Review - Clinique Lash Power Mascara
I feel that I am always complaining about smudged mascaras.
To give a more positive vibe to my mascara reviews, here's one that I always trust.
Claims from Clinique's website:
Mascara with staying power. Vows to look pretty for 24 hours without a smudge or smear. Lasts through rain, sweat, humidity, tears. Yet the formula removes easily with warm water. Unique brush reaches and beautifully lengthens even the tiniest lashes. Ophthalmologist Tested.
The Lash Power Mascara is a tubing mascara. A tubing mascara is different from a "traditional" mascara in the sense that it is made up of polymer. Upon drying, the polymer forms a solid film that wraps around each lash. Tubing mascara does not smudge because of its chemical properties.
The brush is one of the smallest and thinnest I have used. I really like it as I found it very easy to control. I usually do two coats after curling my lashes. The second coat goes on when the first is semi-dry.
It is undoubtedly long-wearing. It does not come off until I remove it at the end of the day. I wear contact lenses and there is no sensitivity problem either. It lengthens the look of my lashes. It holds curls for at least a few hours. I don't think it does a fantastic job in volumising, but that could be due to the thin, small brush rather than the mascara formulation itself.
Top: not wearing any mascara. Centre: wearing Clinique Lash Power Mascara, 2 coats (none on bottom lashes). Bottom: 5 hours later with no smudge and minimal flaking.
The mascara is very difficult to come off with makeup remover of any description. I later found that the "trick" is to just remove it with warm water (it really isn't a "trick" because it is clearly stated in the product description on the website but I did not read it). Upon removal, it comes off like rubber pieces instead of a smear of black.
Just beware that this mascara costs more than other Clinque mascaras because of its small size. This mascara comes in 6mL. Compared to other Clinique mascaras of the same or similar price. e.g. Chubby Lash 10mL, this is almost half the size.
Overall rating: 4/5
I don't think that this mascara is amazing, but it is still a staple in my makeup kit because it is too difficult to find mascaras that are completely non-smudge.