As an avid lover of false eyelashes, finding the perfect mascara has never been of much interest to me. Although there are so many options out there differing in formulas and wands, I have always been satisfied with the use of cheap drug store mascara. Since I tend to wear false eyelashes whenever I “doll myself up”, mascara has never really been a significant part of my makeup routine. Coming across the rising hype of “fiber building mascara” I decided to give it a try and I can’t say I was particularly impressed.
Being a lover of all things Tarte Cosmetics, I decided to test out their “Best in Faux Lash Extending Fiber” mascara. Since I swear by everything I have used in the past by Tarte Cosmetics, I thought that this innovative mascara would be nothing less than amazing. Unfortunately, this was not the case.
How To Use It
This fiber building mascara contains two different products and it is part of a 3-step system. The first mascara (purple tube) is used to coat and seal the lashes; while the second mascara (gold tube) is coated in actual fibers that are suppose to cling onto your real lashes. I really wanted to give this mascara a good chance so I followed the use exactly as it stated:
-Apply one coat of included Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara, wedging the wand at the base of upper lashes and pulling through to the tip.
-Before mascara sets, coat the lash brush with black sculpting fibers and apply onto top of upper lashes, starting from the middle and patting outwards towards the tip. Begin at the outer corner and work your way towards the middle of the eye as you repeat this gentle patting motion.
-Finish with a final coat of Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara to set and seal fibers into place.”
Generally speaking, I think the concept of a fiber building mascara is very innovative and a great idea! Especially for those who don’t particularly enjoy wearing false eyelashes, it seems like the perfect solution to achieve long lashes without the battle of glue + tweezers + eyes. Most people are struggling to find the time to make it out the door to work in the morning, so the application of false eyelashes or multiple coats of mascara is completely out the question. The technique of fiber building mascara seems great for those who don’t have the time to struggle with falsies. With all this being said, personally the struggle I faced with this fiber building mascara ended up costing me more time than it would have taken me to stick with my regular routine!
What’s Not So Good
The main aspect of this mascara that I was not pleased with was the fact that the sculpting fibres that are suppose to stick to the coating mascara did not necessarily stick at all. Instead, I had the fibres fling off and fall into my eyes, which caused me great irritation. I tried many different methods of trying to get the fibres to stick, using them very sparingly, but they still managed to fall into my eyes. The irritation of these fibres caused my eyes to water, just creating an overall mess of my makeup. It was not enjoyable at all.
Once I finally cleaned up my eyes and managed to seal some of the fibers onto my lashes I decided to test out the mascara for the day. I wanted to see the longevity of the product, if it felt too heavy on my eyes, and to see if anyone else could notice a difference in the length of my lashes. What I found very irritating was that throughout the day the fibers that I managed to coat onto my lashes gradually began to unstick and fall off. I had times looking into the mirror and seeing lashes all over my cheeks and upper-lip. Not cute. It was annoying having to constantly check my face in the mirror, stressing to see if there were any new lashes I had to pick off my face. The whole day I couldn’t wait to come home and wash my face because I was so irritated.
In my opinion this product was definitely not worth it because even though I plunged through the pain and irritations this mascara caused me, my lashes were not significantly longer compared to when I used normal drug store mascara. I would have rather have used just that and avoided the mess it caused.
On Sephora.ca this mascara retails for $24. When you think about the fact that you are getting 2 mascaras in the set it seems like a good deal, but it really isn’t worth it in my opinion. I don’t necessarily think it is just the Tarte Cosmetics mascara that causes this discomfort, but instead any fiber building mascara. I wish I could say that I loved it and it was the best mascara ever because Tarte Cosmetics is truly one of my favourite brands! The lack of satisfaction of this mascara will not stop be from my use of Tarte Cosmetics products or trying out their new products, but I cant say I will ever recommend this mascara or any brand of fiber building mascara.
The journey of trying out new products is what makes the world of beauty fun and exciting. Not all products will be loved by everyone and not everyone will have the same opinions! As long as you find products that make you feel beautiful and confident that’s all the truly matters!
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