beauty | tarte cosmetics6.17.2014
the tarte collection has had such incredible buzz that I found myself having a. high expectations and b. childlike excitement to test it.
I took some of the 12 hour range out on a day trip to cambridge to test it's staying power.. can I be really honest? I totally loved it.
after a full day of travel, shopping, meetings, lunch and dinner my make up looked pretty much like it did when I left the house in the morning.. this doesn't happen often.
we grabbed a few snaps of my make up on arrival, then I dashed off to a meeting and met back up with james to drag him around every shop in a 2 mike radius.. well so he said.
pit stop for lunch and coffee, I was still really impressed with the lack of shine at this point... the only touch up was a dash of lip gloss.
and still going strong early evening when we grabbed dinner.. I fully expected that I'd have to touch up a shiny t- zone by this point.. no sir! the only oil to be seen was drizzled on my pizza.. mmm.
I'm so impressed with how I got on with the whole collection but I have to say there are a few stand out products for me..
the amazonian clay full coverage foundation gave me brilliant coverage without looking caked. I've been using mineral foundation for the last few months so I was expecting to find this heavy.. nope. not only is does it feel pretty light, it doesn't slip, didn't dry out my skin and I didn't touch it up once while I was on my day out in cambridge (for someone with oily skin on a sunny day this was a revelation) I'm wearing the fair sand shade in the pictures above which is perfect for my pale skin (although I think once I've caught some sun I'll have to switch up to a darker shade!) this foundation I'd repurchase again in a heartbeat.
the 12 hour blush is a really pretty, the flush colour is exactly the shade I wear on a day to day basis so it fits right into my make up routine. once again the staying power of this was pretty incredible, no touch ups despite a day of running about, shopping, eating, drinking and napping on journeys home. the only downside is that it's quite expensive for a blusher.. however if you're prepared to invest in something with great pigmentation and quality this is well worth a look.
the lights, camera, lashes 4 in 1 mascara is my last stand out item. this had exactly the same big wide eyed lash effect of my go- to benefit mascara but I found the wand on this one easier to use (does anyone else find the benefit they're real mascara brush a little too bulky?) it lasted all day and wasn't a pain to remove either.
the other items I tried were the waterproof liner (in bronze) which was a nice alternative to my usual black, once again it didn't smudge which is a pet hate of mine as I tend to rub my eyes a lot. I loved how natural this looked on the day.. but I have a suspicion I'll be back to wearing black again soon (old habits die hard)
my brows came courtesy of the waterproof brow mousse which has a handy double ended brush too shape and groom again another lovely product but one I wouldn't repurchase as I think I could source a cheaper alternative.
overall I'm a big fan, BIG. it's not often I'm such a fan of a hyped products but I've genuinely loved the results I've seen with one. the collection goes on sale again this week on the 19/20th on QVC..if you do tune in be warned last time it sold out in minutes!