Review: Clinique High Lengths Mascara

Along with the holiday compact I reviewed last week, Clinique also sent me a tube of their High Lengths Mascara, which, being the mascara addict I am, I greeted with great excitement. I actually wrote about this mascara back in January, and had been most curious about the long, curved wand (that’s it above), which, as you can see, is totally smooth on one side, with a double row of “teeth” on the other, in order to help create the “high length” spoken of in the product name.

This actually took a little bit of getting used to for me. The shape of the wand naturally made me want to use it with the curved side up, as shown here, whereas obviously you need to use it the other way round, so the teeth make contact with your lashes. Once I’d gotten used to that, though, the process became much easier, and I was really impressed by how accurate this brush is: the narrow shape and the little teeth allow you to really comb through the lashes, making sure the product is evenly distributed. In terms of coating every single lash, I think it’s probably the best mascara I’ve used because it’s perfectly shaped to get into the corners of the eye and make sure you’ve coated every last lash. Covering the bottom lashes was a little difficult at first, purely because the brush is so long, but, again, once I got used to it, I found it very effective.

But you just want to know what it looks like, don’t you? Here you go:

In terms of the effect, this isn’t quite the “high length” I was expecting, partly because (and I feel like I say this all the time, probably because I do), the product pulled the curl out of my lashes, making them look shorter than they would have. This also doesn’t actually add any length in the way that something like Lancome Hypnose or Imju Fiberwig does, by adding fibres to the ends, so the finished result was what I’d call a natural look, rather than one of dramatic length but, as with everything, this is going to depend on what your lashes look like to start with.