Women are so predictable. Make a mini of a makeup thing, and we're utterly entranced. Omigod, so cute! Adorbs! (The flip-side of a mini size is that someone might easily misplace said wee cosmetic in a clutter of laconic larger-size stuff. Oops. And naturally, Staff takes no responsibility for losing the itsy Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara I've been wanting to try, and claims all the credit for eventually unearthing it. Typical.)
So you know what's not "adorbs" when they're wee? Lower lashes. Years ago on a shoot, a harried photographer glanced at my eye makeup and said brusquely to the makeup artist, "Where are her lower lashes? Can we get some?" #scarredforlife.
Still, although I succumbed to Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara's mini appeal on sight, I had to know -- is this wee thing worth $12 and the extra hassle of having to add another mascara to your daily routine?
In a little word with bigger-than-it-looks impact, yes.
In more words:
1) If, like mine, your lower lashes are so small and delicate that a regular mascara wand can't help but leave globby smears on your skin, you'll want to try Clinique Bottom Lash ($12 at department stores and Sephora). Its teensy wand gets those bitty lashes without laying waste to the surrounding eye area.
2) If you typically wear mascara on your lower lashes only to find forty minutes on that you've been transformed into a talking racoon, you'll want to try Clinique Bottom Lash. Its tube-technology formula stays put through rain, tears, sweat, sebum, humidity, and probably a Maid-of-the-Mist excursion, yet comes off with a cotton pad soaked in nothing more than warm water.
Of course, Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara is only useful if you can find it. Unlike Staff.
P.S. Other tube-technology mascaras to try: Clinique Lash Power, CARGO Better Than Waterproof and L'OrÃ©al Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes. If you have naturally thick, lush lashes, then Kiss Me Mascara is another option.
Image courtesy of Clinique.