Review: Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara

If you live in England, you will know what Boots points are.

Boots is the biggest beauty/skincare drugstore type shop in the UK. Boots is as part of your life as going to the supermarket it. When you need shampoo, cotton wool, hair dye, you pop to boots.

Boots Advantage card is one of the few loyalty schemes that ACTUALLY WORK. They offer bonus deals all the time – it works out roughly as 4 points per £1, and 1000 points will work out as £10, 500 as £5 and so on. I once had £150 of points on my card :) which I wasted :(

There’s a point to this I swear.

So although I am not much into Clinique, I was completely intrigued by their High Impact Curling Mascara.

The visual I saw said that you would no longer need eyelash curlers – its THAT good.


They say: Helps coax lashes to a long, bold, upturned look, without a pinch, pull or tug. Smudge, flake, smear-resistant formula holds for up to 24 eye-opening hours. Ophthalmologist tested. Appropriate for contact lens wearers, too.

How To Use
Hold arched brush so it follows the curve of your lashes. Apply as many coats as desired to build curl and intensity. To remove, use fingertips to splash warm water (bath temperature is ideal) on lashes several times and press gently. Or, wet a cotton pad with warm water, press to eye, then wipe away.

To summarize – pros are they ENHANCE and HOLD curl, and it comes off with WATER.


This costs £13.11. This is 1311 Boots points. That is a lot of cotton pads I had to go through to save it up. This is what I used to purchase this mascara.

The lady I bought it from said I wouldn’t need eyelash curlers AT ALL. I have poker straight lashes, so no, I wouldn’t expect it to curl from pure straightness. She said you use it as a normal mascara then use the arched bit to push and boost the curl – hold for a few seconds and voila!


The test!

Bare eye:




1 coat of mascara, no curlers:


From the side:


So no, if you have poker straight lashes, it will not magically make them curl – but I didn’t expect that anyway.

Pre curled:


Nars eyelash curler baby, still my favourite:


With one coat of mascara:


Although its a nice mascara, it seemed to make my lashes flop:


As you can see, it’s a NICE mascara. The separation is fab, the lashes look longer and glossy.

However – this mascara didn’t hold curl for me.

I am guessing that if you naturally have long eyelashes, or perhaps ones that already have a curl, or slight curl, this may work. But if you had that then curling isn’t your main problem; for us Asian gals with straight, short lashes, it is a bugbear to spend ages curling the lash just to have a mascara weight them down again.

So this didn’t work for me in terms of holding curl, boo-hoo, but its nice mascara and it will work for women who naturally have curl in their lash.

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  1. says

    BOOO BOOO that’s awful when a product doesn’t do something it claims. It’s worse when it make your eyelashes flop =(

    • Row says

      Hi Lia

      Because I have lash extenstions in I am using non waterproof mascara at the moment (givenchy – the one with the funny brush) however, with my own normal lashes, Integrate (shiseido) is hard to beat (which is weird cos their other products are crap).