So just like the Dark Chocolate Fruit Pigmented Mascara, my Black Tea Fruit Pigmented Mascara is going to be pretty similar. I received this one as a birthday gift as well, but it's a little different than the other one. It's actually taking me quite some time to get used to it.
to two coats of my old favorite Maybelline Blackest Black Great Lash Mascara on the left side.
I really want to love this mascara because it's all natural, cruelty-free, and vegetarian, but I'm having a very hard time so far. Overall, there are an even amount of pros and cons for both. I have been using Maybelline Great Lash Mascara all of my life and I really love it. Unfortunately though, it is made with harsh chemicals, and I found out that they test on animals. This of course is not good at all, and despite the fact that the mascara is amazing artistically, those are some pretty serious downsides.
The 100% Pure mascara is just not performing as good though. For some reason the Black Tea formula seems way different than the Dark Chocolate formula. The Black Tea one goes on way thicker and clumpier in comparison to the Dark Chocolate and Maybelline mascaras. It smells very nice though (much better than the Maybelline mascara), but not as dreamy as the Dark Chocolate one. It's like a soft fruity smell that disappears quickly. The wand is huge too, so I'm having difficulties applying it just right. I have to be cautious and build it up slowly. However, half of the time I'm not even happy with the results. I think I could get used to it over time though, like an artist getting used to new paints and brushes.
Both the 100% Pure and Maybelline products are equally very black, so that's cool. They both stay put for 10 hours, without any budging or flaking as well. I've never tried exercising in them before though, because I don't wear makeup when I work out. So I'm not sure how they would both hold up to sweating and such. All is well though for a day at the office or a night out. They both stay curled nicely too, and I've tried the hair gel trick for both as well for a night out on the town. Just curl the lashes and then coat them with a safe, natural gel. Let the gel dry and then put on the mascara. The gel will not only hold the mascara better, but it will also help keep your lashes curled tight all night long. Give it a try for that special date night!
Just like the Dark Chocolate mascara, the Black Tea one is removed easily with a bit of water. It glides right off without any oil for removing any excess makeup. Which is quite nice, because the Maybelline one is messy when removed and has sometimes burned my eyes because of the chemicals.
Lastly, this 100% Pure product is very expensive for such a small amount. I understand that these are lovely ingredients, but it's half the size of the Maybelline one and five times the price! This concerns me about the plastic packaging (the paper that it comes in is unnecessary too) because eventually the tubes will be discarded. So from a waste standpoint, over time, the Maybelline product wins that round. It would be nice to learn how to make my own mascara perhaps in the future, so then I could reuse the bottle and wand after cleaning and sterilizing it thoroughly.
So I'm definitely on the look out for another good natural mascara in the future, because I'm trying my best to replace all of my traditional products with ones that are safe and good for me. As a makeup artist though, it's very important for me to find quality products that do the job right. Chemicals in mascara are usually very bad, cause the lash hair to become brittle, makes them prone to breakage, and stunts their growth. It's important to me that I switch over right away, and stop putting chemicals on my body. I know that there are good beauty products out there that work great and are great for you, so I'll definitely keep searching.