Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara - review and swatches


I've been using this mascara for ages and I've also been meaning to review it for ages, it's just that the swatch photos took me a while to do.

I received it as a GWP along with an order a while ago, and I was looking forward to trying it because I've heard great things about it. I'm pleased to say that I do like it, and although I've used brushes that separate my lashes better than this one does, it's still good and I can see why people love it. More on that below.

Tarte claims/product details:

  • A 4-in-1 mascara for stunningly thick and alluring lashes
  • Add a little drama to the eyes with this mascara’s expertise to lengthen, curl, add volume and condition the lashes and make your eyes pop
  • A cult classic for over a decade, this best-selling vegan mascara lengthens, curls, volumises and conditions, acting like a push-up bra for your lashes
  • Curls and separates every lash with 360° magniLASH wand 
  • Creates a naturally defined and voluminous look 
  • Rice bran, olive esters and provitamin B5 help soften and nourish lashes 
  • Always formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulphate and gluten
  • RRP $29 AUD for 7ml

There's the wand:

My bare lashes for reference:

Wearing the product:

And again:


This mascara is good but it's not without issues so I wouldn't buy it, but I do think it's decent and I can see why a lot of people love it.

The first comment I usually make on mascaras relates to the brush: in my opinion, the brush maketh the mascrara. This one's too fat for my hooded eyes, which means I struggle to get it close to the lashline (you can see that in the photos above). It also means that I get mascara goo on my upper eye area if I bring the brush in too close.

The other issue with the brush is the spacing between the bristles (or lack thereof). With this wand I always get clumpy lashes (and they're often grouped into little pyramids), meaning that I always need to use a lash comb with this product, which I find annoying. I also often find that I get little blobs of product on my lashes that I need to remove with a finger before they dry. Blurgh.

As for what it actually does for my lashes, it does a good amount. I get some nice length and volume from this, and if I can separate my lashes enough before the formula dries then I'm happy with the result. Still, I do need to spend extra time with this product and even then it doesn't look great close-up, as you can see in the photos above. 

In other news this doesn't smudge or flake on me throughout the day, so that's a plus. It also lifts and holds my lashes well so I don't need to curl them, which is what I look for in mascaras because I can't be bothered with an eyelash curler and I'd prefer the mascara to do the work for me. This one does.

Overall I think this is a good mascara, it's just not perfect and I need to spend too long separating my lashes and removing any little globs whenever I use it. I also struggle with wider wands like this one for the reasons mentioned, so although I like the results when it works, I prefer mascaras that aren't so fiddly to use. The formula is decent though.

Good but not for me.

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