Thursday, May 2, 2013

Mascara MAYhem #1: Clinique High Impact Mascara

When I was still a makeup newbie, just making my first anxious trips to the makeup counters in Macy's, Clinique's original High Impact Mascara ($16) was my first high-end lash-building purchase. The product was simple, straightforward, and dependable: your lashes were made thicker and more voluminous without a fiddly to gouge your eye out. There aren't any gimmicks with the simple, thick fiber brush: it is what it is and what it is is great. For someone who was who still looking for her makeup mojo, this no fuss mascara was a godsend!


[caption id="attachment_561" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Clinique High Impact Mascara (original formula) Clinique High Impact Mascara (original formula)[/caption]

As the years have come and gone, I've not been faithful to my beloved High Impact.  Drugstore and prestige mascaras have passed their way through my makeup bag, some residing longer than others, all eventually finding their way to the bin with nary a thought about repurchase.


The only mascara I have ever consciously repurchased, despite my cosmetic infidelity, is High Impact. Whenever I want a classic, natural eye look that doesn't look clumpy or too dramatic, I grab this little green tube. My lashes are instantly given definition and my eye look a finished appearance with only a few lashings. Best yet, as someone who wears specs, the formula doesn't overly lengthen my lashes or leave flecks of product on my lenses.


[caption id="attachment_564" align="aligncenter" width="295"]My eyes with two coasts of High Impact Original Mascara My eyes with two coasts of High Impact Original Mascara[/caption]

The product has a wet formula that can, when new or with extreme long wear shift to the lower lash line. However, as with most mascaras-- budget and luxury alike-- as the formula dries it becomes sturdier and less prone to movement. You can buy the mascara in waterproof and regular formulas; lazy to my core, I’ve only ever used the regular formula for quick cleansing purposes.


Somehow, in some way, this bog standard staple of the High Impact line manages to tick all of the boxes without too much pain in the ol' pocketbook. Don't be seduced by its flasher sisters in the line, the original High Impact is a gem!


Until next time, dear readers . . .



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