Thousands of five-star reviews confirm: This one is a winner.
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Tarte Maneater Mascara Review
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Southern women are all about sticking to a beauty routine. Mama has been wearing Shalimar since you could register smells, and you'd be daring to suggest she swap out her signature red lip. But every now and then, an incredible foundation or fancy new skincare tool comes along that she can't ignore. If you've been considering swapping out that tube of mascara in your makeup bag, it's time to try Tarte's Maneater Mascara.

I'm not going to lie, when I first pulled the top off Maneater, I didn't love what I saw. I thought the brush was much too big for my eyes, and I wasn't a fan of the tiny bristles. Luckily, I was flat-out wrong.

Don't be intimidated by the large brush—the teeny bristles make it basically impossible to mess up while you coat your lashes. I usually go for a mascara brush with fluffy bristles, but Tarte Maneater Mascara may have converted me for good. The 500 (!) bristles guarantee that every last lash gets picked up and lengthened by the mascara's strengthening formula. From root to tip, each lash is lifted and separated, which makes me appear like I got a restful eight hours last night (spoiler: I didn't). Even the end of the brush has several bristles on it just in case you couldn't get those pesky inner-corner lashes.

BUY IT: $23; tartecosmetics.com

And I'm not the only one raving about this mascara. Thousands of five-star reviews on Tarte and Ulta confirm: This one is a winner. I haven't had a single clump using this formula, and my lashes look longer and lifted. Tarte Maneater Mascara is perfect for swiping on right before a video conference to make you look more awake. Since the formula is gentle, even those with sensitive skin can use it every day. If you're due to ditch your mascara, Tarte's Maneater is staying in my makeup bag for good.

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