The name "high impact" might be a bit of a misnomer for this mascara. Certainly, if I was purchasing this mascara with the hopes of wearing it to a Rocky Horror Picture Show screening, I would have been sorely disappointed. (Beyond the mascara, that would have been a bad idea anyways, as falsies are legally mandated for all Rocky Horror attendees.) So, it may help that I originally got this as a part of my "Clinique Bonus", meaning that I had absolutely no preconceptions about what it would be like.
Luckily, it would turn out to be pretty much the best thing ever. Like most Clinique products, it looks pretty unassuming. The brush is straight. The tube is black. The mascara is black (unless you buy the brown, in which case the mascara is brown). The formula is magic.
My biggest mascara-related challenge is getting the length and volume I want without my lashes deciding to form a union of ONE GIANT MONOLASH HEAR ME ROAR. This is a problem I have never faced with this mascara. A few swipes gives me lovely lady-like lashes with no trouble. The end result looks both natural and feminine. (The brown version might be perfect for a no-makeup-makeup look.) It never smudges, it lasts amazingly, and it doesn't require gouging out my eyes to remove. Basically, this is a simple, no-nonsense mascara that epitomizes what a mascara is supposed to do.
|You may need to click on this picture to see what the fuck is going on. I moved and I am still trying to figure out where in my new house I get acceptable lighting.|
Although I fully intend on maintaining my collection of near-infinite mascaras, Clinique's High Impact mascara will absolutely always be on my shelf.
Clinique High Impact retails for $16 for 0.28 oz, or $57.14 per ounce.