Tarte Cosmetics Haul & First Impressions

I did some Boxing Day Shopping on the Tarte Cosmetics website because they were offering 30% off everything on their site. For those who may not know, in Canada, December 26th is our big shopping day where almost all stores host sales. I’m sure this sale was probably the same in all countries but they advertised it as Boxing Day for us. tarte-cosmetics_haul-9When I saw that they had the Shape Tape Concealer back in stock in my shade I figured it was the best time to try it! Below I’ll share what I received and first impressions on some items.

Let’s start with the concealer that pretty much took over the later half of 2016, the much-hyped Shape Tape.

tarte-cosmetics_haul-8I had been waiting anxiously for their lighter shades to come back into stock on the website for the last 3 months because unfortunately for me, I can’t pick this up in store. One down-side to purchasing this online was obviously trying to shade-match so I made a guess at my shade. I got light-neutral which ended up being a match for me (luckily). tarte-cosmetics_haul-7This concealer is alright. I don’t hate it, but I don’t exactly think it’s as fantastic as many people have been saying it is. I feel like this just sits on top of my makeup and actually accentuates the fine lines under my eyes. I’m sure if I’m wearing a full-face of makeup it would be nice, but I tend to be more light-handed with makeup for everyday so it didn’t really work with that.

The formula is creamy which is nice. I’ve seen claims that this completely covers any dark circles but I beg to differ. I didn’t notice any more coverage than my other concelears. Plus, I really think the large applicator deposits way too much product on to my face and doesn’t make applying the concealer any easier or better. This may all be because I have dry skin but it didn’t wow me like I wanted it to. I’ll do a full review once I’ve used this about halfway and see if maybe I grow to love it.

Next, I got the The Sheer Passion Maracuja Hydrating Cheek Tint.

tarte-cosmetics_haul-5Lately I’ve been loving liquid blush because I can apply it it quickly with my fingers and in in the winter months I’ve been avoiding adding extra powder to my face as to not look more dry. Plus this was on sale and I still got 30% on top of that so win-win. I like that this had some of their maracuja oil in it because I actually really love it as a face oil for hydrating.

tarte-cosmetics_haul-2First time I used this I went a bit over board because I really thought this would be sheer, however, it is pretty pigmented. The next time I used this I applied a light amount to my face and then blended it out to give just a wash of colour.

I also picked up the Tartiest Pro to Go palette. I love these two highlight colours.

tarte-cosmetics_haul-4One is this pretty pearl colour and the other has a hint of gold. Both are not crazy intense which look really nice on the tops of my cheeks. The contour colour is a bit warm for me but I can definitely use it as a bronzer colour or even as eye-shadow so I’m not too upset that it wasn’t cool.

tarte-cosmetics_haul-3 I like that this is in a nice small case (it’s only a tiny bit bigger than the size of a credit card), so it fits in my makeup case easily. I also love the rubber-like texture of this case and the gold lettering, it’s pretty chic.

Lastly, I purchased the Make a Splash Hydrating Skin Savers mini set.

tarte-cosmetics_haul-6 I actually own these in the large size but I couldn’t help picking up the mini set for travelling and because I thought it was really cute. This set is actually really great for anyone with dry skin because it is all meant to hydrate. I use these mostly for  washing my face in the morning because it’s very gentle and preps my skin for whatever make up I may want to put on. I love the hydrating cream and the facial mist (I love facial mists period).

Have you tried the Shape Tape? What about the Pro Glow to Go? How about the Blush or Make a Splash Face Set? Let me know what you think!

Lots of Luv,


15 thoughts on “Tarte Cosmetics Haul & First Impressions

  1. I have been waiting forever to try the Shape Tape as well, but my shade is never in stock! I have very oily skin, so I think it might still work for me, but like you I just want to see what all the hype is about!
    I was also eyeing that contour palette, but I wanted it mostly for the contour shade, so thanks to your post now I know that it would be too warm for me too!

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  2. Tarte had a free international shipping just this weekend and I was so tempted to pick up that Shape Tape concealer but I just do NOT need it right at this very moment. Also, I was worried it’d look cakey / dry for the under eye area since the reviews have said it is heavy duty coverage. And like you, I would have to guess my shade from online swatches (I was thinking I’d be the shade Light Neutral or Light Sand). I’m kind of glad that I didn’t rush to buy it after reading your first impressions of it. Maybe if you try to apply it with a dampened Beauty Blender type sponge it would help blend it into the skin better, and give a lighter coverage?
    Great haul, by the way. Always good to get things on discount! How was the shipping cost to Canada?

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    • I did apply this with my beauty blender but it still likes to settle into the fine lines right under my eyes. I didn’t know these lines existed until I used this! Haha! I was going to try different application methods (fingers/brush) and it could also be my setting powder (I probably don’t need to use this). I got the shape tape for my sister who also has dry skin but is younger than I am and she said it wasn’t her fave either so I know it’s not just me. We will see in the coming weeks if I can make this work. I wouldn’t recommend it based on my initial experience.

      Luckily, everything else I got is great!

      Tarte offers free shipping on orders $75+ to Canada which is what I usually do. Everything ships within a week or so to my address in Toronto. I didn’t mention but they are also on ebates…Got to save where you can!

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      • Ok then, based on your findings, I think I’ll just hold off on getting this. I like high coverage but the formula can’t accentuate dry lines! Some concealers can make an 18 year old age instantly! Thanks for your honest opinion – very helpful!

        And good to know about the free shipping offer from Tarte – I’ll have to keep that in mind for the future.

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