6 Amazing, No-Flake Mascaras
We took a cosmetic chemist shopping to find flake-free mascaras. You won't believe our top picks
Before writing off non-flaky mascaras as a myth, I turned to seasoned cosmetic development executive Don Frey of Frey Consulting, who has created formulas for CoverGirl, Max Factor and Avon. Frey says that such a formula may actually exist.
Every mascara, Frey explains, forms a film over your lashes, which holds pigment and waxes in place. "What gets tricky is that film needs to be as flexible as the eyelash, and it's hard to be that flexible," he says. "Whenever the film gets more brittle than the eyelash -- when you touch your eye or anything like that ... the film crack[s]. That's how it flakes."
Frey steered me toward the mascara formulas most likely to keep flakes off my face, if not out of my social life. Here's what I found.
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