I have extremely sensitive eyes. I also love wearing makeup, which means I have to be extra cautious of anything that goes on, near, or around my eyes. I can feel a product irritating me almost instantly after applying it. Some people have nightmares about losing all their teeth. I have nightmares about experiencing an allergic reaction to an eye product and losing all my lashes.
I also wear contacts, so this, coupled with the fact that I have super sensitive eyes, makes it especially tricky when wearing false eyelashes — something I do often (for a date, an evening out with my friends, when I feel like I look a little tired, you name it). And that's why I jumped at the chance to test out Tarte's nontoxic lash glue in the hope that I might finally find an adhesive that wouldn't sting or cause my eyes to turn red and irritated.
Like all of Tarte's products, this lash glue is cruelty-free (save the bunnies) and made without parabens, pthalates, latex, mineral oil, and formaldehyde. It has a long, thin, brush applicator and comes in two shades: clear and black. I tested the clear formula for our 2017 Best of Beauty Awards.
The teeny-tiny brush makes it super easy to paint an even amount of product onto both a full strip lash and individual clusters. The formula is really thin compared with other glues I’ve tried (so no dripping or blobs), and it takes a little longer to get tacky, but once it’s ready and you press the lashes on, it really latches on tight. I found I had just a few seconds to readjust the strip along my lash line before the glue dried and locked them in place.
Throughout the day, the false lash strips I applied stayed on comfortably without any irritation. Thank the lawd. I even wore them through a cycling class, which is something I wouldn't normally do but figured it would be a fun little experiment to test the strength of the glue. At the end of the day they were still on without the annoying corners poking into my eyes. Removal was easy — a quick tug at the outer edge and the lashes came right off. There was little to no residue left on my lashes and my usual oil cleanser was enough to take off any glue that remained — no damage to my own lashes in the process.