We admire the concept of this product, because in theory, adding bulk to lashes via synthetic fibers can allow mascara to go further to produce lush, thick lashes that rival results from false eyelashes. But sadly, this product ends up being a literal pain in the eye. At least the mascara that comes with it works beautifully on its own, yet Tarte sells a full size version separately, so that would be the route to take.
The regular mascara that accompanies the tube of lash fibers is Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara, which we rated highly. Unfortunately, you only get a mini size of it here, and it doesn’t work well with the lash fibers.
What you’re supposed to do is apply a coat of the included mascara, and then coat the lash fiber “brush” with the nylon-based black fibers, which you then gently comb through lashes from base to tip, working from outer corner of lashes inward. After a thin layer of fibers is coating the lashes, you apply a second coat of the mascara and, voila, gorgeously full, thick lashes…except that’s not what happens.
Instead of dramatic, flutter-worthy lashes, you get voluminous results with fibers under your eye, in your eye (ouch!) and on the eyelid. We also found that the fibers tend to “catch” on the second coat of mascara, allowing the mascara brush to deposit tiny globs of fibers at the tips of lashes. Not pretty—and we’re certain we followed application instructions exactly as Tarte detailed. We also found the second coat of mascara results in clumping, but the clumps cannot be smoothed out without causing the fibers to bunch up. Essentially, you need to be OK with the results you get because trying to correct unevenness of clumping only makes matters worse.
Back to the fibers: We gave Tarte the benefit of the doubt and assumed we had applied too many fibers (but again, we followed their application instructions to the letter). So, we tried it again and applied even fewer fibers—yet still found that even with the second coat of mascara applied (allegedly to seal the fibers in place) we got tiny, hair-like fibers in our eyes and on the skin around the eyes—and this kept up throughout wear time.
All told, this is a giant dud and absolutely not recommended.
- Adds length and considerable volume to lashes.
- The mascara itself is fantastic.
- The fibers make for uneven results with noticeable balling at lash tips and clumping that cannot be smoothed out.
- The fibers tend to flake into eyes and onto surrounding skin, even once set with another coat of mascara.
- Results aren’t worth the effort and ongoing side effects.
Tarte Cosmetics At-A-Glance
Tarte Cosmetics CEO and founder Maureen Kelly started Tarte in 1999, out of a desire to create a cosmetics line that would prove that glamour can be good for you. This comes in the form of products that highlight naturally-derived ingredients in their marketing campaigns, and occasionally taking swipes at the concept of synthetics in makeup.
This is ironic, as Tarte uses more than a few beneficial synthetically derived ingredients in their formulassilicones, synthetic fragrances, preservatives and on and on. However, well forgive them that as whats ultimately important is whether their products meet your needs, and to that we can say the brand excels in many areas at what they do.
However, a few products are a bit on the pricey side and there are a few iffy shades and textures to consider among their foundationsnoted in their respective reviews. A few caveats aside, most of Tarte's foundations, blush options, eye pencils and an ever-expanding range of innovative products demonstrate that color is what they do best.
For more information about Tarte Cosmetics visit www.tartecosmetics.com.
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