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

Tarte Surfer Girl Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Surfer Girl Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Surfer Girl Drench Lip Splash LipstickTarte 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, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty #007 (LE, $36.00) is darker, more muted, glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Hi Suppose (P, $7.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Bittersweet (DC, $22.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Tropical Punch (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Crank (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Drive In (LE, $6.50) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Stir (DC, $24.00) is darker, more muted, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Dragonfruit (DC, $26.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Electric Pink (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Party Girl (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS Angela (P, $34.00) is more muted, glossier (90% similar). MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Willful (248) (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Orchid (LE, $24.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Loulou (LE, $36.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $18.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Buxom Ultraviolet (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Top Down Drench Lip Splash LipstickTarte Top Down Drench Lip Splash Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.085 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy coral with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had rich color coverage with a smooth, velvety texture that applied without dragging and yielded even pigment. It wore well without color settling into lip lines. This shade lasted for five hours on me and was very lightly hydrating. Charlotte Tilbury Gracefully Pink (was Amazing Grace) (P, $34.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Miranda May (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Kelly (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Lost Cherry (P, $34.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Too Bad I'm Bad (P, $34.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sucre (DC, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Daiquiri (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #37 (DC, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Experimental (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Cabana (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Burmese Kiss (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Perfect Kiss (P, $55.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Je t'aime (238) (P, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty So Sofia (236) (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Toxic Tale (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Grace (LE, $36.00) is darker, more muted, glossier (80% similar). MAC La Vie En Rouge (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Wet Suit Drench Lip Splash LipstickTarte Wet Suit Drench Lip Splash Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.085 oz.) is a deep berry with cool undertones and a satin sheen. This was one of the worst in the range, as it had semi-opaque coverage and an uneven, gritty-looking appearance–it was like the lipstick balled up on itself (but it didn’t feel grainy). It pulled into lip lines from the beginning of application, and it worsened while worn. The color lasted for five and a half hours and feathered on me. It was neither hydrating nor moisturizing. Tarte Yachting (P, $21.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Darling (LE, $7.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Marfa (LE, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C506 (P, $22.00) is glossier (90% similar). Too Faced Maneater (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass I Hide My (P, $34.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Oh Lady (P, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Makeup Geek Rocker Chick (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Sumac (LE, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Festival Magic (Was Glastonberry) (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Pat McGrath Deep Orchid (P, $40.00) is lighter (80% similar). Milani Flirt (LE, $8.99) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (80% similar). Colour Pop Plastics (LE, $6.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Tarte Drench Lip Splash LipstickTarte Drench Lip Splash Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.085 oz.) is supposed to have “full coverage” with a “matte” finish and still manage to hydrate the lips while being “long-wearing.” The range is very pigmented with a more semi-matte to satin finish than truly matte. The wear varied from four to six hours, but the more velvety, silicone-like consistency made it so some shades settled into lip lines, though the more forgiving texture makes it easier to smooth the color back in place during wear. The formula is comfortable to wear overall with a faint mint scent but no taste. If you twist-up the entire lipstick from the tube, it appears rather stubby, but it is actually still 0.085 oz. by weight–the average lipstick is between 0.10 oz. and 0.12 oz. with the occasional lipstick as large as 0.15 oz. (Tarte’s regular lipstick contains $17.00/0.10 oz., and their twist-up LipSurgence range is $24.00/0.10 oz.). Worth noting, the tube itself felt thin and less sturdy than most lipstick tubes I’ve come across.

Surfer Girl

PPermanent. $22.00.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Top Down

PPermanent. $22.00.
A
A
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

Wet Suit

PPermanent. $22.00.
C-
C-
6.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
3.5
Application
71%
Total
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Tarte Surfer Girl Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Surfer Girl Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Surfer Girl Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Surfer Girl Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Surfer Girl Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Surfer Girl Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Surfer Girl Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Surfer Girl Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Surfer Girl Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Surfer Girl Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Surfer Girl Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Surfer Girl Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Surfer Girl Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Surfer Girl Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Top Down Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Top Down Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Top Down Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Top Down Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Top Down Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Top Down Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Top Down Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Top Down Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Top Down Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Top Down Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Top Down Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Top Down Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Top Down Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Top Down Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Wet Suit Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Wet Suit Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Wet Suit Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Wet Suit Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Wet Suit Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Wet Suit Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Wet Suit Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Wet Suit Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Wet Suit Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Wet Suit Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Wet Suit Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Wet Suit Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Wet Suit Drench Lip Splash Lipstick
Tarte Wet Suit Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

87%

Average

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This formula looks very intensely pigmented. These shades are not for me though. I may pick up a tube for interest and wear when I’m looking for that locked in longevity. I noticed the highlighter on your full face photos straight away. Looks lovely

Top Down looks great on you! As for Wet Suit….as usual, the purples are the trouble-makers. It looks kind of scary, seeping into lip lines, and that gritty look makes me think of blood clots, ugh ๐Ÿ™

Wet Suit wasn’t a total surprise, but it’s interesting to me that a lot of brands will give those shades more slip than other shades!

I ordered skinny dip and was disappointed with how little product there was for the price. I know it has 0.085 but still feel like they could have had more product for $22. I agree with you on the packaging it felt thin and cheap which was also surprising for tarte. This lipstick line kinda let me down after seeing how much awesome stuff Tarte was coming out with.

Bummer to hear you were disappointed, Lauren! It is less than standard for sure, though I think visually it appears smaller than it otherwise is (it’s not that much less compared to average).

I don’t think these are going to be my shades — Surfer Girl is a bit light for me, Top Down a bit too orange, and the unfortunate performance of Wet Suit would rule it out even if it wasn’t a bit dark for me. Maybe one of the other shades in the range will work for me.

Top Down is such a great color and it looks great on you, Christine! I think I might go with one of the dupes though – Nars Kelly is more money, but it is also more product and sounds like better packaging as well.

Surfer Girl and Top Down are both quite pretty for spring/summer or just for throwing on a bright, happy color, it seems! I really like them both, but already have too many dupes for Top Down.
However, Wet Suit is such a disappointment for me here, because I actually liked what I *thought* was micro-glitter, but in reality is just the lipstick balling up on itself! At least there’s still Glastonbury or MAC Instigator, so I’ll live after all….?

Passsss I have dupes for all three and I’m bummed they’re not an amazing formula or value. Christine do your pictures show them twisted up all the way??

I’m in love with the packaging but so many of the reviews I read on Sephora said the packaging was cheap and the product amount was tiny. What do you think Christine?

It’s 0.085 oz. – the average lipstick is 0.10 oz. It’s smaller but it’s not tiny, based on weight. Visually, it looks stubby, but as far as weight is concerned, it’s not like, half less, or anything like that.

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