6 best natural mascaras

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Here’s a not-so-secret secret: Even natural beauty divas tend to cheat when it comes to their lashes, coating them in Maybelline Great Lash or lust-worthy DiorShow.

However, that’s beginning to change. “Every natural makeup line is working on a mascara worth releasing,” says Spirit Demerson, founder of SpiritBeautyLounge.com.

“Expect big reveals next year.” Can’t wait till then? We found seven that added just as much volume, length, and drama as their chemical counterparts. (There’s still no waterproof natural.)

Here are six great natural mascaras we wouldn’t bat an eye at. —Melisse Gelula, Molly Gallagher, and Lisa Elaine Held  
Josie Maran GOGO Natural Volume Argan Mascara ($22)


We’re saying it: Maran’s argan-oil based mascara works just as well as traditional one. It produces thick, voluminous lashes (and a dewy shine) in just a few strokes with little-to-no clumps. And it has a heart: For every mascara purchased, a dollar is donated to a women’s cancer charity. One drawback: It’s otherwise natural, organic formula does contain a couple of suspicious ingredients at the very end of the list.
Juice Beauty Lash Defining Mascaram-lash-defining-mascara-open-web-photo ($19)

The brush, shaped kind of like a cone, creates long and separated lashes, without making them look too thick. It also reaches those hard-to-get lashes at the corner of your eye. The black, but not too black, pigment hits the spot for daytime-to-evening makeup perfection.

(Photo: juicebeauty.com)  
100 pure blackberry pigmented mascara100% Pure Blackberry Pigmented Ultra Lengthening Mascara ($18)

The curved brush provides nice length, while the blackberry hue gives off a nice slightly chrome, slightly purple color (it also has a subtle, yummy fruit scent). The formulation is made with B5, vitamin E, oat and wheat proteins which condition your lashes, while making them stand out, too.

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alima-pure-natural-definition-mascara-zAlima Pure Natural Definition Mascara ($22)

The shorter brush gives just the right amount of definition if you're worried about overdoing it and the slightly mauve/brown color (instead of jet black) adds to that subtle affect. It's made from more than 90 percent naturally derived ingredients—and the natural waxes and oils protect and strengthen your pretty lashes.

(Photo: spiritbeautylounge.com)
jane iredale mascaraJane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening & Lengthening Mascara ($33)

It goes on slick and feels nourishing (must be the seaweed extracts), and it comes in a squeezable tube, which means I can coax the mascara toward the brush instead of jamming it into the tube, attempting to scrape the edges. It doesn’t smudge much, but it can flake a bit.

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Organic Glam Mascara ($35) Super high performance, and 60 percent organic. That’s the promise of this UK-made mascara, which regularly sells out. It coated my lashes quickly, dried without clumps, and stayed that way until I removed it—and even then it required little elbow grease. It’d be right at home on the beauty floor of Bergdorf. (Photo: www.theorganicpharmacy.com)

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  1. February 15th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    The Delizioso Skincare all natural mascara is actually really and truly amazing!

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