Today I'll be reviewing my new Pure Anada Mascara. Really, I wanted to do this blog Friday in honor of Canada Day (Happy Belated Canada Day to all of my friends up north!), but I guess it's better late than never! If you've read my blog post about Pacifica's Dream Big Mascara and know how obsessed I am with it, you may be wondering, why did I buy a new mascara? Three words: allergic contact dermatitis.
Here's today health lesson: Allergic contact dermatitis is what happens when you develop a sensitivity or an allergy to an ingredient(s) in something you're using. As a result, a rash forms. It's itchy, red, patchy, scaly, oozy, sometimes just a few of these symptoms or all of them. Ever since I was a teenager, about 15, I've been suffering from this. It's always only been on my eyelids. It's been to the point where it's my entire eyelid, sometimes it's just the lash line, other times it's the corners, and other times it's just a patch here and a patch there. One eyelid is always worse than the other though. It comes and goes, but it comes way more than it goes.
When I was a teenager to now, literally my entire life has changed. I don't use one single thing that I used as a teenager on my skin than I use now. Different makeup, hair care, body care, foods, detergent.. everything. Everything I use is for sensitive skin, dye free, fragrance free.. all that. My skin is EXTREMELY sensitive. I've used so many different creams and ointments but nothing fully heals it, and it always comes back. I thought maybe it was the nickel in my eyelash curler. That was the only logical explanation considering I had changed all of my makeup, but was still using a metal eyelash curler. So, I threw it out and got a plastic one. Makes sense right? Wrong. That didn't work. I was itchy, frustrated, and in pain.. something had to give. After 12 years of this, I couldn't do it anymore.
So, when I went to my dermatologist most recently, she told me to stop using everything on my eyes for a few weeks. I did, and low and behold, it went away. Granted, I looked tired all the time without my mascara, but my eyelids were clear. Now, it was time to test out my products one by one to see what was causing it. I didn't have to test much, because within a few days of wearing my Pacifica mascara, my eyelids started to react. I was so sad. NOT MY FAVORITE MASCARA?! So I was back at it again, wearing no makeup until they cleared, which they did. In the meantime, I searched and searched the Internet for a natural vegan mascara made for really sensitive eyes. I landed on Pure Anada.
Here's a bit about the company:
-This small Canadian makeup company was started by a woman named Candace in her kitchen.
-They only use organically grown and ethically sourced ingredients. They don't use any gluten, tree nuts or oils, or bismuth oxychloride.
-They're a Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free company. The majority of their products are also vegan.
Here's my thoughts on the mascara:
-I bought mine through Etsy and it was only $15, shipping included. The mascara was $12, and shipping was $3. So the price is really reasonable. My Dream Big Mascara was the same price regularly.
-The tube is a really study aluminum tube.
-It's a large tube, so I feel like you get your money's worth.
-I really appreciate the brush. It's relatively thin, and it curls. I am not a fan of big plush brushes. I think they get messy. I wouldn't mind if this one was a bit smaller, but with the curve it makes it really easy to apply.
-The formula isn't too wet. It's not too dry either, but I imagine it won't take too long to dry out.
-It doesn't add too much in the way of volume, but it adds curl and length. My lashes stay that way until I take it off, so it also holds really well.
-It has minimal flaking, but that's only if you are playing with it and rubbing your eyes. But, even after all day and all night wearing it, and maybe even have sleeping in it one night (after having 2 beers and not being able to hang), I woke up the next morning and it still looked good.
-It removes relatively easy with my eye makeup remover.
Overall, I like this mascara more than I thought I would honestly. I was pleasantly surprised. I would purchase it again, for sure, if I could. BUT I'm sad to say, however, it caused my eyelids to react! However, it didn't react as bad as it did with the Pacifica. And, the more I've used it, the less my eyes have reacted to it. Granted, that's with using my creams on my eyelids, but I haven't used them in a few days and my eyelids at this point don't look too bad. Point being: this is a great mascara, and if you have regular sensitive eyes not crazy absurdly sensitive eyes like I have, I think you'll like this mascara.
The real issue at hand is I have no clue what ingredient(s) is causing the reaction. If I knew, I would know what to avoid. I tried looking up all the mascaras I can remember using throughout my life to compare the ingredients, but there's so many! My biggest suspects at this point are: iron oxides (which if so, I might as well just give up on eye products all together) and stearic acid. There's other options, but those are the ones I'm leaning towards. That's neither here nor there, but if you could kindly wish me good luck on figuring it out, I would appreciate it.