mascara mondays: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes

Another mascara Monday, featuring what just may be the best mascara I’ve tried in a long time – and that’s saying something!


I haven’t tried much from Tarte but so far everything is a winner. I recently purchased Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara  from a recommendation and I was immediately impressed. This is rare for me because it usually takes me multiple uses to really “get to know” a mascara, figure out the best application techniques, how many coats I need, etc.  This is marketed as a full-on impact mascara; Tarte claims that this will “increase the appearance of lash volume by 424 percent”. Now I have no technical way of verifying the 424% claim (how could you?), but suffice it to say that this stuff is amazing.

The brush is your standard-shaped, natural-bristled brush – no gimmicks which I like. A few coats and you’ll get full on thick, full, voluminous, very black lashes and it also holds a curl quite well. Look at the picture below – no mascara gives me this kind of life and curl!  The formula builds really well on itself so you can keep applying coat after coat and get an effect pretty close to false lashes.  Now the “spiky factor” isn’t amazing but since the results are so damn good I am willing to forgive them.

Lights Camera Lashes mascara


The packaging is kind of odd – instead of the standard cylindrical tube this is encased in some type of squared-off purple leather. However, this unique packaging in no way impacts the performance of the product so I can deal.

Lights, Cameras, Lashes


Final verdict: this is hall of fame mascara. Seriously impressed!

  • formula: 9/10
  • brush: 8/10
  • overall look: 9/10

Have you ever tried this mascara? Which one should I try next?


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