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Published on: 08 Mar 2011 by crissy78
This was perhaps the worst mascara I’ve ever used in my life.
Normally, I use traditional waterproof mascara. To remove it, I apply makeup remover, then wrestle my lashes back and forth to get rid of all traces of the product. The advertising for Clinique Lash Power drew me in, as it promised easy removal with warm water, and long, lush lashes that are supposed to last through “rain, sweat, humidity & tears”. Um – not so much.
The waterproof formula I normally wear is Cover Girl’s Lash Blast, which does an excellent job of holding curl and staying put until I decide to remove it. It has helped my lashes look great through two summers of water sports and humid indoor water park activities, which would give any mascara a run for its money. My skin is incredibly oily, which causes mascara to dissolve, so even on a regular day I must use a waterproof variety to prevent mascara melt-down. Although the Lash Blast has never let me down, the thought of Clinique's Lash Power mascara easily being removed with warm water was very tempting. How could I resist?
So here we go… I applied the Lash Power as I normally apply mascara (after all of my other makeup was on, and after I had curled my lashes). Already, I was a bit disappointed because my curled lashes began to droop a bit after the mascara had been applied. **A tip to anyone using this mascara – do not try to apply a second coat if you wait more than a few seconds after the first coat. In an attempt to boost my drooping lashes, I began to sweep on a second coat. The result was a sticky clumpy mess. I dabbed on some warm water to remove it and little tube shaped wads of mascara peeled away from my lashes. It was amazingly easy to remove. After allowing my lashes to dry for several minutes, I re-curled and then reapplied the mascara.
This was around 10am on a Saturday morning. I then headed out the door for brunch with my boyfriend, and then we went to the movie theater around noon. Half way through the movie, it felt like something was in my eye. I blinked a few times hoping to clear it away, and then made the mistake of rubbing the corner of my eye. It felt like little crumbs of mascara were falling onto my cheeks. I kept blinking, and squinting at the movie, waiting for a boring point where I could leave for the restroom and see what was going on with my eye. Finally, I couldn’t take it any more and ventured out of the theater to look in the bathroom mirror. **SCREAM** The little tubes of mascara had fallen all over my face and into my eyes! My cheeks were littered with rubbery feeling mascara fragments. I had to remove the remainder of the mascara right there in the movie theater bathroom, using toilet paper and warm water. By the time the process was complete, it looked as though I’d been crying for hours. My eyes were puffy, red & irritated, and some of the warm water had run down my face, smudging my foundation.
In short, I would not recommend this mascara to anyone with oily skin, or anyone who will be wearing it in a humid or warm environment. My theory as to why the tubes began disintegrating from my lashes is this: My oily skin + the warm temperature in the movie theater = an atmosphere similar to warm water (which causes the mascara to dissolve). Maybe if you will be wearing this mascara in a very cold climate, and if you have dry skin, it may work for you. However, it was a complete nightmare for me! I will never use any “easy to remove tube mascara” again. Back to my trusty Cover Girl Waterproof Lash Blast!