Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Mascara Review

I love Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara; you know, the one in the purple tube? So I was excited to get a sample of their newer Lights, Camera, Flashes. This retails for $23 and is described as a statement mascara, meant to add length, curl, and volume (752% increase?!). Did it live up to its claims? Keep reading to find out.

 Lights, Camera, Flashes comes with a large, flexible, rubber brush. There are alternating rows of reeeally long bristles and shorter bristles. And I have to say, I think the long bristles are too long. I can't get this wand too close to my lashes without getting mascara all over my lids, and because of this, the shorter bristles are completely useless. 

Formula-wise, this is a little on the wetter side, though not too wet for my taste (although I do prefer drier mascaras). Since this is the case, I do feel like my lashes either lose a little curl, or at least do not gain any curl from the formula. This mascara is supposed to be curling though, so maybe once it dries out a bit, I'll be able to tell if it helps curl my lashes. Additionally, this is not waterproof, and I did notice transfer under my eyes when I wore this on my lower lashes. 
Left: Bare lashes, Right: One coat Lights, Camera, Flashes on top and bottom lashes

With only one coat, I don't think this mascara did too much in the way of volumizing or lengthening my lashes. I definitely see more definition, and maybe a little added volume and length, but nothing significant. My lashes are definitely not 752% of their normal volume. After one coat, I don't find this mascara to really be anything special, and I think Lights, Camera, Lashes is better.
Left: Bare lashes, Right: Two coats Lights, Camera, Flashes on top lashes

After two coats, I'm seeing more volume and length. However, the length still isn't out-of-this-world, and the volume is still not 752% of the original. I think that volume claim was just too bold, but I do like this better as a "statement mascara" using two coats compared to one (but I usually only ever use one coat). Also, with two coats, I did notice some clumping on the lashes closer to the outer half of my eye, and I think this is because the formula is wetter and the brush is just too big. 

Overall, I do like this mascara, but more for everyday than for making a statement (since I don't like wearing two coats). When I want volume on volume, I'll still go to Benefit's They're Real or Clinique's High Impact since I know with those I can get thicker lashes with just one coat. If you do like loading up some mascara though, you might like this one as it doesn't make lashes as spidery as I know some can with multiple coats. But at the end of the day, I wouldn't purchase this mascara over the original Lights, Camera, Lashes. 

What do you think of Tarte mascara? What are your favorite "statement" mascaras? 


  1. yes!! Benefit's They're real, I've been using that for like two years, can't get myself to try anything else. I use it for my everyday. Benefit is probably my favorite brand for eye make-up. I use the Gimmie Brow and the Speed Brow a lot too to add thickness to my eyebrows since some of us weren't blessed with beautiful luscious eyebrows like you ;). But I do like the natural look that Tarte mascara gives you.

    1. Haha thanks Claudia! I actually haven't tried too much from Benefit, but have been eyeing the Gimmie Brow for a while. Have you tried any Anastasia Beverly Hills products? That's probably my go-to brand for brows :)