The Quest for my Holy Grail Mascara is OVER!

Monday, August 25, 2008


I have been searching for the perfect mascara since I was old enough to wear it.

I have found so many "nearly perfect if..." mascaras, tried about 3 dozen completely dreadful mascaras and have just plugged along with some good ones.

Finding a paraben-free, phthalate-free and palm oil free mascara is HARD. Most "natural" mascaras, including L'Oreal Bare Naturale Mineral Mascara, still contain palm oil derivatives. If you're an animal lover and not up to date on why I think palm oil is bad, please see this post.


Last week when I was at Sephora , I came across Tarte Lash Hugger Eco-Friendly Mascara. It has everything I was looking for (or not looking for) on its ingredients list: no parabens, no phthalates, no mineral oil, no palm oil derivatives! With all of those requirements met on just the package, was it possible that this be a match made in cosmetics heaven?

Today is Day 6 using Lash Hugger. I am in love. I think it was love at first sight. It's everything I have searched for in a mascara. It really adds volume to my lashes. I have naturally long lashes, but they are pretty light and fine. Lash Hugger lengthens without looking artificial. I do my makeup by 6am. I don't take it off until 10 or 11pm. This lasts all day without flaking. It doesn't smudge. My eyes are very sensitive and can water easily. I also have allergies. This normally causes my mascara to get into my eyes when that happens and then my eyes get red and burn. Zero, zip, nada redness. This truly is mascara perfection.

I should also mention that this eco-friendly mascara comes in a recycled aluminum tube as well.

If Tarte ever discontinues this $18 gem, I am going to be lost without it. It is a truly phenomenal product. I honestly thought I'd have to keep settling for decent mascaras. Now I have found "the one." Check it out at Sephora today!

Photo from sephora.com
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