Favorite Product of the Month: Clinique High Lengths Mascara

Despite my less than stellar experience with Bare Escentuals mascara last week, I thankfully have another offering in my stash that I can turn to in a pinch – Clinique’s High Lengths mascara ($18CAD).  I got this as a gift from Clinique at our school last month, but just opened it recently as I was trying to use up some of my other mascaras first.The brush looks pretty funky – a bright neon green, rubber wand that has a slight curve and tiny teeth on one side to easily bend around and comb through the lashes.  Somehow the formula and this combination work to create crazy long lashes with great separation.  Don’t let its bizarre look scare you away – it’s actually quite easy to wield.I’ve used High Lengths before, but oh my goodness I had forgotten how insanely amazing this mascara is for lengthening the lashes!!  It’s kind of ridiculous really.  My lashes, while very curly, aren’t terribly long, and this stretches them out and makes them stand out so much more than usual.  I can almost fake being one of ‘those’ girls…you know who I mean.  The ones whose lashes you can’t help but stare at because they’re just so goshdarn LONG.

Bare lashes

Even though the length this mascara imparts is fairly dramatic, I would still call this a daytime mascara as it offers very little in the way of volume or thickness (nor does it claim to).  I prefer to have a day- and nighttime mascara anyway so this isn’t really a problem.  And from tips and tricks I’ve gathered over time, it sounds like my best bet is to layer mascaras anyway to get the effect closest to what I’m looking for.  So, now I just need to find that perfect volumizing mascara and I’ll be set!

Do you prefer length or volume when choosing a mascara? 

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  1. #1 by Larie on February 27, 2012 - 10:26 pm

    Holy smokes! That’s amazing! I actually really loved Clinique’s High Impact mascara (I’m a volume girl!) but now that I’m on paraben-free products, can’t use it. Haven’t found one I loved as much, although Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes comes close. DiorShow is also a good one for volume!

    • #2 by Latoya on February 29, 2012 - 10:53 pm

      Ah that’s too bad Larie! My other fave is High Impact too, though since I get Clinique for free most of the time, I get bored or something and always want to stray (bad beauty addict!). I’ve never tried the Tarte one but I’ve given it the eye a few times – guess I’ll be giving it an even harder look now, thanks for the suggestion!

  2. #3 by Barb on February 28, 2012 - 9:48 pm

    i havent used that in a while and remembered liking it and liking the funky brush… thanks for the reminder!! Clinique is often overlooked

    • #4 by Latoya on February 29, 2012 - 10:57 pm

      Your welcome, Barb :) Yes, it’s true, Clinique is overlook, especially regarding makeup, because it’s so tame. But their mascaras are really lovely and I just haven’t found another brand that I ever want a repeat performance, except Clinique’s!

  3. #5 by Liz on February 28, 2012 - 9:52 pm

    Don’t even get me started on your lashes. SO. PRETTY!

    I think this looks like the perfect every day mascara. :)

    • #6 by Latoya on February 28, 2012 - 10:54 pm

      Thank you Liz!! That’s so nice of you :)

      It really is the perfect every day mascara – I am having a renewed love affair with it BIG-TIME. I really think I should just stop looking and stick with Clinique mascara’s…but I just can’t, I need variety!!! LOL

  4. #7 by makeupmorsels on February 29, 2012 - 10:18 pm

    Your lashes look amazing! Perfectly fanned out with nary a clump in sight :) And I know what you mean about ‘those girls,’ although in my case it’s usually ‘those guys.’ So many of them have insanely long and curled lashes, it’s unfair I tell you! What do they need those for?!

    The one mascara I tried from Clinique was a major letdown (I think it was one of the volumizing formulas), but I’m tempted to give this a try.

    • #8 by Latoya on February 29, 2012 - 11:05 pm

      True! My boyfriend has pretty fab lashes, and its so unfair. You said it – what do they need those for? Maybe there is some kind of biological thing going on there…

      ANYWAY. Thank you for the kind words, MM! The brush really allows for you to comb out the lashes to avoid clumping. I suspect the mascara you tried before was the Lash Doubling one – I don’t mind it, but it’s not my fave. Maybe you can scam a sample size of this one and see if you like it before committing!

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