Mascara Monday: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascara

Everytime I look at the name of this mascara it reminds me of Mr. Cheek’s “Lights Camera Action”. That was my jaaaam in high school.
The question is—is this mascara as hot as the song?

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes!

Price: 3 out of 5 ($18 at Sephora, and

Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: “Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! 4-in-1 Mascara is what we call a push-up bra for your lashes—a 4-in-1 (lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning) dermatologist- and clinically-proven to increase the appearance of lash volume by 430% after applying giving dramatic, thick and sexy lashes.” (source)

The truth:
This mascara makes a lot of promises. I don’t think it lives up to ALL of them.

What I loved about it: The packaging is sooooo cute.

What I didn’t like: The claims…they were exaggerated a bit and let’s just say they didn’t deliver to the level that I thought they would.


This is one mascara that I always looked at when I first discovered Sephora. I mean, the packaging is just darling. I have always had it on my radar. I know that most mascaras make outrageous claims but when I read this one’s I just KNEW it was something special.
Imagine my surprise when it turned to be….just okay.
I mean, don’t get me wrong. It’s not bad. It’s just average. I didn’t experience a great deal of length and very little volume. By the second coat my lashes started to lump together. My lashes did get a nice little glossy effect but *sigh* that didn’t make up for the lack of va-va-voom lashes I realllly wanted.
I can appreciate that this mascara is green-friendly though. Your lashes are free of synthetic fragrances, sulfates and parabens. Gotta love that!
The wand? Eh. Not bad but not the best.

Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: It’s worth a try. Didn’t work too well on my lashes but doesn’t mean it work well on others.

A fan of this mascara? Whatcha think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

(photo source)

  • K

    I love your mascara reviews! Cute packaging! Wouldn't it have been wonderful if the formula was closer to Lash Blast????

  • Angelica

    I know this is a mascara review! but I am really feeling the goldish eyeshadow! what color is it?
    P.S Huge fan of your blog!!

  • B

    K—> Thanks a lot, babes! And you're right….I think I would like this mascara a little bit more if it had the volumizing effect of Lash Blast.

    Angelica–> LOL, thanks! I was rockin' a matte duo from L'Oreal HIP. Love those babies. I'll be reviewing that one soon so stay tuned. Thanks a ton for the support.

  • Jillian

    This mascara is my HG…it makes me look like I'm wearing falsies! It's a bummer it didn't work out quite as well for you.

  • jen

    Thanks for the review :) to be honest, I expected a more position one because everyone seems to love it