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Sneak Peek: Tarte Color Vibes Eyeshadow Palette Photos & Swatches

Tarte Color Vibes Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Color Vibes Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Color Vibes Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for ) is a new, limited edition palette for the holidays that features 20 shades of eyeshadow. The palette is broken down into four sets of shades. It is a fairly neutral, warm-toned palettes with a few muted pops of color (like Seascape, Inked, Getty Up & Go), so I imagine that some may find this color family well-represented in their stash. It has a mix of mattes and shimmers, but there aren’t too many in-between shades, so I’ll be curious to see how they layer and blend with each other.

I hope to review this, but I don’t expect to have a review for this for at least two weeks–unfortunately, the palette I purchased arrived with a broken mirror. I figured I could still photograph and swatch it, even if I wouldn’t test it (there are shards missing from where the mirror broke) due to concerns about safety (with good cause — I ended up cutting myself just by swatching, so that’s another lesson learned). I’m still waiting to hear back from Tarte’s customer service on whether they’ll replace this palette or not, and assuming they will, it’ll take another week for it to arrive here and at least a week to test. As a result, unfortunately, I will not be able to review this in a timely manner and my review will be very late, possibly too late if it sells out prior to that. I’m very sorry!

Tarte Color Vibes Eyeshadow Palette

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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

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.

I did like that wasn’t so high coverage where a tiny dot is all you need because I tend to find those harder to diffuse across the skin and often hard to avoid over-applying. So in that respect, it was easy to apply and get consistently smooth, even results that didn’t look cakey on the skin. I very much have come to appreciate a foundation that goes on about the same every time I use it because a foundation that looks great one day but terrible the next is a roller coaster ride I just want to get off!

The foundation lasted between eight and ten hours on me, but it seemed to fade more subtly without major separation or gathering in fine lines, so I didn’t notice the product wear away at a glance. With a light dusting of setting powder, the wear was closer to 10-12 hours. With a primer, the wear was between 9 and 10 hours. When I used both setting powder and a primer, it still looked mostly intact after 12 hours of wear.

Shade Range + Shade Tested

This formula is only available ten shades, which is a narrow range. I wish they would consider extending the range, as Tarte knows how to create more comprehensive shade ranges already (see Amazonian Clay 12-Hour, which has 25 shades), and based on the shade range, there are only three shades darker than the one I bought–and that’s a very short shade range for darker skin tones. Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea foundation has given me my closest match–Light-Medium Neutral–and so I ended up buying Medium Neutral, as it seemed like the best bet, but after trying it, I would describe it as a true neutral undertone, so it runs a touch pinker than ideal and is too dark for me (more noticeable in person, so I take this formula all the way down to my neck). If I set with tinted setting powder, it balances out to a more natural undertone on me. For reference, Medium Neutral is very similar in color to Medium Neutral in the Rainforest of the Sea formula, which also has more of a pink-peach undertone.

About My Skin

I have normal-to-dry skin, which tends to be mostly normal but occasionally has dry patches or spots around my upper cheeks, eyelids, and around the nose. I am not always dry in these areas, though. I consider myself light-medium in color with soft, warmer yellow undertones; I am not a true neutral (sometimes neutrals can look rosy on me), but foundations that are touted as warm-toned can lean too yellow on my complexion if they have fuller coverage. My neck is lighter than my face, while the edges of my face are darker than the center, so I try to match closer to my neck to minimize how far down I have to blend. While testing this foundation, I was mostly normal throughout and only had a bit of dryness around my nostrils.

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

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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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The Details

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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Tarte Blush Book II Palette Available Today at Noon EST

Tarte Blush Book II Palette
Tarte Blush Book II Palette

This LIMITED-EDITION cult fave with 8 new full-sized shades will be available on tarte.com [August 24th] at 12PM EST!

Availability

Now available!

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The Details

Blush Book II | $60.00 ($224 value) | Limited Edition

  • Feisty
  • Perky
  • Quirky
  • Soulful
  • Lively
  • Thrilled
  • Dreamy
  • Breathless

Tarte Styled by Hrush Eye & Cheek Palette for Fall 2016

Tarte Styled by Hrush Eye & Cheek Palette for Fall 2016
Tarte Styled by Hrush Eye & Cheek Palette for Fall 2016

Self-taught stunner Hrush Achemyan has inspired over a million Instagram followers to create confidence and celebrity versions of themselves through her artistic and star-studded account @styledbyhrush. Now, this web celeb and master makeup educator is teaming up with tarter to inspire fans to embrace the power of makeup with an exclusive full face palette. It includes 6 universal, pigment-packed shadows in a mix of versatile mattes and high-impact lusters co-curated with the master of the smoldering, smoky eye. The rich, blendable eyeshadows are joined by a full size, matte coral contouring blush to add warm, longwearing dimension for a sleek, slim effect. With 4 custom looks from Hrush, this chic, collector’s palette has everything you need to highlight your best features and embrace your inner superstar with the one-and-only @styledbyhrush.

Availability

Now at Tarte, August 21st at Ulta

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The Details

Styled by Hrush Eye & Cheek Palette | $30.00 | Limited Edition

  • Bliss White gold
  • Smitten Pink champagne
  • Royal Shimmering berry
  • Pinch Warm golden peach
  • Kitty Matte brown
  • Vamp Taupe
  • Cheeky Matte coral (Blush)

Tarte Texas Toast & Swamp Family Tarteist Lip Paints

Tarte Texas Toast Tarteist Lip Paint
Tarte Texas Toast Tarteist Lip Paint

Tarte Texas Toast Tarteist Lip Paint ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had a light-medium consistency that was slightly mousse-like, not as thin as some of the Lip Paints have been. It had a smooth feel on the lips, but it slides around noticeably. The color lasted for four and a half hours on me with some color fading more strongly from the center of the mouth, and the formula was somewhat drying overall. Maybelline Gone Greige (P, $7.49) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Oblivion (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Bianca (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy (80% similar). Too Faced Cool Girl (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Stingraye (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Swamp Family Tarteist Lip Paint ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium red with strong, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture of this shade was more mousse-like and a lot less water-like compared to the majority of Lip Paints I have tried, so I could feel it sitting on the lips more as a result, as it almost feels a little clay-like on (but not as heavy as legitimate clay!). It was very pigmented, and the color spread evenly across the lips. It wore well for over six hours, but it was moderately drying over time. Bite Beauty Sour Cherry (P, $26.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Candy Cane (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Bae (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop London Fog (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Juicy (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (P, $17.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (95% similar). MAC Como La Flor (LE, $17.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (95% similar). Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is less glossy (95% similar). Colour Pop Creeper (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Sephora Always Red (LE, $14.00) is lighter, warmer, better quality (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Oh Miley (200) (P, $30.00) is brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Besame American Beauty 1945 (P, $22.00) is glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Gazpacho (P, $26.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever Red Ink (LE) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Chic Red (P, $4.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC So Good For You (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Besame Besame Red 1920 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

As far as I know, both of these shades are sold out online, but I know that Sephora will have them in-store on July 8th and yesterday at Ulta stores (Texas Toast only).

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a pigmented, matte liquid lipstick that’s long-wearing. First thing to note is that these never fully dry down, so they are not transfer-proof, but they are less drying than the typical liquid lipstick that dries down completely. They are quite pigmented and despite transferring onto cups, while you eat, and so forth, a lot of the color is left behind. You can also touch-up without having to completely remove the formula. The texture is inconsistent; some shades are thin and have a soft shine even after ten minutes of wear, while others are almost mousse-like in the tube, and these ones tend to be more matte from the get-go. There is a very subtle mint scent, but I don’t notice it at all once it is on. I do notice that it is easier to get these on the teeth than other lip products. The formula is lightly to moderately drying over time with average to long-wear, depending on the shade. Some shades settled into lip lines over time. The majority are satin to semi-matte with a little sheen, which you can either blot once for a matte finish or wait about an hour or two for it to naturally mattify (like any satin finish really).

Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint Texas Toast
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint Swamp Family
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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