Makeup by: Regina Harris
Guys and Dolls….. she’s back! The Skin Care Guru is going to share another one of her products reviews but this time she has dove beyond the comforts of a skincare regime. We are excited to be witness to the evolution of “The Skin Care Guru”and what better do so than with a tube of makeup.
Written by: The Skin Care Guru
So. You’re probably wondering why TSCG is writing a review on mascara. Mascara isn’t a skin care item, its a beauty product! (Then again, I’m assuming that you’re putting that much thought into this whole dealie, which in fact is unlikely to be the case….anyway.) Yes, its true, mascara isn’t a skin care item. BUT if you’re allergic to your mascara, or sensitive to it, or it runs and stains the skin around your eyes, causing you to vigorously rub it off, it becomes a skin care issue. Why? The skin around your eyes is one of the first areas to lose elasticity, so chronic puffing, pulling, stretching, and other no-no’s are likely to accelerate signs of aging.
Does that sound like I’m reaching for an excuse? OK, maybe, because like most women I’d rather stroll out naked than without mascara. However, I’m wildly sensitive to any number of ingredients and thus prone to redness, puffing, itching, etc. After one particularly nasty reaction that left me looking like I had parasites invading my eyelids, I turned to mineral mascara, which seemed like a dream come true. No parabens! No phlatlates! Then, my mineral mascara of choice was discontinued. After sitting shiva for a week, I started an epic search for its replacement.
Last week, I received a tube of Dr. Hauschka’s Volume Mascara. Every granola-eater knows Dr. Hauschka, one of the most venerable organic skin care lines. But mascara? Huh.
PACKAGING: Plain black tube in a nice, normal size. When did mascara packaging start looking like something better kept discreetly in a bedside drawer??
BRUSH: Medium density spooly, no taper. Fibrous.
CONSISTENCY: Semi-wet. Not so wet that your lashes stick together, though, instead, it goes on like silk without the downsides of a wet product. Pretty much the ideal; allows the user to brush on several layers quickly without snags.
CLUMP FACTOR: Zero. I mean ZERO. As in none. Kind of amazingly none, given that it does actually give your lashes some heft. (See below.)
COVERAGE: Medium. One or two swipes looks fairly natural, three or four starts to look dramatic. But still without a single clump, and even better, without the buildup at the tip of the lash that’s so common (and icky looking.) So while the drama factor climbs, the undesirable stick-lash look is never a risk.
SMUDGE FACTOR: Medium-high. This was really my only gripe; for my day-long mascara, I do expect staying power, and staying power that I don’t have to think about, as I am totally unlikely to look in the mirror between 7:30 a.m. and the end of the work day. (Who wants to see herself in flourescent bathroom lights??) At day end, I did find smudges under my eyes three days out of five, though not huge raccoon smudges.
Conclusion? I would absolutely buy this mascara again. Need to experiment a bit with smudge control, but love the effect, love the lack of clumps.
Love this review? Make sure to click here for “The Skin Care Guru’s” review on MenScience Facial Tone Enhancer.