Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara Review

This mascara from Clinique claims to give your lashes ‘extreme volume’, and now let’s find out how it fared.

Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara packaging

$21 (Rupees 2400 in India)
Product Description:
With every stroke, the over-the-top brush wraps lashes in instant, jaw-dropping drama. This larger-than-life formula is also safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Ophthalmologist tested too.

My Experience with Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara:

I love the packaging of Clinique mascaras. They all look so luxe and each one comes with a unique applicator. This one comes in a silver packaging. The tube has a dark green band, which I don’t know signifies what, considering the shade is called “Extreme Black.” The wand is similar to Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara but the bristles of this one are uniform in size. The packaging is very strong and travel friendly.

Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara open

This shade is called “Extreme Black.” Even though it is super black, I would not call it ‘extreme’. Most black mascaras have this very same shade. It shows up well on my lashes and makes them appear darker.

The formula isn’t very creamy; it is actually rather dry. It glides on easily on the lashes but becomes dry after a while. It does not make my lashes crunchy or uncomfortable, but I still feel the formula could have been better. Since it becomes dry after a while, it easily flakes off and spreads around the eyes, which is the worst thing a mascara could do.

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Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara applicator wand

I used to think drugstore mascaras are the best until I actually started using Clinique mascaras. I have noticed how mascaras from brands like Maybelline hurt my lashes if I wear them for long, but this is never the case with Clinique mascaras. I have tried three Clinique mascaras so far and my eyelashes have never felt hurt or damaged despite long wear time. And, this is the case with this mascara as well. It does not make my lashes feel uncomfortable. It does not feel like someone is pulling my eyelashes out with this one.

This mascara isn’t waterproof but doesn’t completely come off with just water. I need to use a remover – an oil based one – to completely remove the product from my lashes. It is safe for sensitive eyes and lens wearers and does not sting my eyes at all.

Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara mascara brush

The brand claims that this mascara gives jaw-dropping drama but I do not see such results. It basically gives the same results as Maybelline Colossal Mascara on my lashes. It is not volumising at all but it does lengthen my lashes a bit. I am not a beginner, at least not a mascara beginner, but I feel this applicator isn’t ideal for beginners. You need some time to get used to it but still coats lower as well as upper lashes perfectly. You just need a little practice with this one, especially if you’ve always used basic mascara wands. If not used perfectly, it can make your lashes look clumpy.

Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara applicator

Even though it mascara lasts more than 8-9 hours on my lashes, I am not impressed. Since it becomes dry, it flakes off and spreads all over my eye area. I was horrified to see little black particles all over my face the first time I wore this one. It makes my undereye area look dark. Now that’s a big turn off, right?

Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara on eyelashes

Overall, not the best mascara by the brand. It’s very highly priced in India but it doesn’t deliver. I have used many mascaras from Maybelline and L’oreal, but even they do not create a mess. I am quite disappointed with this one. I will keep buying the other Clinique mascara but will stay away from this one.

(Please excuse my eyebrows, I am growing them out).

Pros of Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara:

  • Beautiful packaging.
  • Amazing applicator.
  • Does not weigh down my lashes.
  • Does not make my lashes crunchy.
  • Very comfortable on the eyes.
  • Lengthens the lashes.
  • Easy to remove.
  • Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
  • Ophthalmologist tested.
  • Fragrance-free mascara.

Cons of Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara:

  • Non-creamy formula.
  • No jaw-dropping drama.
  • Not volumizing enough.
  • Flaky.
  • Applicator isn’t beginner friendly.
  • Not worth the price.

IMBB Rating:
Would I Repurchase/Recommend Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara?
I won’t repurchase because this mascara flakes off, is clumpy and does not add volume. I would not recommend either.

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