|Would buy this product again.||54%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
Worst mascara I've ever had. Got panda eyes just an hour after wearing it. Liked the brush though, it made application easy.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Total waste of money! pretty packaging but makes my eyelashes stick together and clumpy. The formula is super wet, it smudges and smears soo easily.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Tan, Warm Hair: Brown, Coarse Eyes: Brown
This coats my lashes well and I can certainly build it up to crazy fluffy volume. It can get a little flaky later in the day though. The brush is annoying but I can get over that.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Neutral Hair: Red, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Blue
I LOVE this mascara and it has probably replaced my make up for ever smokey lash as my favourite! The packaging is gorgeous and the way it makes my eyelashes look is incredible! Full, and long, almost like false eyelashes! My only problem is if you're not careful it'll clump horribly, so take your time! A definite repurchase!! ( its a little more expensive than my mufe one, 27 instead of 24.. But it's worth it!)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
Product does what it says, gives very defined lashes and the tube is really gorgeous and elegant. The brush tip sometimes can pick up a little too much mascara, so you have to watch out for clumps. For me, this mascara is too inconsistent. My eyelashes look different every day and I'm not into that. Would not repurchase.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I received some minis of this mascara from the SA at the Clarins counter. Since I'm a mascara junkie, I had been itching to try this... the elegant gold tube of the full-size product just looks so nice, and I was curious about the brush.
As previous reviewers have mentioned, the brush is sort of interesting. It is a plastic brush with hard bristles, and one side of the brush is flat. Additionally, the tip of the brush has a long nub that comes out, which is supposed to be good for defining lower lashes and inner/outer corners.
For reference, I have short, thin eyelashes, so I need all of the help I can get! Instant Definition has a very deep, dark black formula that instantly makes your lashes stand out. I used 2 coats on the top lashes and got a considerable amount of volume without clumping, and also decent length. It also did not detract from the curl of my lashes. It seemed to "set" and hold my lashes in place.
I did not experience any flaking, which was good. I only have 2 complaints: (1) The weird tip thing does have a tendency to pick up too much product and glob it on; (2) The mascara is hard to remove at night. Even after throughly wiping with my makeup wipes, I still had some raccoon eyes when I got out of the shower after washing my face.
Overall, a good mascara, and expensive at $24, but not insanely pricey. I would most likely purchase the full-size if I happened to be at the Clarins counter when I needed mascara.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I got a mini sample size of this thanks to a Glamour magazine coupon.
The brush was unlike anything I'd seen before -- a normal brush with a smaller tip on the end. I found it messy and the end tip got smudges all over my bottom lashline.
The mascara itself was a nice consistency, but I probably wouldn't use it again.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine Eyes: Grey
Two sized wand in one idiotic idea. The skinnier tip does not get the excess product scraped off when removibg from tube, so it is unuseable, unless you wipe it first. At that price, you should 't have to. Very wet formula, have not been able to get decent results, lashes sticking together, clumpy, heavy.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I have a sample size of this mascara but it does have the "patent pending double brush". I usually don't wear mascara because so many of them end up on my under-eye area (even when I don't put any on my bottom lashes). Now, Clarins has a great sealant called Double Fix that is great for this problem but most days, I just don't have the time. Anyway, this new mascara - Instant Defintion - wears beautifully all on its own and even when I apply it on my lower lashes, it doesn't make "raccoon eyes" so I am really liking this. I don't know whether or not it's waterproof - Clarins seems to be very much against waterproof mascara and the packaging doesn't say anything about it being waterproof but it sure is "endurable". I honestly find the brush design a bit odd...the plastic-y end thing is supposed to help get tiny inner and outer corner lashes and it does, indeed, do that but I find it applies too much product which I then have to brush away with a clean spoolie or my mascara comb. Perhaps on the full sized tube, this plastic brush works better but I don't know - I somehow doubt it. The full sized mascara has the gorgeous new gold toned and almost architectural looking tube that is on most of Clarins's new makeup products from Everlasting Foundation to Rouge Prodige lipstick and it is very, very nice - streamlined and classic. I will most certainly purchase the full sized tube of this when I'm done with the sample. This might turn me into a regular mascara wearer!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I love this mascara! Especially when you put 3 layers after leaving it to dry a bit in between. Both volume as length.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium Eyes: Hazel
Clarins just launched this mascara this month (September 2011). The mascara focuses mainly on volume, rather than length and it claims to not flake or smudge. There are nutrients in the mascara that will supposedly "nourish" your lashes when wearing this mascara. It's also okay for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
The star of this mascara is the design of the brush. If you all liked the wand of Benefit's They're Real Mascara because of the little bristles at the tip of the wand, you'll really like this wand. It's your standard bristle wand, not too large, not too small and towards the end of the wand, the bristles are very short. The design makes it a synch to get to those smaller lashes, especially in the corners of your eye and bottom lashes.
The packaging is also very nice. It's a pale gold, squared tube with a little groove on the handle of the wand, which makes a nice little grip for your thumb while applying the mascara. It's also reflective, so if you happened to forget a mirror, you can use the tube.
The mascara has a bit of a wet formula, so when I apply it after I've curled my lashes, I usually manage to get mascara on my eyelids. It is of course avoidable if you apply it with your head slightly tiled back, rather than applying it straight-on in the mirror. Usually when I apply the mascara, I rarely have to dip my brush back in for one eye. The end of the wand picks up enough product to evenly distribute across the lashes. Aside from the brush easily reaching the corners, I love that I can get real precise and apply the mascara directly to the base of my lashes. It's a great mascara for both length and volume. It's easily buildable with the constant brushing of the lashes. It also doesn't clump my lashes together, which is always a plus. It also keeps my lashes nice and pliable (not crispy), so I can easily add another coat or comb through them later in the day.
Lastly, it doesn't flake throughout the day, and I've only noticed a teeny bit of transfer (smudges) under my eyes after several hours of wearing it. It only happened a couple of times though, and I think it was probably from not having my concealer properly set with powder. So I always make sure I set my under-eyes with a good amount of powder, and it doesn't transfer at all.
Overall, a really good mascara, but I don't know if I'd pay $24. Mascara is one thing I like to purchase at the drugstore because I think it's all the same crap. Haha, of course that's my opinion/preference only!
Here's a photo of my lashes with one, very good coat. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kA0iNeJoW6M/ToDLr-l93II/AAAAAAAAChs/f3jMX72EGoc/s1600/eyes.jpg