Makeup Showdown: Clinique Mascara

Clinic Lash Power Mascara

Clinic Lash Power Mascara

My usual go-to mascara is Diorshow but I have a problem with oily skin and a tendency to sweat… a lot. So for my sister’s wedding back in August, which was in Kelowna… in the middle of Summer, I decided it was time to purachse my very first tube of waterproof mascara. I have long since blamed my runny makeup on my oily skin but I have now realized that it was probably not.
I hopped onto the Sephora website and decided to see what their top rated waterproof mascara was. I wasn’t looking to drop a big wad of cash because I didn’t know how much I would like it and if I would even wear it again. It just so happened that the Clinique Lash Power Long Wearing mascara was in the price range I wanted to be in at $20 CAD plus tax and it was also the first one on the list. One of the questions I had though, was what the difference was between the “Long Wearing” and “waterproof” mascaras. The very helpful salesgirl at the store told me that the Long Wearing formula was a lot easier to remove.

The tube on the site is actually not the tube I ended up buying. The one they had at the store in my location was actually the Lash Power Feathering Mascara and the brush is also a lot bushier.

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This mascara is very easy to apply and is really light. I actually like the bushier applicator; it seperated and coated each lash with very little to no clumping. The little bit of clumping I did get was easily removed by just using running the brush over the clump a couple of times. Removal is even easier. I used my regular Biotherm Gel Eye Makeup remover and it came off as easily as regular mascara.
If you are looking for a more dramatic look, this is not the mascara for you. I found that I had to apply at least 2-3 coats to look a little less “natural”.



I love makeup. I’m not exceptionally great at applying it (that’s still a work in progress) but I love wearing it and buying it. I also seem to have a habit of using makeup that is constantly getting discontinued, therefore causing my OCD tendencies to flare up.

Like every adolescent teenager, I first started out using Cover Girl foundation… But since my parents were not supportive of their young daughters using makeup, I was relegated to using the little sample packs from magazines. Sad, I know. And then I realized one morning that the foundation did no match my natural skin tone nor was I applying it evenly on my face… Very embarrassing for a teenage girl in high school! Armed with my first weekly allowance money, I made my way to the local Shoppers Drug Mart. I decided on the Cover Girl pressed powder. Again, no research was done as to what suited my skin best. I continued to use that for a couple years until I reached my senior year of high school. It was then that my mom took my sister and I to the MAC counter at the mall.

I used MAC pressed powder foundation for a couple years after that. They have a really great product exchange program where you bring back 6 cleaned and empty product containers and exchange it for a free item… I didn’t use makeup enough at the time to utilize the program though.

I noticed that my skin was on the more oily side and I had a problem (big problem) with acne throughout high school. So much so that my mom regularly to my dr to see why it was happening. Anyways, my mom took me back to the mall and suggested I switch to the skin care line that she’s used for years; Shiseido. I started using the pressed powder foundation from their Pureness line until one day when I went back to buy a refill and they told me that it has been discontinued. Now, this was years ago and I think they’ve actually brought the line back now. So I made my way across from Shiseido over to Clinique. I started using their Almost Powder Makeup Broad Spectrum pressed powder. I used this particular foundation for quite a long time until my sister-in-law was getting married and I needed something with more coverage as the Clinique one was sheer coverage.

Chanel Teint Innocence compact foundation is now my foundation of choice. You’re asking why I haven’t tried liquid? Well, I can’t quite seem to get liquid foundation to blend well. Plus I also don’t want to look TOO made up; I like a bit more if a natural made up look. Price point: not cheap! Obviously this Chanel foundation cost more than the other brands I’ve used previously. I pay $65 CAD (tax included) and there are no refill options.

Chanel Teint Innocence

Chanel Teint Innocence

I found that the Teint Innocence gave me incredible coverage and lasted me all day at the wedding (which was in July… In Vancouver summer humidity). For regular normal day-to-day wear I use a bit less for sheer coverage, for events like weddings and parties I use a bit more for extra coverage and longevity. A friend of mine also gifted me with her Diorskin Airflash spray on foundation. She didn’t like it after using it a couple of times and gave it to me to try.


First off, the Diorskin is incredible! It gives a flawless finish because it essentially gives an airbrushed look. All you do is give one small spritz clockwise (or counterclockwise.. Whichever you want) and use a foundation brush to blend and presto! You’re done! The price point is also incredible… Incredibly high!!! I got this for free but this bad boy will set you back $65 plus tax CAD. The down side is obviously the high price and it’s definitely not meant for everyday use as the can uses up pretty quick.