Tarte Surfer Girl, Top Down, Wet Suit Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Surfer Girl Drench Lip Splash Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.085 oz.) is a bright, medium magenta with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a creamy, glide-on consistency that didn’t drag and applied evenly. This particular shade seemed to emphasize lip lines slightly, while the color itself started to gather in lip lines after three hours of wear–it lasted for closer to six hours and left behind a stain. It actually was a shade that seemed to wear better if blotted down initially, as it reduced some of the thickness and slip but didn’t impact the intensity of the shade. It was neither drying nor hydrating on me. MAC Invite Intrigue (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty #007 (LE, $36.00) is darker, more muted, glossier (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Willful (248) (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bittersweet (DC, $22.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS Angela (P, $32.00) is more muted, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Crank (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Drive In (DC, $6.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Dragonfruit (P, $26.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $17.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Maybelline Electric Pink (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Have Your Cake (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Buxom Ultraviolet (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Silvia (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tarte Surfer Girl Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Drench Lip Splash Lipstick Surfer Girl
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
89%
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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation ($39.00 for 1.00 fl. oz.) is a new liquid foundation available in 12 shades. I believe Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation (in a tube) is one of their more expansive shades ranges, and it has 24 shades–so I really hope they’ll consider expanding this range as it is heavy on the light to medium range but, unsurprisingly, will likely fall short of very fair and tan to deep dark skin tones. (A note: Sephora’s “swatches” of the range are off; check Tarte’s page for a better visual of the spectrum presently represented.) The formula is supposed to be a “lightweight, full-coverage hydrating foundation” that uses Titanium Dioxide (6.23%) and Zinc Oxide (3.84%) for SPF protection. It comes in a frosted glass bottle with a twist-off cap that uses a dropper to release the foundation, which you fill by pressing the little button on the top of the foundation.

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Light-Medium Neutral
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows in neutral tones with some warmer, some cooler-toned shades. It features a new eyeshadow formula, which Tarte describes as a “cream powder” that is “pigmented” and “blendable.” It’s a much denser, richer formula that is smooth but firmer in the pan (but not in a stiff way) that goes on better–it is similar to formulas like Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow and Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow. I am all for this new formula, because it performs well without primer, which has always been an area where Tarte’s powder eyeshadows have been more hit or miss. These are pigmented, blendable, and adhere to bare skin without primer–and I still get good wear (8 hours across the board), which you can obviously extend or insure if you wear primer normally. The biggest thing is really this formula is far easier to blend out and nothing turned patchy or uneven.

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Palette Rainforest of the Sea
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
94%
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Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette ($42.00 for 0.20 oz.) features two shimmery highlighters and one setting powder (center shade). According to Tarte, that setting powder is a “universal matte sand that brightens and corrects any darkness under the eyes.” I doubt that it is universally workable, as it is a pretty light shade. As I mentioned in the sneak peek, I had tremendous issues with the consistency of the center shade to the point where even I–a skeptic–think that there’s a manufacturing error in its creation, because when I try swatching it, it sounds like sandpaper as it is so dry. It just seems like someone forgot an ingredient or double-salted the batch; I don’t know if I’ve ever had a powder feel like this one does. Short of jabbing at it with a metal spatula, not much product comes off the surface. At $42, a center shade that is faulty at best, horrible at worst is just difficult to justify.

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Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette
Tarte Lighting Palette Skin Twinkle
D
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
5.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
64%
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Sneak Peek: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow & Highlighting Palettes Photos & Swatches

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

There are two palettes in the just launched Tarte Rainforest of the Sea collection, and this post features swatches of them with full reviews to come.

The Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.40 oz.) is marked as limited edition and features a new eyeshadow formula, which is a denser, creamier formula that is similar to Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow, Kat Von D Metal Crush, and so forth. If you prefer to see the swatches visually together, you can view them as a palette here (and as a FYI, you can do this with any palette by viewing swatches by formula).

Rainforest of the Sea Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette ($42.00 for 0.20 oz.) features two shimmery highlighters and one matte highlighter, but I have to caution you… there may be a defect in manufacturing here, because the middle shade is off-the-charts dry, stiff, and chalky (it sounds like sandpaper trying to swatch it), whereas the other two are much softer/smoother. It’s so bad and unlike any Tarte powder product I’ve encountered that it just screams “something went awry.”

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Sneak Peek: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splashes & Lip Rescues Photos & Swatches

Tarte Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Here’s a sneak peek of the newly launched Tarte Drench Lip Splash Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.085 oz.) and Tarte Quench Lip Rescue ($19.00 for 0.10 oz.). Full reviews to come! The fullTarte Rainforest of the Sea collection launched this morning online at Tarte.

For those who prefer a gallery view, please see these galleries: Tarte Drench Lip Splash Lipstick Swatches | Tarte Quench Lip Rescue Swatches.

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