If you could only have one gluten free makeup product, what would it be?
Every time I've asked this question, the overwhelming majority answer gluten free mascara.
If that's you, then this is your article.
This all-important item of cosmetics is a real pain to find gluten free. Traditionally, mascara depends on wheat-derived ingredients to give it that extra oomph and wow. Or if it's not quite such a volumizing mascara, wheat-derived ingredients may be used to add to it's silky texture.
But even after you find a gluten free mascara, you've got one more problem to surmount.
It's hard to find a good one.
I've seen it all by now. Sticky, clumpy, flaky, smeary, itchy, washes away upon the faintest hint of water, you name it. The world of gluten free mascara can be like navigating in a swamp of black tears.
Don't navigate the swamp alone. If you need gluten free mascara, try the ones below!
Gabriel Cosmetics' Zuzu Luxe Mascara - $16.70
Unique to the gluten free mascara world, this mascara offers several colors: The usual Black and Brown, but also Navy and Clear. Wouldn’t it be fun to get the black, paint your lashes, then dab the navy on the ends? This mascara is touted to be lengthening.
This mascara also is the one you have the best chance of finding in stores. Check Whole Foods, or any other local health food store. They just might have it!
I've seldom run across a mascara as buildable as this one. It has a rubbery texture I'm not used to that is tacky for a little while after application. But when it finally dries it is super smooth to look at, no clumps or harshness. It layers and layers and layers with ease.
Mostly, this gluten free mascara adds length. However it isn't too shabby at volume either.
Afterglow is an amazing company. Recently certified gluten free, they maintain a high quality product line while making it easy to shop on their website.
While I have not yet tried it myself, I've heard many good things about Afterglow's Mascara!
Honeybee Gardens' Mascara - $9.50
I love this mascara. It’s buildable, not clumpy and light feeling. It does takes a few seconds to dry and it pretty sticky until then, but after the initial drying process there is no problem. It doesn’t give super oomph, but that’s part of the reason why it’s so light and gentle. The end result is very natural looking, with great definition and a silky look.
The newest edition to the gluten free makeup world is this one right here. Red Apple has a track history of being an excellent company, but will their mascara follow the tradition?
I've only just started playing with the mascara and love it thus far. However the reviews across the internet are raving. So it looks like my initial impression is a pretty safe bet!
This mascara is not extreme on either volume or lengthening, but it does have a lovely texture and all-day stay.
So there 'ya have it!
There are of course dozens other mascaras out there, but out of all of them, these are the top 5 to try.