Tarte Goodies

Hello lovelies!

Little makeup update for you. I got these tarte goodies in a recent Sephora order with a friend! Here’s a tip: if you ever want to order something from Sephora, do it with a friend! Free tracked shipping over $75, and you get a ton of site-exclusive samples that aren’t offered in store. My friend isn’t a frequent makeup buyer so her purchase added to my Beauty Insider points 😀

Anyway, sad news was last week, my second Kat Von D powder compact (still a baby – new and only a few weeks old) did a suicide jump from my purse one night after getting a ride back home in the evening. It was dark, I was searching around my bag for my keys, and suddenly my purse flipped upside down and the compact fell. Popped clean out of the pan and shattered all over the concrete porch. SUCH A SAD DAY. To top it off, it rained really hard the next day and washed everything away. $50 literally down the drain. :(((((

Anyway, summer is coming up and I thought it might be the time to switch to something a little bit lighter! The day after “the shattering’, my friend and I placed an order for some new makeup goodies. I have combination type skin and after a little bit of research, found out that Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Powder Foundation was a recommended choice by bloggers and beauty gurus alike. It claims to have medium to full coverage, sits lightly on the skin but lasts for a long time, and its mineral properties are better for the skin. Sounds good to me, especially since the Kat Von D powder (which I briefly reviewed here) was more on the heavier side.

 I’m in love with Tarte’s packaging! I love the whole bamboo look, very sleek and pretty! The makeup itself encased under a mesh stocking cover to prevent spillage, which is great because I have a tendency to use way too much powder and cake my face up. It also has a plastic stopper built into the lid that presses down on the mesh when you close it, making sure that no powder flies out or moves around.

I use the shade ‘fair honey’, which is suited for fair skin with peach undertones. I debated between this shade and the second lightest shade, but this one suited my perfectly. The powder comes with it’s own brush but I didn’t feel like spending an extra $34 on it when I have a little stash of Real Technique brushes at home.

I really like this powder – it suits my skin very nicely and it builds up to have a very flawless finish without caking up or feeling heavy. I’ve been using it every day for the past week or so and it wears very well. My face tends to get oily after a while but this powder kept my face under control! It’s a bit on the pricey side ($44, which is about the same as what I paid for the Kat Von D powder and that was totally worth it.)

The other thing I picked up was the Tarte Rainforest After Dark palette! I tried looking for the link on Sephora but it seems to have been taken offline (“out of stock”) since it was limited edition…which leads me to wonder if I ordered the last one? WOO YAY! 😀


Tarte does it again with their gorgeous packaging! This one features a wood base design with a foil gold snake. The snake has a little purple gem on its head…very pretty.

Let me just say that my attempts at color correcting were not that great. Should have taken photos against a white backround but I thought the grass was a nice touch at the time. For more accurate palette color, reference the Tarte website.

I ordered this as a little graduation gift for myself! After seeing it in stores but never buying it due to it constantly being out of stock, I finally gave in and ordered it online! I bought this palette for several reasons –

  1. It has a really nice selection of colours – some mattes and some shimmers. 
  2. It’s a 4 in one product – eyeshadows, highlighter, bronzer, and blush,
  3. It’s easy and compact to travel with, which is great for vacations or conventions because less makeup to carry around. 
  4. It has a really big and convenient mirror!

I was kind of fed up carrying so many separate bulky products when I went to conventions. Unfortunately some of my nice makeup (and an iPhone cable) went missing when I stayed in my hotel at Anime North ( >_>), so I figured the less bits and bobs to keep track of, the better. This palette has colors that I love using, and can create a wide variety of looks.

SO PRETTTYYYYY

Pink toned colors. Features a satin champagne highligter, a matte pink toned beige, a satiny mauve, and a satiny plum/ dark purple shade, Unleashed is a dusty nude rose which I was unsure about at first, but fell in love with upon application.

The other side of the palette features warm brown colors: a gold shimmer, a matte brown, a cool toned ‘espresso’ brown shade, and a bronzer which is very similar to the NYC sunny bronzer that I’ve used forever. 
Absolutely in love with this palette, definitely one of my favourites and I’m glad I got it before it ran out of stock! You can still order it from the Tarte website! 
What do you think about this palette? Do you own any Tarte products? Are there any you would like to try out? Let me know in the comments below!
xox

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