Mascara: Lavera Long-Lash review



First this: I'm so happy being able to do this project. Unfortunately, in all my excitement I overdid it a bit, and my health is protesting. So writing will have to slow down a bit compared to last week. Now, on to today's quest: 


Finding a non-irritating mascara


Being a teenager, I never left the house without make-up. The basics for me were a kajal pencil and black mascara. That didn’t change until boyfriends came along who told me I didn’t need make-up to be beautiful. I wasn’t really convinced, but didn’t feel that obligated to put something on my eyes anymore. When I wasn’t going anywhere (and being sick, that’s true most of the time), I was mascara-free. Still, on special occasions, I liked to dress up a bit, and covering my tired eyes was always part of that job. I noticed my eyes resisting their black surroundings, since I always came home with red, itching, burning, watery eyes. Hmmm, that couldn’t be right. Thinking I was improving in quality, I bought a mascara from Yves Rocher, at a price I never spent before in my life. It’s not that expensive actually, compared to other brands, but I’ve been one of those people that liked to spent as little as possible on beauty products. Sure, I still like that, but now I value my health more than that ridiculously low price. 

Back to my so called better mascara from Yves Rocher. They had a lot of natural looking products, and their website screamed things at me like “100% vegetable oils” or “Natural rice proteins”. I made the decision that it could cost more, if it was better for my eyes. And if that terrible burning redness would stop. At first, it went okay. I could tolerate the mascara a bit longer than my previous one. After a while though, it was the same old story again. As I was learning what irritating products are being put in cosmetics, I decided to take a closer look on my “better quality” mascara. First thing I learned is that Yves Rocher isn’t transparent about their ingredients at all. Often, there is no ingredient list on the tube of the products, neither on their website, apart from the occasional natural ingredients they mentioned. When I started digging further in the tunnels of Mr. Google, I found out this mascara wasn’t natural. Not even in the slightest. No wonder my eyes were getting all red. Exit Yves Rocher for me. 

Time for a better alternative! Again on the webshop of Ecco Verde, I found a nice-looking mascara from Lavera (Yes, again. And no, I’m not being sponsored by them, or any other brand, I promise. I’ll review another brand soon ;-)). It’s from their Trend Sensitiv line, and as obviously being sensitive-eyed, that sounded great to me.


Lavera Long-Lash Mascara 

 

Costs: 9.89€ for 9ml. So about 5€ cheaper than my previous one. 



Ingredients: Water , Alcohol*, Stearic Acid, Beeswax, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Algin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Licorice Root Extract*, Silk, Shellac, Jojoba Esters , Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract*, Shea Butter*, Tocopherol, Cocoa Seed Butter*, Coconut Oil*, Sunflower Seed Oil, Olive Fruit Oil*, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Vegetable Oil (Olus Oil), Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract*, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract*, Mallow Flower Extract*, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Citronellol**, Geraniol**, Limonene**, Linalool**, [+/- Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007)]
* ingredients from certified organic agriculture, ** from natural essential oils


All natural ingredients, happy with those! 
This mascara is dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested, and is stated to be suitable for contact lens wearers. Sounds great to me, as I wear contact lenses. 
No animal testing.

The packaging

 

Well, not much to say here. It looks just like every other mascara tube.




The brush is a simple mascara brush, not one of those weird-looking things that supposedly will do all kinds of magic to your lashes. Just simple looking, and I like that. 

The test

 

First thing I notice is that the brush isn’t full of clumps of mascara as I take it out of the tube. That’s a first difference with regular ones I’ve used in the past, where I first had to rub the brush over a piece of toilet paper to get rid of the excessive amount of mascara, if I didn’t want all clumpy lashes.
On top of that, my lashes don’t stick together. They all get nicely separated, leaving me with an open look. However, if you’re expecting your mascara to get you lashes three times as long and curling up to the sky, this is probably not the mascara for you. Personally, I like it, because it looks natural. My lashes have that extra touch only mascara can give them, but without being too in your face. The color is great for me, well, it’s just black, like any other black mascara you’ll find out there. 


"Effectively separates and lenghtens lashes". Separating? Absolutely! Lenghtening? Yes, but not to the extent of some regular brands. 

My conclusion

 

I’m so happy with this. It gets me exactly what I want from a mascara, looking great and giving your eyes that extra intensifying touch, but in a natural way. If you want that extra glamorous super-long-lash-effect, you can always add more layers or use an eyelash curler.
Great mascara, all natural, at a great price: what more can you ask for?

Let me know if you like this, or have another favorite!

7 comments:

  1. Hey Sofie, thanks for stopping by my blog!
    I love finding reviews of natural mascara as I've been struggling for find one that I like! I love Lavera products so I'll have to give this one a try :)

    Ria x

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    1. That's fun to hear! Yeah, I'm also a lavera-lover :-)

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  2. Sounds good to me! One thing I've noticed about all natural mascaras is that they really don't clump. It makes me wonder what ingredients causes the clumping in the commercial ones! I like a simple brush too. Is it any good in the rain? I notice it's got beeswax, so fingers crossed no flaking or panda eyes in a light shower! I've just finished my Essential Care mascara (100% recommend it) but looking for something else to try. Now it's a toss up between this and Green People! Thanks Sofie xx

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    1. Maybe the silicones or something? Don't know! Fact is I like the don't-clumping :-)
      Hmm, as I don't get out much I haven't been able to test it in rain that much... If you'd like it I can give it a try, only problem is the forecast is looking a bit better for the coming days! (Well, I'm actually glad for that of course ;-))

      X Sofie

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    2. Your forecast is looking better, yay! Ours, not so much...! Aww that's very sweet of you but you don't have to push yourself out in the rain to test it for me! I think, generally, beeswax helps with the whole waterproof thing. At least it did with the essential care mascara. Will be giving this a go in the future... Just send us some sunshine thoughts :) xx

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    3. Yes, this weekend it will be hot! I'll send some of it to you, but not all ;) x

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