Clean Mascara That Actually Works

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Haven’t we all tried so many natural/vegan/clean beauty products that just did not work, leaving us with utter disappointment. Well, anytime, I spend anything more than €20 on a beauty product, I expect a good value for money out of it. Last winter, I bought a mascara for €45 from a rather obscurely luxurious brand, I felt a bit frustrated, when the product did nothing it promised to deliver to my lashes.

And believe it or not, I have not used mascara since; until recently, when I out of nowhere, felt like buying one. After doing a bit of research, I went ahead and ordered a newly launched mascara from a brand that I generally like - ILIA, on Amazingy.

I must stop here and say, it is cruelty-free and clean but not 100% vegan as it uses Bee wax. If you avoid bee derived ingredients in all forms, then this mascara is not the right one for you. I hope to share soon about a 100% vegan one too. And if you know about one, please do tell in comments!

Upon receiving the package, I opened it like a little girl and wore the mascara, while still in my pyjamas and undone hair. On the first glance, my lashes looked longer and richer and I instantly regretted not owning a mascara for nearly an year. But what I really liked about it was its light formulation, which does not clamp or make all the lashes stick. You can make it as heavy or as natural as you like, depending on the amount and strokes.

I wore it that day for approximately six hours without noticing any smudging, which again for someone with constantly irritated and allergic eyes is a bit of a deal.

Last test for a mascara for me is at bedtime, when you have to wipe your eyes squeaky clean. I personally, don’t like using any cleansing formulation on my eyes, so I just splashed them really well with plain water, while gently rubbing them with my fingers. The mascara was gone.

So far, I am really happy with it and I can recommend it. If anything changes, I will update this post.


Name: ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara, AFTER MIDNIGHT

Product Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D'Abeille*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Glycerin, Cera Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire De Carnauba*, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch*, Xanthan Gum, Arginine, Phenethyl Alcohol, Biotin, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Benzoic Acid, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxide). *Organic Ingredients. Ingrédients Organiques.