Every girl always says that her most essential makeup item in her makeup bag is mascara…and I have to agree. Although I don’t wear much makeup the one thing I always put on is mascara. It just opens up the eyes, gives some definition and makes one look a little more polished and presentable. There are so many on the market now in varying shapes, sizes and colours and being sold under many different guises. However, most mainstream mascaras contain potential allergens, parabens and irritants and with the eye area being so delicate should we not be more conscious when it comes to what we put on and around them every day?!
I have been trying some of the more natural and organic mascaras on sale, which historically have never matched their mainstream counterparts, they had no staying power, ran down one’s face or simply didn’t give any oomphf to one’s lashes. However, they are improving and here are two more naturally formulated mascaras that I can recommend for day and evening use. I have tried them both out for work, yoga and in the evening, for application and durability.
The first is Neal’s Yard Lengthening mascara which uses 78% organic ingredients, amongst them are argan oil, coconut oil, castor seed oil and white tea extract. So it is very conditioning for the lashes. It is free from silicones, parabens and mineral oils. It gives a very natural look, and doesn’t clump at all, it glides on smoothly. I would say it’s best for when you want to define your lashes with colour, it’s a deep inky black, yet keep a very natural look; you want something on but not too much. The brush is great too, it’s firm, moulded plastic, not bristles and covers all the lashes, even little ones in the corners.
The second one is by Korres, their black volcanic minerals 3D volume mascara. It is not certified organic and not quite as ‘natural’ as the Neal’s Yard mascara if one is being super pedantic but it is free from parabens, mineral oils, silicone and ethanolamine. It contains sunflower seed oil, cotton and grape extract to nourish the lashes. Again I used the black but it is available in brown, the colour is great, a very strong black. This mascara is better for when you want a ‘thicker’ look to your lashes, you can build it up using a couple of coats and it does last really well all day, and during yoga class! It has a bristle brush which helps to really get into all the lashes and gives more volume and therefore it’s perfect for any evening or bridal looks.
I will trial some more but for now, these two are definitely worthy of a place in one’s ‘green’ makeup bag!