tarte – Summer Releases

I’d like to tell you all a little story about the time I thought Coachella was a gathering of Native American tribes, like a moron. I am clearly very far removed from pop-culture and in my defense, all of the photos that I was seeing of this festival at the time involved people wearing Native American garb – headdresses, moccasins, etc. Now, if you looked closer it was clearly rave garb (and they were mostly Caucasian) so really there is no defense – people who wear traditional Native clothes who are not in fact Natives don’t make any sense to me. For the life of me I could not figure out why Kylie Jenner would be attending a tribe gathering and then things started becoming clear to me πŸ˜€ I’d like to think that I am not a stupid person but sometimes I am side-eyeing myself πŸ˜‰




Anyway,  tarte released a ton of limited edition, festival inspired products and I recently picked up 2 items from the line. I love the Rainforest of the Sea palettes and figured that I would love the Make Believe in Yourself Eye & Cheek palette regardless of the super corny name. The packaging of these circular palettes is stunning, it feels luxurious and something a little more unique in comparison to what other brands are doing. This palette includes 10 shadows, 9 being metallic/shimmery, 1 matte plus a pan of highlight. The packaging on this palette is stunning and the shades range is lovely and very unique – I was excited to give it a whirl. To start, don’t use a dry brush – you will just get pissed off and have glitter all over your face. The shadows are very smooth and pigmented if you pat them in with your finger tips, they get 10 times more intense if you use a little fixing spray and this prevents any fall out. For me, it is tricky to build dimension without brushes so the looks I got were pretty mono-chromatic which is a bummer. The pigment is nice, the finish is very metallic but these shadows do require a bit of finessing. That being said, the 1 matte shadow is almost completely useless as it has next to no pigmentation and the face highlight is pretty chunky. I would like it a lot more if the shadows translated better to the eyelid with less work. There are several very unique shadows and if you can make them work, they are really lovely. These are finger swatches and I used a little fixing spray:


The other item I picked up was the Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter, again with these names. Gag. I love me some tarte highlighter, the formula is so smooth and easy to wear. This highlighter is no exception, if you want the 4 different shades to show up on your skin you might be out of luck. But, if you swirl your brush through all the shades you will get a wash of nude glow. It doesn’t add a lot of colour, which I found odd  but it is perfect for a subtle shimmer. I think it smells like vanilla? Is this their new thing – does anyone know? It comes in the characteristic, sleek compact that includes a mirror like their blushers and other highlighters. Very lovely, definitely my favourite item of the collection so far.  Plus, I am pretty pleased that I got to bust out my unicornos for a photo shoot πŸ˜€



It is a fun collection, definitely unique but perhaps not the most practical.

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