Do you remember that episode of Every Sitcom Ever Written where Friend #1 and Friend #2 totally get along in a group, but then the realize that they never actually spend any individual time together, and then they try, and it's awkward because they don't actually like each other?
For me, Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes! is the mascara manifestation of this trope-y plot line.
By every account, I should love this sucker. We have common interests (keeping my lashes long, lush and coal-black). It comes from a group full of things I love (the 'Tarte' wall at Sephora). It wears hilarious purple snake-skin attire (for the sitcom equivalent, imagine us dressing up in this mascara's old clothes and having a hearty laugh at how these snakeskin leggings [they would be leggings. FACT.] are no longer in style).
Alas, I only truly enjoy its company when it is layered on top of an additional product.
This mascara has a very wet formula. It's so wet, it feels like you are coating your eyelashes with a couple of layers of heavy whipping cream. Wet formulas can be beautiful things, offering ridiculous length and volume when done properly. It does do this. Sadly, though, the insubstantial wand is a jostled elbow away from the fabled monoeyelash. I do walk away with more eyelashes than I have fingers, but that's hardly an acceptable metric of success.
Here's how I look sans mascara:
And here's how I look with a big old layer of Tarte:
One more time! No mascara:
And here's a creepily close-up picture of my eye so you can really admire the clumping on an up-close and personal level:
It certainly doesn't look terrible, but it's just too spidery.
With that said, although Lights, Camera, Lashes! may not be on my list of mascaras to be used alone, damn if we don't get along well in a group. If you use this mascara over a mascara that separates your lashes into the follicular equivalent of tiny little post-Cold War Balkans states, you'll have lashes as flawless as a neatly tied up a 30-minute television episode.
The Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara retails for $19 for 0.24 oz.