For me, the Clinique lash primer does not curl your lashes but makes them stick almost straight up, like an L if applied from the roots to the tip of my lashes but this really makes my short lashes appear long. Once I apply mascara on top of that, they look unreal: thick, volumized. I can't say they look false because they're not SUPER long (only because I have short lashes). The Smashbox one curls a lot nicer (it looks prettier) and my lashes look more like the curvey part of a candy cane instead. I like the Smashbox brush better because I find it easier to get my lashes the way I want them to curl. The Clinique lash primer gives so much volume, more than the Smashbox one, but I'd rather have nicely curled lashes and wear a good mascara on top instead.
So if you like dramatic eyes, I'd reccommend the Clinique lash primer but if not, Smashbox is much better. They're both great primers and if you do have a chance, try them both on... maybe one on each eye because it's a matter of preference and the length of your eyelashes you happen to have.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
(Los Angeles, CA)
I've never tried Clinique, but I can tell you from experience that the Smashbox Lash Primer will not just create the ILLUSION of well-defined, softer, longer lashes, but it will help your lashes become them! It's definitely what you're looking for.