What would be a perfect mascara for you? Since I have very sparse, short, and straight natural lashes, I need all the help I can get! When I heard Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes claim to be lengthening, curling, volumizing, and even conditioning, I thought it would be a very promising one to try!
The Tarte website claims the result this mascara promises is “clinically-proven.” “This is what we call a push-up bra for your lashes™ a 4-in-1 (lengthening, curling, volumizing and conditioning) dermatologist tested mascara that gives dramatic, thick, sexy lashes and is clinically proven to increase lash volume by 424%.”
Isn’t that just amazing? I was SO excited when I received a brand new sample in a swap, and immediately put it to test.
I love the deep purple packaging, and the full-size packaging is even more glamorous. The brush, as you will be able to see in the close-up photo, is pretty regular. It is a bit on the “fat” side, but not curvy or spooly. I am totally fine with that though. Now let’s see some ACTION!
I’m sorry to report, my dear readers, that this mascara is not what it makes out to be.
1. It gives decent length.
2. It doesn’t smudge or flake, despite the fact that it is not marketed to be waterproof (however, do note I am testing this in minus god knows how many degrees weather. I don’t know yet what might happen when it gets warmer).
3. It separates my lashes very well, with minimum clumping. Also, my upper and lower lashes don’t stick to each other when I blink, which happens sometimes with waterproof mascaras.
4. It is very easy to remove, perhaps because the formula isn’t waterproof.
1. Sadly enough, the 424% of lash volume increase stays a marketing claim. I have definitely had better results with other mascaras.
2. The major turn-off, however, is the fact that it does NOT hold curls in my case. The link to the photo I am going to show you was taken right after application, and the curls were decent. However, after several hours, my lashes gradually succumbed to gravity and went back to their straight selves. Sexy lashes? I think not!
This is what I get with Lights, Camera, Lashes:
And this is what I get with my go-to Maybelline fatty tube.
I personally don’t think I see more length, volume, or curls with Lights, Camera, Lashes.
I have been too bummed out by the bad curl-holding capacity of this mascara to take a photo of my straight lashes at the end of the day. Perhaps I should, just so you can see the sad state my lashes end up in…
Bottom line: Sorry, Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes, but you and I are never meant to be. At 18 dollars a pop and with all the wonderful claims you make, I really expect you to perform better. I wouldn’t recommend this to people who need a lot of help in the lash department, particularly if your lashes are not naturally curly. You might have to look somewhere else instead.
As with all the other products that don’t work for me, I would like to remind everybody who comes across this post that just because it doesn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. I have heard people rave about this mascara, including the curl-holding aspect, so who knows? If you have the chance of trying it for yourself in Sephora you might be pleasantly surprised!
What do you think? Have you tried this one? What is your current go-to mascara?
PS: If you go to the picture of the back of the tube, you will see the international address of Tarte is located in Brussels. I am really tempted to drop by one day and figure out why we don’t have access to this brand at all here! Who’s with me? lol