Having reached the end of my last tube of Benefit They're Real (holy grail status? Quite possibly) I decided to branch out and try something new. I'd repurchased TR time and time again and worn little else on my lashes since it's initial release, so it seemed fitting to give something else a go and see exactly what else is out there on the mascara market. After reading a few blog reviews, I promptly added Clinique High Impact to my basket next time I was snooping around in House of Fraser. I could only find positive words about this mascara and since it promised to give pretty much the same finish as my beloved They're Real, I was straight on it and incredibly excited to give it a whirl.
Despite being drawn towards the Extreme Volume version for obvious reasons (fat lashes are my thang), I ended up going for the original formula. Having seen swatches of both, I could notice very little difference between the two when applied on other people.
High Impact is a jet black, multi-benefit mascara that arguably does a better job at lengthening and defining the lashes than it does boosting overall volume. Unlike They're Real, I need a couple of coats of this to achieve an effect I'm happy with, but after a little extra work I can say I'm suitably pleased with the result. It stays put all day and doesn't clump on my lashes at all - no matter how many layers I apply. It's perfect for every day wear as it darkens and lengthens my lashes whilst doing a brilliant job at separating them and giving a more natural look. I also love how easy this is to use, it has a gorgeous bristle brush that sweeps through my lashes effortlessly and I don't seem to make any mess on my lids when I use this either; a rare occurrence for me!
I really do like this mascara, but I'm not 100% sure I'll be repurchasing once my current tube dries out. I'm definitely interested in trying the volumising version though, as I feel a little bit of extra body is all that's missing from my lashes when I use this. That being said, I'm really glad I gave this one a go and it's the option that I reach for on a daily basis; although I do like having something extra on hand when I'm after a more dramatic look.