Confession time- I am terrible at eye makeup. Whether its my lack of experience, lack of patience, or lack of eyelid real estate, I don’t know, but I am quite terrible at it. Regardless, I have always been determined to learn how to successfully create a cat eye, so I am always on the hunt for a better liquid liner. I recently picked up a few eye items from Tarte on my quest for the perfect cat eye. I got the Tarteist Clay Paint Liner and the Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara.
The Tarteist Clay Paint Liner is a waterproof cream eyeliner, that is a squeezable formula paired with an angled brush. The formula is waterproof and has a 12 hour wear time, that is formulated without parabens or phthalates, and is also dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. Even though I recently had LASIK surgery, I am still in the habit of checking to make sure everything I purchase is ophthalmologist tested! I learned the hard way once that not all makeup is contact lens safe… Anyway, continue reading below to see my thoughts on this item.
I think that the Tarteist Clay Paint Liner is a great product in theory, but unfortunately didn’t work very well for me. Well, let me clarify, if worked pretty well the first time, but found that the product quickly dried up in the tube, and gunked up on the applicator. The brush was actually pretty easy to get the hang of, and I found I really enjoyed the angle of it. The actual product though, I was disappointed in. While it did apply quite well the first time, I found that it dried up progressively every time I went to use it. It also really got quite messy around the tip, so unless you are diligent to clean it every time, then it will get very gunked up. The brush made it quite easy to apply, but I found that the actual product skipped quite a bit on the skin, and was difficult to get a very smooth line. It is also much more matte than I anticipated in terms of its finish. The liner did hold up surprisingly well in the heat and humidty, but I did notice some payoff on my eyelids each time I wore it, so if you have hooded eyes like I do, then this product will definitely not work for you.
Overall, I was very disappointed in the liner, and know that there are much better liquid and cream liners out there. In terms of a cream liner, I really enjoy the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, and for a traditional pen style liquid, I really like the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner.
The other item I picked up is the Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara. Unlike the liner from this line, I love the mascara. This mascara is a jet black mascara, with sculpted and molded bristles, unlike a traditional brush. Like the liner, it is formulated without parabens or phthalates, and is also dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested.
My only gripe with this mascara is that it claims to be a volumizing mascara, which I didn’t not find it to be at all. I found it to be much more of a lengthening and defining mascara for me, and wore very well for every day use. There is another mascara form the same brand, Tarte, that I found to be better at volumizing, and that is the Lights, Camera, Flashes 4-in-1 Mascara. And if you are looking for a seriously volumizing mascara, then I would recommend the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara.