5 Gluten Free Mascaras Every Makeup Gal Should Try


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!

Mirabella Lash Essential Gluten Free Mascara

  • Mirabella’s Lash Essential Mascara – $22

    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.

  • Afterglow’s Pure Soul Mascara- $24

    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

  • 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!!! :D

  • Cleure’s Mascara w/ Pro-Vitamin B5 – $25

    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!  :D

Placed into drawers: Featured, Gluten Free Style, Gluten Info, Safe

  • sherri

    Thank you SO much for this list. I’ve tried After Glow Cosmetic’s Pure Soul mascara. It’s great for those that want a very natural look. It doesn’t clump or flake. However, I want a little more oomph in my mascara but I don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it (Afterglow is now more expensive than what you have listed, that’s a LOT for just a mascara + shipping). I’m going to try Zuzu Luxe and see how it turns out :)

    • http://www.glutenfreemakeupgal.com/ The Gluten Free Makeup Gal

      You’re very welcome!

      Oh dear, MORE expensive? Ugh… I’ll change the price then. Thank you! And let me know how you like Zuzu Luxe!

  • http://www.glutenfreemakeupgal.com/ The Gluten Free Makeup Gal

    Oh wow! THANK YOU Sherri for the detailed review! Now I’m really excited to try Zuzu Luxe mascara for myself. It sounds AWESOME! Lengthening AND thickening, plus being super gentle to eyes and to pocketbook. So much win in a gluten free mascara. <3 Thanks for sharing! I'm gonna go get myself some Zuzu Luxe mascara as soon as possible now. lol

  • http://www.glutenfreemakeupgal.com/ The Gluten Free Makeup Gal

    Hey Jenny, I’m so glad to hear that Tarte is working well for you! Thanks for the recommendation!

    I would like to point out that some people may have issues with it because Tarte’s gluten free stance is that they do not formulate with gluten, but have no control over cross contamination issues from other products manufactured in the same facility.

    But I’m super excited to hear that you’ve been able to use it Jenny! I’ve heard soooo many good things about Tarte and am delighted to keep hearing more. :D

  • Astra

    Hi thank you so much for posting this list! I just have a quick question: how water resistant are these mascaras?

    • http://www.glutenfreemakeupgal.com/ The Gluten Free Makeup Gal

      Unfortunately, none of these mascaras are particularly water resistant. I have yet to find a gluten free and waterproof mascara. But I am still hopeful! ;)

  • ekpara

    I think that findling a gluten free mascara that works is highly individual. Zuzu Luxe did not work for me. While it did go on easily and was fairly non-clumping it was not smudge proof and did make my eyes itch. I’m still searching for a product that works which can be an expensive venture.

    • http://www.glutenfreemakeupgal.com/ The Gluten Free Makeup Gal

      I totally agree that mascara preferences are individual. I haven’t tried the Zuzu Luxe mascara, so thank you for the review! I have heard from a few people who liked it, but I’m very sorry to hear it didn’t work for you. Ouch. Itchy eyes are no joke…

      Finding the right product can be terribly expensive. I hope you find one that works for you soon! Soon and without having to go through too many products. Ha.