Safer Mascara Showdown
Y’all know if my mascara game is off, I call a time out. And since I’ve made the transition over to Safer Skincare + Better Beauty, I’ve been really spending a lot of time “auditioning” cosmetics. You’ve seen my posts so you know, I am taking this job very seriously! For posterity as they say. <<Wink>> So I have been wearing 3 brands consistently. There were another couple of brands I tried before which did not make the cut either because of performance or because they stung my eyes. That’s a big nope in my book, safer or not! The brands that made the final showdown were Crunchi, 100% Pure, and Beautycounter. I have photographed each one individually AND shown you a “combo platter” in which I double up and layer the look. I know, I have to make things difficult don’t I? But really it’s all about maximizing performance while keeping it clean so I’ll show you below the line up and let you see which look is best for you!
In the above photo I have no mascara on. I do have a bit of eyeliner, which is not at all affecting my eyelash thickness or length. As you can see I have short and spindly lashes (something I am actually working on and might have some exciting news to share soon, but more on that later).
In the above photo I am wearing the Black Maracuja Mascara from 100% Pure. This mascara smells amazing (naturally), goes on easily and is “juicy” meaning it does not dry out quickly which is nice for layering. As you can see from the photo it definitely gives me some length and provides a more natural look. Keep reading to find out the other way I use this one! (Please note, their lengthening mascara has wheat in it so if you prefer the gluten free one, this is it!)
In the above photo I am wearing Crunchi mascara alone, it provides more fullness than the 100% Pure and length. It is dryer than the 100% pure so it is softer when it dries. Lashes stay soft with Crunchi and if you layer multiple times, it builds nicely. I have found with all 3, layering is a MUST if you want to build the look. My preference is to “top it off” with another one but read more to see the how’s and why’s! It runs out of stock but worry not, there are other options if you just can’t wait! You can find it HERE!
In the above photo I am wearing Beautycounter mascara alone. You can see it gives nice fullness and length and also should be layered for a more dramatic look. This is a much dryer mascara and so must be done one eye at a time (got that tip from my friend Hayley at Primal Palate) as alternating back and forth dries the wand out too quickly. I layer quickly with this one in order to get the length and fullness and it is stiffer than Crunchi so it dries firmer.
In the above two photos here, I’ve reached my FAVORITE look. Now as I’ve mentioned, I like drag queen lashes so the longer and thicker, the better. I don’t really go for a doe eyed natural look – but that’s just me. ANY of the mascaras can give you a beautiful natural look if you do a single or double coat and leave them be. But that is far too simple for this girl. Go big or go home, SOOOOO, I actually like a combination. Now before you get all huffy, I am not telling you that you need 2 mascaras, I am simply letting you know that for me to accomplish a more DRAMATIC look (my preference), I needed to combine forces. The great news is that any two of the mascaras will produce this more dramatic look. So Crunchi + Beautycounter, or 100% Pure + Beautycounter, or 100% Pure + Crunchi – whatever your poison, the magic seems to happen in the dynamic pairing. So with the Crunchi/Beautycounter combo I apply Crunchi first, also using the tip of the brush to help fill in and then finish off with Beautycounter. Same thing with Crunchi/100% Pure (100% Pure goes on top). But if I do the 100% Pure/Beautycounter combo then you can use 100% Pure as the base and then Beautycounter as the finisher. Clear as mud? Good. Ultimately, there is no crappy mascara option here or they would not have made this post. The question is WHAT LOOK ARE YOU GOING FOR?! Natural? Dramatic? Layered? Once you know your look, the above feedback and photos will direct you where you need to be. And don’t forget, FROM NOW UNTIL THE END OF JUNE, I’ll be sending you a FREE Sample of your choosing and be entered into my GIVEAWAY!!! Read the details HERE and follow the directions to get your hands on some amazing products!
Have you tried Younique 3D Fiberlash+ Mascara? No formaldehyde, no harsh chemicals or fillers – Just gorgeous, lush lashes. Not tested on animals, gluten-free, and safe for contact lens users. I love it! The entire Younique line of mineral based cosmetics is top notch and does not contain the harsh chemicals that so many brands do.
I have seen that Younique rates pretty well with EWG but unfortunately I don’t do well with the fibers. I’m glad you’ve found what works for you too! I love that there are so many safer options these days!
Is there a trick to keeping the Beautycounter from smearing under the eyes? I loved the brush and the way it went on, but it gave me raccoon eyes every time!
Do you think it’s because it’s hot out right now? You might consider doing something like a finishing powder under your eyes just in case it is heat related!
Are any of them waterproof? My lashes won’t hold the curl unless waterproof!!
Beautycounter’s is the closest to waterproof! Check it out here! http://www.beautycounter.com/jenniferrobins1?goto=cosmetics%2Feyes%2Flengthening-mascara.html
I know you said 100% Pure is scented, but what about Crunchi? I’m very interested in a natural mascara that has NO scents because they irritate my eyes (even the slightest smell). I’ve found bare minerals flawless definition seems to do ok with me but I’m not sure how natural the ingredients are. So does Crunchi mascara have any type of scent?
Hey Ashley, I do not believe Crunchi OR Beautycounter have a scent. Both seem fragrance free when I smell them. Keep in mind that Beautycounter has a 60 day return policy which will help in the event that you are sensitive.
Pam Fitzgibbons says
I love BC mascara! Curious about your teaser, “something I am actually working on and might have some exciting news to share soon, but more on that later”- did you find some way to improve eyelashes naturally?
Hi Pam! I actually was playing around with emu and castor oil for my lashes! They are supposed to support natural growth!
Tiffany Brenning says
I’d never even considered combining mascaras to get a different look before… I guess if you’d asked me, I would’ve said I thought it wouldn’t do anything special, but you’ve definitely proven that idea wrong. I’ll have to try this myself with some of my own mascaras 🙂
Hey, Jen! Are you still using Crunchi and 100% pure mascara? And your liner is from 100% pure, too, right? Definitely changing up my mascara game, again, so figured I would try and achieve your drag queen lashes… because they’re amazing.
Hey Sara, I am not using either of these mascaras now. I guess I should update this post huh? LOL I’ll email you a link to the one I use most often. And the eyeliner too!
What mascara are you using now. Have you found a racoon eye free one?
LOL I’m using the new and improved Beautycounter one and loving it! https://www.beautycounter.com/jenniferrobins1?goto=/product/think-big-all-in-one-mascara