Test Drive: Three Eco-Friendly Mascara OptionsBeauty
Mascara is one of those beauty items that I just won’t compromise on. I am, to say the least, obsessed with my lashes. So much so that I write about it often and I rarely leave the house without mascara on. And the no mascara trend makes little sense to me. I like it in theory, but just.can’t. IRL.
And I have tried all-natural formulas in the past. But nothing to make me give up my M.A.C black tube. But three very viable options have recently found a place in my makeup bag, and all serve a noble purpose.
In no particular order, here are three eco-friendly mascara options that I just had to write about.
#1) This unassuming grey squeeze tube of goodness (far left in the image above) from MUD cosmetics (the same all-natural brand used on the set of La La Land) creates feathery, long lashes that I love. The super thick brush comes to a nice point at the end, which works well to pick up smaller corner lashes and help them bust out. The flake-free formula lasts a long while, but does soften overtime, meaning it’s more suited for daytime than when you want to make a long-lasting impact at night.
#2) I can honestly say that I have never been drawn to mascara because of its smell. But Zorah’s Mascara – Volume and Care, which is made with organic Argan Oil from Tamanar, Morocco (Zorah founder Mélissa Harvey travelled there in 2003 with Oxfam and worked alongside a group of Berber women who grow, harvest and export the oil), smells like strawberries! Another full brush accompanies this all-natural lash lengthener, with a more triangular point, grabbing lashes individually and coating them with mascara adds volume while it cares for them. And this formula brings the drama, giving me a thick black fan for hours on hours. Major bonus points to this brand, because they are proudly Canadian!
#3) Another local find, Stellar*, which launched earlier this year from Canadian television personality Monika Deol, has a pretty spectacular formula as well. The matte black tube (far right in the image above), contains a longwear formula that is vegan, cruelty, fragrance and oil free. With a comb-like brush, each lash is wrapped in glossy black mascara (just be gentle, I stabbed myself in the eye while putting it on in a hurry and man it hurt!). The comb has longer and shorter bristles, helping to grab even the shortest of lashes. And the formula is easily buildable, meaning you can apply one coat for day or two or three for major impact. I tend to have oily skin, so I need to wear a matte eyeshadow to ensure there is no transfer, but otherwise this version is a definite mainstay in my beauty bag.
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