Clinique High Impact Mascara isn’t anything spectacular. It is a pretty typical black mascara with a standard wand. It provides minimal volume, length, and definition, but doesn’t go above and beyond. I do think this formal can be applauded for its wear. High Impact Mascara is transfer, smudge, and flake free. But, you won’t get a dramatic, false lash effect with this one.
When I want mega volume, length, and definition and need my mascara to last all day, I reach for Lancome Lash Idole. This has been my holy grail “desert island must-have” since it’s launch. I’ve been obsessed with it’s ultra black pigment, flake free formula since I first tried it. With Lash Idole, I don’t have to sacrifice longevity or a false lash effect (bonus points: it removes easily at the end of the night).
A clean mascara that I think has a leg up to Clinique High Impact is ILIA Limitless Lash ($28). Limitless Lash gives long, defined lashes with an equally as awesome wear. Basically, it’s Clinique’s distant cousin.
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Edited by Maddie