Swatch & Review: Clinique High Lengths Mascara

Mascara is probably my biggest makeup passion ever. Even before I learnt how to put on eye makeup quasi-properly, I had witnessed the wonders mascaras can do. However, I have stayed pretty nonjudgmental when it comes to mascaras. As you will be able to see later in this post, I have MINIMUM real lashes, so whatever I use makes a big difference. Now that I am keeping a beauty blog, I found myself paying more attention to the details of different products. Therefore, I am going to share my experience with Clinique High Lengths Mascara with you.

I received this as a gift with purchase last year. With 4.7 milliliters/0.16 ounce, it is an extremely generously-sized sample. The Clinique website claims their High Lengths Mascara can: “stretch limp, lifeless lashes to lengths beyond your wildest expectations. And wow – eyes look noticeably wider, fully energized. Our curved, fine-toothed comb finds the tiniest lashes and brings them out of hiding. Ophthalmologist tested and appropriate for sensitive eyes.”

The first exceptional thing you can notice with this mascara is indeed the “curved, fine-toothed comb.” However, it is also one of my gripes with it.

As you can see in the close-up picture, there are indeed a lot of fine teeth on the comb. However, whether it is because of the shape or size of my eyes, the wand is very awkward to use. It is way too long, and the curve does not work with my eyes. I have in more than one occasion painfully jabbed the wand into my eyes during application and caused my eyes to water with irritation. Don’t get me wrong. The wand might work great for other people, but for my rather flat eyes it just feels pretty clumsy and awkward. It is pretty difficult to reach the outer corners of my eyes with this wand unless I am just using the very tip, but I normally have an easier time with shorter wands. I can do my lower lashes using just the tip as well, and that works fine.

The formula of this mascara leans wet, which is fine by me except it doesn’t hold curls. As you will be able to see in my eye swatch pictures, my lashes are indeed lengthened dramatically, but they can be much curlier with another mascara. It doesn’t clump or smudge, which is definitely a pro. However, it does flake a tiny little throughout the day. It is not bad, but I feel obliged to mention it. Clinique does not market this as waterproof or water-resistant, but I didn’t have problems with it melting on me during several trials, and even when my eyes watered with the jabby wand I wasn’t crying black tears. Also, my lashes do not feel rigid with this mascara. Instead, they are pretty soft and natural to touch.

Are you ready for the swatch pictures now?

This is my bare eye. I only curled my lashes without applying anything. Can you see the fuzz I call my eye lashes? No? That’s OK, because sometimes I can’t see them either!

Here I lined my upper lash line and applied one coat of Clinique High Lengths Mascara to my upper lashes. You can definitely see an improvement, right?

Here I applied two coats of Clinique High Lengths Mascara to my upper lashes and one to my lower lashes. Now my lashes are definitely saying hello to my dear readers, and my eyes are coming back to life!

What I like about this mascara:
1. It doesn’t smudge or clump.
2. Lashes feel soft and natural after application.
3. It does lengthen my lashes dramatically.
4. The result is very natural-looking, and my lashes do not feel rigid either.
5. The formula is supposed to be safe even for those with very sensitive eyes.

What I dislike about this mascara:
1. The wand is very awkward to use.
2. It does flake a little throughout the day.
3. It doesn’t hold curls.
4. It doesn’t add volume. To be fair, this is not what this mascara is designed to do, but I do need a little help both length-wise and volume-wise, so this is not the best pick for me personally.

Bottom line: I would recommend this to people who want longer, soft-feeling, and natural-looking lashes, particularly those whose eyes are not as flat as mine. It is a good mascara, but it is just not the best for me, so I won’t be purchasing a whole tube.

What do you think? Would you be interested in trying this out? What is your favorite mascara? Do share!

Sunny xx



  • http://twitter.com/rinny151 Rinny’s Beauty Diary (@rinny151)

    I haven’t tried this, but it looks like it does give a bit of length to your lashes. It’s too bad it drags down the curl though. Personally, I find that all non-waterproof mascaras drag down my lashes, so I buy all of my mascaras in waterproof form.

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      All of my mascaras are waterproof because it’s a habit that I developed in Taiwan (too hot and humid. Non-waterproof mascaras would never see the end of the day). This is about the first non-waterproof (at least it doesn’t claim to be so) I’ve tried, but if they don’t retain curls as well I think I’ll stay with the waterproof ones!

  • http://into-mind.com intomind

    I have pretty much tried every other clinique mascara apart from this one. My favourite is the long wear formula, because it doesn’t smudge at all

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey Anuschka! Thanks so much for the comment! This doesn’t smudge either, it just flakes a tiny little, which I personally find tolerable. It’s just the wand and the fact that it doesn’t hold my curls that killed it for me.

      You have an amazing blog! Love the visual design! I’m following you with Bloglovin now :)

  • http://shortisthenewblack.wordpress.com shortisthenewblack

    That is one interesting wand. I might have to try it for myself, thanks for the great review though!