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I like the way my eyes look with mascara on the lower lashes, but only know this because of the few times makeup artists have applied it for me; any attempts to do so on my own have resulted in a look that is as smeary as it is tarantular.  But I’m quite encouraged by the idea of this Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara, and am seriously thinking about breaking my drugstore-only rule to try it.  And while we’re on the topic: what do you guys think of lash tinting? I do my brows and that’s been (mildly) life altering, but the idea of dye that close to my eyes weirds me out a little.

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Posted on December 21st, 2012 21 Comments

21 Responses

  1. RebeccaNYC says:

    I have this very product, and honestly, I could have just thrown the money into the air, continued using my old mascara and had the same result. It’s a gimmick that just does not work for me.

  2. Donna says:

    I’ve tried L’Oreal Telescopic mascara on lower lashes, and it works pretty well due to the small round “wand”. Try that first.
    I had my lashes dyed once, and it wasn’t enough for me to go without mascara. My lashes are long but not thick enough for me to forgo mascara. So for me that was a waste and I’ve never done it again.
    Donna
    http://www.prettysparklythings.blogspot.com

  3. Josefina says:

    I have dyed my eyelashes for years, it is perfecly safe. But if you feel insecure, do it at a salon the first time! It works especially well on the lower lashes, since it darkens them without the risk of the dreaded spider leg effect!

  4. Maggie says:

    Clinique costs only a tiny bit more than drugstore these days. Also this is an improvement over drugstore in that it is a polymer “tubey” formula that only comes off with water, not pressure (ie you “pinching” it off when you wash yr faceat night). This product is even more about the formula than the brush. Clinique’s “Lash Power” mascara is the same formula for upper lashes. A tiny tube forms around each lash when you apply and slides off like a teeny spider leg in your sink when you remove. Sounds terrifying but is actually kind of fun. Also: Zero smudges, ever. Lifechanger. Or at least, lashchanger.

  5. Edie says:

    I definitely prefer mascara top and bottom. My aim is by no means perfect, but when it goes awry, what makes it easy for me (WAY beyond a certain age) is Blinc mascara, which did the “tube” formula way before Clinique did. If you get a bit on your undereye skin, a cotton swab easily removes a “piece” of mascara. No smear, no fuss, gone without a trace. So easy.They don’t have Clinique’s marketing presence, but it is a wonderful product–you might like it.

  6. Jen says:

    I have blond eyelashes and can state unequivocally the best mascara for bottom lashes is Maybelline Lash Discovery Waterproof. It’s one of the only products I repurchase. I’ve also tried lash tinting with mixed results. The last time I was quite pleased with the results lasting close to two months. I’d do it more often if I wasn’t so lazy.

  7. lindanyc says:

    I agree that it’s a little weird &, frankly, scary to think of putting dye that close to the eye. But a friend gave me a tip that has made a big difference in my comfort level when I get my lashes done: after the person applies color to my lashes, I ask her to help me sit up to be upright as the color absorbs. This way the dye works with gravity to sit on my lashes and flow away from my eyes instead of sinking down towards my (tensely-closed) eye sockets.

  8. marjorie says:

    tarantular. hee.

    i like the packaging. i’m a sucker.

    my question: eyeliner below eyes? is it still done? does it make my small eyes look smaller? do i just do dark brown or are there options for girls of a certain age?

  9. Leslie says:

    I, too, tend to prefer the prices of the drugstore brands, especially for things that are not foundation. If you want to try this tube-type mascara, I highly recommend the L’Oreal version over Blinc – http://www.drugstore.com/loreal-double-extend-beauty-tube-technology-lash-extension-effect-mascara-blackest-black/qxp209064?catid=183541. I bought the Blinc stuff twice and returned it because I just couldn’t stomach a $26 mascara, especially since you are supposed to replace it every 3 months! I wear mascara on my top and bottom lashes equally, but then I have dark hair and big brown eyes, so I think it works on me (or everyone is laughing at me behind my back).

  10. Cher says:

    I don’t have trouble applying mascara to bottom lashes, but living in the Mid-Atlantic (hello humidity) and having oily skin, my problem is raccoon eye smearing and smudging later in the day. I’ve tried Clinique Bottom Lash and it is fine but I prefer the convenience of using one product on upper and lower so I continue to try everything from drugstore and department store and was shocked to find that a product I was home-party-guilted into buying has become my daytime go-to-mascara. Avon Wash-off Waterproof is easy to apply, keep on and to remove. I bought several tubes from a friend’s party for something like $5 a pop. It isn’t dramatic enough for night but it is perfect for day wear and quick to apply.

  11. Susan says:

    having your lashes dyed is no big deal; I was a bit nervous the first time, but needlessly. Doesn’t last that long, though, I find …

  12. Selina says:

    I have that mascara and its true that it stays forever – it actually needs something oily to remove it! BUT…the weeny brush is fiddly. You almost have to paint each hair, its so small. My Max Factor False Lash (called Cover Girl Lash Blast in the States) stays put too, and is half the price. And easier to dash on.

    I used to home tint and gave up. Too messy with the mixing and the vaseline around the eye…and doing it professionally looks great, but stings like a Mofo. Screw it.

    I definately think you should start doing your bottom lashes though – it makes you look more awake and bright-eyed. Like a squirrel who just had a Red Bull.

  13. Selina says:

    Oh, and to Marjorie: liner on bottom lids? Definately, but very thin, smudged with cotton bud to soften, and only on the outer half. Only French women can get away with heaviness on the lower lids after 35.

    Prestige Total Intensity liners are my #1 – never budge. Honourable mentions to: Revlon Colorstay, Milani Liquif’eye, and Rimmel Scandaleyes. Formulas have improved a lot in recent years.

  14. Deirdre says:

    I tint my eyelashes before going on vacation – they are blonde and coming out of the pool looks scarey otherwise. I don’t normally put mascara on the bottom – and when tinting lashes at home I only do the top ones. You should have it done once at a salon – the results last several weeks. You’ll find you may still want to wear mascara at least on the top lashes for volume, though.

  15. Caroline says:

    I’m crap at applying mascara.Had eyelashes done with henna one time. It was fine but highlighted fact I don’t really have much in the way f lashes. I’m more interested in the fake ones they do in salons. Just so expensive.any ideas?

  16. Cheryl says:

    I occasionally get my lashes tinted because like you I’m worried that I’ll become blinded. But when it’s done it looks like I’m wearing natural looking mascara all the time. My lashes look miles long! It’s also great because I wear glasses so mascara sometimes rubs off on the lenses. This way I look wide awake without smudging.

  17. frances says:

    I have blonde (read: invisible) brows and lashes, so I’ve tinted both. I got them done pretty religiously for about 5 years – every three weeks for the brows and every 4 weeks for the lashes. Sometimes the lashes stung, but I haven’t had any lasting ill effects. And I could definitely get away without using mascara when I had them dyed.
    My bottom line was: it makes a huge difference in how I look, but ultimately I’d rather work on feeling like I can look good without the time and effort (and expense). So now I’m just blonde, and I deal with it. Mascara for special occasions. (The good news is that since I wore mascara daily for at least a decade I’m a pro at applying it. Nary a smudge, ever.)

  18. Joni says:

    Benefit boutique offers a “trio” – lash tint, brow wax and tint. Very reasonable and love the results.

  19. Quick stray mascara remover – let dry while applying other make-up and then erase it with the smudger sponge end of your eyeliner pencil.

    Note: This only works if you never use the smudger end for any actual smudging.

  20. Rene says:

    I actually like the Clinique mascara for bottom lashes. I always make a mess when I try to use the large brush to apply mascara to the bottom lashes, this has made it much easier. I also use it for getting to the upper inner-corner lashes. It’s not a must have, but I do like it. For $10 it’s not a bad deal.

  21. Amy says:

    The mascara I like best for the corners or bottom lashes is called Tiny Sniper. It’s from Japan, but you can buy it online. Here’s a review I found: http://birkinbagbeauty.blogspot.com/2011/05/targeting-eyelashes-dejavu-tiny-sniper.html