My very first post on this blog was about Physcician's Formula Organic Wear Masacra, which I hated. So I figured it's about time I share with you some natural mascaras that I love.
The ones I'm talking about are from Gabriel Cosmetics, and their more trendy line, Zuzu Luxe. I've tested both, and I personally can not distinguish between the two formulas. When I compared them side by side, the Gabriel formula was wetter, but I think that was because it hadn't been open for as long. They also have the exact same brushes and tubes. Gabriel mascara comes in black and black brown, and Zuzu Luxe mascara comes in black, brown, navy and clear.
I'm really amazed that they were able to make a mascara that performs this well with a pretty clean ingredient list. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I'd owned several natural mascaras in the past, but it was not until I started using the Zuzu Luxe that I was actually able to part with my drugstore mascara. And that's really saying something for me, because I love full, thick lashes. I found that I really can layer this up a good amount without getting a clumpy, uni-lash mess. It gives a nice amount of volume, and length too. Here's a picture of it freshly applied (sorry for the puffy eyes - I've been getting allergies).
Another great thing about this mascara is that it that it pretty much lasts all day. Here's pictures taken after a long day that included sweating and a 40 minute bike ride:
The product itself also lasts a long time without drying out. I've been using one tube for more than 2 months and it is still good (and yes, I know I probably should throw it out).
As with every single truly natural mascara out there, it may not live up to your holy grail mascara that you used before you got into the whole non-toxic thing (or maybe you still use because most natural mascaras are mediocre), but it comes very close to it. The reality is that those mascaras work so well because they are full of sythetics and other stuff you probably don't want near your eye. Gabriel/Zuzu Luxe gets close enough to the performance, and I am totally satisfied with it.
The one place for improvement might be the brush. Both mascaras have a pretty standard fiber spool brush. I could only imagine how well this product would work with a brush that has more full, open fibers, like my old favorite - L'Oreal Voluminous. However, I've read before that companies pour massive amounts of money into creating brush prototypes, which may not be feasible for smaller natural beauty brands.
Overall, I really recommend trying out these mascaras. They might just get you to throw out your mainstream mascara too.
EWG Rating (preliminary): 2. Note: I believe the current rating on the database is based on an old formula. This rating is based on the ingredients listed on Gabriel's website. This product does contain three ingredients with a rating of 3.Ingredients: Aqua (Infusion of Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice); Cellulose Gum; Sorbitol; Stearic Acid; Cetearyl Alcohol; Lecithin; Panthenol; Crithmum Maritimum (Sea Fennel) Extract; Tocopheryl Acetate; Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright) Extract; Xanthan Gum; Iron Oxides; Hectorite; Titanium Dioxide; Potassium Sorbate
Price: Gabriel is $15.20, Zuzu Luxe is $16.70 gabrielcosmeticsinc.com
Disclosure: A sample of this product was provided by Gabriel Cosmetics. Opinions are 100% mine and I am not compensated for this review.