How in the world this happened I have no clue, but I was editing a new video when I found this (fully edited) video that I filmed last summer about the expired skincare and bodycare in my arsenal. Better late than never, I suppose. It’s a long one (as usual), I talk about why I couldn’t finish products (or why I didn’t want to finish them), and I hope you enjoy! Check it out on YouTube for the full info section. xx
|From left to right: 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara in Black Tea, Shiseido
Eyelash Curler, RMS “un” cover-up in 11, ZuZu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner in Black Pearl
To properly show how the ZuZu performs on a given day for me, I present to you, dear reader, my daily cat-eyes. (Disclaimer: I am no makeup artist and this is just what I have found to work for me.)
|For undereye darkness and eyelids priming/evening out|
8 hours later…
So, suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers? From a long-time hard contact lens wearer, yes. I don’t get any irritation from this at all in my eye or on my eyelid. Given, I haven’t intentionally put it in my eye, and I never put liquid eyeliner on my waterline, so I don’t know how that is (probably a bad idea and possibly painful, I would imagine).
Water resistant? Well…I turned into a panda the last time I cried with this (and I ate all the bamboo within a 1-mile radius. Okay, okay there was no bamboo). I was also wearing the 100% Pure mascara, but then another time I cried only wearing the mascara, and I had barely any black streaks down my cheeks, so I’m blaming the eyeliner for the panda eyes… (Do you like how I test water resistance with crying? I’m such a good scientist.)
For all the rubbing that goes on with the hood from my eyes opening and closing, the eyeliner wears pretty well. From more of a distance (aka if you’re not 5 inches from my face), it looks about the same as the morning (even those silly eyelashes that I accidentally coated with the eyeliner during application), and you can’t really tell that the middle of it has worn off a bit. There is a bit of smudging up on the eyelid from my funny folding and usually some of it ends up on my undereye area as well, but it’s nothing that I can’t fix with a quick swipe of a Q-tip. If you don’t have a hooded eyelid, I would probably guess that it would wear better on you since you don’t have that constant eyelid hood action eroding away at the eyeliner. Since my eyes are small enough, I don’t usually wear liner on my lower lashline, so I can’t comment on smudging on that front.
In my last post, I promised picture evidence of how the 100% Pure mascara wears throughout the day, and these pictures are a pretty good representation of an average day for me. When my eyes are closed, you can see the curl has worn off a bit but it’s still better than my naturally super straight lashes.
In conclusion, while I wish the eyeliner would stay in perfect shape all day, with my eyelid hooding, it still wears quite well. It’s a straightforward liquid formulation with a straightforward little brush, which I do appreciate, and it easily comes off with jojoba oil, which I also appreciate.
Ingredients: Water, Sorbitol, Cetyl Alcohol, Iron Oxides, Mica, Jojoba Oil, Bentonite, Bisabolol, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Eyebright Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Cellulose Gum, Hectorite, Grapeseed Extract.
|Curled vs. not curled (both un-mascara-ed)|
A bit of background: I have stick-straight, Asian hair and thus stick-straight, Asian eyelashes. Thus my Shiseido eyelash curler is a bit of a lifesaver, and how my mascara looks partially depends on how well I’ve curled my lashes for the day.
|A better curl day + 100% Pure mascara|
|An average curl day + 100% Pure mascara (plus face makeup–hence less redness)|
The official description by 100% Pure: “100% natural mascara lengthens, separates, thickens and glosses lashes with fruit pigments and Black tea pigments. Lash conditioning ProVitamin B5, Vitamin E, Oat and Wheat protein conditions for healthier lashes. Gentle, all natural, good for you formula is suitable for everyone, even if you wear contacts or have sensitive eyes. Water and smudge resistant.”
Lengthens, separates, thickens, and glosses? For the most part, I would say yes. When I regularly clean the mascara wand, I get great separating without clumping (note: regularly clean your mascara brush). As for lengthening and thickening, most of the time my eyelashes post-mascara just look like my natural eyelashes but a bit better and a bit more defined. Also, I have to admit right now the mascara is at the end of its 6 month run (maybe even 7…) so during its hey days it probably was doing a bit better on the thickening front.
Suitable despite contacts or sensitive eyes? Take it from a hard contact wearer for many, many years–yes (but eyelashes in the eye still hurt like crazy–but that’s because eyelashes just don’t belong in there). Also cool–I often accidentally knock the mascara wand onto my contact during application, and any mascara residue that ends up on the contact disappears away in a couple blinks. With my old non-clean mascara, it would stay there and drive me crazy. Imagine walking around and having part of your vision randomly smudged. Absolutely infuriating.
Water and smudge resistant? Well. I have cried in this mascara, and I got the craziest panda eyes running down my face ever (okay I was also wearing eyeliner) and my mascara was completely removed via tears (and my eyeliner too. Man, my tears are strong). So, not exactly water resistant. About smudges–even when I wore non-clean, waterproof mascara, I always got smudges. With 100% Pure’s mascara, I still have to wipe away smudges under my eyes several times in the day. With that, more on background: I have silly Asian monolid eyes, so my fold folds the non-economical way such that my lashes sit under a hood of eyelid rather than over. So my silly folding may be making me more susceptible to smudging.
|Romantic side view with 100% Pure mascara|
|More romantic side views with 100% Pure mascara plus check out that silly monolid|