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.

Clinique Lash Power Mascara wand
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.

Clinique Lash Power Mascara before
Above, my naked but curled lashes.

Clinique Lash Power Mascara after
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.

9 comments on “Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formula: A true zero smudge mascara

  1. Is this a nonwaterproof mascara? If so, I’m very impressed as all nonwaterproof mascaras tend to uncurl and droop my lashes as you mentioned :/ I’m all for more drama too^^ Thanks for this review 🙂

  2. oh that’s good to know that it does hold the curl.. i own a few tubing mascaras and you’re right.. the curl kind of drops after just a few minutes!! thanks for the review

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  3. @Chelsea: It’s a good quality mascara, just too natural for me!

    @Tammy: Yeah this is non-waterproof, in fact, it can only be removed with water, not eye make-up remover! Yeah I have had exactly the same problem as you with non-waterproof mascaras – they drop a curl so quickly! But I always avoid using waterproof mascaras because they usually contain alcohol (which I guess is what makes them dry so quickly to hold a curl), which dries out my lashes. And they’re harder to remove too. If you’re looking for a non-waterproof mascara that won’t drop a curl, L’Oréal Lash Architect in Midnight Black is fantastic. I won’t buy anything else now!

    @libys11: Yeah it’s so frustrating when a mascara drops the curl! Once the curl’s dropped, there’s nothing that can be done, because re-curling ends up with a really dodgy kink! Ah, the joys of having straight lashes!

  4. I’ve never tried any Clinique mascaras even though I have a couple of samples stored in my drawers. Your review makes me feel like I should pull them out and try em!

  5. @Keyta: I just wish they made more impact!

    @Natalie: Haha well, I’ve never had that much luck with other Clinique mascaras to be honest… they’ve all been too wet and totally drop a curl (except this tubing mascara)! Although I’ve never tried any of their “curling” mascaras.

  6. Helen, I use this mascara almost everyday for a couple of years, I find it amazing… and different than you found, it makes my lashes huge and full, which seems weird since we’re talking about the same product… maybe I use a bigger quantity. anyway, I just wanted to know what is your procedure for curling lashes, because this mascara doesn’t hold my lashes, I have to press it with my fingers while it’s almost dried so that it stays curled…
    Also, I know a few more mascaras that are tubed:
    – L’oreal Double extension – makes the lashes bigger, not fuller, but it’s my favorite to wash off, it comes out easier, probably due to the white primer thing – which by the way, gives me the impression that it’s protecting my lashes.
    – Clinique Lash Curling Mascara – seems to curl a little better than lash power, but still, I prefer the lash power wand
    – Fairy Drops mascara – it sells on Sephora, this one I haven’t tried yet…

  7. I think your your lashes are so pretty and glossy without the mascara!

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