Unlike traditional mascaras, tubing mascara is made from an acrylic copolymer. Upon application, the copolymer binds together as it dries, creating an adhesive encasement around each lash that won’t wear off or flake.
Limitations and Imitations
Other companies have created their own versions of tubing mascaras, but they often overreach. “There is a limitation to how much volume and length you can generate with copolymers,” explains Farsedakis. “Companies tend to combine traditional mascara ingredients along with copolymers to try and achieve both things and there is a reduction in performance.”
Aside from the aesthetic benefit of never again experiencing raccoon eyes, there are other advantages to going the tubing route. “Women who have sensitively issues from regular mascara aren’t necessarily allergic to the ingredients,” says Farsedakis. Instead, “they are having a reaction from all the gradual flaking throughout the day.” Since an acrylic copolymer doesn’t flake, it’s a great alternative for anyone who has a delicate eye area, as well as those who wear contacts or have recently undergone laser surgery.
For anyone who hasn’t used a tubing mascara before, the first time you remove it can be a little freaky. The tubes release with a combination of water and light pulling, but it can look like your lashes are coming off in your hands. Don’t fear — it’s just the acrylic polymer, not your lashes.
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