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Getting the perfect lashes to bat requires patience and painstaking research to find eyelash growth products that work and are safe. The quick, superficial fix of a flick of the mascara wand doesn't really cut it; most mascaras work by adding a coat of gunk that make the lashes look thicker, but not longer. Jane Iredale's Longest Lash Mascara ($33) promises to do just the opposite.

The key ingredient in this water-based mascara is algae extract. We aren't told which of the 20,000 species of seaweed this is. However, since it is purported to stimulate lash growth, I am wondering if it might be spirulina. This has a high dose of vitamin B, which is associated with hair growth.

There is also a dash of vanilla. In this case it comes from a relatively rare Tahitian variety. Vanilla is an antioxidant. As well as almond seed extract, there is tribehenin, a fatty acid. And, this being Ms Iredale, there are no nasty preservatives or strange chemical growth factors to be squeamish about.

If you would like to try Jane Iredale's Longest Lash Mascara, we have a 'deluxe'-size sample (1oz). Post a comment to convince us that you are up for sending in review with your verdict.

Ingredients In Jane Iredale Longest Lash Mascara

Water/Eau/Aqua, Algae Extract, Beeswax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Cellulose, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Algae Extract, Vanilla Tahitensis Fruit Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Tribehenin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Panthenol, Oleic Acid. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) Carmine (CI 75470) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).