Down Bottom: Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara Review

(A lot of my blog post titles are from hip hop songs, in case you were wondering. “Down Bottom” is a Ruff Ryders classic.)

Up until about five years ago, I never wore mascara on my bottom lashes. I though it made my already dark, long bottom lashes look too spidery. But then I found a way to do it that struck the balance between no mascara and Tammy Faye Bakker. The only problem was finding the right bottom lash formula. I wanted something that gave more volume than length (too much length and no volume on my lashes = spidery), didn’t clump the lashes together and didn’t smudge. I also found that especially for the bottom lashes, a smaller mascara wand gave me more control. There are all different shapes, sizes and types of brushes now, but there weren’t so many options five years ago.

When the Pixiwoos started using (and raving about) the Bottom Lash Mascara by Clinique, I knew I had to get it. It only took me about a year to get my act together and order it, but I did it. So first, let’s talk about the packaging. It is a travel-sized tube, silver with black outlined flowers. It definitely stands out in my mountain of personal makeup products. The wand is the cutest, tiniest thing I’ve ever seen. (Sorry, adorable babies and puppies of the world, this has you beat.)

I think the wand is the most important part of this mascara. It is the perfect size for bottom lash mascara application, regardless of how short or sparse your bottom lashes are. The product itself uses beauty tube technology, which means the formula encapsulates each lash and can not run or smudge. I like that aspect a lot, as I often use waterproof mascara on bottom lashes to avoid that smudging issue. This mascara is a good volumizer and a great lengthener. Every Clinique mascara I’ve ever used has been phenomenal with the lengthening and the Bottom Lash Mascara is no exception. I found that the lashes can clump together a bit during application, but if you keep a clean mascara wand or lash comb nearby, you can nip that in the bud.

So here’s something you need to know about beauty tube mascaras–the removal process is unique. Eye makeup remover is not going to do it. You need warm water and some patience. Warm water loosens up the product, then you need to kind of pull it off your lashes. The instructions say “press gently,” which I suppose is a nicer way to say it. No matter what euphemism you use, you’ll need to get this mascara off manually. Think of it this way–every individual lash is encapsulated by the product, like tiny little wetsuits for each lash. (In comparison, regular coating mascara is more like a blanket lying on top of each lash.) If you were lying down and had a blanket covering you, it would fall to the ground when you stood up. A wetsuit wouldn’t do anything unless you purposely tried to get it off. Is this helping at all?

Because I liked the Bottom Lash Mascara so much, and because I am a fan of breaking makeup “rules,” I thought I’d try it on my top lashes as well. Bad idea. The overall effect was okay, but the removal was ridiculous. It took me a good 15 minutes to remove the product from my top lashes and I still had some on when I woke up. And the wand, as cute as it is, is really tailored for bottom lashes. Most people’s top lashes are longer, thicker, and more numerous than the bottom lashes. So using a wand that is so small takes more time, and doesn’t give the same effect on top lashes. But that was my dumbass idea, and Clinique named the product just so people would know where to apply it. What can I say, I’m a rebel…

And you’ll love this part–the Bottom Lash Mascara retails at only $10. This is an excellent buy. So if you like to accentuate your bottom lashes and don’t like smudges, you really should give it a try. You can get it from Clinique and Sephora.

Have a beautiful day 🙂

Totally Tubular: Blinc Mascara Review

A few years ago, beauty tubes mascara was popular.  For those of you not familiar with “beauty tubes technology,” basically the tubes are mascara fibers that encase the eyelashes, as opposed to regular mascara, which essentially paints them.  Because of this, makers of the beauty tubes mascaras claim their product is water-resistant. Beauty tubes mascara was created by a company called Blinc (formerly called Kiss Me), but L’Oreal had a popular one and a few other drugstore brands did too.

I tried the L’Oreal one back in the day and I wasn’t impressed. But I recently decided give beauty tubes technology another try, mainly because I do a lot of weddings and waterproof or water-resistant mascara is a must. I bought a tube from Blinc and eagerly tried it out. Because I strive to be a positive person, I’ll talk first about the good aspects of this mascara.

Blinc’s tubing mascara doesn’t budge. I didn’t cry while I was wearing it, but I feel confident that you won’t see a smudge or flake when wearing this mascara.  That is definitely an important part of a solid mascara, so props on that, Blinc.

It does add length to your lashes. So if you’ve got thick lashes that you only want to lengthen and you’re an emotional person or someone who struggles with smudged mascara, you can stop reading right now and go get yourself a tube.

But if you need volume in your life, pass on this one. I’ve found that most people, myself included, need the volume and length combo. I like big hair, big handbags and big lashes, and I’m not ashamed.

If you do decide to try a beauty tubes mascara, I need to prep you about the removal process. You don’t need eye makeup remover to get this mascara off, so I guess that’s a plus. After you wash your face, put some extra warm water on your lashes.  This will help loosen up the beauty tubes. Then gently pinch your lashes and pull the mascara off, tube by tube. All the little black pieces that look suspiciously like eyelashes decorating your sink basin? Breathe, homegirl–they’re just beauty tube corpses.

The Blinc mascara is $25, and the L’Oreal version (which is a double sided tube with a primer type product and the mascara) retails between  $8.99-$11.99.

So for now, I’m sticking with my DiorShow and MUFE Smoky Lash mascaras.  They may be tube-less, but I’m okay with that.

Have a beautiful day 🙂