If there's one makeup I need to wear every day, it's mascara. I believe that your eyes are doorways into your soul, and for me that's always the first thing I notice about anyone. Man or woman alike. While I don't like the color of my eyes (I lovingly refer to the color as: poop brown), I still want to make them pop, and mascara does that.
I know that finding a good vegan mascara can be difficult. Most mascara contains beeswax, which is the first issue, plus a whole bunch of other nasty stuff. The mascara brushes aren't always vegan, something people forget to think about. So, you finally found a fully vegan mascara, but does it work? Some don't offer enough coverage, or need a million coats to look normal, or the product doesn't stay on and it flakes or melts away. After you've made your rounds to other, and are tired of looking for one that does it all, make your way to Gabriel Cosmetics Mascara. Gabriel offers two different types of mascaras, their formula and the Zuzu Luxe Formula, which is like their fancy pants one. I haven't tried the Zuzu Luxe one, only the original you see in the picture.
I naturally have black lashes, so I use their mascara in black. One of my favorite things about this mascara is the brush, as you can see below:
I have lots and lots of tiny lashes, and the shape of the brush allows me to get into the corners of my eyes and get all the little guys you can't reach with big plush brushes. Before I went cruelty free (which it's been many moons now) I used to use Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes for the brush. Gabriel's brush is similar to it, but not as thin. Still, it's the best brush I've found in comparison to it.
Also, the formula is really great. It feels soft on your lashes, but still holds well thanks to the plant waxes. It contains vitamin B5 to make your lashes stronger, thicker, and healthier.
This mascara doesn't clump, so you can apply more than one coat as long as you allow each coat to dry in between. I like that it's buildable and you can make it as natural or dramatic as you want.
I have extra sensitive skin around my eyes and on my eyelids, and I get allergy eczema patches from a lot of eye products. This hasn't caused any issues for me. So, I would say that it's a gentle formula, as Gabriel Cosmetics claims it is. It's safe for contact lens wearers as well, according to Gabriel's website.
Below, you'll see a before and after photo of my eyes pre-mascara on top, and post-mascara on bottom:
This is applying only one coat of mascara, and it's before I curled them. I usually only use one coat because honestly in the morning, I have no time to wait until it dries then apply another and so on. I really think that one coat does a pretty good job, so you could really add some more va-voom with a second coat.
I actually got this at Whole Foods when they were doing this special beauty bag for $18, which was a steal by the way because I got some really excellent products in that bag. This mascara alike retails for $15.20, which is a very fair price. You can find it at Whole Foods or Gabriel Cosmetics website. I will absolutely purchase this again one this tube is empty, I love it!
Do you have a favorite vegan mascara you love?