Lately, I’ve seen a lot of questions going around the internet about “gluten free mascara“. And it’s no wonder! That all-important item of cosmetics is a pain in the rear to find gluten free. Mascara often depends on wheat derived ingredients to give it that extra oomph and wow. And what with it being so close to your super sensitive eyes, I believe that mascara is one of the most important cosmetics to find gluten free.
Now, before I start this list, I do need to insert a caveat here: I have not tried any of these mascaras myself. Yes, I’ve tried gluten free mascaras. Why aren’t they on this list? Um, well, because they stink. Sticky all day long, clumpy, flaky (well, not flaky- the clumps just rolled off onto my face all day), the whole works. Really, it was bad. And I would never recommend it to anyone, not even my worst enemy. Well, maybe my worst enemy… But, all these mascaras I’ve either tried already or are on my list to try. Because mascara is awesome. 8)
So! For your lashes!
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. I think it’s partly because of this that it layers and layers and layers with ease.
Mostly, this gluten free mascara adds length. However it isn’t too shabby at volume either.
So far, all that I’ve tried from Afterglow I’ve loved. They are a wonderful company with wonderful products (plus smashing tastes in color…). This mascara they advertize as “volumizing”. I’ve heard good things about it!
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 I didn’t have a problem with it after the initial drying process. Nor did it try to smear everywhere before it was entirely dry, for which I am grateful. 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.
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. Oh, and the best part? THIS COMPANY TESTS FOR GLUTEN!!!
Ho, and we have another mascara with Pro-Vitamin B5 and a sleep inducing name! But what’s cool about this one is that they claim it’s thickening and defining. Most gluten free mascaras focus on length, not thickness! The reviews on it say how pleased they are that it doesn’t irritate their eyes. One of them makes the comment that “it isn’t any better than any other mascara”… Well, right now, I’d be happy just to find an average gluten free mascara. And the pro-vitamin + thickening deal sounds pretty good to me!
So there ‘ya have it!
I know there are more gluten free mascaras out there and I intend to find and test as many as I possibly can. But until then, enjoy this list and if you purchase one, let me know what you think!