Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Review: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara

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:


Tarte:


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.

24 comments:

  1. I actually like this mascara better when the tube is older and has dried out a wee bit (not hygienic, I know). I originally tried a Tarte mini sample that dried out within a couple weeks, and I liked it a lot. Didn't like the full-size tube as much, due to the wetness and clumpiness that you mentioned. Moreover, with Tarte, I ALWAYS ALWAYS find smudging on my lower lashline (I only use mascara on my upper lashes) when it gets later in the day.

    Benefit's They're Real! is the one I always go back to, but then again I tend to prefer a more low-key look from my mascaras.

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    1. I totally know what you mean about waiting for a mascara to dry-out a bit. I've had so many times where I've had sample mascaras that have a great consistency and aren't too wet, then I buy a full size tube and it's a wet mess. XD For some mascaras, I prefer to buy the mini size (like Diorshow, which is the worst culprit of this).

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    2. It's not unhygenic if it dries out within your window of mascara usability!

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  2. It looks pretty good from a distance!

    The brush does look pathetic, though. I'm a pretty big fan of big, bushy mascara applicators.

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    1. It's not pathetic if it does the deed. This one just didn't work well for me, unfortunately.

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  3. I (as so often happens) LOVED this as a mini. Then I sprang for the full sized and wasn't as in love. I still like it but the applicator could be better.

    I will never understand why mascaras don't sell applicators seperately. I find a fair amount of girls have a preference (big and bushy, or silicone plastic) and will not buy masacaras that come with the other.

    I always like minis of mascara more than the big ones, so I may stop buying full sized tubes after this.

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    1. I have not tried the Eyeko mascara wardrobe, but it's in the vein!

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  4. So glad you wrote about this one - I was talked into it at Macy's when I was looking for a mascara for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers and have not been happy with the purchase, even though I've enjoyed other Tarte eye makeup stuff.

    I agree that the wand is WIMPY! I have to use a dry mascara wand (I bought a bunch of the disposable kinds, like the ones you find at Sephora) and dry brush through it after application to avoid that monolash effect.

    Also, for some reason, removing this mascara is a beast! I have a really hard time getting this one off (have tried a bunch of methods: Makeup Forever or Almay eye makeup remover, various formulas of cleansing cloths...) I have to resort to baby shampoo and a wash cloth to get this off effectively.

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    1. DANG. I forgot to write about that, didn't I? It is REALLY hard to remove.

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    2. I thought I got a bad tube! It's good to know I'm not the only one having trouble - I reliably lose a couple lashes when trying to scrape it off. Have you found anything that works well?

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  5. follicular equivalent of tiny little post-Cold War Balkans states


    Gaaaaaaah yes

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    1. I KNOW. I guffawed heartily as well

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    2. !!!! Guffawed! That's amongst the English language's funniest words. I can't see someone guffawing and it not making them look painfully awkward.

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  6. I've heard a lot about this mascara, but I have to admit I'm not 100% on board with the whole wetness thing. I want to be able to put my mascara on and not have to walk around for 10 minutes with matchsticks in my eyes trying not to make black marks all over my face...

    *note: I am quite bad at putting mascara on even with a dry formula, so... :-P

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    1. I haven't had any problems with it migrating once it is dry, for the record.

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  7. I've gotten a sample of this mascara and wasn't the biggest fan. It just didn't seem to do much for me and I haaaate wet formulas.
    HOWEVER, I did try its sister "Lights, Camera, Flashes!" (which is in a really obnoxious gold tube) that I really love. I don't find it to be super wet and it makes my lashes look thick and lucious. Plus, it holds curl pretty well. It's become my daily mascara.
    (There is some sort of trick to using it, like you're supposed to use one side before the other ... I usually apply it with one random side and switch to the other and get good results)

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    1. Interesting that they are so different!

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  8. I second quinctia, it looks really good from a distance. Wow such long lashes!!

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    1. I'll just go ahead and stand ten feet away from people.

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  9. Hi Robyn,
    Love your blog. You amuse me on a daily basis. Thought you (and others fighting to remove the vestiges of a stubborn mascara) might like this product: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. It's an olive oil cleanser/makeup remover that you use dry and, dear god, it's like magic. Makes my beloved yes to cucumbers wipes seem like I've been using sandpaper to get my makeup off.

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  10. This mascara works much better after a week or two (after it dries out a little) - trust me!

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  11. What is your favorite mascara?

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