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Curves Up: Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara

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I knew I was going to love the formula for Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara ($18 CAN/$14 US). Like its sister, Lash Power (also like Kiss Me Mascara and L'Oréal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara), it's a stay-put type that washes off with warm water yet stands firm in the face of oily lids, tears, rain and torrents of sweat (wear it for a run; you'll see). And I certainly like the drama I get from the finish it gives my lashes. Oddly, though, I had trouble with the hardware!

I haven't used a curved macara wand for decades. Where did they all go? When I was a teen, curved mascara wands like this were almost standard. They apparently fell out of mass favour several years back, so much so that this brush took me by surprise when I opened the tube.

While I practice my curved-brush mascara moves, let me share with you my quirky sister's review of High Impact:

Okay. Fine. I tried it. Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara - Black 01.

Uh, first things first: curved brush -- weird -- ain't used a curved brush in maybe 10 years. Kinda hard to get used to but after a couple days, it does get easier.

Wow -- it's black. They aren't kidding when they call it Black. It's black. Goes on pretty good (after you get used to the brush). It's smooooth. Sits there and feels maybe a little heavy and for a few minutes, I know it's there ’cause I can feel it.

Does it curl? Dunno -- I curled my 9.5 lashes before I put it on. Does it hold the curl I pressed into my short lashes with my eyelash curler? You betcha! Does it make me look like I gots more than 9.5 short lashes on each eye? You betcha! Makes it look like I got lashes and that's the point, right?

These new mascara formulas kinda freak me out -- the removal is different from the stuff I'm used to. It comes off in a teeny-tiny tube shape like a little lash-cone! How cool is that? Not so many black bitty-bits and more bigger tube-ish chunks. No, soap-free soap does not get it off. Yes, soap-soap and warm water does. Rain don't get it off, sad movies don't get it off, laughing ’til you cry don't get it off, and a light rub on the eye might smear my eyeliner but it don't get this mascara off.

So, I guess it's good. I guess I must confess to liking it. I guess I'm a convert now, and Seester, they had better not ever stop making this or I'll have to hurt you because it's your fault I even tried it.

Sheesh, I get blamed for everything.

Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara is available at department stores, Sephora, and


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