I read a few fantastic posts on Organic Make-up Artist about the virtues of brown mascaras… now I’ve always been a die hard black mascara girl, so it took a while for me to take this on board, but Laura’s expert viewpoint around the benefits of the softer, more natural look that brown mascara can create made me keen to give brown mascara a try.
Initially, I tried the green people mascara in brown black which I loved. It is fantastic – it didn’t smudge or flake at all and the brown shade was a revelation (sorry if that sounds dramatic, I really did notice how much more natural and flattering it looked against my green eyes). The only downside I found was that it had a fairly short life (approx 2 months). Now I know that we are all supposed to be replacing our mascaras after this time anyway, but you know… if I’m going to do that, it needs to be pretty reasonably priced!!
So on a recent mooch around Nature’s Vale – which I’ve found fantastic for affordable green make up – I found Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara in Chocolate Truffle. For £7.89, this seemed well worth a try!
My initial impressions were wow – this really is natural! One coat looks like my lashes but better. The colour is nice – again, one coat gives a very natural effect that blends with my natural lash colour (dark brown). A second coat gives more impact. I haven’t found it to smudge or flake and it is particularly good for bottom lashes (which I’ve got into the habit of leaving bare for day time looks, because of the unpredictable nature of natural mascaras). I have to say that I like the Green People mascara better as it gives more impact with less effort, but I do love the natural look that this gives and have found the formula to be gentle on my eyes (very easily irritated in the summer due to my hayfever) and easy to remove.
The brush is nice and the packaging, whilst nothing fancy, is functional and the little window on the side is intriguing!
I think this is a good day time mascara for me at a reasonable price. I’ll definitely be shopping at Nature’s Vale again. They have some great, difficult to find brands.