Monday, March 12, 2018

Younique Moodstruck Epic Mascara: Review & Is Younique Cruelty Free?

 younique moodstruck epic mascara package
My friend Sam has recently started selling Younique Cosmetics. Younique Cosmetics are luxury products that are sold by a "presenter" through online product parties as opposed to home parties where you would invite friends to come to your house to see and purchase products. This is a multi level marketing company in which the sellers can rise in the ranks. It's a nice opportunity to make some extra money through social media marketing. 

Sam knows of my mascara loveand recommended I try the Younique Moodstruck Epic Mascara. I was excited to try this multi-effect mascara! The claim is that this mascara will add incredible volume, length and curl with waxes that do not clump. Did it live up to the hype?

The Review
The mascara arrived in fabulous packaging with pink lips all over it which made getting the package extra fun! The mascara tube is a slender tapered design.
younique moodstruck epic mascara tube
The mascara brush has high and low bristles with a tapered end which is very handy for reaching little lashes on the inner corners.
younique moodstruck epic mascara brush
I found this mascara to be a rich black color. It went on smooth with very little clumping and added a lot of volume and a little length. 

It did not curl my straight lashes, though. I applied it first without curling my lashes. No curl. Next try, I used a lash curler to create curl in my lashes before applying the mascara. My lashes uncurled a bit throughout the day but the mascara's black color did not fade and there was no flaking or smudging. 

It defined each lash without too much sticking together. My lashes felt flexible and soft from the conditioning oils in the mascara. Plus, I had no irritation.

Lash Curl Tip: Waterproof mascaras have little or no water in them and tend to keep lashes curled better than non waterproof mascaras.

This is not a waterproof mascara but removal works best with an eye makeup remover as opposed to "soap & water". 

One coat gives nice smooth coverage. The mascara quickly thickens the lashes with more coats creating lots of volume drama.

Here is one coat on my top lashes.
younique moodstruck epic mascara 1coat
Here are my top lashes with 2 coats.
younique moodstruck epic mascara 2 coats
Now, 3 coats on top lashes and one coat on the bottom lashes.
younique moodstruck epic mascara 3 coats
Here are 4 coats on top lashes and 2 coats on the bottom lashes.
younique moodstruck epic mascara 4 coats
I think it looks great and it held up well throughout the day. 

Is it Tested on Animals?
The Younique people say no but there is no cruelty free statement on their site and they are not listed on any cruelty free resource lists. 

I sent them an email inquiring. Their email response was this: "Although Younique does not test its products on animals and is confident that its product manufacturers do not conduct such tests, we have not pursued formal certification at this time."   

Please contact Younique to encourage them to aquire cruelty free certification. Click here for Younique's email contact form.    

Is it Vegan?
Some Younique products are vegan. The Moodstruck Epic Mascara is not. It contains  beeswax and other ingredients such as keratin which may be animal sourced. Click here to review Younique's list of products formulated without animal ingredients or animal by products.

The Ingredients
a solvent used as a base for most formulas, and helps to distribute other ingredients evenly over the skin
used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant and solvent
Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire d’abeille 
binds the formula to keep from separating
Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de Carnauba 
an emollient and stabilizer and comes from a palm tree native to Brazil
Alcohol Denat.
a solvent
Palmitic Acid 
acts as a skin conditioner
helps control the texture and viscosity of the product
VP/Eicosene Copolymer 
a film former
Stearic Acid 
an emulsifier that keeps the product from separating
a pH adjuster and buffering agent
Acacia Senegal Gum
a thickening agent
a polymer used as a viscosity agent
conditions hair and skin
Polyvinyl Alcohol
a polymer
VP/VA Copolymer
a film former that adds to the texture of the product
Aminomethyl Propanediol
a pH adjuster
a hair conditioner
Ascorbyl Palmitate 
a source of Vitamin C known for its antioxidant properties
conditions skin
Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil 
also known as argan oil and is known for its hair and skin conditioning properties
a water-soluble vitamin that's part of the vitamin B complex group
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil
almond oil and is known for skin conditioning properties
Ricinus Communis Seed Oil
a skin conditioner
Sodium Hyaluronate 
naturally present in the skin and the body. Its greatest capacity-- to hold water--enhances the appearance of dry skin, helping to reduce flakiness and restoring suppleness
a type of alcohol that conditions hair and skin
also known as Vitamin B5 and is known for its skin conditioning properties
Propylene Glycol 
known for its skin conditioning properties
Hydrolyzed Keratin
a skin conditioning agent
Potassium Sorbate 
helps to preserve the product
Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1
a hair conditioning agent
Iron Oxides (CI 77499) 
add color

So does it live up to the hype? Almost for me! It didn't curl my lashes and didn't lengthen them as much as I would like but it certainly create volume and drama. It's definitely worth a try!

Get Younique Moodstruck Epic Mascara for $24.00 from a Younique Presenter.

Visit Sam's Beauty Shop with Younique to purchase Younique Moodstruck Epic Mascara and other Younique Products.

Have a Beautiful Day!

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