Review, Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Paaarty

Today I’m going to review another item in my Project Pan Monthly for January. If you’re curious what items I’ve put in my project pan for this month you can do that here.

What it is

I’ve reviewed the Tarte Amazonian Clay Formula before when I took a look at their holiday Blush Bazaar palette here. In a nutshell, I generally like this formula.

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The Amazonian clay formula is said to control oil and infuse moisture into the skin. I have dry skin so I can’t speak to the oil controlling part, but I don’t really notice any moisturizing. I just find that it leaves a nice finish on my skin. It doesn’t look very powdery and I enjoy that.

Price

The regular price of the full-size pan is $38.00 CAD (0.2 oz), this is the deluxe size (0.05 oz) that I received as a beauty insider birthday gift from Sephora with a lip gloss.

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Packaging

There isn’t anything super special about this packaging since it is a deluxe sample item but it’s still a nice size compact size and sturdy plastic. I like that the pan size is wide making it easy to use with a fluffy brush.

Colour

Paaarty is described as a nude shade blush. To me it looks more like a natural peachy tone. I tend to prefer really bold blushes but this one sheerer so I find I have to layer it on a bit. I guess that means I use up a little more of the pan, but I do like my blush to show up on my face.

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Application & Wear

Unlike the shades in the Blush Bazaar palette in the link above, the colour of this blush is a lot more muted so I don’t need to be as careful with the application. I love putting a lot of this on! The wear time is alright. I find that I do find it fades a lot quicker than the palette shades but those ones are a lot more vibrant to begin with. By the end of the day, I notice it’s still there but not as strong.

Overall, I like the blush formula itself, but I wouldn’t pick up this particular shade again. I’m happy I got it as a gift to try. Hopefully I can put a good tent in it during this month. I feel like I can start to see the pan underneath!

Have you tried the Amazonian Clay formula or this blush? Let me know your thoughts on it!

Lots of Love,
Dal

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One Look, One Week Reviews; Tarte Shape Tape

I have been wanting to post a review of the Shape Tape Concealer for the longest time. I shared my initial thoughts when I received my Tarte Cosmetics Haul. Since purchasing this I have had so much time to really test it out. I made sure to include this in my Fall look, you can see the completed look here.

I understand the hype around this concealer and know a lot of users swear by it. I, however, have love-hate feelings toward this. Depending on my makeup or how dry my skin feels that day this either works amazing for me or it doesn’t at all! Anyways, on to the review!

What It Is
A full-coverage, vegan, blendable concealer that brightens, smooths & shapes skin (tartecosmetics.com)

Price
$35.00 CAD. I only shop at Tarte when they have a sale and they were offering 30% off for Boxing Day so when I saw my shade come back into stock I picked it up!

 

Packaging
This is a large tube of concealer. The applicator on the shape tape is way too big in my opinion. When it comes to this formula, a little goes a long way and I find the applicator deposits more concealer onto my face than I might actually need. It also has a dip in the applicator to house more product which I personally don’t like.

Colour
This is the second lightest shade in the line and although it matches me well, I think I might be able to wear the lightest shade instead. Depending on the foundation I wear underneath, this can either look super flattering on me or terrible. I think it looks best on me when I wear my pink toned foundations. If I wear a foundation that is more yellow, it only brings out all the yellow in the concealer and I end up looking washed out.

This looks the best with my favourite foundation, Shiseido’s Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation. You need to read my review of it here. It looks so good with that foundation in particular on me. It also looks good with Tarte’s Water Foundation which I reviewed in the post before because that shade is neutral.

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Application & Wear
This is the thickest concealer I own. If I’m wearing a full-coverage foundation I can’t wear this because it just makes me look cakey. I prefer to wear this with medium coverage foundation because I can blend this out easily and it will make the medium coverage feel more full coverage. That’s one thing I like about the shape tape, it does blend out really well and I can wear lighter coverage foundations with this.

One thing I mentioned before is that the shape tape does not completely cancel out my dark circles. It does make them less visible but not more than any of my other concealers. Also, this creases and looks dry on me if I set it with powder my under eyes. Now, I have natural creases under my eyes and my skin is dry. I have to moisturize well under my eyes anyways but this just makes it more apparent if I don’t. I find that using the Tarte maracuja oil under my eyes really helps. The shape tape has shea butter and mango seed butter, both of which are supposed to hydrate the skin but on me, it doesn’t do that.

When I use this to conceal my face I find it provides the best coverage for blemishes and redness around my nose. This is also extremely long lasting which I love.

The Breakdown

Pros

  • Blends easily
  • Works perfectly with my fave foundation
  • Long lasting

Cons

  • Doesn’t cover dark circles completely
  • Accentuates dryness and creases
  • Applicator is too large

Can you see why it’s such a strange concealer for me? Have you tried the shape tape? What do you think of it?

See you in tomorrow’s post where I review my blush and lipstick in my one look!

Lots of Love,
Dal

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,

Dal