Clinique is a brand which has never really interested me, I know it’s a brand which has a really loyal bunch of followers and that’s always had me a little intrigued but there’s something about it which just lacks interest for me which has never led me to splash my cash on the products. When I received the Lash Power Mascara in my Look Incredible Deluxe box last month I was happy to have something from the brand to try. It wasn’t long before curiosity got the better of me and I found myself opening it early (I’m trying really hard to just have 1 or 2 mascaras on the go at once)
The first thing that I liked about the product was the outer tube, I’m not too familiar with Clinique’s packaging, but I believe a lot of the products may come in a similar patterned floral pastel coloured cardboard tube. The inner packaging lacks a bit of interest and has way less curb appeal to me than the outer packaging, just being in a slim silver tube with a chrome lid. It seems as if Clinique has repackaged this as it’s now in a darker charcoal packaging, but from what I can tell the mascara remains the same otherwise.
Lash Power is described by Clinique as their feathering mascara – the feathering look isn’t something to me that screams ‘power’, I would expect the term to align more with a great all rounder that’s both lengthening and volumising. The mascara feels small in tube size, however the packaging didn’t feel bulky so I wondered if it was ‘all in the mind’, however if I compare this to a few other brands Maybelline Mascaras tend to be about 9.5ml, MAC Mascara’s 8-9ml and YSL’s 7.5ml, which makes Clinique’s 5.5ml quite dinky, and expensive at £19.00.
Unscrewing the tube for the first time and inspecting the wand it looked small and comparing it against the wand from my Tarte Tartist mascara (which I’m actually loving more and more by the way) which I would consider an average size, and it’s not necessarily thinner, but it’s definitely not as long. The shape of the wand is quite ovoid, packed with quite a quite a dense amount of dense bristles.
This set of reviews was intended to go up last week, but I couldn’t make up my mind on my thoughts on this mascara, and wanted to give it some extra time. I found the formula of this really sticky feeling, and instead of doing what I think should be intended which is creating feathery, lengthened and separated look, it starts clumping my lashes together. Despite my knowledge that whilst some mascaras seem to get better over time if the formula is thinner, this already felt too thick and after two weeks of trying to make it work, it’s not getting any better, and I enjoy it less and less daily. It’s hard work applying this to the lashes and the wand sticks to the lashes as well as the formula, it ends up being a lot of effort for a mascara that I don’t even like the effect of.
Good news about this mascara is that it doesn’t flake or smudge, it adds an average amount of length but the effect it has on the lashes for me is awful, when I featured this in my beauty box haul some people said that this mascara is their holy grail/one they go back to a lot, whilst I never want to see this again. No where near empty but you’ll see it in February’s trash.
To celebrate the week I’ll be giving away the spare Grandee Lip Kit I hauled a few weeks and the gorgeous eye and highlighter Makeup Revolution Palette too. There are 2 Ways to enter:
1. Follow Me on Twitter & retweet the competition tweet (linked here!)
2. Be following my blog either via wordpress/email or bloglovin & comment on any of the posts in this series including this one (unless you tell me you’re not entering I’ll presume that you are!). Comments on each post are counted as multiple entries so come back all week to increase your chances of winning!
Entries close 11.59pm on the 20th February.
I’ll be announcing the winner week commencing Monday 20th February 2017!
I’m sad that my first real experience with Clinique was a dud. Are you a Clinique Fan, or does the brand allude you too?