I realise I’m a little late to the party here, but it was time I shared my thoughts on the Tarte releases now they’re a little more readily available in the UK. If you haven’t heard, Tarte are now available on QVC – great news for us British girls. I have been trialling the products for a little under a month now, and I’ve tried everything here so I thought it was time for a full on review! I realise quite a few bloggers have already done a similar post, but I always like to have a good ‘weeks later’ review of the products too. Quite often I buy a product (ahem, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil) love it for a few weeks and then start to wonder what all the fuss was about.
I’ll start with the brilliant Tarte Amazonian Clay 12Hr Blushers, these are currently sold out or unavailable on QVC but I believe they were around £23 when they were up. I have these in a couple of shades and I completely adore them – I have to say they have given me a whole new love for powder blushers! These are just as delicious as everyone makes out, they blend seamlessly in to the skin and always look so incredible on the skin. So natural yet so perky too. I love True Love the most, that deep cool pink on the left.
I recommend you bookmark these sexy things and keep checking back for them, if you don’t already own one. If you buy one thing etc etc.
Another great love of mine that I’ve already given my seal (arf) of approval is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Cover Airbrush Powder Foundation (£34) which also comes with a handy buffing/kabuki brush. One thing I will say is that the Tarte brushes are seriously good, I’ve been all over them – sometimes when you get free brushes it’s a bit… well, you don’t expect much do you? These make the product so it’s almost worth it for them alone! Back to the powder, this loose wonder has been my base of choice lately and I’ve been getting ALL the compliments. I posted about this in full here so I won’t go in to too much detail, but let’s just say Tarte have thought of everything here. Even the packaging is amazing and doesn’t allow for any mess! It’s flawless and so lovely when applied.
I also love the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation (£32), which also comes with a super amazing brush. It’s that one in the top right, with the lighter bristles. It’s FAT. And phat. The darker one is a smaller brush that goes with the powder, if you’re wondering.
When I first dispensed this on to my hand, I couldn’t help but notice that it has almost the exact same consistency as my much loved Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation – that kind of mousse-y formula that applies like a dream. This is actually pretty similar in every way, it applies beautifully and is really perfecting, concealing all blemishes while looking natural on the skin. I don’t really need a full coverage foundation so I use a tiny amount and really blend it in – I do this with Silk Creme too, which is also full coverage, and the results are always amazing.
I haven’t given the Tarte Amazonian Clay Concealer (£22.50) much time, I thought I quite liked it for around the eyes but I’m not sure – I think it’s a little heavy for my needs. I adore the double-ended brush though – great for eyeshadow! I do, however, love the Waterproof Eyeliners (£20) – these are amazing as cream eyeshadows. I have the three shades but only Bronze is seen here (the larger of the pots underneath that blusher) – these are so, so creamy and they smudge beautifully. I lightly work them in to my lower lashes, but I have applied them like a liner too – they’re not really dark enough for what I like but still lovely.
I will probably stick to using them as cream eyeshadow, I think it’s the ultra creamy formula that makes them so sultry when blended and smudged.
I also gave the Waterproof Brow Mousse (£24) a go too, despite being happy with my brow routine. All I can say is WOW – these are incredible. If you like definition, these will be for you. The brush is flawless, once again too – that slanted edge allows you to get such an incredible shape, but also a very hair-like result. These are so creamy and offer so much pigment, it’s actually fun to apply them because the results are incredible. I will have to give you a little brow demo soon as I think you will love them.
Also here is the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara (£17.76) – I think this is another one of the brands hero products as I posted about it on Nouvelle and so many people said that it was the best mascara they had tried. I love the 4 in 1 action, meaning it lengthens, curls, volumises and conditions. I adore big lashes so of course this was a hit with me, I really love it. Not sure about the packaging though? Interesting.
Finally, the Tarte Sultry Sunset Eyeshadow Palette (£26.50) – I really didn’t need any more palettes so I was thinking of avoiding this but I started using it yesterday and I actually love the shades. It’s very easy to work with as the texture isn’t crumbly, and the warm shades are actually very flattering. I don’t think I’ll keep this but I guess if you actually need an eyeshadow palette (I definitely don’t! Is that an ok thing for a blogger to say?) then it could be the perfect purchase. There’s a good mix of matte and shimmery shadows which is great to see – a really lovely palette all in all.
Overall, I am LOVING Tarte. I can’t express my joy at the brand being available in the UK, I do hope they branch out and come in to stores as I think it would be great to see them in person and be able to swatch the shades and just get a feel for the products. Until then, QVC UK it is!
Has anyone purchased anything so far?