I've recently been testing out the Clinique Lash Power Mascara which is a "tubing" style mascara. If you've never tried a tubing mascara, they basically coat a plastic-like formula onto your lashes instead of "painting" them like traditional mascaras. Once applied, the tubes stay put with literally zero smudging until you remove them. To remove tubing mascaras, all you need a bit of a warm water to loosen up the tubes, which then slide off easily with your fingertips.
Tubing mascaras are not a new concept. I was a devout fan of Blinc mascara for many years... it was the only mascara I'd ever used that didn't smudge underneath my eyes.
Anyway, back to Clinique's Lash Power Mascara specifically. The wand is slim and precise, making it easy to reach every lash without getting mascara all over and around my eyelids. The brush doesn't come out loaded with mascara, so it's never going to give a dramatic false lash look. However, the product description says that it lengthens and creates pretty lashes that will last through rain, sweat, humidity and tears.
Below are the before and after photos of using Clinique Lash Power Mascara. In the "before" picture, I have already curled my poker straight lashes.
Above, my naked but curled lashes.
Above, my lashes with one coat of Clinique Lash Power Mascara in Black Onyx.
As you will have noticed from my photos, the effect of the mascara is entirely natural. There is no added volume or thickness, and the lengthening is very subtle. However, it does make my lashes a shiny black colour (as opposed to my usual dull lash colour), and I assume this is what Clinique counts as "pretty lashes".
I'm not really in the market for a "natural-looking" mascara - I like mascaras that create big, thick, long lashes in one swipe (my current favourite is L'Oréal Lash Architect Midnight Black). However, one thing that has really impressed me with Lash Power is that it doesn't drop the curl. All the tubing mascaras I've ever used always used to flatten out a curl in seconds, whereas Clinique Lash Power Mascara actually locks in the curl.
As I prefer bolder lashes, I won't be using Clinique Lash Power on its own, but I'll be using it over the top of standard mascaras for long days when I need to look fresh until bedtime. I find that tubing mascaras are brilliant for "sealing off" standard mascara and preventing smudging from watery or oily eyes. That way I get long, thick lashes that literally don't smudge all day.
So there's two types of people who will like this mascara... those of you who have long, thick lashes already but just need a non-smudgy mascara to darken them, and those of you who have a perfect mascara already but wish it didn't smudge as much.
Oh, you'll also like this mascara if you already use and like tubing mascaras, but are looking for one that will hold an artificially-created curl and lock it in.
Clinique Lash Power Mascara costs £14.50.
Disclosure: This mascara was provided free of charge as a PR sample.