I recently received Tarte’s MultiplEYE primer ($22) and mascara ($24) as a gift and have been trying it out for a few weeks now. Both are actually part of a three-piece set, which includes the Natural Lash Enhancer ($65), that claims to increase the length of lashes by 152% within six weeks, and over 1102% when used with the mascara — wow, lashes you can trip over.

So, although the Lash Enhancer is an integral part of the 3 steps to stimulate lash length, I was fine with testing this without it since I was just looking for another mascara under the Tarte brand — like Copley, their Light, Camera, Lashes! is one of my favorites. Plus, since the whole MultiplEYE set costs a total of $111, it may be worth figuring out what you can pick and choose.

All the products contain Tarte’s proprietary HydroPlant peptide, in which soy and amino acid proteins combine to form a base infused with cellulose (a plant-derived thickening agent) and vitamin C (an antioxidant). This complex is designed to fortify and nourish lashes. The primer builds volume – 739% according to their clinical studies, and the mascara is supposed to build it further 638%. I don’t know if it’s just me, but the numbers had me expecting something astronomically luscious from my normal lashes.

While I felt a swoop of the primer could be done quite smoothly, I didn’t feel quite the same about the mascara. It’s a little more of a softer consistency than what I’m used to, perhaps due to cyclopentasiloxane, a lubricating silicone. This wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, only I felt as if it was hard at first to keep it from clumping up, and it ended up being a tad more messy than I would have liked. That said, a couple weeks later after continued use, the clumps went down significantly. It may be a matter of just too much product in the tube at the beginning.

As far as it fortifying and increasing the length and thickness of my natural lashes over time, here’s the funny part – I wasn’t aware of all the claims attributed to the mascara prior to using it, so I went in as a completely blind tester. That said, if anything I noticed a little more of a curl to my natural lash sans product after a couple weeks. And as with their Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascara which I love so much, I didn’t feel like my lashes were going through the abuse it normally does with other, harsher mascaras.

Still, not a huge fan of the messy application. Although as purely a mascara, it’s just “good,” I probably wouldn’t go to buy more tubes of the combo myself. Not sure if the price justifies the results, and I certainly didn’t find an exponential increase in my lashes as you would expect with the numbers they present. Even more so since I can get just as nice (or even nicer?) results with my other Tarte mascara favorite which is paraben-, pthalathe-, and dye-free as well. As far as its use as purely a lash growth stimulator, I feel the real punch may lie in the Lash Enhancer which I didn’t test — relying on the mascara and primer alone may just not cut it.

Ingredients in MultiplEye Primer

Aqua, ethylene/VA copolymer, stearic acid, cera alba, hydrogenated olive oil stearyl esters, cera carnauba, nylon 12, glyceryl stearate, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) extract, hydrated silica, silica, hydrolyzed soy protein, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, sodium chloride, disodium EDTA, myristoyl pentapeptide-17, calcium chloride, polyaminopropyl biguanide, polyhexamethylene biguanide, caprylyl glycol, adenosine, phenoxyethanol, hydroxyethylcellulose, dimethicone, ethylhexylglycerin.

Ingredients in MultiplEye Mascara

Aqua, cera carnauba, cyclopentasiloxane, cera alba, stearic acid, alcohol, nylon 12, VP/eicosene copolymer, acacia senegal gum, polybutene, VP/VA copolymer, hydrolyzed soy protein, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, sodium chloride, disodium EDTA, myristoyl pentapeptide-17, calcium chloride, polyaminopropyl biguanide, hydroxyethylcellulose, polyhexamethylene biguanide, caprylyl glycol, adenosine, phenoxyethanol, polyvinyl alcohol, panthenol, aminomethylpropanediol, polyquaternium-10, ethylhexylglycerin, iron oxides (CI 77499).

Ingredients in Lights, Camera, Lashes!

Aqua, oryza sativa (rice) bran wax, cyclopentasiloxane, hydrogenated stearyl olive esters, stearic acid, cera carnauba, triethanolamine, alcohol, candelilla cera, acacia senegal gum, panthenol, VP/VA copolymer, polyvinyl alcohol, aminomethylpropanediol, chlorphenesin, iron oxides (CI 77499).