Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara Review

Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara 1

I feel like I never say YOU need this but that would be the case with Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara. Yes, my friends, it is a mascara you NEED.

I feel a tad immune to beauty sometimes. When you blog daily products start to pass you by rather quickly and everything starts looking the same but sometimes some products make an impact and stick out from all the rest.

That would be Clinique’s impressive High Impact Waterproof Mascara.

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I think I go through my beauty life hoping to find my HG (holy grail) products but secretly wishing I won’t. As hey, once the search is over what’s the sense?

But the search for HG mascara could potentially be put on temporary hold while I swoon over Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara. To look at the basic straight line bristled brush one would think there isn’t anything outstanding in the works here but don’t be fooled by the need for a bells and whistles brush. This one gets the job done and does it well.

Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara

High impact indeed. This delivers some of the longest lashes ever! The formula is a lightweight finish and doesn’t make my lashes crunchy or stuff no matter how many layers I add on. It creates super long, lush looking lashes. I’d appreciate a smidge more volume but I’m honestly not complaining as it is so rare to get long lashes like this without them looking spidery and off.

The straighter applicator doesn’t deliver much curl so I do recommend curling prior for the perfect effect. In some cases, lashes might look stick straight so I like using it in conjunction with a voluminzing mascara. I think it works rather great with NYC Big Bold Curl Mascara as I get volume and curl from NYC and super longer lashes from Clinique.

On its own I think the results aren’t too shabby….there is some volume and the length, well I can go on and on about how long it makes my lashes look.

Overall, Clinique’s High Impact Waterproof Mascara is a strong wearing product without smudging through the day while delivering some super long lashes.

Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara Before After

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  • 2/18/13 18:06 Denise:

    Will definitely be trying this!!! Looks awesome!


  • 2/18/13 19:05 Rachel:

    Have you tried the regular High Impact? If so, do they compare or is the waterproof one quite a bit better? I have the regular High Impact and it’s ok, but not my favorite, so I wasn’t sure if I needed to try this one or not!

    Thanks for reviewing products from all over the spectrum! It’s great to see a blog that covers high end and drugstore products equally with equal fervor! I love HE, but my wallet prefers drugstore, so it’s nice to see someone who doesn’t instantly judge based on price!



  • 2/18/13 19:18 Louise:

    I’ve been lusting over this mascara lately. Definitely want to get my hands on it.


  • 2/18/13 19:43 Jasmine:

    Love! Clinique really does make some good mascaras though!


  • 2/18/13 19:52 KaylaP:

    Ohh I know what I will be getting next gift time! 😀


  • 2/18/13 20:21 Catherine:

    Is the brush any different from the original High Impact mascara?


    • 2/22/13 16:35 the Muse:

      I’m not sure Catherine I don’t own the original


    • 2/27/13 23:09 Tinkibell:

      High Impact is my HG, and I would say the brush for the water-proof version is VERY close…just a tad bit less dense. But when I used it, it applied pretty much exactly as the High Impact regular formula does.


  • 2/18/13 21:23 Jennifer:

    I love this one too! I’ve received lots of samples from clinique with the GWP and I have to say this is my favorite mascara yet!


  • 2/18/13 21:54 Jackie Diane:

    I had this in my hand last night and put it back! I’m so smacking my head right now!


    • 2/22/13 16:21 the Muse:

      aw jackie you should have got it ;D !


      • 2/25/13 3:19 Jackie Diane:

        Its mine now! Mwahaha!


  • 2/19/13 0:23 elle:

    I have asian lashes so I do know if I should try this product…


  • 2/19/13 2:36 Jess:

    this looks like the perfect mascara for me! All I want from a mascara is for it to make my lashes long and wispy (and for it to be waterproof!).


  • 2/19/13 3:53 Robin:

    Can’t wait until I am back in U.S.! I am making a list of all this things I want/need. This one is a must!


  • 2/19/13 5:54 Tinkibell:

    I saw this on the Clinique site a couple weeks ago and ordered it that day because it said it washed off easily with warm water.

    I usually don’t use waterproof mascara because it kills my lashes, and frankly I am too lazy to deal with taking it off with a separate remover. 😉

    The funny thing is, after I got this (and found it most certainly did NOT come easily with warm water) I noticed that Clinique removed the part about it being removed with water on their site…it was still listed like that on the Sephora site though.

    All this rambling is to say I was really bummed because I LOVE High Impact mascara and was really excited to try it in a formula that was a bit more resistant to my teary allergy eyes, so the idea of a waterproof mascara that came off easily with warm water was just what I wanted.

    I sent it back, but ONLY because it needed extra work to be removed. It was a FANTASTIC mascara otherwise, I just don’t use waterproof and knew it would just sit around.


  • 2/19/13 8:42 LouAnne:

    I have this.. and have used it for two weeks and I can now say I have found my HG mascara.,.. Love this stuff… I have allergies and my eyes water a lot sometimes and this handles it no problem …. i have waited and waited for Clinque to make High Impact Mascara waterproof and now they have… wonderful stuff… I highly recommend too.


  • 2/19/13 11:28 Krystle(Baking Beauty):

    Your lashes look amazing! I think I have one of these somewhere from a gift with purchase I’ll have to dig it out!


  • 2/19/13 12:00 Morthylla:

    I have the non-waterproof version: I love it, it is the best I’ve tried. It has some problems, though, it leaves tiny black residues at the end of the night. Maybe the waterproof version is my HG mascara. :)


  • 2/19/13 12:53 Ashley:

    Holy cow, we’ve got lift off! Dang, my “need to buy” list keep growing and growing. o_o;;


    • 2/22/13 16:16 the Muse:

      hehe ashley! lmk what you think when you try!


  • 2/20/13 23:46 Brandy:

    Wow! A Muse Approved mascara is usually hard to come by…it looks to be the “bomb”!


    • 2/21/13 9:57 the Muse:

      :) you’re right Brandy lol! I always want MORE from my mascara!


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