Tarte’s Spring launch is just so darn pretty! Everything from the outer packaging to the tubes, to the colourful pieces is designed to make you swoon and lust after just about every piece in the collections, and there are a couple.
The Rainforest of The Sea Collection is made up of 6 shades of concealer, 12 shades of foundation and lipsticks, a colour correcting palette, a highlighting palette, two shadow palettes, various skin care items and tons of new brushes.
The Double Duty Collection, which is right now an Ulta exclusive, contains 2 shadow and blush palettes, 10 shades of liquid and powder foundation, 8 double sided lipstick and lip gloss combos, 3 shades of the Eye Architect Shadow and Liner pencils, 3 different types of double ended Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara, as well as a makeup bag and various brushes.
The Double Duty Beauty line doesn’t really appeal to me too much. For one thing, I’m not a huge fan of the packaging, and I’m even less of a fan of double ended beauty items. They don’t say elegance to me, rather, they say lazy and can’t be bothered. Yeah, ya girl is a weirdo.
The things pictured above are only a part of my order. Apparently some of the others were really popular and sold out as I was purchasing, so they’ll be arriving later.
The one thing that I wanted to talk about first though was the Rainforest of The Sea foundation. I feel like it needs it’s own post because this foundation definitely has a learning curve no matter the videos I’ve seen on reviews of it. It’s beautiful, and I absolutely adore the crap out of it. And yeah, between it and the Becca, Tarte won hands down. But because of the consistency, I almost feel like it’s not for newbs that can’t just look at a foundation and instinctively know or guess correctly how to apply it, which tool would work best or what-have-you.
Packaging junkie, so let’s talk about that aspect for this particular line. It’s gorgeous and multi-coloured. While the predominant colour in the scheme is gold, each piece has gradient colouring that fades from gold to a deep pink into a deep purple.
The Rainforest of The Sea foundation bottle is frosted glass, with a gold top that boasts the same colour gradient, and gold lettering. The colouring while appearing very festive, somehow also manages to be quite elegant. Included in each tightly and securely packed foundation box, is a sample of the Dive Deep cleaning gel, also a part of the Rainforest line on the skin care side.
We’ve got fancy droppers again as you can see. However, unlike the Becca dropper which supposedly does the work for you, the Tarte ones needs to be worked manually by you depressing the dropper yourself to get the product out of the bottle. I prefer this one much more, because it gives me more control of how much I dispense at any given time. Plus the likelihood of me getting a broken dispenser like I did with the Becca, seems much less prone to happening.
The consistency of this is thick, it’s much more of a cream than anything else. And here are the claims from the Tarte Website.
Deliver the ultimate in hydration-boosting coverage with Tarte’s 12-hour water foundation. The concentrated, full coverage fluid formula features 20% water to quench dry skin as it covers and masks any redness, dark spots and uneven skin tone, while softening the look of pores and fine lines. The custom dropper applicator delivers your perfect level of moisture-rich coverage in an array of shades to match any skin tone. Powered by Tarte’s antioxidant-packed Rainforest of the Sea™ complex and non-chemical SPF 15 sunscreen, the hypoallergenic formula helps restore, brighten and defend skin from free radical damage and early signs of aging for a smooth, soft, radiant complexion.
Yeah, this thing is pigment packed, if you’re a full coverage kind of girl, you may have found your one true love. If like me, you prefer a more natural finish, then you’re going to have to apply this in thin layers to achieve your desired coverage because it goes to full coverage in no time flat. The shade I picked up was Deep Honey, for deep skin tones with peach undertones. It is a little bit too deep and warm at the moment, I think it will be better in summer, but I specifically chose that over Tan Sand (although that colour was right), because Tarte’s yellow based foundations and I don’t seem to mesh well.
Look at that freaking coverage!! That one small dot on my arm is enough for the more medium look that I prefer, and even that is almost too much for me. Two dots takes me to full coverage but also makes me look significantly too warm in the face. Even at only medium coverage though, it covers almost every single imperfection on my skin with only the most stubborn of them peeking through. Instead of using concealer, what I did was very lightly colour correct those spots before applying the foundation and it was as if they were never there.
Surprisingly enough even with the texture being what it is, rather a bit thick, it also added a glow to my skin that looked natural and lasted throughout the day. One of the better aspects of this foundation is that I can take it all the way down my neck. Since my neck is significantly darker that both my chest and my face, sometimes I like to do that. The result with most foundations is usually not good. My neck either winds up looking ashy or just plain dirty. When I did it with this, there was no loss in colour and my neck just looked closer in colour to my face (if not my chest) and it blended seamlessly.
Tarte claims that this is a 12 hour foundation and I did put it to the test, using only enough for medium coverage and adding some colour correcting to the mix. Now, with any amount of exertion my combination skin tends to go oily. I wore this for over 12 hours. I applied at 10:30am, started work at 11am and got home at around 8:30. I didn’t take it off till close to midnight because I forgot, but we’ll just focus on the 8 or so that I was out and about and lifting and stacking things, and working with steam wands. I was terrified that this was going to break all the way down on me especially with working the steam wands because the texture makes it seem as if it would get oily in no time, but nope. It lasted till I took it off with only a little bit of oiliness on my cheeks which is my main area of oil production. I didn’t have to reapply or even powder, and it was about 71 degrees that day, and a Georgia 71 degrees is like 90 somewhere else.
The first set of pictures below is me wearing this at full coverage, it has some optical blurring properties when photographed, and as you can see from my chest at full coverage it’s a bit too warm at full.
The second set of pictures is from the day I time tested it only using medium coverage and colour correcting, although you can’t see it, it matched my chest somewhat better, or was at least less noticeable.
I admit that I’m surprised and a little bit delighted by this foundation. I absolutely expected to look like an oil spill at the end of my day, and really only time will tell, because I’ll be in Georgia most likely until the end of June and it’s already getting hot as blazes. But on the upside, I’ll get to test it out in two different regional summers so there’s that.
I love the flawless finish and coverage even at medium coverage that still manages to look very natural, and add a radiant glow to my skin even under powder. I liked that it lasted through the heavy lifting without missing a beat. The only thing that is a little disappointing is the colour selection, with only 12 shades not everyone will be able to find a match, and I think there needs to be at least three darker shades.
If you’re looking for a versatile, flexible, good for your skin foundation that not only adds radiance but lasts all day, this may be the one if you can find your shade and undertone.