Friday, April 3, 2009

Mascara Comparison

At $14 a pop, Clinique’s High Impact Mascara is considered luxe in the world of mascaras. Given it may not cost as much as something  like Dior’s Diorshow mascara, which retails around $24, Clinique’s High Impact is still more expensive than retail drug stores mascaras. So, if it’s a department store brand mascara and it costs $14, the question is does it perform better than a drugstore brand mascara, something that’s categorized as “less”?

To test this question out, I went out and bought one of the most recently launched mascaras, Rimmel’s Sexy Curves, and compared it to Clinique’s High Impact Mascara. Rimmel’s Sexy Curves mascara retails around $6-8, depending on where you purchase it.

Here are the two products:



The Verdict?

A point for the less team because Rimmel’s Sexy Curves mascara beat Clinique’s High Impact mascara by a mile!

Why? Clinique’s High Impact mascara is super clumpy. In fact, one swipe of the wand will already leave your lashes sticking together. If you try to swipe on a second coat, your lashes get weighed down and loses its curl. Even though this mascara is supposed to be volumizing, I feel like all it does is give a nasty spidery effect. On top of it all, this mascara smudges as the day progresses! On the other hand, Rimmel’s Sexy Curves mascara was very buildable and it didn’t clump until the 3rd or 4th coat. The formula seems to be a lot less waxy so maybe this is the reason why it doesn’t make the lashes stick together. I must say that it didn’t make my lashes that luscious looking as I had expected it to, but at least it didn’t turn my lashes into one giant lash like Clinique’s mascara did. I must say though that the downfall of Rimmel’s Sexy Curves is its brush. The brush is made completely of plastic, even the bristle looking things are plastic, so it hurts a lot if you get near your eyelid.

So in conclusion, I think that if I had to choose between these two mascaras, less is actually the better of the two. Which goes to show you that luxe isn’t always better, despite its cost, name-brand, and sleek packaging. However, I must note that I didn’t think that either of these two mascaras were really great so I don’t think I would buy either again.

*You can find Clinique’s High Impact mascara at any department store that carries Clinique products such as Macy’s, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, etc.

**You can find Rimmel’s Sexy Curves mascara at any drugstore, grocery store, Target, and Walmart, that carries Rimmel products.

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