Rated 4.38 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 5353 customers The best mascara for sensitive eyes
Lucy from Tennessee
I have tried so many mascaras and thought they were "the one" only to have them start irritating my eyes after a few months. I got this mascara on sale and it is my HG. Plus, it looks amazing which is something you usually have to sacrifice with mascara for sensitive eyes. It stays on my lashes where it is supposed to be, and not in my eyes. Will buy again, already have several times.
Best cruelty free mascara!
Kimberly from NY
I used to use better than sex and had to switch over. It's less clumpy and hello it's cruelty free.
I love this mascara and have tried at least 20 others.
None from Ky
I love this mascara I also use the waterproof one in the summer time. I have allergies, and this is the perfect mascara.
100% Favorite Mascara
Marian from Michigan
This mascara is the only thing I can use for my oily eyelids. I only use on my top lashes and I use a cheaper waterproof on my lower only cause I am cheap but even with being cheap this is a must have for me. My on complaint is that I wish they had eco-friendly packaging and the purple part always comes off anyways.
Multiple Applications Needed
KUWMWS from Georgia
I like this mascara however, it takes multiple applications in order to get a curled look. It has a feathery like consistency, doesn't clump surprisingly. No harsh smell. I don't wear mascara on my bottom lashes so not sure if it runs.
Lisa from Ohio
This is my favorite mascara, great brush for applying and no flaking. Extends lashes and separates beautifully.
Great results for sensitive eyes
Mimi51 from Franklin TN
Able to wear all day without irritation. Had a tendency to clump after a few uses in spite of carefully removing wand. This was the birthday gift. Glad I was able to try it. Bought another one already.
Clumps irritates eyes
Buffy from Sandusky
It's a no from me....
EXP01 from Arizona
This was my birthday freebie and I was super excited to try it. I didn't get flakes nor clumps as some reviewers experienced, but when I wore this mascara on my top and lower lashes and blinked my lashes felt sticky. Weird? I live in the desert, we have almost zero humidity, I cannot fathom why my lashes would be so dang sticky!
I realise this is a cult favourite and others love it but I shan't be buying this.
Gigi from St. Louis MO
This did nothing more than my Maybelline Great Lash!
A must have
Courtney from New York
I'm typically not one to leave reviews but I received this mascara as my free birthday gift from Ulta and figured it would just be an "okay" product .. since it was free. It is hands down the best mascara I have ever used and I've tried a few popular ones like Two faced better than sex and Thrive. It makes it look as if I'm wearing fake lashes. Definitely recommend !
Amazing from Columbus, GA
Literally the best mascara I've ever used. It makes them look amazing and people are always asking me if I'm wearing falsies.
Emily from PA
This is my all time favorite mascara for volume! I always end up coming back to this one.
This is definitely my go to mascara from now on!
Angie from Melbourne, FL
This mascara goes on so amazing! There is no clumping, best that I have used especially on my bottom lashes. Makes my lashes pop! Will never buy anything else. They sell a great primer for your lashes as well. Great combo.
Looks great... but not after 12 hours
Tactical_Pony from Chicago, IL
I received this mascara as my birthday gift this month. While it looks amazing for the first 8 hours, it started to smudge and eventually full raccoon eyes by 12 hours. I don't have watery eyes or rub them, so I'm a bit dissapointed. Never had this problem with my Bareminerals lashtopia.
Anna from California
This mascara looks really nice at first but throughout the day it clumps and flakes so much. It also feels like it weighs my lashes down after awhile. Wanted to love it but it just doesn't wear well.
Nice mascara, strange case.
Shirlgirl from Boise Idaho
Good coverage, not too clumpy, doesn't end up under my eyes at the end of the day.
I'll buy this product again!
Steph from Trussville, al
I rcvd this mascara as my free birthday gift. Ummmm...One of my absolute favorite mascaras. It goes on thick and precise with just one coat. Super black. Not clumpy. I love it. I'll buy it again.
Best hands down!
Kay from Bastrop, Texas
I've been usuing mascara for a lonnggg while like Kat Von D and J Star still friends long, and this by far is the best mascara for my eyes, that I have used. I love the wand, the formula and the application. Although it is supposed to be non-smudge it does smudge but to be fair I was crying hard.
Kt from Florida
Lengthens lashes and maintained all day!
This mascara sucks.
MissAsh from VA
Barely there, dry, not good. Try something else.
Worst mascara I've ever used
Laurenie from Kennet Square, PA
I've been using mascara for over a decade and this is the worst mascara I've ever used. The cons I listed are spot on. Received this as part of a birthday gift from Ulta. Thank goodness is was free. Please don't spend your money on this.
I have this product
Lolis from Colorado Springs
I like it make your lashes look large
1st coat wow, 2nd coat nah
MidwestGirl from WI
Tried this mascara for the first time and was excited when it made my lashes look amazing. That excitement didn't last when I added a second coat. The second coat was clumpy. I tried it again the next day only intending to use one coat. It came out clumpy so I wiped most of the wand off and applied. By the end of my makeup routine it had flaked below my eyes. Going to return.
Best for hypersensitivity
Joyce from Perkiomenville PA
Great, natural looking for my aging hypersensitive eyes.