Unlisted Brand • Gabriel Color Mascara • Mascara
|Would buy this product again.||88%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy Eyes: Brown
It took restocking my makeup bag with natural, safe cosmetics to find a mascara that I can finally say is HG for me. I'm amazed!
I've gone through both high-end and drugstore mascaras by the dozen in the past couple years, desperately trying to find the right one for my thin, sparse (but oddly long) lashes, and none of them really did it for me. They'd have to be layered one on top of the other, or they'd do the job but then flake everywhere. And let's face it - they're loaded with chemicals that probably contribute to my eyes' sensitivity.
So my good friend had this mascara in her bag, which out of curiosity, I decided to poke through. When I discovered this, I asked if I could take a look at the wand. (I'm VERY particular about mascara wands.) It's the standard bristle type, but not so densely packed that it looked like a cylinder, so I figured it would be pretty defining.
And boy is it ever.
I went the next day and nabbed some at the local health food store that I frequent regularly and immediately tried it in the car. Wow. My lashes were darkened, defined, fluttery, and not sticky or crunchy. LOVE!
The wand is lovely - it separates and fans out my lashes beautifully and grabs each one, coating it in mascara.
One coat leaves my lashes defined and darkened. Two coats leaves them fluttery and full. Three coats, if I dare go there, leaves them bold, thick, and dramatic.
It doesn't smudge or flake throughout the day (even when my eyes tear), but it also doesn't require a demolition crew to remove.
EDIT: This actually works almost identically to the Zuzu Luxe mascara, which is from the same parent company (Gabriel). I'm hoping it doesn't have the same effect after a couple weeks as the Zuzu one, though, because that one caused my lashes to come out on the brush. Here's to hoping!!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Have never tried a "health food store" brand of makeup, but decided to give it a try after hearing some good reviews from store staff. What I do like is that the ingredients are listed and there's no unpronounceable "crap" in the mascara. It has a traditional style brush that is easy to use, just the right size etc. The mascara is a fairly moist formula that adds lots of length but not so much volume which is great for my naturally long medium density lashes. The colour is a lovely true black and once dry stays put! Lashes remain soft and flexible. I have not tried this on my lower lashes yet, but so far, no smudging or smearing from the top lashes - easily lasting all day. This formula DOES NOT CLUMP at all and I'm sure you could build more volume with a couple of coats (I'm usually a one coat kinda gal). I'm sure this would be a great product for people with sensitive eyes as you can check the ingredients first if you know what your allergies are. Easy to remove too. Worth a try if you like a soft, natural looking mascara that gives beautiful length without clumping. Downside - pricey at about $20.00 CAN.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Overall this is a pretty good mascara. I think I want to try the ZuZu Luxe mascara just to compare. This is a pretty simple mascara. I like that it washes off easily, doesn't clump & doesn't make my lashes crunchy. My favorite natural mascara so far.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I am trying to transition to all natural cosmetics and mascara is the one I'm most worried about. I have Asian eyes that tend to look closed and eyelashes that point straight down to the floor so it is really important for me to curl them, and because of the shape of my eyes I need something smudge-proof. (I used to think I needed waterproof, but that was because I over-used moisturizer due to my dry skin.)
I know there is a trade-off to going natural and I don't expect that it will perform like the chemical laden mascaras, but I have been pleasantly surprised. It is definitely smudge-proof. I started out using it on just my bottom lashes (I use brown on the bottom and black on the top) and it didn't smudge at all.
So now I have purchased black to use on my top lashes. It doesn't really add any volume, it just coats and darkens the lashes. The big problem I have with it though, like some other reviewers, is that it definitely straightens. It's not that it doesn't curl them - it actually straightens them.
So pluses are that it's natural and smudge-proof. Negatives are that it straightens. If you have naturally curly lashes I think this would be an excellent choice. I will definitely continue using the brown on my bottom lashes, but I'm still trying to decide if I will continue using it on the top. I'm just not sure how much more I can expect from a natural product.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
Simple clean mascara, lightweight and no clumps even after months. Smudges a little after a few hours on more humid/rainy days. (but that largely depends on undereye moisture)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Olive Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I love this mascara. So smooth, Not clumpy. Easy to remove. I like simple mascara and this is it. It puts a nice simple layer on your lashes. If you cry it won't run, it will just get kinda flaky and those flakes are easy to remove.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
I try to only use natural products. I have this in black, and it is a nicely pigmented and wet look. However, it doesn't hold curl, and it DOES smudge. It doesn't smudge terribly, but it does happen every time. Fortunately, it doesn't really flake. I don't put it on my lower eyelashes. I will buy it again because of its great natural ingredients and because their aren't a lot of alternatives for a good natural mascara.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
My sensitive eyes LOVE this mascara. I was searching for a natural mascara, and on my way to Sephora I stopped by Whole Foods for lunch. Big "30% off Gabriel Natural Cosmetics" sign on the door caught my eye. Talked to the makeup artist a bit, and decided it was worth the $10(!) gamble. Wow, was it ever. Rich color, goes on easily, separates lashes nicely, and doesn't flake into my eyes. My lashes are plenty long, and "lash-lengthening" just means there will be fibers, resulting in bloodshot eyes. With Gabriel mascara, by end of day my eyes aren't faintly bloodshot as they are with other mascaras. It would even be a bargain at its normal $15 price. What a find!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Olive Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
I like this mascara for a natural effect. If you're looking for dramatic, it's not for you but It's nicely smooth, a bit glossy, and a deep black. It didn't flake or smudge all day and was easy to remove at night. I like the short, simple ingredient list:
Panthenol (Vitamin B Complex)
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Fine Eyes: Green
Not my favourite "greener" mascara, but one of the better ones--that is, it's a usable mascara. Unlike many other squeaky green ones that look lovely on paper but are utter crap as actual mascaras. But: massively overpriced for what it is, an ordinary mascara. The 4 lippies is generous--more like a 3.5 rounded up.
I got this and the ZuZu Luxe mascara (same parent company) at the same time, and have been testing them out side by side. Continuing experiments with vegan, minimal-formula mascaras.* And this is, like the ZuZu, a good basic mascara - both are keepers. Not just as "greener" cosmetics go, but compared to the general mascara market. But I'd stress it's very much a basic mascara, like Clinique Naturally Glossy or Tarte Lash Hugger in end results: look elsewhere if you want va-va-voom volume.
Available in dark brown and black. Both are good, solid, well-pigmented, richly tinted. Comes in a shortish matte black tube with gold lettering; not as chic as the ZuZu Luxe tube, but really quite inoffensive, especially by eco-branding standards...
Good brush (maybe better than the ZuZu one), separates, defines, and lengthens. Quite bushy, but fairly slim, with a tapered end. Covers all lashes nicely, and easy to get right down to the roots on the upper side of the top lashes. More of a "natural-look" defining and lengthening result, with very little volume - and while this can be layered, 3 or more layers leave some clumpiness and globs at the ends of lashes. This is certainly a keeper for a fast-on one-coat everyday mascara, though - applies in very little time.
The formula is rather wet, which I like; but less wet than the ZuZu Luxe. Both can be clumpy: make sure you've got a fresh tube (old stock will produce giant cruddy clumps) and a fine-tooth metal comb is a necessity.
Basic and minimal: wax, fatty acids, gum, panthenol, vit. E & grapeseed extract as the preservatives.** No fragrance, sensitive-friendly colours. Lashes feel good: soft, smooth, supple - less soft than with the ZuZu if you use multiple coats, but as soft if you just go for a little. Though not as feathery and fine as with my current main favourite, Origins Fringe Benefits; and not as thickening as my other current mascara, Ecco Bella (minimal formula again, though more waxy and with paraben preservatives, FYI in case that's an issue).
Stays on nicely all day, and lashes stay put. No smudging to report. I'm wearing this with Clarins Double Fix' Mascara on top, though, for waterproofing.
Removes easily with oil. (Comparison: the ZuZu Luxe one flakes on removal, needs more poking around with Q-tips to remove all debris.)
Lashes here: long, fine, not too thick but quite a lot of them; some grow in weird directions and need taming. And they're pale (being a redhead), so need colour all the way down.
Available online and from Whole Foods; we'll see how long a tube lasts. CAD 25.99 / USD 15.20 for a .025 oz / 7 g. tube: pricey, more in the range of dept-store/Sephora mascaras. Gabriel gets full marks for general company ethics, though - and recommended if you're looking for a fairly readily-available, cruelty-free, vegan mascara. And other makeup.
INGREDIENTS: deionized water, carnauba wax, stearic acid, panthenol, tocopherol acetate, iron oxides, ultramarines, cellulose gum, grapeseed extract
*That also happen, yes, to count as "green" and "natural" - for those bothered about such things - seeing as how they're mainly plant- and mineral-based. The day mascara grows on trees, I'll be one happy bunny. Or maybe more likely just very, very worried.
**Preservatives: I wear mascara every day. Not getting assorted bugs in it, and around/on my eyes, is a concern. It is therefore important to me for mascara to contain preservatives with antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It is also important that these preservatives be decent ones, so I don't have to replace my mascara every week (or day, and/or sterilise between uses) - not at 20 bucks or so a pop!!!
Thus far, parabens are a winner - and of the vegan, "natural" mascaras, rarer on the ground: ex. Ecco Bella and Beauty Without Cruelty.
Things like potassium sorbate - in the ZuZu and Origins - a close second.
The grapefruit extract in Gabriel mascara, I'm afraid, comes a rather dodgier third.
Based on the evidence from published research, inc. the Great Armpit Debate materials, much of that c/o the lovely people of The Beauty Brains and of course c/o the joyous Google.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
JUST DON'T EXPECT ANY VOLUME
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
I agree with the other reviewers. This is a great mascara, It's easy to remove, doesn't clump upon application, smudge or flake during the day. If you wear contact lenses, you are safe with this one. (Paraben-free)
EDIT: I also wanted to review the lipstick. I bought the pomegrante which is a very pretty red and very moisterizing. All I was looking for was a safe lipstick (lead free) to wear and I feel I really scored. Cost $12.95. No longer is my lipstick feathering by noon, or worse yet smearing around my mouth as if I just downed a glass of kool-aid. I can apply it and it stays put, I don't even need a lip liner. A chemical-free sunscreen has been added for outdoor protection and it comes in a large variety of beautiful colors. I feel no need to look any further for lipsticks after stumbling upon this line - the landfills have enough of my cosmetics.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Tan Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
This product really did surprise me, as I wasnt expecting much from a lesser known brand. Like other users i was surprised how it didnt flake, and how light and airy it feels on. If you have sensitive eyes like me this could possibly be your HG of mascaras. A whole lot of pigmentation here - a real nice find!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
I agree with the other reviewers here - an absolutely fantastic product! It isn't super lengthening or super thickening but if you're looking for an all-natural mascara that looks like your-lashes-but-better, try this one. It's super pigmented and doesn't smudge or flake or irritate my eyes. It comes off easily at night too. It isn't waterproof - not even close - so if you live in a humid climate, this might not work for you. That's the only drawback I can think of though. This is definitely my favorite mascara ever!
EDIT: I've discovered if I apply mulitple layers (three for me) letting them dry between coats, I can build up quite a lot of length and volume.
EDIT: Dear Gabriel mascara, I miss you! Your "cousin" ZUZU-luxe masacra is a lot flakier than you. I wish I could still buy you locally. Please come back! Love, Your biggest fan
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
Great stuff! Being a harsh mascara critic who has tried just about every one on the market with disappointment (Lancome, Dior, EL, Clinique, Maybelline, etc), this is a really pleasant surprise. Although I still like the super-volumizing Mark Make it Big the best, this is an amazing, natural one. It doesn't clump, flake, or smudge. On me, it holds a curl and the black colour is great. No irritation throughout the day. It was a bit pricey at around $19 CAN at the Big Carrot in Toronto, but considering the disgraceful quality of some luxury brands (ie smudgy Diorshow), it's worth it.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
I am so happy I found this mascara. I've been switching all my beauty products over to natural/organic ones. Until I found this, I had been successful at replacing everything except mascara. It was so difficult to find anything that was natural and paraben-free. I didn't want to stop using mascara because I have blonde eyelashes and if I don't have it on it looks like I don't have any eyelashes at all! I prefer brown mascara which many manufacturers don't offer, but Gabriel offers black and brown. It goes on smoothly in a nice thin layer and doesn't make my eyelashes clump together. I am lucky in that my eyelashes are thick and super long so I don't need a lengthening or thickening formula. It is easy to remove with my basic face cleanser and I haven't experienced any running, flaking or smudging. Also, for all the eco-friendly ladies out there, it doesn't come in a lot of packaging- just an easily removable label. The only downside is the price. At about $12 it's not cheap, especially if you like to change your mascara out several times a year like I do. Ingredients are: Deionized water, carnuba wax, steartic acid, panthenol, tocopherol acetate, iron oxides, ultramarines, cellulose gum, grapeseed extract.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
In my search for a more healthy/natural mascara, I came across some reviews and forum posts on the internet that recommended Gabriel. My primary concern is staying power. Mascara smudges easily on my eyes in general and I'm used to wearing only waterproof ones. The Gabriel Mascara turned out to be a pleasant surprise. No smudging under normal circumstances, through the day, even after a little bit of crying, as long as I do not rub my eyes. I'm really happy with it's durability, combined with the ease of removal (just with a cotton pad soaked with warm water). The only disappointment is that it does not hold a curl! I will curl my eye lashes day after day before putting this on. Within a few swipes of the mascara on my lashes, my lashes go straight again. I don't know if it's the problem with their brush or the formula. It helps when I apply the mascara first, let it dry, then curl. But that's too time-consuming and messy. Anyway, if you have naturally curly lashes and want a natural-based mascara to give it smooth long-lasting colour without clumps, then you should like it.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Green
I found this at a local health food store. It is a paraben free, cruelty free, toxic free mascara and it is great. The first day I wore it I happened to burst into tears and expected it to be running down my face. It stayed on I was very surprised. It doesn't seem to flake off even during exercise which is great! It was around 12$ which is much better that 23$ for Dr. Hauschka. No Clumping either. A great product.