- Value: 18/20
- Functionality: 18/20
- Quality/Ease of Use: 18/20
- Aesthetic: 16/20
- Voluminous: 18/20
- TOTAL: 88/100
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the best at doing my makeup. I heavily rely on YouTube tutorials and luck to create the most basic looks. While some steps are still a learning process (I don’t think I found my *exact* foundation yet, and am I contouring correctly?), there’s only been one product I know for certain I’m good at: mascara.
Before quarantine, I counted on my handy Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara to give me that “no makeup makeup look” without spending too much time in the morning or to finish an eye look for a night out. Every time I was shocked by how bold it made my lashes look. I’ve tried fake lashes a few times, but I was always left wondering why I even bothered when I could get the same look from this easy tube.
But—that was all pre-March 2020, and this is now. Since I’ve been spending most of my time indoors these days, I hadn’t worn any makeup. (Nope, not even a touch of concealer for Zoom calls.) But after having a “virtual makeup party” with a friend—I rediscovered my love for my favorite mascara. Just a swipe and my lashes were curled voluminous again. It was the oomph I’d been missing all quarantine.
After spending time marveling at my lashes in the mirror, I realized I didn’t have to wait to return back to work or schedule a brunch date with my friends to squeeze in a hint of glam into my beauty routine. A touch of mascara gave me a moment of normalcy again that I haven’t felt since I stashed away my makeup bag a few months ago.