Hello friends! Today’s post I’m going to be reviewing the Tarte Lifted Mascara! I’m a huge fan of Tarte’s eyeshadows, so I was excited to have the opportunity to test out one of their mascaras too.

It’s part of their athletic line, which makes me think that this is the mascara that I would wear to the gym if 1. I went to the gym


2. If I wore mascara to the gym… which I don’t go to.

It’s supposed to be waterproof and sweatproof so it’s suitable no matter what your workout is! To be honest I get my workout running around at work helping customers, so that really wasn’t my focus when it came to this mascara. For the most part I can make it through the day without my regular mascara making me look like a raccoon, so I wasn’t interest in the waterproof part of this.

I was more concerned about how it made my lashes look, as I’m personally not a fan of waterproof mascara and I never wear it. Because of this, I didn’t do a waterproof wear test, so we’re just going to have to take their word on that part.

Here’s a before and after so you can see the difference:

Tarte Lifted Mascara before and after

The end result didn’t look to bad, and I was pretty impressed with this mascara by the end.

Because it’s marketed as an athletic mascara, I figured that it wouldn’t make my lashes look as dramatic as a usual mascara. My initial application confirmed that as my lashes looked like they had mascara on them, but it was very subtle. I wasn’t a huge fan of that look, because I like my lashes to look like I’m wearing false lashes without actually wearing them.

Feeling a little disappointed, I took my ‘after’ pictures, and decided ‘what the heck? let’s slather on some more layers and see how it looks’. I wanted to see if I could build up some more volume, but figured it was going to go clumpy and spidery. This is when I actually started being somewhat impressed with the mascara!

I was able to build up the volume using a couple of layers, and it didn’t get horrendously clumpy. I was definitely more happy with that result compared to the first. The after picture above was taken after I applied more layers, so you can see how it can be built up. It’s definitely still not fake lash material, but it was better.

The one thing that I really don’t like is that the mascara only comes in one shade, brown-black. I know it’s not meant to be the most dramatic mascara every, but I 100% prefer black mascaras. Obviously that’s just a personal preference, but it was something that stood out to me. Again, it’s a good option for people who prefer the no-makeup makeup look, but that’s not the look for me.

Overall, it’s a decent mascara, but one I probably won’t be using in the future. I really did try to like it, but it was just too much work to achieve the desired look that I was going for. If you’re someone who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, or someone who lives a very active lifestyle but still likes the look of makeup, it will probably impress you more than it did me. Or, it could probably work as a really good lower lash mascara! It won’t clump up too bad, and you shouldn’t get any smudging under your eyes.

I’m very glad that I didn’t technically purchase this mascara, as I received it in a surprise bag that I purchased from Tarte. I feel like the price tag of $30 is just way too high for something that’s supposed to look more on the natural side – but that’s just my opinion.

Have you tried out the mascara before? We’re your impressed with it, or did you think that it fell a little short like I did?

Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,