Monday, August 24th, 2009


Tarte Natural Cheek Stain in Green Siren

Naturally Beautiful Cheeks: Green Siren by Tarte

Tarte Green Siren Natural Cheek Stain ($30.00) is a semi-sheer peachy-bronze with golden shimmer and a slight frosty sheen. Tarte really knows how to do an effortless cheek, because their cheek stains are always above the bar. Their latest shade, Green Siren, in the Natural Beauty Cheek Stain product line, for fall, is gorgeous. It is particularly flattering on those with neutral or warm tones, though it the shade isn’t overly warm, so it is still pretty and suitable for cooler skin tones.

When applied, cheeks look naturally glowy and look luminous without being too frosty or glittery. The product feels smooth and creamy and applies easily to cheeks without leaving behind any harsh lines. It can be easily blended out with a stippling brush like the 188. My only issue with the product was the packaging/applicator, because when you push the gel blush up, and then apply it directly from the tube, the blush gets pushed back into the tube. It was a bit annoying, and I think it’s something that could be fixed.

  • Product: 8/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 7/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation: This is a great shade to transition from summer to fall as we start to countdown the days of summer. It’s natural and beautiful, and it is hard to over-do.

Availability: Sephora.com, tartecosmetics.com

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Sunday, August 23rd, 2009


Tarte Femme Fatale Palette

Tarte: Get Killer Eyes on a Budget

Tarte Femme Fatale Eye Palette ($44.00) is one of two palettes from Tarte’s Fall 2009 Collection.  It’s a refillable eyeshadow palette that contains ten different eyeshadows.  The top row contains:  shimmering blush, iridescent smoke, shimmering violet, shimmering indigo, shimmering onyx; the bottom row contains:  shimmering light gold, shimmering copper-rose, shimmering deep bronze, shimmering jade, shimmering garnet.  It also includes a double-ended eyeliner and double-ended brush.

Now, I’m going to give you my take on the top row’s shades:  a soft, buttery semi-matte pale dusty pink; a frosty, icy silver with pink pearl; a deep red-tone purple with magenta; a dark navy blue with gray; and a gray-black with light sheen.  The second row’s shades:  a soft, semi-sheer peach with a buttery feel; a peach-toned copper with a frost finish; a warm-toned golden caramel brown; a muted teal with gray-blue; and a rich, deeply pigmented burgundy-black with purple flecks.

I found all ten shades to have a soft, smooth texture and all of them had decent to great pigmentation.  The only two that has slightly less pigmentation were the first shades in each of the rows–which I’d attribute more to them being softer shades overall, and thus just not appearing as pigmented as the other eight shades.  It’s an interesting mix of colors, and I can definitely see several combinations just jump out at me, which is something in its favor.

It’s actually a very value-heavy palette, because each shadow is 1.75g/0.06 oz.–which is more than a single, standalone MAC eyeshadow (which is 1.5g/0.06 oz.)!  If it’s cheaper than MAC, it’s pretty much going to be a better deal than most other high-end brands, too.  It’s actually great to see a palette that gives you plenty of product while pricing it right.

  • Product: 8/10
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation:  Palette lovers, rejoice!  Value, pigmentation, and usability combine to make this a very worthwhile palette.  I personally didn’t love the packaging, but it’s such a minor point when what’s inside is so good!

Availability: Sephora

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Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Tarte Fall 2009 Collection

Tarte has a pretty expansion product range releasing this fall. From makeup to skincare to concealer, they have it coming!

lifted™ natural eye primer with Firmitol™ ($20.00 US / $26.00 CDN)

Get locked and lifted™ with this naturally firming eyelid primer. The universal base locks shadow in place all day and boosts pigment payoff while Firmitol™, the proprietary firming complex helps tighten eyelids and the surrounding eye area to help give the affect of younger, smoother eyes naturally. Clinical results show rapid improvement in achieving a smooth healthy look in all participants via nerve synapse interactions (gamma-aminobutyric acid and botanicals).

femme fatale refillable natural eye palettes ($44.00 U.S. / $57./00 CDN)

  • Top row (l-to-r): shimmering blush, iridescent smoke, shimmering violet, shimmering indigo, shimmering onyx
  • Bottom row (l-to-r): shimmering light gold, shimmering copper-rose, shimmering deep bronze, shimmering jade, shimmering garnet
  • Double-ended eyeliner: shimmering emerald and shimmering orchid
  • Double-ended brush with greatness eyeshadow brush

femme naturale refillable natural eye palettes ($44.00 U.S. / $57./00 CDN)

  • Top Row (l-to-r): shimmering buff, soft sand, golden peach, shimmering sage, soft sienna
  • Bottom row (l-to-r): golden tan, soft petal pink, golden plum, shimmering cocoa, golden navy
  • Double-ended eyeliner: golden bronze and shimmering auburn
  • Double-ended brush with greatness eyeshadow brush

green siren natural wax cheek stain ($28.00 U.S. / $36.00 CDN)

Our most popular, award-winning product has gone au naturel! With the purchase of every tarte green siren natural cheek stain, you’ll be supporting Sambazon’s Sustainable Acai Project (SAP), a member of the Fair Trade Federation, which helps to preserve the Amazone Rainforest through forest conservation, improved living conditions and educational opportunites for communities in Brazil.

  • Green Siren Golden apricot (New)
  • Natural Beauty Sheer berry rose

natural beauty complexion collection ($54.00 U.S. / $70.00 CDN)

Achieve complexion perfection with out natural beauty kits. Exclusive to Sephora and chock-full of high-performance naturals, these limited edition sets not only leave you looking like a natural beauty but treat, protect and soothe your skin. Available in four shades: fair, light, medium, and deep.

  • clean slate natural face primer
  • the eraser 4-in-1 natural concealer
  • ReCreate natural anti-aging foundation with Wrinkle Rewind™ Technology SPF 15
  • provocateur pressed mineral powder with SPF 8
  • mineral powder bronzer
  • New: foundation brush (synthetic bristles with wood handle)

dark circle defense ($32.00 U.S. / $42.00 CDN)

Get your eight hours of sleep in a compact. Unlike concealers that just lay on top of the skin this undereye corrector is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of eye puffiness in just 4 weeks. Finely milled light refracting minerals actually brighten skin to help camouflage dark circles, puffiness, redness, fine lines and wrinkles. Includes concealer brush. Available in Light-to-Medium and Medium-to-Deep.

reduce 24/7 natural lip sheer with SPF 15 ($14.00 U.S. / $23.00 CDN)

All the lasting power of a lipstick–with the moisturizing, high-sheen properties of a gloss! These budgeproof, moisturizing lip sheers with added SPF 15 give a “your lips, but better” effect that makes them perfect for when you want a kiss of color without looking overdone.

  • Reduce Golden coral (New)

Available: August 2009 at tarte.com and Sephora.com.

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Tarte Cosmetics for Summer 2009

eyeQuatic waterproof summer essentials set ($35.00)

Along with a mod-chic headscarf, this set includes 3 mermaid-inspired lock & roll creaseless cream & powder shadow duos and a deluxe lights, camera, splashes! waterproof mascara. Lock & Roll shades in Turquoise, Citrine, and Tanzanite. (Note: I am ALL over this one!)

celluFIGHT natural anti-cellulite self-tanner ($40.00)

Do double-duty beauty: get tanned and taut in one easy step! Achieve a natural, healthy glow with a hydrating, gradual self-tanner that works on all skin tones. celluFIGHT™ is formulated with skinTIGHT™ complex , a proprietary anti-cellulite complex that firms and tones skin while improving elasticity. Plant and bio-nutrient extracts boost cellular metabolism shedding excess fat tissue. Caffeine helps stimulate blood flow immediately reducing “the orange peel” effect on problem areas such as waist, hips, thighs and buttocks. This anti-cellulite natural self-tanner contains clinically-proven antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that prevent the long-term build-up of fat tissue under the skin.

multiplEYE natural lash enhancer ($65.00)

Achieve a 152% increase in the appearance of lash length with multiplEYE, a natural lash enhancer. Our proprietary HydroPlant Peptide™ is clinically proven to give the appearance of longer, thicker lashes naturally: soy and amino acid proteins combine to form an essential super-protein base that fortifies and nourishes lashes. This protein emulsion is infused with cellulose, a plant-derived thickening agent, and vitamin C, an antioxidant booster.

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Thursday, December 11th, 2008

TARTE is offering a huge Friends & Family Sale discount of 40%!

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Tarte’s Purse Your Lips Lipgloss Clutch ($39.00) features nine stunning shades of lip glosses. Each brand new, limited edition shade features Tarte’s “t5 super fruit complex” (which kind of makes me giggle–let’s be honest). The clutch that holds the lipglasses is large enough that it should fit all of the lipglosses, and then perhaps another twenty more. It’s quite roomy, so you can definitely utilize it as a holiday clutch, and not just a makeup holder, during the winter. The color of the clutch is a faux snakeskin pattern with a dark purple base with golden-greenish sheen/shimmer.

What I liked most about this holiday set is you get a lot of fun colors to play with. I wouldn’t say it’s the greatest value (you get nine 0.02oz glosses for $39, while one 0.2 oz gloss runs you $21), though it would depend on whether you consider the clutch something you’d use. But anyway, half of the time I go for a holiday set is because I can try several products out at once for less than just one. This holds true here. The shades range of peach-nude to creamy red. You’re bound to find a few favorites, and even ones that you’ll use, but hold off for that special occasion.

A downside to this set of glosses is that they are all limited edition. They were intended to be sold in this clutch only; you won’t even find names listed on them (how annoying, by the way!). So if you fall in love with one, don’t expect it to hold you over for very long, and you will have to be on the hunt for a similar shade, since no full-size exists.

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