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Tarte Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation ($39.00 for 1.0 oz.) is supposed to be a full-coverage, cream-gel hybrid foundation with hydrating, 12-hour wear and is rose-scented. I liked it as a medium-to-full coverage option that’s hydrating over time, is more forgiving on dryness or dry patches, with eight- to ten-hour wear. It was very comfortable to wear, never felt tight, and faded/wore away nicely (no major separation), but it never fully set without a powder (which will take down the dewiness of the finish quite a bit, even with a light dusting of powder) and has mild to moderate transfer. I felt like it was quite hydrating, so it seems like it will be more suitable for drier skin types than normal to oily skin types.

It felt like a lighter-weight moisturizer when I used it, not quite whipped or airy but still light-to-medium in weight and didn’t feel greasy on the skin. I agree that it felt like a cream-gel hybrid, and it even felt cooling as it went on the skin. The texture is thick enough with higher coverage that it was less prone to streaking on me but not so thick that it became hard to spread around nor did it feel particularly heavy on the skin. I liked applying it initially with fingertips to spread across the face, like a tinted moisturizer, and then used a synthetic brush (like Real Techniques Expert Face) to get into the nooks and crannies and finish blending toward the hairline. I felt that sponges, like a beautyblender, soaked up more product initially, so again, I’d use fingertips first for most of the initial spreading of the foundation onto the skin and then go back in with a beautyblender for blending and diffusing into edges and corners.

The coverage was more medium-full to full, and you could build to full coverage with two layers. When I used it, I could definitely tell it was a higher coverage formulation than a true medium coverage formula, but it would spread out so easily that it sheered out some, so a second layer was necessary for true full coverage. While I personally seek out foundations that have a more buildable nature to them, so I can use the lightest coverage I need all-over and then build-up just where I need the coverage, that’s not what this foundation promises.

It has a dewy finish; I don’t think it makes me look oily, but it is definitely radiant as described. I don’t think the finish makes the skin appear smoother as Tarte claims, but it didn’t emphasize my natural texture either. However, I expect that unless you encounter extraordinarily longer wear than I, most will still use a setting powder or primer to extend the wear, and the former tends to bring the finish to more of a softly lit sheen.

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Tarte Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation Medium Neutral
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
86%

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MAC x Star Trek Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder ($34.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a medium, orange-copper with warm undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Trace Gold (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunlit Nude (LE, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Shaft of Gold (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Margin (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to add “sheer luminosity” to the skin with a “creamy” texture that “blends easily.” It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that was easy to work with on the skin, as the powder was very blendable and sat well on my skin without emphasizing my pores or my skin’s natural texture. I noticed the powder, while smooth, had a slightly drier, chalkier texture in the pan, which was not apparent on the skin at all, but it’s one of those products that is more impressive applied as intended than merely felt with a fingertip. It had noticeable color on my complexion, so it may work as a highlighting blush or bronzer on similarly-hued skin tones as well as being a highlighter for deeper skin tones. This shade wore well for just under eight hours before fading on me.

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MAC Trip the Light Fantastic Powder Strange New Worlds
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
89%

Tarte Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Palette for Holiday 2016

Tarte Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Palette
Tarte Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Palette


A complete 20-piece eyeshadow wardrobe in one chic tarteist™ palette.

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Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Palette | $46.00 | Limited Edition

  • Pixel Pink champagne
  • Love Hue Warm rose
  • Different Strokes Mauve
  • On the Monet Aubergine
  • Style Blackened plum
  • Base Coat Pink ivory
  • Medium Brown
  • A Beautiful Degas Ros egold
  • Venus Bronze
  • Mosaic Copper
  • Glaze Golden pink
  • For Raelism Cool mulberry
  • Color Vibes Plum bronze
  • Seascape Shimmering dark turquoise
  • Inked Navy
  • Exhibit Mauve pink
  • Pop Art Princess Rose quartz
  • Modern Icon Medium plum
  • Getty Up & Go Mulberry
  • Illusion Dark plum

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MAC x Star Trek The Naked Time & Bird of Prey Pressed Pigments

MAC The Naked Time Pressed Pigment

MAC The Naked Time Pressed Pigment ($23.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light gold with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had medium coverage applied dry, and it had full coverage when applied damp. The texture was smooth, lightweight, and blendable on bare skin, though some of the sparkles separate from the base powder when I worked to diffuse the edges of the initial application. The color lasted well for eight hours with minor fall out. Colour Pop Fringe (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Peach Sorbet (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Minx (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Golden Flower #3 (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Canter (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Sugar Frost (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Anastasia Chic (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Dearest (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Baby It's Gold Outside (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Best Makeup (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Bird of Prey Pressed Pigment ($23.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a dirty, dark green with neutral-to-warm undertones and multi-colored sparkle with dominant gold glitter. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry, and it was totally opaque when applied damp. The texture was fairly blendable, though it did not apply as evenly as desired to bare skin. The color wore well for eight hours with some noticeable fallout, but it was less than you might expect, given the amount of sparkle in the shade. Giorgio Armani Onyx (05) (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Legendary Lure (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Zodiac (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Zodiac (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sephora Luxurious Boot Camp (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Pressed Pigment ($23.00 for 0.10 oz.) is supposed to have buildable coverage with a wet/dry formula that is “blendable,” wears “eight hours,” and has “extreme adherence” due to the “cream-like” texture. In general, they have semi-sheer to medium coverage applied dry and semi-opaque to fully opaque coverage when applied damp. The texture is smooth, almost wet but still a powder, and is fairly blendable, though the glitter tends to diffuse beyond the base color when blended. I typically get around eight hours of wear with little to moderate fall out.

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MAC Pressed Pigment The Naked Time
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
93%
MAC Pressed Pigment Bird of Prey
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
90%