Sustainable fashion and travel for the conscious woman

Sustainable fashion and travel for the conscious woman


Getting That Clean Beauty Cat Eye: A Review of 6 Non-Toxic Liquid Eyeliners

I do a cat eye. Always. Every day. Having tried all the other looks, four years ago I came to the conclusion that a firm black line that curves upward at the edge makes me look hot, and that’s all I need to know.

Of course, it’s much easier to find a non-toxic pencil eyeliner than a liquid one. For a while I used Tarte, before concluding that it wasn’t clean enough.

Since then, I’ve hit on some brands that will give you that look. They each have drawbacks and benefits. Here’s my review:

Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner

The fine tip of the applicator brush and ballpoint-pen consistency of the liquid makes Zuzu’s liquid eyeliner go on as smoothly as a Japanese ink drawing. It comes in a variety of colors, including blue, brown, a pearlescent black, and solid black. The only thing is that it is not waterproof, so you might find yourself missing a wing a few hours in, if you are like me and tend to touch your face. Still, when you smudge it, it smudges cleanly, and doesn’t leave an unsightly trail. So mildly annoying, not embarrassing. I used to get it from Whole Foods, but recently I saw they don’t sell it my local two stores anymore.

Jane Iredale Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner

This new eyeliner just came out at the end of 2016. It’s waterproof so it lasts longer  – a huge plus. That makes it a no brainer for my upcoming wedding! But it’s not has handy as Zuzu. First, it comes in a paint pot with a brush that you pop out of the top, for one additional step. Second, I found the brush too chunky to get a nice cat eye, and resorted to using my old Tarte cosmetics brush to getting that fine line. (I might even consider going back to using scotch tape on my eyes and painting over that.) I hope in its next iteration they’ll refine the brush a bit. I have yet to try Jane Iredale’s liquid eyeliner, which is marketed as having staying power, but has mixed reviews on that account. I’ll check back in after I do that!

Jane Iredale Liquid Eyeliner

A longtime love of mine, this eyeliner has a superfine brush tip that does require a steady hand, but allows for some real artistry. The black ink goes on and stays on for as long as you need. When my friend who wears a cat eye every single day borrowed it, she ended up emailing me to ask me where to buy it!

Dr. Hauschka Liquid Eyeliner

This is currently my favorite eyeliner. Not only does it smell delicious, it has a fine, long brush tip that allows me to draw a lovely black cat eye. It has no synthetic fragrances and preservatives, mineral oil, parabens, silicones or PEGs. It’s never tested on animals, and their plants, oils and waxes are almost exclusively from certified organic cultivation (biodynamic quality where possible) and under fair-trade conditions.

Juice Beauty Liquid Line and Define

Formulated with certified organic ingredients and plant-derived phyto-pigments, this eyeliner has a slightly fatter flexible tip that is a little harder to use, and lays on a dark grey line that needs a couple passes. I found myself having to erase (a.k.a. take a q-tip with oil to) the line to try again.

Mineral Fusion Liquid Eyeliner

Cruelty-, paraben-, artificial color-, fragrance-,   phthalate- and talc-free, this eyeliner has an unwieldy chunky tip. I actually was embarrassed about my messy eyeliner. I don’t recommend it.

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