Have you seen that commercial for L’Oreal’s new Bare Naturale Mascara ($9) in which Penelope Cruz looks into the camera, bats her eyelashes and then BAM! — they morph into super lashes, all thick, lush and magnificent?
I want those lashes, but after years of mascara disappointment, I have a question for the cosmetics companies of the world: is it too much to ask for a single mascara able to thicken, lengthen AND separate?
Bare Naturale’s tortoise shell tube is a nice departure from all the solid color tubes on the market, and the application brush feels soft against my fingertips.
So, does this mascara bring it?
I applied three coats of Brown-Black and peered into the mirror hoping for some P. Cruz eyelash magic…
Length and Separation
First for the good stuff: my lashes looked longer, separated and held the curl all day long. The formula didn’t flake, clump and only smudged a tiny bit as the day progressed. I think it’s a pretty, natural lash look, much like I get from DiorShow Iconic mascara, but, ultimately it didn’t deliver the kind of thickness and gloss I was hoping to see.
Alas, the vaulted triumvirate (thicker, longer AND separate) eludes me again…
Infused With Minerals
I do have to give L’Oreal mascara props for the uber-soft brush, the packaging and the addition of minerals and natural ingredients to the formula (while keeping it paraben-free).
Parabens, chemicals often used to preserve makeup, have a long history of safe use in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, but they’ve grown increasingly controversial as different organizations link their use to cancer. Read more about parabens on Wikipedia.
L’Oreal Bare Naturale Mascara
Use: To lengthen and separate lashes
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
Bare Naturale shines as a drugstore mascara; that $9 price kicks butt, but because my lashes need major help in the thickening department, I’m going to reserve it for when I want a very natural, “no-makeup” look. If you’re on the market for a paraben-free mascara to lengthen and separate and aren’t in need of thicker lashes, then Bare Naturale should do ya just fine.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,