I’ve been really good recently with not having more than one mascara on the go at a time. Mid-December curiosity got the better of me as I’d been dying to try out the Tarte Tarteist Mascara that I’d had in my collection since October thanks to my last Tili Box. I’d been saving it as my next one to try once I’d finished the one that I was on… and still to be reviewed, but it’s now been the one I’ve been using pretty solidly since opening it up.
So lets start where I usually start, with the packaging. I always thought the name of this was pronounced “Tartiest” rather than “Tartist” – and it wasn’t until this arrived and I spotted that the box was shaped like an artists palette that I put two and two together. The packaging is matte black with shiny foily gold and looks very chic and eyecatching. Inside the box the tube of the mascara matches up perfectly with a black paint splattered gold lid and black and gold tube.
The mascara is pegged as a “lash paint”, in the UK this is available exclusively from QVC and is priced at £22. The wand is usually my least favourite being rubber bristled rather than bristles. Its a more rounded shape that’s slightly tapered towards each end, the bristles are slightly rigid and don’t seem to move at all as I wiggle the wand through my lashes.
One thing I’ve noticed about this mascara is that it’s application varies dramatically depending on the room temperature. If my room is cold and I’m applying this in the morning before the house has properly warmed up then this applies so much nicer, when the house is a little warmer this goes on so clumpy. It’s so strange as we’ll literally be talking a few degrees as our home doesn’t get really warm thanks to the fact we’re completely exposed and are surrounded by fields.
(When used cold) the mascara is lengthening and separating, it adds a little bit of volume but it isn’t very heavy on that front whilst it’s enough to not make lashes look really spidery because it doesn’t have enough volume. The brush isn’t the nicest on the bottom lashes and needs a steady had as the fatness and stiffness of the brush and bristles can feel a bit clunky.
The mascara doesn’t flake or smudge at all on me – it lasts really well through the day, and it isn’t a complete pain to remove by the end of the day. I’ve found a soaked Micellar Water pad or any cleanser seems to remove it easily. Overall, I like this mascara, but I don’t love it – I prefer something a little more volumising, and I think it’s kind of pricey for what it is. I think of Tarte as a middle of the road. £22 is really up there in mascara price.
To compare whilst I haven’t tried it I’ve heard incredible things about the Marc Jacobs mascaras – those are £18-£20. Previous mascara favourites of mine are YSL Faux Cils and Too Faced Better than Sex which are both £19. At £5-£3 more it makes it quite a pricey option compared to other brands which I’d put above Tarte price wise.
Have you tried this mascara or any others from Tarte?