For a brand that has its roots in a moisturizer that sells every 15 seconds, Clinique’s mascaras are surprisingly incredible. My first brush (pun intended) with the brand’s lash-lengthening power was on a college tour of New York University. I remember almost nothing about what the tour guide mentioned, but her lashes were so long they touched her eyebrows — so when she opened time up for questions, asking which mascara she used was the first thing out of my mouth. Her answer? Clinique.
I didn’t end up heading to NYU, but the encounter did give me a deep-seated appreciation for Clinique’s quality mascara offerings, a love that celebrities like Kate Moss and Emilia Clarke share. And as part of Nordstrom’s December Sale of Daily Deals (a tongue twister if I’ve ever seen one), all ten of its mascaras and lash primers are 25 percent off, bringing some down to as little as $10.
Most beloved is the classic High Impact Mascara, which has earned 1,360 five-star ratings from shoppers on Nordstrom’s website, where it’s the retailer’s top-rated mascara. The brand applied its hypoallergenic technology to the mascara range as a whole, so if you’re someone with eyes so sensitive mascara only lasts a hot minute, shoppers say it feels like salvation.
“I have an issue with basically all mascaras burning my eyes after a few hours, as I have sensitive eyes and many allergies,” one person wrote. “I have tried too many mascaras to count, [and] I ALWAYS come back to this mascara by Clinique, which is the ONLY one that does not burn my eyes.” Beyond that, shoppers call it the “best overall mascara ever,” praising its ability to make lashes thicker and longer without flaking.
The brand’s Lash Doubling Mascara is also a holy grail for some, leaving reviewers’ lashes long, separated, and thick with precision (and no smudgy mess to clean up). Shoppers who say they’ve “tried every mascara sold at Nordstrom” crown it the best, transforming lashes that are “nothing special” into ones that “pop.” Clumping mascara is the worst, especially if you’re not trying to poke out an eye while separating them — and for that, 121 shoppers pledge that the Lash Doubling Mascara keeps clumps far at bay.
If you’re searching for something more low-key for early morning Zoom calls, shoppers say the Naturally Glossy Mascara does the trick. “This stuff is perfect,” writes one shopper who likes natural-looking makeup and hates “sticky, clumpy, ‘spider leg’ mascara.” They continue, “I've tried a number of different brands lately, and Clinique's is the best by far. It does not clump, adds subtle volume and gloss, and washes off easily. Couldn't ask for more.”
Some shoppers mention they’ve used the mascara since high school, and others say it’ll be their choice for years to come. A different person seconds both opinions: “The Clinique Glossy Mascara is truly the very best mascara offered on the market today. It was my very first mascara when I was in high school, [and I’ve] tried every possible other one since.” After testing other brands for a year, they went back to the tried-and-true silver tube of Clinique, and found the “WOW end result others promise but don't deliver.”
Today, take advantage of Nordstrom’s promotion and dive into the lash love.