Watch out boy, she’ll chew you up

tarte-maneaterEvery time I pull Tarte’s Maneater mascara ($23) out of my makeup bag, the Hall & Oates song rolls through my mind. And then it gets stuck there for days. So take that as a warning that this may happen to you if you buy this mascara!

tarte-maneater-2I typically hate mascaras that have plastic bristle wands. The only exception is Benefit’s Roller Lash, which is amazing because it holds a curl for so long. When I saw a bunch of YouTube videos about Maneater, I immediately noticed the plastic bristles, and was skeptical–but of course, I had to try it.

More details after the jump.

Let’s talk about the bristles on this brush, because they are really what make this mascara so unique. They are short, skinny, and placed on three sides of the wand tip. They are strategically placed to grab all your lashes and coat them thoroughly, giving a thickening effect. If volume is what you’re after, this mascara delivers in a big way. Tarte says that this mascara gives 23 times more volume, but that means nothing because who can really measure that kind of thing? All I can say is, it does create noticeable volume.

tarte-maneater-3There’s a catch, though: you have to swipe on several coats to get the full effect (my standard is three). Once you have fully layered this onto your lashes, they look dramatic, defined, and pretty. The formula is a really dark black, which makes lashes pop.

I’ve noticed two cons using this mascara. It does not hold a curl like other mascaras I’ve tried, even though I curl my lashes every day. After applying this, the curl only holds on my lashes for about an hour before they start to droop. Occasionally, it flakes off and I have fallout under my eyes. Aside from those two minor flaws, this mascara is pretty awesome. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a daily mascara that gives more oomph than an everyday, casual look.tarte-maneater-4Have you tried Maneater? What did you think of it? I’d love your mascara recommendations in the comments!

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