Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The tarte Edit: My Favorite Products & Recommendations for Eyes, Lips, and Face



Due to popular demand, I always try to take time to review non-designer products during the lull between seasonal collections. tarte has been all the rage since gaining traction with their phenomenal Amazonian clay products, so I decided it was high time to share my favorites from this natural brand. Check out the individual product break downs and shades after the jump!

Now, I haven't tried every single product that tarte offers. The products featured today are just my top picks from what I have tested thus far. Some of the selections here have been used in my videos consistently at one time or another, so I hope you'll recognize them!


Let's begin with the new Power Pigments! These luscious lip tints are so much better than I had anticipated. I have been a fan of the twist-up pencil style for a while, so these shimmer-free moisturizing colors are a welcome addition to my collection. The formula has a hint of mint, which I generally dislike since it can cause irritation, but it is subtle enough and fades quickly. I also love the new labeled packaging, which is more whimsical and easy to distinguish from the other tarte lip pencils! 


Exposed is a nude with pink undertones. True Love is a sheer watermelon. Tipsy is a sheer coral, and Fearless is a pink coral. All of them are super wearable, but I find myself reaching for Fearless the most.

Next up are the eye products! The Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadows make a lovely primer for powder eyeshadows. I use Seashell pink for a gleaming everyday look and Slate Cream for just about every brown eye. What I have been even more impressed by are the SmolderEYES Waterproof Liners, which work well as eyeliner or eyeshadow. I prefer to use them on the lower lash lines or blended out as eyeshadow. Also worth noting is that this formula is much easier to blend than Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide on Shadow Pencils, since the creamier texture of the SmolderEYES allows you to work with the product before it sets.



The next item is a mascara is one of the best mid-range mascaras on the market. Lights, Camera, Lashes does not curl hold as well as my favorite waterproof mascaras, but this one much easier to remove at night. I rarely ever experience flaking with this formula, and the long brush works extremely well on my lower lashes.


This instantly recognizable pan is the beloved Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess. It is one of the best bronzers I have ever tried, with just enough warmth and a truly matte finish without a particle of glitter. It looks most natural on medium skin, but a light hand will give any light to light-medium complexion a healthy glow. My favorite aspect of this powder is its long-wearing ability, even on oily skin!


This is a product I have recently incorporated into weekly mask cycle. I had been using Fresh's Umbrian Clay Mask, but it was drying out my normal skin too much. Since switching over to the Double Detox Amazonian Clay Exfoliating Facial Mask, my skin has been looking more balanced. I love the exfoliating benefit and how quickly it dries. This mask only needs to be worn for five minutes, which makes it ideal for all those who dislike fussy skin care and prefer multitasking products.


We will wrap up with the remaining powders, since these are staples in my makeup wardrobe. I own a few of the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes, and pictured below are the two most popular colors in Exposed and Dollface. I personally love Blissful and Exposed on my yellow-toned complexion, as they both look beautiful worn sheerly or built up.


I did swatch the Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder, but it is a translucent color. It should not look as pale or as ghastly as it does in the swatch. I intentionally layered it so that it could be seen on the skin. I usually set with powder foundations for full coverage, but this powder is perfect for those that require sheer to no additional coverage. The silky, lightweight texture feels lovely, and it is best suited for oily skin. I like to dust it on my nose to keep shine at bay!


Last but not least are the Amazonian Clay Airbrush Powder Foundations, which I have been asked about nonstop recently. I am nearly a perfect match to Fair-Light Honey when applied to clean, bare skin. It oxidizes half a shade up after thirty minutes, and for those looking for a shade reference, I currently wear Chanel Mat Lumiere in 20. Now, this Tarte Airbrush powder foundation starts off sheer and can be built up for medium-full coverage so it is very versatile. The colors lean very orange and pink, so try it on before purchasing! The stopper in the lid is genius, since it presses down and covers the mesh dispenser to prevent product from overflowing the container. I do wish the color range could be expanded, but I can confidently say this is one of my favorite loose powders!


The Bottom Line: tarte really does make high performance naturals that are worth any beauty addict's time and consideration!
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5 comments:

  1. Thanks for doing such an in depth review on Tarte products!!

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  2. I've been wanting to try the blush since I've heard lots of good reviews on them. Exposed seems like a nice shade to go for. Thanks for the extensive review and recommendation :)

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  3. Thanks for the roundup Rae! I haven't tried anything from Tarte yet (don't think its available here in Japan) but I'll bookmark this for future reference. Have heard so much about their blushes, they'll be the first thing I pick from the brand!

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  4. I really want to try the power pigments. Thank you for the review!

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  5. Just bought a few things with your code :) thanks so much for sharing! I can't wait to get these products

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