Tarte isn't easily accesible to use here in the UK, you can order bits online from QVC and Sephora if you wish but I've just not done that yet. However, when i saw that Glamour Magazine was offering the Tarte Opening Act Primer and Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara as the free gift with a Six Month Subscription for £6, there was no way i was missing out on that bargain especially because I've wanted to try the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara for ages and the mascara duo retails for £42 so it was a bit of a no brainer.
Glamour MagazineI have a hit and miss relationship with Glamour Magazine - i was subscribed to them a couple of years ago and was a loyal subscriber for a good three years or so, but THEY cancelled my subscription when i asked how to update my card details on my account because the previous card had been stolen along with my purse. So i was pretty pissed off at there shocking customer service especially because i really didn't want to cancel my subscription but hey ho.
They've also really annoyed me with this month's freebie - if you didn't know, you can get a free Benefit Gimme Brow in Glamour but they've been really sly and done it so it's in store only so anyone whose a subscriber has had to go and buy the magazine again to get the free gift - i actually had a moan about this on Twitter and Glamours response was the 'Zoe Saldana interview is banging, if that's any consolation' - personally, i couldn't care less about that interview and didn't even respond to that tweet because i was close to dropping some expletives in there direction.
It's only £2 so it's not that bad but it's just the principle that people who who read there magazine every month without fail, are having to fork out and buy another copy just to get the free gift - I just think it's a bit shitty on there behalf. Anyways, I'm going off on a complete tangent and have slipped a few naughty words in there too, i do apologise.
Back to the review.
It's a been ages since I've used a mascara and it's really blown me away, so i had very high hopes for this product especially because the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara was a big favourite in the blogging world for a while so let see how i got on with it.
Tarte Opening Act PrimerI've always been a bit iffy when it comes to 'two-step' mascaras, especially the white primers because i just never found them to be worth the effort. The only two step mascara I've ever really loved was the Max Factor Extreme Volume i think it's called but I've been testing out the Tarte Opening Act Primer for a good few weeks now, and i don't hate it.
The Tarte Opening Act Primer acts as a base coat before you apply your mascara and promises to volumise, lengthen, condition, curl and prime the lashes. I don't know if they all do but this particular one also came with an adorable mini of the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara which i think is really great - its a nice handy size to travel with!
I do like this primer, it adds instant length that is visible before you even add the mascara on top, it curls, adds volume and does pretty much all the things it claims too. The thing i like the most about this product is that, it doesn't clump. I always find with white priming mascara is that they clump the lashes and make it difficult when it comes to applying the actual mascara which is why i tend to avoid them but this doesn't do this. It provides a really good base ready for the next step.
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes MascaraNow, onto the real star of the show; the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara. It is 100% worth the hype, the very first time i used it, i wasn't sure but i love it more and more every time i use it. It coats the lashes perfectly, there is no clumping, no smudging and I'm obsessed with the way it makes my lashes look.
It adds length, volume, it holds a curl really well and it just looks so good. It's almost like wearing natural false lashes and i can't think of enough good things to say about it. It does say it's a 4-in-1 mascara but the packaging doesn't tell you what those four things actually are but I'm pretty sure it does them all anyways.
I really like the packaging of this mascara - it's got a snakeskin fabric type feel to it, it feels bizarre but i really like it. The brush itself, is quite big but also quite thin - i know that kind of contradicts itself but i think that's what makes it really good when it comes to application but it's really easy to coat and separate the lashes. I haven't taken any photos with it on my lashes because i really don't understand how people manage to get good close up photos of their eyes, mine just don't work.
If you can't already tell, this mascara gets a massive thumbs up from me - i love it and i would quite happily pay full price for it. Whilst i do like the Tarte Opening Act Primer; i wouldn't deem it essential, the mascara is just as good without it.
Have you tried any make up from Tarte?