Thursday, January 7, 2010
Tarte's 4 Day Stay Lash Stain ($18 for full size) seems like something straight from the pages of a science fiction novel. Formulated with cross-polymers, mineral pigments, and provitamin B5, this mascara promises to stay soft and flexible for hours or days on end and tint your lashes. Its endurance rivals that of the best waterproof mascaras on the market, but remarkably enough, it does not contain harmful chemicals such as sulfates, petro-chemicals, and phthalates, or any synthetic fragrances or dyes. With such an impressive pedigree and pretty packaging to boot, I was eager to test the trial version in my Sephora sampler kit.
Lash stains differ from conventional mascaras by virtue of their legendary longevity and the way they're supposed to lightly tint the lashes, and I found that Tarte's lash stain did just that. The small, curved brush gave me the utmost control in coating every single lash--even the baby ones--and the formula wasn't overly thick. Even after multiple coats my lashes remained clump-free. I was disappointed by how my lashes didn't thicken dramatically, but they did have some nice length and definition.
This lash stain is waterproof, smudgeproof, sweatproof--virtually everything-proof, which is a blessing and a curse. It would be great for special occasions like weddings or proms where you do your makeup in the morning or afternoon and expect it to last well into the night. However, for everyday wear I found it to be a little too budge-proof. Unless you have some strong waterproof eye makeup remover handy, don't expect all of the product to come off. I never tried wearing one application for four days straight just to see if it lived up to its name, but I have tried sleeping with it on. When I woke up the next day, it looked okay except for some slight flaking and smudging under my eyes (easily removed with a Q-Tip dipped in eye makeup remover).
Overall, I'm somewhat pleased with the product but not entirely satisfied. After several days of using it, I got sick of how it never came off completely and moved on to a mascara with less staying power. I'm saving this one for wedding season.
Have you tried Tarte lash stain? What do you think of it?