Rated 4.39 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Great mascara by a more natural brand
This is one of my favorite mascaras. Sometimes I run out and rely more on one of my other mascaras (hey, I need to have options!). Then I run into Ulta and spot this and forget why I quit using it. The mascara isn't water proof (but they offer waterproof mascaras), but it lasts all day on me for an average day. Some of my days end up being more than just an 8 hour work day - it recently lasted 9 hours of work, plus a quick dinner out, then 3 hours of a training. I expected it to smudge a little, but no problems! I never have issues with smudging for me, unless I rub my eyes a ton or my allergies are in full force.
My skin (and eyes) are somewhat sensitive - not the most sensitive out there, but more so than most of my friends. I have no issues with this mascara, and have been using it on and off for several years now. I love that one quick coat can give a better than natural look, or you can build it up. If you do build it up (which I always do), I love that it doesn't get stiff or flaky. It rarely clumps for me, but when it does, a quick brush through with a lash brush fixes it (this happens if I apply a ton, and again, not often).
Even though it lasts all day on me, it easily washes off with my normal face cleanser (Boscia's Makeup Breakup or an Amore Pacific face wash). I also like that Tarte is a brand with more natural ingredients - okay, it's not all natural and it's not saving the world, but it's a good move if you're looking to start getting into more natural ingredients (also worth noting that natural doesn't necessarily mean better, more effective, or free of irritants!). I know that you're supposed to trash your mascara after 3 months, but since I don't use the same one every day, I never do. If I did use this every day, I think it would last a little over 3 months (I gave a friend a travel size tube I got in a gift set and she has been using it for at least 2 months - she's a blonde and I don't think that the black is too harsh on her at all).
Lights, Camera, Lashes works really well with Tarte's primer but also works well without it (I just find that the primer gives a little more oomph!). It holds a curl nicely, and thickens without huge clumps and adds length. The length isn't very dramatic, but again, you can build it up if you like. My lashes are decently long, and if I build it up too much without letting it dry, I end up with smudges on my glasses and occasionally under my eye brows.
Most Helpful Critical Review Goes on clumpy
I have tested several different mascaras this week. My goal is to find a gluten-free,paraben free mascara that performs as well as Blinc mascara (Blinc is awesome, but contains parabens, so it's time to move it out of my makeup bag). So, among those I tried from the Tarte line were Lights, Camera, Flashes AND Lights, Camera, Lashes. I am sorry to say that both were unacceptably clumpy and flaky. The newer "Flashes" version turned out to be even clumpier/flakier than the "Lashes" version. A positive was that both mascaras definitely stayed put and didn't smudge. That's very good news for those of us with oily eyes. However, the clumpiness and flakiness are show stoppers for me. I tried using a lash primer (Clinique) but it didn't help. I even purchased a metal lash comb and tried combing out the clumps, but that wasn't effective either. To be extra sure before making a final judgment, I tried both of these products for two days each, and got the same result each time. These are fresh, right-off-the-shelf from Ulta, so I don't expect they'd get any better with age. I will be returning both mascaras. I have moved on to Too-Faced Lash Injection, and have had much better results.
Reviewed by 5292 customers My 4th time buying this.
Nena from Casper Wy
i really like it, I won't change it!
The holy grail
Amanda from Columbia, SC
OMG, you guys, this is the best mascara. Lengthens and separate with ZERO clumps. It's also buildable to create volume. Love it so much, I immediately threw my other mascara in the garbage (which I thought was my fave, but no comparison to this one).
Love the way this mascara makes my lashes look!
Kel from Lafayette,La
Bought this on sale and I'm so glad I did! It's amazing! Get it!
Love this mascara
M from Tx
i love this mascara it makes my eyelashes super long looks so natural i m happy with my purchase.
Fav Mascara of all time.
Ava from Maryland
so good! this holds my lashes all day and makes my lashes look so good without any clumping. Also something that I have never found in a mascara is NO FLAKES. All day and there are no little black specs on your face. It is amazing and I will continue to buy.
Alex from Folsom, CA
Love this mascara I got this half off during the 21 days of beauty event and it's my new everyday go too! Will buy more in the future
I would buy this product again and again
Mary from Stayton oregon
Love this product please Continue it
I love the way it goes on
Jess from South Dakota
this is my favorite mascara! Stays put without leaving smudges and makes my lashes look amazing!
Dyemond from OK
I have not used this..but perfect gift for someone who loves purple...packaging is pretty....
Waste of money
Lizbiz from NJ
I normally use the Maneater mascara but I decided to get this one because it was on sale for the 21 days of Beauty promotion they have. What a joke, this mascara makes my eyelashes SUPER clumpy, i would definitely not recommend this unless you like your eyelashes to look like spider legs(which some people actually like). I will say I did enjoy the jet black color though.
I would purchase again.
LRMooreArt from Chambersburg
I like the length my lashes becoming using this mascara. It also holds up to water well.
Coach from Madison, Wi
I was told it was a thin brush, it's NOT!. Very
clumpy and too thick.. Not what was advertised in the description. Waste of my money.
Amber from Anderson,SC
It's just as I described and gives u the most glamorous lashes I've ever had!! Lifts and curls with so much volume it looks like I had falsies!!! Absolutely gorgeous!
Daisybloom101 from Plano,Tx
If you are in need a Realistic lashes get this,It's Inexpensive but worth it!
LOVE this mascara
Patty from Taylorsville, UT
no clumps, stays on all day and does not flake
I've used so many mascaras and this is by far my favorite!
Carly from Michigan
This product is great for top and bottom lashes! Adds tons of length! Love the brush and how it separates out each last!
Stone89 from South Carolina
My favorite mascara. I don't like big wands that leave my lashes clumpy. This is perfect. It has a small wand that still leaves my lashes full.
LOVE. ONE OF THE BEST EVER!
JWEST2308 from FORT SMITH, AR
ONE OF THE GREATEST I'VE EVER USED!
MascaraMonday from Salem, Oregon
I really like how the Tarte Lights Camera Action applies very evenly, feels soft after application, and doesn't make my lashes crispy. This lasts all day for me with no flakes if I apply thin coats.
Hype is worth it
C- Texas from Texas
This mascara does everything it says it does. The finished look is a natural buildable clump free flawless look that volumizes the lashes. Excellent
EXCELLENT FOR BOTTOM LASHES + MORE
brandy.n.chloe2divas from Instagram
IT'S A 10+!!!!!
1. Scrape all excess product off of wand especially the tip. (I scrape off into tube. You can also wipe off on cloth, like makeup eraser or washable cotton pads.)
2. The wand works great for separating lashes + giving them a bit of length. I apply
3. If needing volume or curling like I do, I apply another mascara prior to this, then use the Tarte's scraped off wand for the finale!!
4. When I do my bottom lashes, this is IT!! With the styled-straight wand, each + every lash gets perfectly coated + separated, looking exactly how I want them to!
I WILL ALWAYS BUY THIS!!!!
Just as bad as cheap drugstore masacaras
Tac from Tampa Fl
This mascara is so dry going on. When applying is goes on as clumps. After a while it's starts flaking off into my eyes and contacts. Definitely wouldn't say ophthalmologist approved. I work for one. This mascara is as bad the cheap drug store kind.
Not worth it from Los Angeles
Bought this during the 21 days of beauty sale and i'm so disappointed in this purchase! My lashes have never looked so clumpy and gross till using this! Wore this for only 4 hours and already had clumpy mascara chunks around my eyes! I'd rather buy a drug store mascara before this
Clumpy & Smudges
MyKaelah from Ohio
I gave this a try given all the reviews, but wasn't impressed. It's very runny, got all over my eyelids (I know I know, but I'm no rookie), clumpy, and smudges throughout the day. I was hoping it'd grow on me, but I just can't get behind it.
Jenn from Washington State
The best I've ever used. I went on a little quest for the right mascara. This is my #1 pick! It's worth the money, I use the waterproof so it stays on (no running), it washes off completely, only need two coats, it's the least one to be flakey.