Happy Monday, blog fans! It's been a dull, crappy kind of day here (complete with snow), but things are looking up as we get to chat about some very pleasant Tarte bits. They newly released Rainforest of the Sea Collection features a bit of everything, we'll be checking out the Water Foundation, Drench Lip Splash Lipsticks, and Quench Lip Rescue. You know what to do...
First up, the Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation. The Water Foundation is, as you would suspect, a thinner liquid foundation formula housed in a weighty glass bottle with a pipette style dropper. The foundation isn't as watery as some of the other similar formulas I've tried, but is more forgiving on drier skin types. The foundation has a bit of a creaminess to it, which sits and blends really well onto skin and is formulated with 20% water to hydrate skin throughout the 12 hour wear time it promises. I didn't wear the foundation that long- the shade I received is too dark for me so I only wore it around the house- but did hold up well for about 8 hours. On my drier skin I was sure to prime well (with Smashbox Primer Oil) and didn't have any issues with dry patches showing or cropping up during wear.
The finish is very natural on skin, as it's not a full matte, but not dewy either. I really liked the way this made my skin look, as the coverage is enough to really give a perfected look, but not so heavy as to leave you looking flat. The formula is said to be good for skin as it also features the Rainforest of the Sea complex that claims to 'help restore and brighten up skin for a smooth, soft, radiant finish.'
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Top Down & Bonfire 2.4 g $22 USD / $26 CAD
Lipstick lovers are treated to the Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipsticks. First off, they are housed in stunning gold and purple ombre tubes. They're majorly covet-able. Second off, there are some equally stunning shades in the range. I was initially a bit put off byt how little the product looks(especially compared to the size of the tube) but it's very comparable to other Tarte products in size and price.
The formula features the Rainforest of the Sea antioxidant complex and natural, lip-loving oils and butters (think jojoba seed and pomegranate oils, and cupuacu and murumuru butters) to hydrate and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while smoothing and softening skin. The formula feels quite comofortable on lips and leaves lem feeling lightly hydrated, even after 5-6 hours of wear.
Of the shade available, I tested Top Down, a strawberry pink meets red, and Bonfire, a deep blackberry. Both shades are ultra-pigmented and have a satin finish with just a hint of shine. Top Down applied really easily in one swipe, but Bonfire needing an extra pass for full depth and opacity.
For balm fans, the Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue offers up a glossy, balmy, lip treatment in stick form. Oh, and that stick is all kinds of gorgeous too! The tubes differ depending on which shade you opt for, with Nude being clad in pink with gold clam shells. The tubes are of a coated, heavy, cardboard, but do seem to be pretty durable feeling.
As for the actual Lip Rescue, it features a super smooth, mint scented formula that is super glossy with a comfortable, cushy feel. It gives a very sheer wash of colour and nice hydration. The formula claims to 'save lips from the signs of aging while delivering intense hydration' featuring an antioxidant and vitamin-rich blend of essential extracts and oils to restore softness, moisture, and elasticity. I haven't used it long enough to see any results to that extent, but this is a nice balm to throw on mid day for a hint of colour and shine. That said, I would be very careful with this as it feels very soft and could be prone to breakage if mishandled (especially in warm weather.)
Overall, I'm quite pleased with these products! While the foundation isn't my shade, the formula is a winner- even if you have drier skin! The lip shades are gorgeous and really, can you eve have too many balms. The packaging alone should win you over. What do you think? Tried or need any of these products?