Top positive review
Loved it! Then my antibodies arrived.
on June 6, 2017
This mascara is relatively easy to apply and doesn't make lashes feel brittle. The brush doesn't sop up too much product, but you don't have to apply several layers. It dries slowly enough to add more coats and still separates lashes with minimal clumping. The bristles are short and rigid and taper at the end for better application near the corners. It smudges a bit from squinting after a few minutes in the sun, but not much different than any other mascara. I chose 5 stars because although I had to return it due to an allergy it seems to be a good product.
Pinpointing new allergens can be exhausting and time-consuming, so I hope my experience can be helpful. I recently developed an allergy to an elusive ingredient in mascaras and some lip products. Cover Girl, Almay, and Pacifica caused my eyelids swell enormously, turn red, itch for a few days, then a thin layer of skin would begin flaking off and all of my lashes fell out. Some lip products (including my beloved Burt's Bees products) made the edge around my lips turns red, itch, weep slightly, crack, and then thin layers of skin began to peel. It wasn't until the mascara mishap that I realized my lips were reacting to an allergen in my lip care and not just suddenly unquenchable. Usually I notice the earliest signs of catastrophe about 6 hours after initial application and it continues to worsen exponentially over the next 24 hours. After a brief consultation with Dr. Google, I decided I was allergic to beeswax. Less than 2 days later I gleefully tore into that little brown package and slathered on the Zuzu! 24 hours in I was waving my victory flag as I washed my new beeswax-free mascara off my fine lookin' face before bed. I awoke to total destruction. The merciless enemy attacked under the cover of darkness. Back to the drawing board. I gathered a hefty sampling of my beauty products and drew bubble diagrams. Lots of them. Learned new words. Lots of them. And WA-LAH! "Colophony" AKA plant sap gives me contact dermatitis. It's a sensitizer and you can suddenly have a reaction. You can even have reactions ONLY on the eyelids. I think it's probably in the cellulose gum in this product, which might explain why my cranky little antibodies took so long to show up. Could be the plant extracts...slim chance it's the sorbitol. Thanks for reading! I'd appreciate any additional tips/info :)