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 5260 customers Love this mascara!!
Barb from Chicagoland suburbs
I love how this mascara makes my lashes look! Long and full!! Stays on all day and does not run or smudge at all! Even looked ok next morning if I fell a sleep before taking off!
I would buy this product again.
Satisfied from MO
This mascara was included in a 3-pack Christmas promotion. I used it last because I was unfamiliar with the brand. It is undoubtedly my favorite. My only comment is that it only lasts 60 days where other brands last 90 but because it is so affordable, I will continue to use it.
Lashes all day long !!!
Carribean beach girl from Minneapolis MN
I've been using this mascara for NINE YEARS so believe me when I say it is the best darn mascara. Does not even need a primer but you could if you like. I personally live a nourishing primer like the one Clinique makes.
Flashy Packaging with OK performance
DaniGirlUA from Denver, CO
I've become a huge Tarte fan, & I was sooo hopeful for a mascara to truly deliver on the 4 in one promise, but this is not it. This mascara did give me volume on the supposedly clinically proven claims, but I did not see anything with curl or length in use. The mascara gets clumpy fast. I also found that with the packaging you appear to get very little mascara out of it. I appreciate the supposed natural ingredients, but I didn't find that this was worth the money on the promises, and felt like I was really paying for a fancy mascara tube.
I've been using tart for a long time but it drys out before
O'Donna from Hemet, Ca
I like the brush but tart changed something it drys out to fast
vENyXImORa from NH
So far I really like this mascara a lot. It adds length! I like the case and longer wand.
worst mascara i've ever used
ssullivan from greenbay, wi
I was so excited to get this mascara but unfortunately it feels really cheap and bad quality and when i put it on my lashes didn't keep a curl and added no length. I've had better luck with drug store mascaras.
Don't work for me
Vegas from Oxnard
This mascara has never worked for me. I prefer Gifted mascara.
Gwen from Pennsylvania
This mascara is great! It separates my lashes really well and adds a lot of length. My only issue is that it can be kind of clumpy sometimes, but if i warm it up a bit before i use it the clumps mostly go away. I will definitely be buying this again!
The absolute best mascara
Faith from At Augustine
I use this product Jaír about every day it's amazing!
I really like this mascara no clumps
Rose from North Strabane Township PA. 15317
Mascara is easy to use and I like it.
Wegs from AZ
I like the brush on this but this mascara gives ZERO volume. Unless I apply several coats it looks like I'm wearing no mascara.
Kmik from Kansas City
This is a good mascara. Don't let the 4 and not 5 stars fool you. But I have found others for less that do just as good of a job.
Great High End Mascara
Allie from Dallas, TX
Y'all, if I'm paying $20+ for mascara, it better be good and this does not disappoint. I do two coats on top and 3 on bottom (I have like zero lashes there) and it doesn't get clumpy, just very defined. Nothing flakes and my top lashes stay curled when they normally fall flat 10 minutes after mascara. This plus Tarte being cruelty free makes it worth it to pay for this mascara.
This is the fourth time I have purchased this item
Sharon RN from Boardman, Ohio
I first purchased this mascara on a Black Friday. It was in sale. I have tried other brands, but nothing can match the appearance and quality of this product.
length and volume without clumping!
morgan from Pennsylvania
I have struggled to find a mascara that adds length and volume without clumps, but this ones does it! My eyelashes looked longer than ever. I added a second coat, and they looked much fuller and still did not clump. I have found my new staple mascara.
Nicole from Plant City, Fl
I didn't like this mascara because it was too dry when I first got it, and didn't seem to add any volume to my eyelashes. I'll be purchasing the Urban Decay Perversion mascara again but not this one.
absolutely buy again
angie from nj
it's applied so easily and the results r unreal
My FAVORITE mascara!!!
Kerry from WI
I've tried many mascaras but could not find the right one until now! This one is by far the best! It's not clumpy and is thick enough that you know you're wearing mascara. I wanted to go back to fake lashes but the maintenance is too much on them. With this mascara I definitely don't feel the need to do that! Would definitely recommend!
Perfect Mascara For My Sensitive Eyes
rsumner from Powdersville, SC
I use this mascara for day-to-day eye looks. It makes my eyes appear larger and prettier. It works well with false eye lashes as well. My eyes do not water with this mascara which makes it a keeper.
Love Love Love!!
Caiti from Chicago, IL
On days I don't want to wear fake lashes this is my go to mascara! Goes on so easily, not clumpy-overall awesome!
Lenghtens my lashes
Beauty Conscious from Charlotte
The most positive is that it really does lenghtens lashes but I have to use a clean mascara brush to separate my lashes. Maybe it would be a 5 if my lashes were thicker.
Kaya from Texas
I've been using this one since I bought it. It has never once looked clumpy or unnatural, if anything it gives your eyelashes an enhanced look. Would definitely recommend if you're going more towards a natural look.
My favorite Mascara
Grace125 from Pennsylvania
I have tried so many different mascaras from high end brand to drug store and Tarte Mascara has always been my favorite but especially this one
Mascara is my favorite makeup product and I usually take extra time to carefully apply it getting all my lashes and it's makes them look super long and doesn't clump
Amazing lashes but made my eyes itchy :(
Gabrielle from columbus ohio
Ive given this several tries now and it just does not work for my eyes. I have VERY sensitive eyes, and skin in general. The only mascara I can wear is Almay. I have been trying to go cruelty free and this seemed like it would be a great fit for me. It leaves my lashes looking AMAZING. Unfortunately it also left my lash line red and itchy. I gave it a couple shots but I inevitably had to buy eye drops and start taking allergy medication to make it stop. Im so sad. I would recommend to anyone who doesnt suffer from sensitive skin/eyes; two coats and your lashes will be incredible.