Putting Organic Mascara to the Test

Putting Organic Mascara to the Test


Mascara was the last product in my makeup bag that I transitioned to a non-toxic brand. I held tightly onto my Volume Express for over a year while feeling guilty every time I swiped it onto my lashes.

Up until the switch I also hadn’t connected the dots that my “seasonal” allergies, which were starting to become a year-round affliction, were suspiciously worse after applying mascara. I suffered from red, itchy eyes on a regular basis.

I finally made the transition and to be honest I don’t miss the old stuff. No, I don’t have Kimmy K’s lashes (let’s be honest though, I never really did). I also don’t have a ton of chemicals sitting around my eyes, making their way into my bloodstream through the millions of tiny pores. I also don’t want to scratch my eyes out for being unbearably itchy anymore. So there’s that.

There are a lot of great non-toxic mascara’s out in the land of beauty these days. However, mascara isn’t cheap and usually isn’t available in a test size. So, I recently tested 4 well regarded brands and documented my results so you can avoid some very expensive trial and error.

So here we go, in no particular order.

Volumizing Mascara by RMS Beauty

2 coats, worn for approximately 12 hours

BRAND CLAIMS:

Created with rich mineral pigments and certified organic oils, butters and waxes this mascara will instantly add life to your lashes without flaking, smudging or clumping. Though this formula is not 100% organic we made sure that it is 100% natural and effective! A combination of organic plant waxes and select raw minerals allow this emollient mascara to shape lashes and intensify fullness.

MY EXPERIENCE:

Pros

  • Sleek semi-matte silver packaging that looks great in your makeup bag
  • Skinny, slightly tapered brush which is great for getting the little lashes
  • Formula has a good consistency
  • Easy removal using coconut oil
  • Good lengthening power

Cons

  • Brush fibers are too short for really effective volumizing or lash separation
  • Slightly clumping
  • Little bit of under eye accumulation ( I wear mascara on my bottom lashes, so if you don’t this may not apply)

OVERALL:

I’m a fan of RMS products in general, but I think I’ll stick to them for their Living Luminizer (which I can’t live without) and Un-Cover Up. I will say that in regards to staying power, the little bit of smudging under the eyes was acceptable due to the 12 mile bike ride I put this product through.

VERDICT:

Good for ladies looking to lengthen vs volumize.

Fruit Pigmented Mascara in Black Tea by 100% Pure

2 coats, worn for approximately 12 hours

BRAND CLAIMS:

100% natural mascara lengthens, separates, thickens and glosses lashes with fruit pigments and Black tea pigments. Lash conditioning ProVitamin B5, Vitamin E, Oat and Wheat protein conditions for healthier lashes. Gentle, all natural, good for you formula is suitable for everyone, even if you wear contacts or have sensitive eyes. Water and smudge resistant.

MY EXPERIENCE :

Pros

  • Pretty packaging
  • Impeccably clean ingredient list
  • Smells like blueberries
  • Shaped brush fibers alternating long and short for good coverage
  • Formula has a good consistency
  • Good volumizing power
  • Zero Clumping
  • Easy removal using coconut oil

Cons

  • Easy to smudge before it’s completely dry and had to use coconut oil on a Q-tip to remove smudges on my brow bone. Not a deal breaker, but something to consider.
  • Flaked a little bit throughout the day
  • Little bit of under eye accumulation (again, if you don’t wear mascara on your bottom lashes this may not apply)

OVERALL:

I really like the volumizing aspect, especially since I didn’t have to deal with clumping (seems like they often go hand in hand). I was a little bit disappointed by the slight flaking that happened towards the end of the day.

VERDICT:

Good purchase for those with very sensitive eyes due to incredibly clean ingredients.

Flower Color Natural Mascara in Black by Ecco Bella

3 coats, worn for approximately 12 hours

BRAND CLAIMS:

Lash out with allure. Discover a most stunning flirtatious lash look. You’ll love the volumized, extended and full lash fringe you get for a wide-eye look. Our Natural Mascaras in as pure a formula as you can buy. We leave out the lacquer, shellac and alcohol and put in natural clay and flower wax coated iron oxides. This mascara wraps around and lengthens lashes to their longest. It’s water resistant, but not waterproof. Gentle, and easily removed. Comes with its own mirror. Excellent for sensitive eyes. Vegan, gluten, fragrance & paraben-free.

MY EXPERIENCE:

Pros

  • Smart packaging, it has a built in mirror!
  • Under $20
  • Thicker brush with widely spaced fibers and tapered end for good definition and separation
  • Good lengthening power
  • Zero smudging or flaking all day
  • Easy removal using coconut oil

Cons

  • Brush fibers are spread out which isn’t great for volumizing
  • Formula is thin

OVERALL:

Good value at $17.95 and the least expensive of all the mascara’s I tested. The formula is on the thinner side so I had to apply multiple coats to get the color saturation and thicker look, but thinner usually means zero clumping which was a huge plus. I also didn’t have to do the usual obligatory under eye swipe throughout the day. Overall, really happy with this product.

VERDICT:

Best value!

Mascara in Nightfall by Ilia

2 coats, worn for approximately 12 hours

BRAND CLAIMS:

ILIA’s mascaras reference the film noir era. Sultry eyes meet strength and determination in Nightfall’s rich black shade. Naturally preserved, Phenoxyethanol free.

MY EXPERIENCE:

Pros

  • Sleep semi-matte silver tube, on the smallish side which would be great for traveling
  • Brush has two sides with different lengths for definition and volume
  • Even application
  • Thicker formula for volumizing
  • Good lengthening power
  • Zero smudging or flaking all day
  • Easy removal using coconut oil

Cons

  • Slight clumping if you wait too long in between applying coats

OVERALL:

I am a big fan and this has become my everyday go to. Really great build-able volume that has good staying power.

VERDICT:

A great all-purpose mascara.

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1. Volumizing Mascara by RMS Beauty $28

2. Mascara in Nightfall by Ilia $26

3. Flower Color Natural Mascara in Black by Ecco Bella $17.95

4. Fruit Pigmented Mascara in Black Tea by 100% Pure $21

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I will continue to update this list as I test new mascaras. Curious about a brand that I haven’t covered? Let me know in the comments and I’ll get to work!

 

 

  • Crystal

    I would love to hear your review of Poofy Organics HD Mascara!