How to spot a fake hourglass mascara from the label

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of how a mascara has been manufactured, but how exactly is it that a product can be labelled as a hourglass, how do brands get around these pesky standards?

And most importantly, what can you tell if it is a fake?

I wanted to find out, so I searched the UK’s biggest mascara brands, trying to find as much information as I could about their mascaras.

But I soon realised that I had been searching for something quite different to the standard answer.

A fake hourglasses. 

The answer was obvious: the ingredients.

A minute’s investigation revealed that many of the UK companies I looked at were using ingredients from a number of different countries. 

In this article, I’m going to give you the definitive answer to which ingredients are used in which countries.

But before we get there, let’s get a bit of a refresher on how the world is different.

I am a mascara blogger from the UK, and my research has been going on for a while now, so I’m going to be using the term “fake” in a slightly different sense than most.

This is the sort of thing I love, and I know it can be confusing for people.

But, I believe it’s important to remember that this is not a criticism of the products themselves.

I just wanted to know what they’re made from, what the ingredients are, and what the safety concerns are for these products.

In this post, I will be focusing on the UK brands, and I will try and speak from a UK perspective, and the truth will be in the eye of the beholder. 

What is a Fake Hourglass?

In a nutshell, a fake hourglass mascara is a product made with synthetic ingredients.

The ingredients in a fake are not sourced from an actual country.

These ingredients are not used to make the product. 

As far as I know, a real hourglass is made from a plant called  powdered anhydrous hydrogen peroxide, a substance made up of hydrogen and oxygen and used as a base for all of the ingredients in the brand. 

Powdering is a chemical reaction in which hydrogen and hydrogen oxide are combined to form a liquid, which then becomes a solid. 

This reaction also produces the liquid that contains the chemical hydroxylated anion, which is a compound that gives a fake product its natural smoothness. 

Fake hourglases are often found in cosmetics, but are also often used in the hair and skin industries, so this can be a real concern if you have a lot of products in your house.

I also wanted to point out that many brands do not list ingredients, which can be particularly difficult to track down. 

However, I did find a few brands that did list some of the actual ingredients used in their products, and as a result I was able to narrow down what ingredients were used in these products to the ingredients found in real hoursglasses, and that allowed me to isolate the ingredients I could use to make a fake. 

Here are some of my findings. 

Natural  (non-hydrogenated)  A natural ingredient is one that is used in products, whether they are made from plants, animals, or chemicals.

It may also include a non-organic alternative, but not necessarily. 

Ingredient Name Common Name Ingredient Size(g) Size(g)*1,2,3 natural  Hydrogen peroxidase 2.7 hydroxy sorbate  5,6,7,8 hydrate (hydroxy-acid) hydrating hydrosulfuric ammonium sulfate amino acids acetate hydrolyzed anionic phenoxyethanol benzoic acid bromine butylated hydroxytoluene butanol butyrate carbon dioxide carbon tetrachloride carbonic acid  carbonate carbonyl carbon ceramide chlorine chloroform chlorophosphate chlorphenol chlorophenol cyanocobalamin cyanoacrylate cytotecan cyclohexane cyclopentadienol cyclocarboxymethylene cyclosporine cypion cystin d-lysyl diazolidinyl urea diazepam dibutyl phthalate dihydroxyethyl ethyl alcohol hydrazine hydron hydric acid hydrous ammonia hydrolase hydrogel hydromorphone hydru