I've only used this 3 times, but so far, I'm impressed. I have very light colored lashes to begin with, so using mascara on my bottom lashes has always been a must. At first I thought this was kind of gimmick-y and not really necessary...I once tried out Maybelline's Lash Discovery w/ the thin tiny brush, and was not a fan, so how would this Clinique version be different? Well for one, the brush is even tinier than the LD brush which makes it easier to control and get into tight areas...like the upper lashes at the very inner corner of your eyes. Secondly, The formula is more wet compared to the LD so it coats better (I never knew I had so many lower lashes!)...although I think it's still just a bit too wet for my liking, in a week it will be perfect. Thirdly, it stays put! It doesn't flake or run or budge throughout the day.
Overall, is it necessary? No. But for $10 and the nice effect it gives, I'd say it's worth a try. And for reference I bought this in the black/brown version and it matches perfectly with my Maybelline Full & Soft in black/brown.
I'm glad to have found this mascara for my bottom (and the top inner) lashes. I feel that the formula could be better in that I don't like not being able to remove it with my regular eye makeup remover. The whole water and washcloth thing kind of bites, IMO. I think the real winner is the teensy brush, actually. Any mascara with a thinner consistency would work well with this brush, I would think. Overall, however, I'm satisfied, because all of my tiny lashes really do benefit from this product.
UPDATE (2012-02-17): BOYCOTTING RE. CURRENT ANIMAL TESTING FOR CHINESE MARKET
This is nearly the same formula as Clinique's Lash Power (full ingredients for both at end of review)--their main "tubing" mascara--but repackaged in a smaller tube, with a teeny brush.
Being a liker of Clinique mascaras and always keen to try out new mascaras anyway, I tried this one out when it first appeared. Overall conclusions: not impressed.
The pros: some of the same pros of Lash Power (see reviews): good formula, good on sensitive eyes, resists humidity (rain, sweat, swimming), easy to remove (warm water + pressure--and no, makeup remover or oil won't work, this being a different kind of mascara, functioning differently...)
Added possible pro: smaller tube, for travel purposes or, I don't know, going to the gym. Though the Lash Power tube is pretty dinky to start with, not exactly back-breaking or TSA-approved-plastic-bag-overstuffing.
Con (1): the brush. Tested out on lower lashes (as intended) and on top ones. It's nowhere near as good, on either lot of lashes, as the original LP brush. It's slimmer overall and tapers down to its bottom, whereas BLM is a tiny Christmas tree. Result--lashes catch on its wider base. I get better definition right down to the lash-roots with the LP brush; and the best shape I've used on lower and corner lashes is the spiky ball (note difference with Christmas tree: tapering back in at the bottom), ex. Givenchy Phenomen'eyes and, best of all, L'Oréal Telescopic Explosion. Now, if Clinique were to do one of these mini-mace brushes, with this formula or the Naturally Glossy one: that would be mascara heaven on a stick.
Con (2): is it really necessary? Being a redhead with naturally pale lashes, I've been using mascara for most of my life. Including lower lashes, as it looks really odd/silly/"off" to have dark top lashes and apparently nothing on the bottom, then realising they're invisible when you look at them up close. So I'm quite used to using mascara on lower lashes, in the habit of applying it, and have always used the same mascara for top and bottom. Any mascara brush that's up to the task of finicky detailed application right down to the roots of top lashes is also up to the task of application to lower lashes: similar issues of getting down to the roots, using brush at angles other than parallel to lash-line, and best brushes being slimmer and shorter--with small spherical ones as the extreme.
Con (3): less easy to work with and not as layerable as LP. 2nd other comments below on dry, crunchy effect. Lovely and smooth for one coat, but on most people that one coat--even on bottom lashes--is going to be barely discernible. Sure, on us pale-lashed folks, anything is immediately different from nothing; but let's face it, the vast majority of the population already have visible lashes. On them, one coat of The Bottom will make no visible difference at all. And it is a disaster if you try for more, more definition, or a top-up later in the day.
However. It's mercifully cheap. About the same price (here in Canada) as most decent drugstore regular (non-tubing) mascaras. But for the money, I'd say spend a few more bucks, get Lash Power and use it for both top *and* bottom.
"Buy again"? No, or at least, not until they rename it properly and accurately as "Lash Power Bottom." Might take a while to get past any marketing department, though...
Like other Clinique mascaras, it's fragrance-free, cruelty-free, sensitive-human-friendly, and fairly readily available. Costs CAD10.00-12.00 (LP=CAD17.50).
INGREDIENTS: water - acrylates copolymer - kaolin - beeswax - silica - butylene glycol - peg-15 glyceryl stearate - alcohol - carnauba wax - hydrogenated rapeseed alcohol - bentonite - tocopherol - jojoba seed oil - dimethicone - simethicone - stearic acid - sucrose distearate - aminomethyl propanediol - aminomethyl propanol - disodium edta - sodium citrate - phenoxyethanol - methylparaben - butylparaben - propylparaben - ethylparaben [ /- mica - titanium dioxide (ci 77891) - iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) - manganese violet (ci 77742) - yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) - chromium oxide greens (ci 77288) - chromium hydroxide green (ci 77289) - carmine (ci 75470) - bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163) - blue 1 lake (ci 42090) - ultramarines (ci 77007)]
LASH POWER (for comparison)
INGREDIENTS: water - acrylates copolymer - kaolin - silica - beeswax - butylene glycol - peg-15 glycerl stearate - carnauba wax - alcohol denat. - hydrogenated rapeseed oil - polyvinyl alcohol - bentonite - tocopherol - jojoba seed oil - dimethicone - simethicone - stearic acid - sucrose distearate - aminomethyl propanediol - aminoethyl propanediol - sodium citrate - disodium edta - phenoxyethanol - methylparaben - ethylparaben - propylparaben - butylparaben - [± mica - iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) - titanium dioxide (ci 77891) - ultramarines (ci 77007) - blue lake 1 (ci 42090) - bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163) - carmine (ci 75470) - chromium hydroxide green (ci 77289) - chromium oxide greens (ci 77288) - yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) - manganese violet (ci 77742).
OMG! I can't believe I fell for this gimmick! Shame on me.
I was told by the SA at Sephora I could use it to coat the teeny, tiny little lashes on the top lid that are in the inner corner of my eyes.
Ha ha ha ha! I ended up with an eylid dotted with mascara and crunchy, tiny lashes. It looked so sad. When I tried to go over the pathetic little lashes with my regular mascara (Benefit Bad Gal), it wouldn't coat them because they were too hard and crunchy.
At $10, I'm not sure if it's worth returning or just taking the loss and ditching it. I'll probably just ditch it and use it as a teachable moment.
LOVE this mascara!!!!! I never knew how many tiny lashes i had on the bottom until i tried this today for the first time. Hopefully they don't ever discontinue this. love the tiny wand
I absolutely ADORE this product.
Really lengthens and curls my bottom lashes, as well as some of the corner lashes too.
I've found that it keeps its curl and stays on long too. The price is reasonable too, which is a huge plus.
This is one of my new favorite products by far!
I saw this on Pixiwoo's channel. I knew I had to give it a try - I love putting mascara on the bottom lashes, but with my rather watery eyes (I often laugh tears, and then smear my mascara) I often end up with ugly black mascara at the bottom of my eye. Waterproof is not an option - I hate to go through the pain of taking it off, and am generally fine with non-waterproof mascara despite wearing contacts.
This mascara will be available where I live from mid-2012 on. Great!
I had to go through ebay and purchased it for about +50% the price. Still, I do not regret it and will buy it over and over again.
What it does:
One to two coats give you pretty and defined bottom lashes, more than two coats make them super long. I love the latter look (I have long upper lashes, but rather thin short lower lashes, fyi). No teary eyes make for smearing with this one, everything stays put perfectly through long evenings and all through the day.
It does not come off with my regular oily makeup remover, but as suggested by clinique you use lots of lukewarm water. No rubbing, nothing.
I love the look and its other qualities. One of my favorite products ever! (P.s. I use it in Black, and it is a perfect black going well with my Bad Gal black mascara.)
After reading all the positive reviews about Clinique's Bottom Lash Mascara, I couldn't wait to try it. The two things most women hate about mascara are the clumping and smudging. I never expected to find the"perfect" mascara, but I can honestly say that after trying almost every brand of mascara out there, this product has to be the closest to perfection I have found. I love the way it adheres to even the tiniest lash, defining and lengthening in such a natural way, I kept thinking this is just too good to be true, but after wearing this mascara all day and throughout the evening, I could not detect even the slightest trace of smudging under my eyes. I bought mine online, and only paid $10 plus shipping, and to me...this is a very reasonable price. There is no doubt that I will purchase this product again.
UPDATE: Since I purchased this mascara, the price has gone up to over $17. I also noticed it dries up rather quickly. I decided it is not worth it for the price since the amount is so small (0.07 oz) and I am now trying Blinc Mascara. So far, so good with the Blinc mascara. I will write a review soon for this product as well.