Dear, Tarte Cosmetics – Rant

Hey everybody, today I want to rant a little bit. Over the years I have expressed a lot of love for the Tarte Cosmetics brand. Today, I want to express some strong feelings against them.

Shape Tape, Shape Tape Foundation, Amazonian Clay Foundation, their highlighters, their blushes, all amazing. I have had both successes and failures with their eye shadows; Tartelette palettes, big yes. If the eye shadow has that vanilla smell I know it’s a good one, but I’ve also bought eye shadow palettes from their holiday collections that are dry, pigmentless trash. The Sex Kitten liquid liners and their mascaras have all worked wonderfully me as well. The Color Splash lipstick in Salt Lyfe is my ride or die nude shade. So these are the products I will stand by. I will continue to purchase my foundation, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, concealer, lipsticks, blushes and highlighters from Tarte; they work for me.

I am so tired of their recent collections and all this “Fla-mingle” shit really triggered me. If you have seen what they released today, you know what I am talking about. They have become a complete joke with cheap looking packaging.

Earlier this week I sent Tarte Cosmetics an angry email after yet another brush fell apart on me. The head fell off one of my Make Believe In Yourself brushes, one of my Back To School set brushes lost all it’s bristols, and just recently the head fell off one of my Nicol Concilio brushes. I told them they should be embarrassed to take people’s money for this garbage.  I have expressed a lot of love for Tarte brushes in the past. They are always super soft, they always leave a beautiful finish and make application so easy; I will never buy another brush set from Tarte Cosmetics. They are GARBAGE. Individual brushes seem to be better, but you also pay more for them. They are mass manufacturing these brush sets and selling them, on average, for $8 a brush; they end up falling apart. I initially received an email back from customer service asking for my order numbers, I haven’t heard back and it’s been a couple days.

Do. Not. Waste. Your. Money. I never will again.

Kat Von D offers a wonderful selection of cruelty free brushes, purchase those instead.

Tarte Cosmetics | Shape Tape Matte Foundation

Tarte Cosmetics recently released two Shape Tape foundation formulas, matte and a hydrating formula. For whatever reason, each formula offers different shades. I would typically wear fair beige but it’s only offered in the hydrating formula and I have very oily skin so I picked up fair neutral in the matte formula. This foundation sells for $55 CAD on tarte.com.

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For the packaging, there are things I like and things I don’t like. I like the wand that it comes with because I think that it allows you to avoid dispensing too much product. It’s just a jumbo version of the Shape Tape concealer wand if you are familiar with that product. I do think that glass bottles cause far too much product waste because a lot of product will sit at the bottom of the bottle; you can’t reach it with the wand and no matter how long you store the bottle upside down it will not help.

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I was surprised by the thickness of this foundation, as in it was not as thick as I was expecting. It really gave excellent coverage without being cakey and the finish was just absolutely beautiful; matte, smooth, and totally natural looking. Tarte foundations are always fantastic for colour; very true colour, they don’t oxidize and turn orange over time. I did only minimal touch ups with powder throughout the day and it wasn’t until I was wearing the makeup for 8-9 hours when I noticed a more severe touch up would be required to control my oil. Overall I would absolutely purchase this foundation again.

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Tarte Cosmetics Tartelette Vault

With the release of the brand new Tartelette Toasted palette, Tarte cosmetics released a vault of all three Tartelette palettes. The vault costs $130 CAD, which puts each palette at about 28% off regular cost.

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The palettes come packaged in a beautiful hard cover purple Tartelette case. The palettes are actually super hard to get out of this case which is annoying.

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Unfortunately, I received my vault with Tartelette Toasted smashed, which was obvious as soon as I opened the case. I contacted customer service immediately and they asked me to send them a photo and my order number. The day that I received the package it was also Cyber Monday and they were offering 25% off everything, which is probably why they took their sweet time replying; they didn’t want to have to give me a refund, partial refund or gift certificate code for me to turn around and buy the palette again at another discounted price. I have had to contact the Tarte customer service multiple times because of broken brushes or packaging falling apart and they are usually pretty good, and pretty quick to reply; usually. After a while, they did offer me a replacement, which I accepted. So when I hear back about that I will update this post.

Update: I received confirmation from customer service that I was receiving a replacement, as well as an email confirmation that I was getting the whole vault again. If I had known they were sending all three palettes instead of just one to replace the damaged one, I would have just asked for a refund. What am I going to do with all this eye shadow?! #FirstWorldProblems 

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Tartelette Toasted is a mix of shimmer shades and mattes in warm, cozy tones; perfect for fall (or all the time really). It really is a beautiful palette so it’s really unfortunate that one of the more generic, base colours was smashed to the point where I can’t even open the palette without losing powder. I love the shadows included but do not love the packaging. I like the heaviness and sturdiness of the packaging, I love the gold accent…hate the “flames” on the front, I think they could have done a better design. The shadows are a gorgeous, creamy consistency that is super pigmented and beautifully blendable. The shades with the chunkier glitter definitely benefit from a wet brush; wetting your brush a little with a setting spray will just keep the product packed together as you apply so you can really get the most pigment.

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The original Tartelette palette is all matte shades in their amazonian clay formula, amazing for creating versatile day to day looks and each row is colour coordinated for perfecting mixing. This comes in the same sturdy component as the Toasted palette but with a simple purple cover and silver accent. The shadows are also the same creamy consistency. They are more cool toned which I really prefer with my skin tone.

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The Tartelette In Bloom palette is the second release in the Tartelette line and one I already had. I love this palette, it is my go to for day to day and night time looks because it has beautiful matte shades and a few shimmers to glam it up. Each row is colour coordinated and there is a mixture of cool and warm tones. Jetsetter is my all time favourite colour for a natural looking contoured crease. These have the same creamy shadow formula as the other two palettes and comes in the same gold accented component, which includes a cover of flower petals. The flower petals aren’t really “me” but the shadows are so perfect I can get over that.

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Overall, I definitely recommend this line of palettes because of their super creamy and pigmented formula that blends amazingly and makes makeup application a breeze for even beginners. Plus, the component is super sturdy compared to many other palettes on the market and I love Tarte’s signature vanilla scent.

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Tarte Cosmetics Clay Play Face Shaping Palette

Hello Readers! I recently picked up the oh so beautiful Clay Play Face Shaping Palette from Tarte Cosmetics! This palette includes three contour shades and 9 shadow shades in neutral tones to sculpt your whole face. This palette goes for $64 but during Tarte’s 7 days of sales for their 17th birthday, I picked up this bad boy for $25 CAD.

My palette came with some smudges on the packaging which is ~whatever~. The packaging is super sturdy, definitely one of the palette’s made from better quality materials.

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My favourite contour shade in this is the one in the middle, it’s called Desert. However, I have really fair skin and my ideal contour shade would be closer to the eye shadow “Dunes” in this palette which is more grey and ashy. It’s very close to (maybe the same as) Jetsetter from the Tartelette In Bloom eye shadow palette. In this palette it is the one on the top left in the shadows above Desert. I find that these ashy shades create a more cool toned, natural looking shadow. Dunes is definitely my go-to for my crease when doing my eyes.

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These powders are super silky and pigmented. They blend so well and they also have that Tarte signature vanilla scent. While this palette is all neutral tones it’s also so versatile and perfect for travel because you have every thing you need to sculpt your face is on pretty palette.

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The only bad experience I had with this palette is that I tried to use the darkest contour shade and ended up with it looking super blotchy. It didn’t blend smoothly which I don’t blame on the powder; I had recently run out of primer and I had just applied Clearasil to my face so I was applying the powder to a very dry foundation. This of course ended up a disaster since I had use the darkest shade. So these powders definitely benefit from a nice smooth, well moisturized or well primed base.

Overall, this palette is a really great investment. I particularly feel like this is a great palette for people who aren’t huge makeup enthusiasts because it’s all in one palette and it’s all very basic, not intimidating at all.

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Tarteist Pro Magnetic Palette

I usually don’t bother with magnetic palettes but I picked up the Tarteist Pro Magnetic Palette in Wild Animal and I am really pleased. Because this is part of the Pro collection it is definitely better quality, and a more glamorous design. I have had a few experiences lately where Tarte products have fallen apart on me because the glue fails to hold. You can definitely tell this palette is much sturdier; it feels nice and heavy in the hands. I often don’t feel like the packaging for Tarte products really suit ‘me’, but I really like this animal print. I’m definitely attracted more to products that are black and white, black and gold etc.  I popped out all of my Tarte blushes and put them in there and popped out my highlighters from my Anastasia Beverly Hills Sweets Glow Kit. The palette is big enough to fill 9 of the Tarte blushes, just to give you an idea of size.

Because it is just a magnetic palette there isn’t much to review but if you have ever been deterred from Tarte products because of the packaging design, this is definitely a sturdier component and would be great for storing Tarte’s awesome products.

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Tarte 2017 Holiday Collection | Sex Kitten Squad Lash and Line Set

This year’s holiday collection from Tarte Cosmetics is inspired by Moroccan Mosaics. As always, the collection features a lot of great product sets. I picked up the Sex Kitten Squad Lash and Line set. I got 15% off so I paid only $18 for this set, regularly priced at $21 CAD. The set includes a smaller Sex Litten liquid liner, a travel sized Tarteist Pro Lash Glue and a set of their cruelty free lashes in “Sex Kitten” which is not available anywhere but in this set.

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The Sex Kitten liquid liner is a liner I’ve been using for a little while now. I get great precision and super rich black colour. The product dispenses from the felt tip evenly and easily. It’s long wearing and waterproof. This set includes a liner that is 1.0 ml. This liner sells for $24 in the 1.4ml size.

I have used their lash glue as well, I love that it’s black because it makes it impossible to see, it blends right in with my liner. The glue in the set is 2.5ml and a full sized tube is 3.5ml and sells for $12. I’ve also used a few different sets of their false lashes before. I don’t really like lashes meant to create more volume because when I blend them with my natural lashes it’s just too much and I look like a drag queen. I like these Sex Kitten lashes because they build a nice length and still look natural. Tarte sells their lashes for $15.

Overall I would think the products probably value at least $40 CAD. This set is great for gifting just for scoring a great deal on quality products for yourself.

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Tarte Haul | Sister’s Wedding Edition

Tarte had one of their friends and family sales in July, offering 25% off almost everything on their website. I placed multiple orders in the week that they offered this sale. My first order was an order I placed with a 15% discount code I was sent because I needed a darker foundation shade for the summer. I then placed an order during the 25% off sale to stock up on products for my sister’s wedding and placed a final order a couple days later when I received a code for $50 off because of my Tarte Tokens!

Here’s just a list of everything I got and then I’ll share details below!

Amazonian Clay 12 Hr Full Coverage Foundation | Fairly Light Beige
Travel Size Deep Dive Cleansing Gel & Full Sized Deep Dive Cleansing Gel
Sex Kitten Liquid Liner
Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12 hr Concealer | Fair & Fair-Light
Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation | Fair Neutral
Rainforest Of The Sea Marine Boost Setting Mist
Rainforest Of The Sea Water Foundation | Porcelain & Fair Beige
Limited Edition Rainforest Of The Sea Eye Shadow Palette Volume III

I’ll start with the complexion products. The Amazonian Clay 12hr Full Coverage Foundation is the foundation I’ve been using for the past year or so but for the summer I had to go up a shade. I’m usually Fair Beige but I got the Fairly Light Beige for fair to light skin with pink undertones, but it still wasn’t dark enough to match my summer tan! I love this foundation because you get amazing coverage with a super smooth application and you only need a little bit of product. It feels great on my skin and wears all day. The Amazonian Clay councealer is also something I’ve used before. This concDSC_0015ealer is super smooth and has great coverage. I went up a shade for myself and got it in Fair for my sister. I use the Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation has a setting powder because I can add just an extra bit of light coverage and it keeps my creams in place. The new product for me is the Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation. This has a drop applicator which I like because you can do as little or as much as you want. I picked this up in my regular shade for myself and in Porcelain for my sister, she does prefer a lighter coverage so I thought this would be a great foundation for her to try. I don’t know if I feel like this is really compatible with my oily skin because the two times I wore it I did feel like I got oily faster than I do with the Amazonian Clay foundation.

The Sex Kitten liquid liner is a new product to me. I really like the packaging. The brush is gives great precision. It’s a very heavy application,by that I mean that a lot of product dispenses so I have to be careful when I want to create a thinner line. Online it says it’s a waterproof product but it doesn’t say that anywhere on the packaging which I think is a huge design flaw.

I also picked up a couple skincare products. I got both a travel size and a regular size of the Deep Dive Cleansing Gel because I ordered the travel size first not knowing that in just a couple days they would have a 25% off sale. I love this cleanser, it’s a nice foaming gel formula that’s so gentle I can even DSC_0021use it on my eyes without any irritation and it removes absolutely everything. It makes my skin feel so soft and keeps my complexion looking bright. I also got the 4 in 1 Marine Boosting Setting Mist which can be used to prime skin, set makeup, hydrates and refreshes. I really like this mist because I can just spray it on throughout the day to refresh my face without disturbing my makeup and I know that it’s going to give me a little hydration. It smells like oranges which is awesome.

The last product is the new Rainforest of the Sea highlighting eye shadow palette Volume III. This palette is a lot brighter than Volume II which I have written about before. It’s all highlighting shades with the exception of one matte taupe colour that’s a great crease colour; some warm and some more cool toned but all pretty bright shades. I really like this formula, it’s very rich and smooth, not a lot of fall out. Some of the lighter shades definitely benefit from a wet brush; I like to use the Marine Boosting mist for this.  I’ve posted a side by side of the Volume II and Volume III. I would like to get the Volume I but I haven’t bothered yet because it’s more pinky.

Tarte is a cruelty free and vegan friendly company which I really like. They are great quality products, I’m never really disappointed. Their brand is very much about keeping things natural, so a lot of their packaging isn’t really my ‘style’; my eye is drawn to products in more edgy packaging, I like black and white packaging, but I do love the Tarte products. If Tarte ever wanted to create an edgier line I would be all over it. They did a unicorn line, so maybe a witchy one could come one day too!

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Tarte | Custom Kit Sale

Tarte Cosmetics always has really awesome sales so I would recommend subscribing to their emails to be notified of any sales. Every few months those amazing sales include a “Build Your Own Kit” special – you get to choose 6 full sized products and a makeup bag for only $84 CAD. I built my own kit in May and it was well worth the money!

Each category of product has limited products you can choose from so you can’t just choose any 6 products from the website but they are all great products that you get to choose from.

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My kit included a really cute iridescent, unicorn fabric make up bag – not sure of the value of this.

I picked the Lights, Camera, Splashes for my mascara since we are going into summer and this mascara is waterproof. It’s not my favourite mascara. The brush is a little small and I don’t get as much length and volume as I do from other mascaras but I like to just apply a coat of this over the Lash Paint and I’m good to go. This mascara is valued at $25 CAD.

For my liner I chose Lights, Camera, Precision liquid liner – not 100% sure if that’s actually the name because I don’t have it in front of me as I type but I do believe that’s close. I can’t find it on the website so they must have discontinued it and used this sale to get rid of what they had left. I get great precision from this liner but it’s a little dry, I don’t get a ton of product out and I wouldn’t say it’s the richest, most opaque black in the first layer. They’re liners average around $24-$26.

For my blush I got the Amazonian Clay 12hr Blush in the shade Exposed which is great for every skin type it’s a very versatile nude pink. Super natural looking. Pigmented and crazy blendable. It doesn’t get patchy or anything, it looks perfect all day. This blush is $35.

I also got the Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation. I started using this recently and I really like it. I use it on the oily parts of my face to set and it’s also great for a little extra coverage when my skin breaks out. It’s super soft and smooth. Also great for just using on top of a tinted moisturizer or BB cream for a lighter coverage. Valued at $46.

The lip product I chose was the Quick Dry Lip Paint in the shade Festival which isn’t a limited edition shade but it is in limited edition packaging as part of the Make Believe In Yourself Collection. This colour is a beautiful pink mauve that looks great on everyone! I really love this formula too – it’s super pigmented, applies super smooth, is really pigmented and lasts a really long time. It also doesn’t feel too crazy dry and it doesn’t flake. Valued at $24.

The last product is a brush. Tarte brushes are the best – super soft, great quality and, of course, cruelty free. I got the Bronze and Glow contour brush. Which has a smaller end for applying powder contour and a big fluffy end for buffing it out. I already have this brush and I love it so I got another that I’ll just use for other powders and blending rather than contour. Valued at $41.

So this order would have totaled around $195+, because I don’t know the exact value of the makeup bag of the eyeliner. Pretty amazing deal and all great, cruelty free products!

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TARTE MAKE BELIEVE IN YOURSELF COLLECTION

Tarte is a brand that is pretty well known for keeping their packaging and colour selection pretty basic and neutral, nothing to loud, so last year when they teased us with a photo of a unicorn brush set it was super surprising. Well they released not just the brush set but a whole “Make Believe In Yourself” collection based around magic, myths, unicorns, fairy tales whatever you want to call it. It’s all fun colours, bright, iridescent finishes, tons of sparkle and overall FUN! I picked up the Magic Wands Brush Set, Make Believe In Yourself Eye and Cheek Palette, Quick Try Lip Paint in the mint shade Fairy Tale and the clay pot liner in the new limited edition colours Margarita (lime green), Blue Moon (peacock blue) and Bubblegum (hot pink). I wear mostly black clothes and wearing bright colours on my eyes is a little out of my comfort zone but I do it sometimes for fun and sometimes it’s weird, sometimes I love it. I do LOVE bright coloured lipstick and I think that it’s fun to put on just a little pop of colour on your eyes with liner or mascara.

The Clay Pot Liners are great for adding a little pop of colour along the waterline. They’re waterproof and last all day, seriously don’t budge. I get terrible seasonal allergies in the springs, my eyes water all day and these still stay on. I picked these up before in the shades Fairy Wings and Unicorn Kisses. Fairy Wings and Unicorn Kisses were super creamy and I am not a pro with a liner brush for doing winged looks or anything (the creaminess makes it even more difficult for me) so I just pop them on my waterline and I love it. These new colours are so great for summer! They are a little less creamy than the previous ones I had bought. I am obsessed with the colours, the Bubblegum shade has a bit of an iridescent finish.

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I wasn’t originally going to buy the mint lipstick because Kat Von D as so many new colours coming out, including a bright blue, but I decided to get it anyway. It applies super smooth and dries quickly. It is very long wearing, much better than the Creamy Matte Lip Paints. This will be so great for summer parties and concerts. I really like the Quick Dry Lip Paint brush, it’s curved to fit around your lip. This colour does require a couple layers to get the full effect of the colour with an opaque finish. I did two layers and then tried to do a third but it started to flake almost instantly so two layers max (haha). I would definitely recommend exfoliating your lips before applying; if you don’t, this will stick to any dry spots and make it look worse. Because it requires two layers it does feel a little more dry on the lips than some other shades. I really like the colour but overall, I think I could have done without it.

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In this photo with the Fairytale Lip Paint, I used the matte shade “Myth” from the eye shadow palette in my crease. It’s not a creamy powder like some other Tarte eye shadows but it’s also not chalky, it’s a nice silky powder.

The thing I like most about the Make Believe In Yourself Eye and Cheek Palette is that while it is colorful and fun, the colours are also more muted and mystical rather than electric. They have a gorgeous iridescent finish plus the one matte fawn brown which is great for blending in the crease. The packaging is also so cute and it’s pretty much the size I was expecting it to be. If you have ever seen the Rainforest of the Sea eye shadow palettes, it’s bigger than that. It also smells like vanilla which you know I looooove about Tarte products. It’s obviously not the best ever travel palette because it’s a fun and colorful palette rather than colours you would use day to day but that’s not to say it isn’t versatile. The highlighter also has a really pretty iridescent finish which makes it unique compared to the other Tarte highlighters that are more shimmery. It’s not super blinding but it is buildable which is a really great for days when you just want a subtle glow. It’s a super similar finish to the ABH Moonchild shades but white. It reminds me of a pixie dust so they missed a prime opportunity for a good name there. I mentioned that Myth was a very silky powder; I expected the shimmery ones to be more creamy but they were the same soft, silky formula. Super pigmented! Make sure you’re following me on Instagram to see some looks I do with this palette!

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There was no way I wasn’t going to get this amazing unicorn brush set. Tarte brushes are so soft and they really are like magic wands. My makeup always applies amazing well and looks noticeably better when I use Tarte brushes. The set has a powder brush, a shadow brush, a blending shadow brush, a contour brush and what I’m pretty sure is meant to be a foundation brush. The shadow brushes are very light while the face brushes have a little more weight to them, and the handles are pretty long so overall they feel really great in your hand. The bristols are super soft and the perfect density for each brushes intended use. The powder brush is pretty much the same as the powder brush from the Nicol Concilio collection and I really love that brush so this is great. I actually am not a huge fan of the finish I get from the foundation brush with my liquid foundation but I do like it for applying powder under my eyes.

The best thing about all of these products is that they are vegan and cruelty free.

REVIEW: TARTE AMAZONIAN CLAY 12HR HIGHLIGHTER | EXPOSED

While I was drinking with a girlfriend one night Wine Drunk Kelsey decided to order a gift for Sober Kelsey and what Drunk Kelsey chose was some Amazonian Clay 12hr Highlighter from Tarte in the shade Exposed. This is a gorgeous nude highlighter, it’s very neutral/generic which makes it great for every skin tone. It’s $35 from Sephora.

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This highlighter is formulated with Amazonian Clay so it’s a super soft, creamy powder. It’s very pigmented, blendable and leaves a stunning, long wearing glow. This highlighter also smells like vanilla which is something I really love about so many of the Tarte powdered products, they don’t have a chemical smell like so much makeup does. Amazonian Clay also has all these amazing benefits for your skin like it’s balancing for oily skin, it hydrates, it improves skins overall tone and texture.

I swatched it next to Butterscotch from Anastasia Beverly Hills to show how they are kind of in the same shade range. Butterscotch doesn’t have the super smooth, creamy texture that Exposed has and Butterscotch also has a slightly chunkier glitter although you can’t really see that when they are on the skin.

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Overall, I really think that this was a great purchase and will definitely buy this gorgeous highlighter again.

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