I’ve had the chance to try out Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Flashes mascara thanks to the Sephora Beauty Insider 100 point perk, and have really been enjoying it. This is advertised to be a long-wearing, vitamin-infused formula that adds dramatic length and volume to lashes. The brush has rubber bristles, and actually has two sides featuring different kinds of bristles: one side has shorter, denser bristles for volume and the other has longer, sparser bristles for length and definition.
Over time, I’ve found that I prefer using the side with the longer bristles. I most often wear one coat of the mascara, which is perfect for dark, defined and curled lashes on a daily basis, and just apply a second when I want a little bit more drama. I really like the amount of lift that I get from the formula, and find that it holds a curl really nicely.
It works perfectly as a long-wearing product for me, and I experience zero smudging or flaking. It is a little more difficult to take off with makeup remover (similar to Benefit’s They’re Real!, if you’re familiar with that one). Part of the problem is that I’m currently using a weaker makeup remover, so I just try to take the mascara off slowly in order to prevent any lash loss.
I should admit that I don’t pay a ton of attention to which sides of the mascara wand I use first and second, and I think I’d rather have a brush that is the same all the way around. You have to really spin the brush around and take a good look at it in order to tell which side is which because although the plastic is black and purple, it all looks the same once the black mascara coats it. It’s a little more complicated than I’d prefer my mascara to be.
That being said, I do really enjoy using it and I think it makes my lashes look pretty great all day long. I don’t tend to wear mascara on my lower lashes on a daily basis, but I have tried it a few times with this mascara and I think it works pretty well. I don’t have any issues with the wand laying down too much product, and I don’t find myself making a mess of the mascara and getting it on my skin, either.
Ingredients: Water, acrylates copolymer, Beeswax, glyceryl stearate, Carnauba Wax, candelilla wax, stearic acid, paraffin, butylene glycol, acacia Senegal gum, aminomethyl propanol, Castor Seed Oil, polybutene, caprylyl glycol, 1,2 hexanediol, tropolone, hydroxyethylcellulose, sodium dehydroacetate, iron oxides (CI 77499).
Have you tried it? What do you think?