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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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.

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Collection for Spring/Summer 201


Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Collection for Spring/Summer 2016
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Collection for Spring/Summer 2016


Exclusively at Sephora, coming soon with early access for VIB/VIB Rouges, access for all clients on 2/29 online, 3/14 in-stores


The Details

Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette | $34.00 | Limited Edition

Define and defend lids from everyday aggressors with this eye shadow palette. Introducing plush shades in a velvety formula, they’re powered by tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea™ complex, formulated to hydrate and balance lids with a creamy powder is that is never drying or chalky. Each of the pigmented, blendable shades is a blend of liner, lid, crease, and highlight shadows in wearable mattes and metallics to define and contour your eyes. It includes a step-by-step guide to take your look from beachy bronze to a sea-inspired evening eye.

  • Mermaid Gold
  • Seashell Pink
  • Wave Slate
  • Abyss Dark brown
  • Reef Copper
  • Starfish Bronze
  • Cove Tan
  • Sand Ivory

Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette | $42.00

Brighten up your complexion with a radiant “twinkle” using this sleek, strobing and highlighting palette. Featuring a versatile trio of silky perfecting powders, you can filter and reflect light for a soft focus glow. The middle Filtered Light shade is your go-to setting powder in a universal matte sand that brightens and corrects any darkness under the eyes. Paired with two full-size, luminous perfecting powders, they’re perfect for illuminating the contours of the face for a natural-looking glow that flatters all skintones. This palette contains:

  • 0.20 oz Perfecting powder in Filtered Light
  • 2 x 0.085 oz Luminous perfecting powder in Sunlight, Moonlight

Wipeout Color-Correcting Palette | $45.00

Balance, correct, and perfect your complexion as you wipe out skin discolorations with these powerful cream complexion correctors. This easy-to-use palette features numbered shades and includes a coordinating visual guide to make the professional technique of color-correction accessible to everyone. It features six color-correcting shades: Orange counteracts darkness; Green neutralizes redness; Warmth sculpts, contours, and defines; Peach 1 camouflages light to medium skintones; Peach 2 camouflages medium to deep skintones; and Yellow highlights and brightens. These universal shades work across skintones to offset the appearance of dark circles, redness, and acne, while contouring and highlighting, with a creamy texture that helps minimize the look of imperfections, including pores and fine lines.

Drench Lip Slash Lipstick

Saturate lips with creamy, full-coverage color and hydration with this long-wearing satin-matte lipstick. Featuring an array of bold and everyday shades, it’s powered by tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea™ antioxidant complex and natural, lip-loving oils and butters. This vibrant lip formula helps firm, treat, and protect your lips while providing intense hydration and hiding the appearance of fine lines. Just use the crisp, precise tip to seamlessly define and contour lips, delivering a rich, long-lasting color.

  • Skinny Dip White nude
  • Beach Bum Dark nude
  • Cabana Boy Pink
  • Happy Rose
  • Top Down Poppy coral
  • Bikini Pink coral
  • Hey Sailor Bright pink
  • Mai Tai Orange
  • Firework Red
  • Surfer Girl Cool fuchsia
  • Wet Suit Plum berry
  • Bonfire Blackberry

Quench Lip Rescue | $19.00

Save lips from the signs of aging while delivering intense hydration and soft, subtle color. This tinted lip balm is infused with an antioxidant and vitamin-rich lip quencher that’s powered by a blend of essential extracts and oils to help restore the appearance of your lips’ softness, moisture, and elasticity that’s reduced over time while providing a protective antioxidant barrier against daily aggressors. The tinted, everyday formula gently melts into skin to smooth over the look of lip lines, leaving a radiant, dewy finish.

Opal Sheer pink
Nude Sheer beige
Rose Sheer mid-tone pink
Berry Sheer berry

Quench & Drench Lip Set | $10.00 | Limited Edition, Online Exclusive

This deluxe duo provides a double dose of hydration and conditioners while drenching lips in antioxidants and natural nude lip color. Create a creamy matte or radiant dewy finish with the Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Beach Bum, a full-coverage satin matte lipstick that saturates your lips in moisture and antioxidants while imparting a rich, longwearing dark nude color. Then create a soft nude lip look with the Quench Lip Rescue in Nude, a moisturizing lip balm that minimizes the early signs of aging, while delivering intense hydration.

  • 0.035 oz Quench Lip Rescue in Nude
  • 0.035 oz Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Beach Bum

Lipsaver Treatment Primer | $19.00

The Rainforest Of The Sea™ Lipsaver Treatment Primer treats and defends lips from environmental damage with each application. This daily lip treatment primer and moisturizing balm features a transparent, coconut oil-infused formula that disappears into lips while it helps smooth and improve the look and wear of your favorite lipstick. Use it to refresh lips throughout the day or as a soothing overnight treatment. Loaded with an antioxidant-rich formula powered by tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea complex, it protects your lips while promoting firmness and elasticity.

So Fine Micro Liner | $22.00

Achieve a tight line, and define and volumize lashes with this water-infused liquid liner. Featuring an ultra-fine tip, it makes it easy to create a crisp, precise line and expertly fill in spaces between lashes to extend and volumize the appearance of the upper and lower lash line. It’s formulated with tarte’s antioxidant Rainforest of the Sea™ complex to help hydrate and protect skin. Loaded with triple-black pigments, it’s perfect for creating a crisp line or dramatic cat eye look with ultimate control.

  • Black Black

Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 | $39.00

Deliver the ultimate in hydration-boosting coverage with tarte’s 12-hour water foundation. The concentrated, full-coverage fluid formula features 20 percent water to quench dry skin as it covers and masks any redness, dark spots, and uneven skintone while softening the look of pores and fine lines. The custom dropper applicator delivers the perfect level of moisture-rich coverage in an array of shades to match any skintone. Powered by tarte’s antioxidant-packed Rainforest of the Sea™ complex and non-chemical SPF 15 sunscreen, the hypoallergenic formula helps restore, brighten, and defend skin from free radical damage and early signs of aging for a smooth, soft, radiant complexion.

  • Fair Neutral
  • Fair-Light Neutral
  • Light Neutral
  • Light Sand
  • Light-Medium Neutral
  • Light-Medium Beige
  • Light-Medium Honey
  • Medium Neutral
  • Medium Honey
  • Medium-Tan Sand
  • Tan Sand
  • Deep Honey

Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Concealer | $26.00

Lock in radiance, hide imperfections, and hydration your skin with this full coverage concealing serum. Formulated with concentrated levels of pigments suspended in deep conditioning serum, it contains 20 percent water to deliver the coverage you desire while moisturizing skin. It’s infused with tarte’s 12-hour power™ and is packed with the proprietary Rainforest of the Sea™ complex, the ultimate defense for your skin, helping to protect from daily aggressors and the premature signs of aging. Apply it directly from the custom applicator wand to mask any redness, dark spots, and acne or to brighten up the undereye area.

  • Fair
  • Light
  • Light-Medium
  • Medium
  • Tan
  • Deep

Rainforest of the Sea Brushes

  • Highlighter Brush A custom, plush double-ended highlighting brush. ($34.00)
  • Double-Ended Foundation Brush A double-ended foundation brush for customizable, all-over coverage ($34.00)
  • Color Correcting Brush A two-in-one complexion brush to balance and correct discolorations while brightening skin ($24.00)
  • The Airbrusher Concealer Brush A double-ended brush to buff on concealer and hide dark circles ($24.00)
  • Lip Brush A retractable, cruelty-free lip brush to line and define lips. ($24.00)

Deep Dive Cleansing Gel | $25.00

Cleanse the complexion with this lavender oil-infused, skinvigorating™ daily brightening cleanser. A gentle makeup remover that’s ideal for all skin types, it removes excess oil, impurities, and all traces of waterproof makeup. Enriched with tarte’s exclusive Rainforest of the Sea™ complex, it helps balance and soothe as it cleanses, without disrupting your skin’s natural moisture, which can cause acne and other skin concerns. With each application, it softens and hydrates without clogging pores, while vitamin C works to brighten the complexion.

Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost | $46.00

Treat skin to this skin-quenching water gel. Powered by hyaluronic acid and tarte’s exclusive Rainforest of the Sea™ antioxidant complex, this cooling gel moisturizer helps restore skin’s natural hydration for skin that’s fortified, refreshed, and healthier-looking. The lightweight moisturizer absorbs into skin, leaving no oily or greasy feel behind, while powerful marine antioxidants help skin defend itself from everyday aggressors. Its skin-balancing properties support antiaging, and it helps boost the appearance of firmness, tone, and vitality over time.

Marine Boosting Mist | $25.00

This complexion boosting mist helps restore your skin’s natural radiance and hydration and extends your makeup for 12 hours. The refreshing setting spray acts as a hydrating mist and primer to help to minimize the appearance of pores, redness, and puffiness. Featuring a hypoallergenic formula, it’s infused with tarte’s antioxidant-packed Rainforest of the Sea™ complex to help shield skin from daily aggressors. Just mist on a few times throughout the day to quench dry skin and help improve the look of firmness over time.

Make Splash Hydrating Skin Savers | $10.00 | Limited Edition

Achieve stunning skin with this skincare starter set, featuring tarte’s skin-boosting products in deluxe sizes. Powered by the exclusive Rainforest of the Sea complex, this hypoallergenic trio cleanses, clarifies, hydrates, refreshes, and protects skin with these deluxe, antioxidant-packed formulas. The Deep Dive Cleansing Gel is a sulfate-free, brightening facial cleanser for all skin types that removes excess oil, impurities, and all traces of waterproof makeup. Perfect for hydrating dry, dehydrated skin, the Drink H2O Hydrating Boost is a lightweight gel moisturizer that helps moisturizes and supports the replenishment of electrolytes. Extend the wear of makeup for 12 hours with the Marine Boosting Mist, a primer, setting spray, hydrating mist and skin refresher in one product. This set contains:

  • 0.338 oz Marine Boosting Mist
  • 0.25 oz Deep Dive Cleansing Gel
  • 0.24 oz Drink H2O Hydrating Boost

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Tarte Tartelette Tease Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Tartelette Tease Eyeshadow Palette ($21.00 for .018 oz.) includes six neutral eyeshadows in a slim, cardboard palette with a mirror on the inside. I could see it being an easy go-to or travel palette for those who like warmer neutrals and typically use a primer when they apply their eyeshadow. It’s not a particularly unique or the best performing palette, but it’s solid and a decent value.

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Tarte Tartelette Tease Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2016

Tarte Tartelette Tease Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2016
Tarte Tartelette Tease Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2016

Create amazing shadow looks with this clay-infused, pocket-perfect version of tarte’s bestselling Tartelette™ palette. It features four everyday matte shadows paired with two captivating lusters so you can refresh, define, and transition your eyes from day to evening. The flirty, flattering shades feature lid, crease, and highlight pairings so tartelettes can create modern, alluring looks without the guesswork. Powered by tarte’s signature Amazonian clay formula, these shadows offer the same pigmented payoff, blendability, and wear time as with the original tartelette palette, but in a chic, petite case.


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The Details

Tartelette Tease Eyeshadow Palette | $21.00 | New, Permanent

  • Whisper Light pink
  • Crush Taupe shimmer
  • Heartbreaker Brown
  • Wink Mauve
  • First Kiss Mauve shimmer
  • BFF Plum