My eyes tear up a lot – a cat food commercial can reduce me to floods (and don’t even mention weddings), the slightest breeze will make me weep and, yes, laughing can make me cry. I am constantly rubbing or dabbing at my eyes and all of this makes mascara a non-starter. A mascara that can get through the day without giving me the look of a drunk panda has its work cut out. Amazingly, I have just found it: Siren Lashes - Luka Mineral Mascara ($23).
I got interested in Luka’s makeup when Copley (who, like me, doesn’t “do” foundation) reviewed and recommended the Nearly Naked Tinted Moisturizer
and I had an intuition that this brand, created by makeup artist Katherine MacDonald to be non-irritating and effective, might be worth putting through its mascara paces. My hunch turned out to be a good one. Siren Lashes has got it just about right: all day staying power, no caking or flaking, water resistant without a heavy coating of plastic, and great lashes without having to layer (as you might have guessed, the Dusty Springfield look is not for me). And, best of all, Siren Lashes does not irritate and so I wasn’t ever tempted to rub my eyes.
The formula has the usual acrylates and plastic components such as PMMA
, but Siren Lashes has a light and silky feel. Luka has also added in some beneficial ingredients: vitamins E, A and C, a couple of algae extracts including himanthalia
and enteromorpha compressa.
The only thing I really don’t like is triethanolamine
, a pH balancer that can effect sense organ at very low doses, especially when used around the eyes, unless DEA-free, which isn’t specified here. But, overall, there’s nothing to cry and plenty to smile about with Siren Lashes (including the name!).
Ingredients: Aqua (water), acrylates copolymer, polyisobutene, cera alba (beeswax), silica, polymethyl methyacrylate, ozokerite, glyceryl stearate, butylenes glycol, stearic acid, cellulose, triethanolamine, glycerine, sorbitan sesquioleate, hydroxyethylcellulose, trisodium EDTA, quarternium-15, lecithin, algae extract, himanthalia elongate extract, enteromorpha compressa extract, tocopherol acetate (vitamin E), retinyl palmitate (vitamin A), ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin C), May contain (+/-) Red iron oxide (CI 77491), yellow iron oxide (CI 77492), black iron oxide (CI 77499) , titanium dioxide (CI 77891), chromium oxide green (CI 77288), ultramarines (CI 77007).