Thursday, 26 May 2016

Tarte Lights Camera Flashes Mascara

Tarte isn't a brand that I had heard of when I lived in the UK but when I came to Canada last year, I noticed their stand in Sephora and it seemed popular. I still didn't buy any Tarte products though but I did buy a "Lashstash" kit last year. Sephora's "Lashstash" kit is awesome. You get 5 samples of mascaras and then a voucher to get a full-size tube of your favourite mascara for free. In 2015's "Lashstash" kit was a sample of Tarte's Lights Camera Flashes mascara and only just got around to trying it.


Tarte made some pretty bold claims when it comes to this mascara:
An amped up, ultra-black mascara that lengthens, curls and magnifies lashes for an intensified look while instantly increasing lash volume by up to 757 percent. Powered by Tarte's proprietary black complex, this long-wearing, vitamin infused formula emphasises length and volume for a dramatic look that won't dry out, flake or budge. The custom-engineered, dual moulded brush boosts even the skinniest lashes for an exaggerated, voluminous look. First, the shorter, denser side of the brush delivers the optimal amount of mascara to volumise and coat each lash perfectly. Then the longer, firmer side lengthens and separates for maximum volume without clumping.

About the ingredients:
It is free from parabens and phthalates. Provitamin B5, a vitamin derivative, helps treat and thicken the appearance of lashes while beeswax forms a protective barrier between the skin and the environment that supports natural collagen production and mineral pigments soothe and soften lashes. This product is formulated without mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulphates and gluten. 




The packaging for Tarte's Lights Camera Flashes mascara is pretty and eye-catching, a gold tube with a snakeskin style pattern, that certainly makes it look glamorous. Now, I thought identifying the two different sides of the mascara wand would be hard but then I thought how difficult can it really be...? It was difficult. I have seen some tubes from different stores that are labelled with the numbers 1 and 2 on the wand, indicating which side to use first but the Sephora version didn't have that. In the photo online, one side of the mascara wand is black and the other half is purple but that is impossible to see under layers of mascara. I also tried tapping the brush against the top of the tube, as recommended by Sephora, but to be honest I still couldn't identify the different bristles so I just went for it.

One of the claims by Tarte is that the mascara doesn't clump. When I removed the mascara wand from the tube, the wand was clumped with mascara and I had to wipe the excess off, otherwise, I am pretty sure my lashes would have been clumpy. This wasn't just a one-off occurrence, every time I used the mascara, I had to wipe a lot of excess off before applying it.


The bristles for the mascara wand are plastic and I found them a little rough on my eyelids compared to regular bristles and when applying the mascara it went on quite messy and smudged onto my eyelids.

After the mascara was applied, it did look nice and lengthened them significantly. It was also a deep black colour which I really liked. I like my mascara to be a really dark black colour and this colour was perfect!


I found the mascara quite difficult to remove at the end of the day and it did feel a little heavy and crispy on my lashes. Normally with some mascaras, I can just use my regular makeup remover to wipe it off but this mascara was a little more tough, similar to Benefit's They're Real mascara. The product that worked best for me removing this mascara was Shiseido's Instant Eye and Lip makeup remover. It seemed to dissolve my mascara off and didn't feel rough around my eye area.

I am not one to post many negative reviews of products but I am always honest and this is a mascara that I wouldn't repurchase. The duel wand just seemed too fussy as an everyday mascara.

Have you tried Tarte's Lights Camera Flashes mascara? What did you think?
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