I love a good full coverage foundation. I was first introduced to this through social media, with various Beauty bloggers advertising it on Snapchat and YouTube, and after hearing good things decided to purchase it to see for myself the quality.
Tarte is one of those brands that I’ve always been curious about, but find it so difficult to get hold of any products here in the UK. When this collection was released, I tried to place orders on Sephora to purchase several items (overcoming my dislike of paying the high shipment charges) but to my dismay found that they weren’t shipping parts of the collection to the UK. As one of the most coveted beauty releases this year, I didn’t let that stop me.
Instead, and a little research later, I found that Tarte products can be purchased via QVC. Actually, the deals offered were very good – each product was sold with the corresponding brush. Although not all of the collection was available (I was dismayed to find that I couldn’t purchase the Skin Twinkle Lightening Pallete), I was able to get my hands on the Foundation and concealer, and the brushes.
Firstly, the packaging is as beautiful as it looks. The frosted glass and ombre hardware make the products feel very luxurious and high-end, and very much worth the price tag. Both products have a twist-top lid, whilst the foundation can also be dispersed through the pipette for more control.
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation – shade fair/neutral, £28 – I always find foundation a difficult product to review, as it depends very much on your type of skin, the conditions, weather, usage etc. I loved this foundation from the first application, and I’ve worn it every day since I got it. It really is as simple as that. It blends so beautifully into the skin without being ‘dragged’ or needing excessive blending, and it looks FLAWLESS. Seriously, HD airbrushed, insta-blur flawless. I have combination to oily skin, and that ‘dewy’ look isn’t one that I usually go for, for fear of looking too greasy. Being a water foundation, I was concerned that it might enhance any shine, rather than compliment it, but that wasn’t the case. I also thought it might be a little runny, but a little really does go a long way. It doesn’t need that much product to get a full coverage, and it lasted all day. I’ve applied it with the Tarte Foundation brush (more on that later) and with a damp Beautyblender – my preferred method of applying foundation – and found that the coverage is even with both. I’ve also applied a little and a lot of product, and didn’t find it to be ‘cakey’ or overly drying on my skin either, which I find rare with long usage over the course of the day.
The foundation comes in 11 shades, which is pretty decent; although those of you who are extremely fair or darker skinned may struggle to find a match. Be careful with the swatches on other websites, as I found them inaccurate; if you go onto Tarte’s website there is a far more accurate breakdown of the shades so you can find one to match perfectly. I ordered shade fair-neutral, and generally it is a good match to my normal skin colour (I’ve recently gone on holiday so am a little more tanned than normal, but this shade will suit me once this fades).
Marketed as a “lightweight, full-coverage hydrating foundation” that offers SPF protection, I really think that it would last well under the hot sun, although I haven’t had chance to test this theory yet!
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer – shade fair, £22 (VIA Sephora) – Again marketed as a “full coverage concealing serum”, I was curious to see how it held up against my dark circles and under eye blemishes without emphasising my fine lines and wrinkles (Teething son, no sleep – don’t ask). This actually doesn’t feel like a typical concealer. It is very thin in consistency, yet very creamy and blended remarkably well, without settling in those awkward under eye areas. The applicator/wand is extremely large which made it difficult for a precise application, yet I found that dabbing it on the back of my hand and using the brush meant I was able to achieve the finish I desired. It worked incredibly well at concealing my dark circles, and again you don’t need a lot. When I set it with a translucent powder, it lasted all day, and didn’t move.
A couple of things I did notice about this product was the smell. It has a very strong chemical smell, similar to alcohol. It didn’t cause any irritation with my eyes or skin, but it might be something to consider for those of you whose eyes/skin is easily irritated. It isn’t a deal breaker for me – the product is a winner regardless – but does detract from an otherwise miracle product.
Secondly, just a little note on the shade range. Currently there are 6 shades available but the colours do appear quite light, so I would recommend swatching the products to find a suitable match. I didn’t do this, and ordered the shade fair (my usual concealer shade), but found that it is slightly lighter than I would like and I probably should have gone for the shade light/medium. But this comes down to my unlucky guesswork, and not the product itself!
Tarte Double Ended Foundation Brush, £26 – I do love a new foundation brush, and this doesn’t disappoint! The fibres are super soft, and so densely packed that the foundation glides over the skin. The different sized dual ends mean you get a perfect application; the larger side is great for buffing over your cheeks and forehead, whilst the smaller angled end is perfect for a finer application to the nose and under eye area. It doesn’t drag across the skin, and doesn’t absorb loads of product either. An all rounder!
Tarte Double ended concealer brush, £18 – Again, super soft fibres densly packed means another flawless application. It didn’t tug the delicate under eye areas, which meant that I was able to disperse the product without pulling too hard. It concealed my dark circles well, but I found that I needed to go over with a damp Beautyblender to ensure it was blended fully. This brush was perfect for applications on the chin and forehead, to eliminate any blemishes or redness, and is what I will use it for in future!
Generally speaking, this is the first set of Tarte products I’ve tried, and they really do live up to the hype. I was immensely impressed by the quality, and despite being a little more money than I would normally spend, you can tell that you’re paying for a premium product. I would love to try some more of their products from other ranges too, so any recommendations would be gladly appreciated. I would also love to try some more of the Rainforest of the Sea products, starting with that Skin Twinkle Lightening Pallete, because the name alone is enough to sell it to me!