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Brand Review: Tarte Cosmetics

Happy New month my Slaybae’s. It’s the fifth month of the year and yes, I’m probably gonna mention this with every new month, lol, jokes! I’ll try my best not to. #nopromises

A new month means a new blog series and this month I’ll be sharing my liquid lipstick collections with lip swatches. A different brand every Monday, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Today I’m doing another brand review and this time around we’re having a look at the Tarte brand. I’ve reviewed the Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette, you can click HERE if you’re curious to know what my thoughts are on this palette.

I own a few of their products, so let me fill you in on my experience with each of them.


Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation



Too many glasses of rose? Clay will save the day! This oil-free, vegan, matte liquid foundation will breathe life back into your skin.


  • Instant full coverage
  • Matte finish & oil control
  • Cake-free & comfortable formula
  • Lasts without creasing or settling in lines
  • Amazonian clay helps balance your complexion
  • Part of the Amazonian Clay Collection

Always formulated without: Parabens • Mineral Oil • Phthalates • Triclosan • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate • Gluten

This is one of my go-to everyday foundations and especially so during dryer seasons/months. It claims to be full coverage but I’d say it’s medium with buildable coverage. The finish of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation is a natural soft focus and feels extremely lightweight on the skin. It has a thick, creamy, almost paste-like consistency and really easy to apply. I prefer applying it with a brush. It wears well but I do find that I have to touch up after the 5-hour mark during hotter seasons. This is why I prefer using it during dryer seasons.

I had a few issues with finding my ideal shade and therefore have 3 shades. All 3 suit me well depending on the season and how tanned I am. I have the shades, from right to left, medium sand, medium honey and tan honey.

Tarte Tartelette In Bloom eyeshadow palette

This is a palette I’ve had my eye on from the time I purchased the Tartelette all matte palette. It’s the perfect neutral palette.

There are 9 mattes, namely: Charmer, Jetsetter, Smokeshow, Flower Child, Smarty Pants, Activist, Sweetheart, Rebel, Leader as well as 3 shimmery shades: Rocker, Firecracker, Funny Girl.

This neutral palette has some cooler as well as warmer shades. Overall, it’s a great neutral palette that can be used for everyday looks. The eyeshadows also have a vanilla scent which gets me every time I open the palette. All the shadows show up impressively. They feel very soft and the pigmentation is fantastic. The shimmers are very smooth and show up brilliantly.

My only con would be their choice of dark colours. The shades Activist and Smokeshow look very similar. One of these could’ve been removed and replaced with maybe another shimmer shade.


Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette Volume III

I received this palette in a boxycharm and man was I excited. I’m so bummed because I received another sometime last year but sold it. The packaging of the rainforest of the sea eyeshadow palettes is so gorgeous. Volume III has this gorgeous mermaid scale-like design decorating on the front and one can’t deny how aesthetically pleasing it is.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette Volume III has been called a “highlighting eye palette” by Sephora and is said to have “eye-illuminating effects” thanks to oxygenated light-reflecting spheres which act to highlight eyelids for a smooth, even texture. Ok, let’s break that down for a second…Basically, what they are trying to tell you, is this palette has contained eight metallic shades that have an almost foiled finish.

The texture of these eyeshadows is truly unique. They feel almost gel/powder like but yet still has a creamy consistency. It contains 8 shadows and 7 of these have this gorgeous shimmer finish with micro-shimmer which looks absolutely gorgeous on the eyes. The shade tiki has a satin-like finish which I quite like.

This palette isn’t for everyone. You either love it or hate it and it’s something you have to experience for yourself. I personally really love it and especially so because these shimmer shades give off a frosty finish. These shadows are best applied with your finger. If you’re like me and love your foiled, metallic eye looks then you’ll adore this one.

Tarte Limited Edition Glow Girls Bronzer and Highlight Duo

This mini set along with the foundation was my very first Tarte purchases. The bronzer is in the shade Hotel Heiress which is a deep warm bronzer. It doesn’t work for my skin during winter seasons when I’m fairer, only during summer when I have a really awesome tan. This has a natural matte finish and is incredibly long-lasting. It’s pretty pigmented, so a little goes a long way.

The set includes the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter in Exposed a stunning light gold shade. The highlighter is pretty, the formula feels smooth and applies beautifully on the skin. There are little glitter particles that are pretty noticeable but these don’t translate onto the skin. They appear smaller when applied to the skin.


Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte is known for their Amazonian clay blushes. These blushes are known to be long-wearing as they promise 12 hours of wear time. I love that they are infused with natural clay as it said to tone down your skin’s oil and keeps the colour in place.

I have the shades exposed, which is my go-to blush when I’m looking for something very natural. I read an article a while ago and it said that the best way to describe Exposed is like the “my lips, but better” of blush. I received the mini in the shade feisty in an Ipsy glam bag and this shade is described to be a warm mauve shade. Not typically what I would gravitate towards in terms on blush shades but I actually really like it. I find myself reaching for it more in autumn and winter.


Tarte Pro Glow Liquid Highlighter

I’m not a huge fan of liquid highlighters but I’ve recently been playing around with a few and I surprisingly really like them. I received this highlighter in a boxycharm. It’s in the shade exposed which is a beautifully nude gold shade. This formula leans more towards a creamy consistency and really easy to work with. I prefer using my finger for application and then smooth it out with a beauty sponge. The result is a gorgeous almost wet-looking sheen that makes me feel like a glowing goddess.


Tarteist shimmering lip paint

Another product I received in a boxycharm. This is described as a sheer lipgloss that’s infused with ultra-reflective glitter for a luscious, multidimensional pout perfect to layer over lipstick, or wear alone for a hint of colour & shine.

I received the shade striking gold and it has this gorgeous multidimensional glitter. There’s some pink and purple reflects which is pretty unique and the reason why I’d keep it in my collection. The formula feels great, not sticky at all and the glitter particles are really tiny so you won’t feel them when you purse your lips together.


Tarte the sculptor double-ended contour & highlighter


Described as a product that will sculpt, chisel & highlight your best facial features. Tarte’s double-ended contouring stick featuring two blendable formulas in one limited-edition, twist-up tool. This seemed like a great product to purchase especially since I so badly wanted to try out cream products for contouring and highlighting.

It, unfortunately, didn’t work for me. The contour shade was just too dark and even though the formula felt creamy, it was just too pigmented and a nightmare to blend. The highlight side was pretty but needed to be warmed up before applying or else it wouldn’t blend out.


Final Thoughts

I’m really pleased with this brand and eager to try more of their products.

Their eyeshadow formula is really great but there hasn’t been a palette from their recent launches that I’ve been lusting over. Their colour selections have been uninspiring and rather boring.

The blushes have to be my absolute favourite as they aren’t overly pigmented so you’re able to build it up and they’re long wearing.

Let me know if you’ve tried some Tarte products and which are some of your absolute favourites?




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