Review: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara

Today’s post is my first review of the year! I’m going to share with you my thoughts on the mascara I’ve been using for the last month and a half: the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara. For reference, I have sparse lashes that are naturally straight and are somewhat weak. They’re not particularly short, but I wouldn’t consider them long either. My ideal mascara is something that provides both lengthening and volume, holds a curl all day, and doesn’t clump my lashes together or make them look spidery.

I almost never buy high-end mascara as I think there are plenty of great choices at the drugstore. I’m not sure what got into me, but I bought this on a whim during the November Sephora VIB sale back in 2016, although I only opened it just this past December. The Lights, Camera, Action mascara retails for $30 at 7 mL and is sold at Sephora and on the Tarte website. The mascara is made in Italy (sleeve made in China, assembled in Taiwan) and is vegan, gluten free and cruelty free for those looking for those options. It is not waterproof, but Tarte does sell this in a waterproof version called Lights, Camera, Splashes.


The Claims

On the Sephora website, it says the Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara is “considered a dramatic makeover for your lashes. This high-performance formula is proven to increase the appearance of lash volume by 330 percent—creating strikingly thick, sexy lashes.” Increasing lash volume by 330% is a bold claim!  The Sephora website also says that it is a ” lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning mascara”, which is where the “4-in-1” in its name comes from.

Additionally, the brand highlights four different ingredients in the formula that are supposed to be beneficial in terms of performance:

  • Rice Bran Wax: Helps lengthen lashes.
  • Carnauba wax: An emollient wax that ensures a smooth application.
  • ProVitamin B: Treats and thickens lashes.
  • Olive Esters: Condition, treat, and protect lashes.
How gorgeous is the packaging of the Lights, Camera, Lashes?
The Tarte mascara packaging, which is a black tube wrapped in a purple sleeve

The Packaging

This has a traditional mascara tube, but with a leather-like purple sleeve over it designed in a snakeskin print that fits the brand’s Amazon theme. It definitely makes the packaging more unique and stands out amongst all of the other traditional mascara tubes, as very few are housed in a sleeve like this.

The wand is quite traditional, especially these days when the more outlandish the wand shape, the more people want to try it. The shape of the wand is long and skinny, with no special curves or spikes. It is a medium size which I personally like for my own lashes, as I find with big brushes that it is harder to reach the roots and the lashes at the inner/outer corners of my eyes. The bristles don’t catch clumps of mascara, and so as a result it doesn’t leave clumps on the lashes.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Action wand

The Formula

This mascara has a very dry formula, which is what I usually prefer. However, it isn’t so dry that it can’t be built up. In fact, I felt that it one of the more buildable formulas I’ve used in a while, as my lashes tend to wilt if I try to apply more than one coat of mascara. The photo below shows two coats applied to my upper lashes, and as you can tell, my lashes haven’t drooped, clumped together, nor do they look spidery. If you are someone that applies more than two layers of mascara, this one probably won’t work well; after two layers, the mascara starts clumping together.

There haven’t been any problems with any flaking or smudging after a full day of wear (roughly 11 hours), and although my lashes don’t look exactly like they did freshly applied in the morning, it generally does a decent job holiding a curl. There also haven’t been any issues whatsoever removing it with an oil-based remover (I use the MAC Cleanse Off oil).

2 layers of the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara


Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, oryza sativa (rice) bran wax/oryza sativa (rice) bran cera, cyclopentasiloxane, hydrogenated olive oil stearyl esters, cera carnauba/copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax/cire de carnauba, alcohol denat., palmitic acid, stearic acid, candelilla cera/euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax/cire de candelilla, triethanolamine, acacia senegal gum, panthenol, VP/VA copolymer, polyvinyl alcohol, aminomethyl propanediol, chlorphenesin, ascorbyl palmitate, phenoxyethanol, iron oxides (CI 77499). 



-Holds curl well
-Doesn’t smudge or flake under the eye
-Vegan and cruelty free
-Layers well
-Not difficult to remove


-Clumpy formula if you apply over 2 layers

Overall, I highly enjoyed this mascara. I won’t be repurchasing it soon, but I would definitely pick it up again if I was in the market for a high-end mascara. Not that we’re doing a mascara comparison today, but if we’re talking high-end mascaras, I prefer this one over the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara, as this one doesn’t smudge and flake all over my under eye area and isn’t quite as dry.

Have you used this mascara, and if so, did it work for you? What’s the last high-end mascara you’ve used that you enjoyed?


Dupe or Not? L’Oreal Lash Paradise vs Too Faced Better Than Sex?

Today’s post is a review and comparison of the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise to the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. The first time I heard about the Lash Paradise was on Tati’s channel when it was just newly released. It made such a massive, noticeable difference to her lashes that I went right to the drugstore that same day to look for it. I didn’t find it in stores until maybe about two weeks later, but I waited for a while after that until I could get it on sale.

This mascara is supposed to be a drugstore dupe for one of the most famous mascaras out there, the Too Faced Better Than Sex (BTS) mascara. I have tried the BTS mascara twice, and although I really enjoyed the effect it gave my lashes, it smudged under my eyes in varying degrees. The comparison of these two mascaras intrigued me – I bought the Lash Paradise with the hope that it would perform similarly to the BTS, minus the smudging. Unfortunately, I currently do not own a tube of the BTS so for this post, I am including photos that I have either taken in the past, or have found online.

The price of the Lash Paradise is dependent on where it is purchased. I bought mine on sale for $7.99, but I most commonly see it for $11.99. On the other hand, the Better Than Sex mascara retails for $30 CAD.


Packaging of L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise vs Too Faced Better Than Sex (photo from Too Faced website)

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Review: Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara

First of all, can I point your attention to my shiny new logo, which the lovely Stashy has created for me? She saw that I’ve been too lazy to make my own since starting my blog a year and a half ago, so she took matters into her own hands and was wonderful enough to make me not one, but 8 logos for me to choose from! I loved all of them but I ended up picking this one – I love the watercolour floral design! HUGE thank you to Stashy for being a good friend and picking up my slack!

Today’s post is a review on a mascara I’ve been using for the last three weeks, which is the Maybelline Push Up Drama mascara. This mascara was released in October of 2015, which was surprising to me because I thought this was a somewhat new mascara that came out late 2016! Shows how behind the times I am when it comes to mascaras. Back in January, there was a sale on all Maybelline mascaras at Superstore, so I decided to give this one a try. This was on sale for $5.99 when I purchased it.


I’ve generally had good luck with Maybelline mascaras – actually, one of my all-time favourites was the Maybelline One By One mascara, which they’ve long discontinued. I’ve tried a good number of Maybelline mascaras since, but haven’t tried anything new from them for about the two years. I was super intrigued by this one! Who doesn’t want their lashes pushed up?!

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January Low-Buy

Today’s post is on all of my January purchases, as well as how I did on my first low-buy of 2017!

As a reference, I gave myself a $100 budget on makeup products for January.


Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser – $26

I had a $15 off coupon for Kiehl’s that I had to use up within the month. I wasn’t quite sure what to get since I have enough skincare in my stash already. After a review by Stashy, I thought this might be a good one to pick up for when I’m done my current cleanser, especially because I already love the Ultra Facial Moisturizer. I bought this in the limited edition Tegan and Sara Foundation packaging – thought I might as well, since 100% of the profits go to their foundation, of which the mission statement is to “fight for economic justice, health, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women”. It’s all for a good cause!

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September Low-Buy

Today’s post is on my September low-buy. To be honest, this month I wasn’t that into buying makeup. I’ve been on an art kick in the last two months (mainly due to the wedding) and found that lately I’ve been more interested in buying watercolour palettes than eye shadow palettes, haha. I couldn’t really decide what I wanted to buy in terms of makeup this month, and what I did want to buy was over my budget. Most of the items I picked up this month were “necessities”, although I did get one fun product!

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Review: CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara

The latest mascara I’ve been using is the Covergirl Clump Crusher by Lash Blast. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve used any mascara by CoverGirl – I’m always scared off by the large wands, which seem too big for my short lashes. I bought it back in July for $8.99, and have been using it for two months now. It’s given me enough time to gather all of my thoughts and make a judgement on it, so I thought it was time to do a review.


These are the claims of the Clump Crusher mascara from the Ulta website:

A breakthrough in no-clump mascara. Get 200% more volume and zero clumps. Features an innovative double-sided brush with lash-loading and clump-combing zones to crush clumps.

  • Winner of the 2014 Allure Best of Beauty Award
  • No clump formula
  • Buildable volume and length instantly
  • Precision bristles create long, separated lashes.
  • LashBlast is COVERGIRL’S Most Award-Winning Collection

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