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Round-up: Tarte Metallics Shadows

Tarte Metallics Shadows
Tarte Metallics Shadows

Tarte Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new, limited edition formula (boo!hiss!) that is available in 11 shades. Each eyeshadow comes in an oversized plastic compact with a clear lid, but the eyeshadow pan is actually removable; the only downside is that the pan itself isn’t labeled, so if you move yours into a freestyle palette system, I would make sure to add labels to the bottoms!

The formula is soft, smooth, slightly dense, and very pigmented; a little went a long way, but it wasn’t so soft that it turned powdery or had a lot of fall out to contend with, though there was a little excess kicked up in the pan. They were very blendable and easy to apply to bare skin, and I didn’t notice a difference in payoff or texture when applied over primer or over bare skin. The formula wore between seven and eight hours for me (no primer). I was pleasantly surprised by the consistency and pigmentation of the new formula; I’m disappointed it’s limited edition, and it would been even better if there were more unique shades released as well. I am also a huge fan of them being easy to pop out!

01

Tarte Scarlet

LELimited Edition. $14.00/0.07 oz.

Tarte Scarlet Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a deep plum with warm, reddish undertones and a soft, frosted finish. Read full review.

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Vanity
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

02. Tarte Sinful

A

02. Tarte Sinful

Tarte Sinful Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a deep, taupe-brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.

A

03. Tarte Poker Face

Tarte Poker Face Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark lavender mauve with subtle, warmer undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.

A

04. Tarte Dame

A

04. Tarte Dame

Tarte Dame Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium, rosy brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.

A

05. Tarte Whiskey

Tarte Whiskey Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery bronze with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Read full review.

A

06. Tarte Scandal

Tarte Scandal Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark copper with warm, red-brown undertones and a pearly sheen. Read full review.

A

07. Tarte Speakeasy

Tarte Speakeasy Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a deep brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Read full review.

A

08. Tarte Shake Down

Tarte Shake Down Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, dirty golden bronze with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. Read full review.

A

09. Tarte Grind

A-

09. Tarte Grind

Tarte Grind Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark pewter with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Read full review.

A-

10. Tarte Pin-up

A-

10. Tarte Pin-up

Tarte Pin-up Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is an iridescent, white gold with warm undertones and a pinky-peach sheen. Read full review.

A-

11. Tarte Hussy

B+

11. Tarte Hussy

Tarte Hussy Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bright, light-medium yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Read full review.

B+

Glossover Breakdown

94%

Average Score
A
10
B
1
C
0
D
0
F
0
Glossover Averages
product
9.5
pigmentation
10
texture
9.5
longevity
8.5
application
5
Total
94%
product
9.5
pigmentation
10
texture
9.5
longevity
8.5
application
5
Total
94%

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Tarte Seduce Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Seduce Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Seduce Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Seduce Amazonian Clay Blush ($26.00 for 0.20 oz.) is muted, medium rosy plum with warmer undertones and a semi-matte finish. Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Cinematic (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Plum Ombre (LE, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Alluring Rose (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Amazonian Clay Blush formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear along with a “supremely soft” texture. It had medium, buildable coverage (up to mostly opaque with two to three layers) paired with a very smooth, soft, lightly dusty consistency that was very easy to work with on the skin as the blush blended out beautifully. As I blended out the powder, it developed a very subtle natural sheen–not enough to make it a satin but just enough to keep it from appearing flat or dry on the skin. I wish I experienced better wear with the formula, because 12-hours is certainly a dream, but it did last for nine hours, which is better than most powder blushes for me. As long as that’s not a deal-breaker, this one could be worth checking out.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Seduce
Seduce
Seduce
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

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Tarte Grunge, Rave, Naughty Tarteist Lip Paints

Tarte Grunge Tarteist Lip Paint
Tarte Grunge Tarteist Lip Paint

Tarte Grunge Tarteist Lip Paint ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a deep, muted red-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a natural finish. It had opaque color payoff with a thinner consistency that wasn’t too watery or too dense, so it spread easily across the lips but applied evenly. On me, this shade wore well for six hours but was drying over time. MAC Antique Velvet (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Deep Love (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Naughty by Nature (P, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cocoa (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Embellish (LE, $6.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Rave Tarteist Lip Paint ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plummy-taupe with neutral undertones and a soft sheen. It had rich pigmentation that covered the lips evenly and smoothly. The texture was thin and somewhat slippery, so it moved around more than other shades and only lasted for four hours, despite being a darker shade. It was somewhat drying over time. Colour Pop Teeny Tiny (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Stingraye (P, $6.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop TooLips (P, $6.00) is darker (80% similar). Maybelline Gone Greige (P, $7.49) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Naughty Tarteist Lip Paint ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a deep, inky black with subtle, cool undertones and a natural sheen. It had good pigmentation with a slightly thin texture that spread across the lips easily, but it was a little streaky in places and tended to pool into lip lines. The deeper shade made it harder to notice that, though.
Make Up For Ever C604 (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC In the Spirit (P, $17.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NYX Chambord (P, $6.00) is less pigmented (95% similar). MAC Stallion (LE, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #50 (P, $19.00) is glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (000) (LE, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Midnight (P, $20.00) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Hautecore (LE, $17.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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 Grunge
Grunge
Grunge
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint Rave
Rave
Rave
7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint Naughty
Naughty
Naughty
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Tarte Hussy, Whiskey, Scandal, Speakeasy Metallics Shadows

Tarte Hussy Metallics Shadow
Tarte Hussy Metallics Shadow

Tarte Hussy Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bright, light-medium yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was very soft but somewhat looser in the pan, so it kicked up some excess powder in the pan and didn’t apply as evenly or as richly as other shades. It wasn’t hard to use, but it is a shade that benefited from applying in sheerer layers or over primer. The color lasted for eight hours on me. LORAC Unlimited (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Triton (LE) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Jinxie (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Surreal (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Goldmine (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Praline (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $4.49) is darker (90% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Gilded Night #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Hollywood (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Divergent Golden Honesty (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Baked Cowboy (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Brass Knuckles (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). City Color Pharaoh (P, $6.99) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Whiskey Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery bronze with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had opaque color coverage with a soft, finely-milled texture that was smooth and blendable. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before creasing faintly. Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Handsome Prince (LE, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Tiger's Eye (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Malted Milk Ball (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Fez (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Brown Sugar (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Isolde #1 (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Pretty (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Coque d'Or #3 (P) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Game Face (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Coque d'Or #4 (P) is cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Fallen (LE) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Viseart Copper (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Smoke) (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Retrospeck #2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Paris (LE, $12.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Mosaic (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Speakeasy (LE, $14.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). bareMinerals Louder (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Scandal Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark copper with warm, red-brown undertones and a pearly sheen. It was intensely pigmented–a little went a long way–with a very soft consistency. It was almost too soft, as it was easy to disturb the top layer of product, which required tapping away excess to avoid fall out during application. I recommend using a lighter hand when using this one, as you don’t need much product to get opaque coverage. The eyeshadow was blendable and adhered well to bare skin, while it lasted for eight and a half hours. MAC Star Myth (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Doce (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Henna (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte On the Monet (LE) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I702 Mahogany (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Harpsichord (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Copper Kettle (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Garnet (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $12.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Brash (LE, $16.00) is brighter (90% similar). Smashbox Oxidize (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Copper Shimmer (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Wine (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Natasha Denona Oxide (63M) (P, $29.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Peanut Brittle (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Meteore (661) (P, $31.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #27 (P) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Speakeasy Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a deep brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was fantastic, while the powder applied exceptionally well to bare skin (I really didn’t find primer to improve application at all!) and blended out nicely. The texture was very soft and finely-milled, but it was a smidgen looser in the pan, so it is better patted onto the skin initially, then blended–it seems to “melt” a bit that way. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. Anastasia Comfort (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Metallic Bronze (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Anastasia NYC (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Maroon (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Milani Intermix (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Papilio (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Fuller Fudge (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Pretty (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Black Nutmeg (LE) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Bronze (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Divine Decadence (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Milani Fusion (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #4 (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Synergy (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Whiskey (LE, $14.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Tarte Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new, limited edition formula (boo!hiss!) that is available in 11 shades. Each eyeshadow comes in an oversized plastic compact with a clear lid, but the eyeshadow pan is actually removable; the only downside is that the pan itself isn’t labeled, so if you move yours into a freestyle palette system, I would make sure to add labels to the bottoms! The formula is soft, smooth, slightly dense, and very pigmented; a little went a long way, but it wasn’t so soft that it turned powdery or had a lot of fall out to contend with, though there was a little excess kicked up in the pan. They were very blendable and easy to apply to bare skin, and I didn’t notice a difference in payoff or texture when applied over primer or over bare skin. The formula wore between seven and eight hours for me (no primer).

There’s not much information about these posted on Tarte’s website, and in their email newsletter, it just mentioned “highly-pigmented,” but given that they typically advertiser their formulas (for eyeshadows) as long-wearing, I did test without primer for consistency. I’ll check back as I continue to review other shades to see if they make additional claims/updates.

Tarte Metallics Shadow Hussy
Hussy
Hussy
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Tarte Metallics Shadow Whiskey
Whiskey
Whiskey
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Tarte Metallics Shadow Scandal
Scandal
Scandal
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Tarte Metallics Shadow Speakeasy
Speakeasy
Speakeasy
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter
Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush ($26.00 for 0.20 oz.) is muted, medium rosy mauve with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. This shade has been part of the permanent range for awhile, but it is being repromoted alongside the three new shades, and I thought it was a good excuse to update photos/swatches of it as well as pull new dupes. The Amazonian Clay Blush formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear along with a “supremely soft” texture. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (up to semi-opaque) with a dusty, lightly powdery consistency that does kick up a noticeable amount of powder in the pan, but it didn’t appear dry or chalky on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours, which is in line with most formulas for me, but it is below the length claimed. Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Seduce (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate Matte (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rose Bronze (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Plum Ombre (LE, $55.00) is warmer (90% similar). KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Alluring Rose (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Love Letter (LE, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Elevated (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Impress (LE, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Fetish (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Cinematic (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Strip Blush (P) is warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter ($26.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light gold with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too loose in the pan, while it didn’t kick up powder like most of the Blush range, which was a nice surprise. I think the texture is more refined and smoother with this highlighter formula than the blush formula. It produced a nice glow to the skin without looking metallic or overtly shimmery, so I think anyone who likes a light to moderate sheen may find this to their liking. The highlighter lasted for eight and a half hours on me (but not the 12 promised!). Dior #001 (LE, $65.00) is darker (95% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sun Light (LE) is darker (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (DC, $8.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Exposed
Exposed
Exposed
8.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
79%
Total
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter Exposed
Exposed
Exposed
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Tarte Brownie, Choker, Crop Top Tarteist Lip Paints

Tarte Brownie Tarteist Lip Paint
Tarte Brownie Tarteist Lip Paint

Tarte Brownie Tarteist Lip Paint ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a natural sheen. It had opaque color coverage with a thin, spreadable consistency that wasn’t too watery or too mousse-like. The texture sat well on the lips initially, but over time, it does seem to emphasize lip lines. This shade lasted for five hours on me and was lightly drying. Keep in mind, this is not a typical liquid lipstick that dries down to an ultra-matte, transfer-proof finish–it does transfer, but it is pigmented enough that it doesn’t seem to lose intensity after drinking or light meals (no fried chicken!). Colour Pop Hollywood Blvd. (P, $5.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cocoa (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Photo (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Choker (P, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Anise (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Tansy (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Choker Tarteist Lip Paint ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium brown with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a lightweight texture that applied evenly and smoothly with little effort. The color wore well for five hours, settled into lip lines just slightly, and was somewhat drying. MAC Toast and Butter (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Brownie (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay 1993 (DC, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay 1993 (P, $17.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Tansy (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Hollywood Blvd. (P, $5.00) is darker, less glossy (80% similar). MAC Photo (P, $17.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Crop Top Tarteist Lip Paint ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plummy-brown with warmer undertones and a lightly glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but there was a grittiness to the consistency, almost as if it wasn’t fully mixed, that was unusual. The texture was more slippery than a lot of the other Lip Paints I’ve tried as well. It lasted for four hours and settled noticeably into lip lines, while the formula was drying overall. Colour Pop Chilly Chili (DC, $6.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Verve (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Kae (LE, $6.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Bite Beauty Molasses (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Naughty by Nature (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Maybelline Coffee Addiction (P, $7.49) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Limbo (P, $6.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Urban Decay 1993 (P, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Grunge (LE, $5.00) is lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay 1993 (DC, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Among the Fireflies (LE, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Double Shot (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Frick 'n' Frack (P, $6.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Taupe (P, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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 Brownie
Brownie
Brownie
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint Choker
Choker
Choker
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint Crop Top
Crop Top
Crop Top
6
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
77%
Total

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