A few months ago, I bought the Tarte CC Matte Be Mattenificent Shadow Palette (reviewed here) on the Tarte website. As usual, I got a deal. I bought it at 20% off for signing up for their email list. In order to get free shipping, I had to spend a certain amount. To get to that level, I needed to add something else.
I’ve been using drugstore lash curlers for ever, like, always. And all my life, my lashes have resisted curling and have maintained their stick straight stance. I decided to reach the free shipping threshold by adding in the Tarte Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler that came with a sample of Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara.
After tossing my old Revlon curler and replacing it with the Tarte curler, I am more than pleased with the results. It’s comfortable to use (they say it’s ergonomically designed), and it’s easy to hold because of the grippers on the handles. I’ve never pinched my eyelid like I used to with my drugstore curlers. It’s designed to allow you to crimp with just the right amount of pressure. In the old days, I could over-crimp and end up with a crease in my lashes.
Best of all, the Tarte curler actually curls my straight lashes! Ah-maz-ing.
Since buying the Tarte lash curler, I take more time with the curling process. I start at the roots, crimp the curler around my lashes near the root, and hold it for about 8 seconds. Then I move to the middle of the lashes, crimp and hold for about 8 seconds, and repeat near the tips but usually for a little less time, about 5 seconds. My lashes are curled! (If your lashes are even more difficult than mine, you may want to try heating the curling strip with your hairdryer. Make sure you test the heated curler on your hand before you put it near your face to be sure you don’t burn yourself!)
I used up the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara, and it was a good mascara. Toward the end of the sample, it started to clump a bit but prior to that, it was a good formula with a relatively normal brush with lots of bristles.
I have a million different mascaras, but I find myself returning to L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara (reviewed here).
I still dislike the wand that’s narrow on one end and wide on the other end like a wing.
It works fine when using it with my left hand (I’m a lefty) on my left eye. But when I have to switch it around in the other direction for my right eye, I can’t make it work as I try to manipulate it with my left hand. So I’ve taken to not switching it around but just using the tip which defeats the whole purpose of the wand design. But I love the formula. What I really need to do is use a different wand. At any rate, my lashes with the Tarte curler and the L’Oreal mascara keep their curl until I remove my mascara at the end of the day. My lashes do keep the curl with other mascaras too, but this combo is just perfection for me.
Tarte is available on the Tarte website, at Sephora, Ulta, Amazon, Macy’s, and beauty.com. The regular price of the Tarte Picture Perfect Lash Curler and the travel size Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara is $17, and it includes two silicone curling strips (I think). Tarte is cruelty-free.