I recently received a travel sized sample of Clarins' new Instant Definition Mascara, and here are my quick thoughts on it.
It comes in 3 shades; Intense Black, Intense Brown and Intense Blue -£19
The sample was in Intense Black. As this mascara was a sample size, it did not have the gorgeous gold packaging of the full-sized product.
Here's a close up of the mascara wand -the tip is in the style of a comb.
According to Clarins:
A repairing and nourishing formula that strengthens and adds intense colour and volume to every lash. With a texture that creates a highly resistant, even film along the length of the lashes to give stay-fast daylong wear.
Application according to Clarins:
Using the nylon fibre brush, apply the mascara to the upper and lower lashes working from the base out to the tips. More brush strokes add more volume. Using the elastomer bristle tip, separate and define the shortest lower lashes at both the inner and outer corners of the eye. For lash perfect precision you can also use the tip to comb and place lashes one by one.
Here is a pic of my lashes without mascara:
And here is a pic of my eyes with Clarins Instant Definition Mascara:
I found that they do increase the length of my lashes giving an almost false lash look. However it did not increase the volume of my lashes much. The mascara accessed the corner lashes fairly well. My eyes are pretty sensitive, and this doesn't irritate them. In addition, the mascara has good staying power and doesn't smudge. I found them a touch more difficult to remove than other mascaras.
The problem I have with this mascara is it's rather clumpy. More clumpy than other formulas I've tried. I need to separate my lashes with a disposable mascara wand to remove the clumps.
Would I purchase the full size?
Sadly not. At £19 it's fairly pricey for a mascara. I much prefer my Max Factor False Lash Effect which cost almost half that. My main lash concern is lack of volume so I'm more interested in mascaras which give high impact volume to my stringy lashes!