Here is the lineup of products I'll be showing you today:
I'll begin with the foundation, because that seems like the most logical place to start. For those of you familiar with Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12-hour full coverage foundation SPF 15, I've included swatches side by side so you can see the color difference. I have to say I really like both foundations. The main difference for me between the two is coverage. The Amazonian Clay gives you a fuller coverage, while the Maracuja gives you a medium coverage. Depending on how blemish flecked my face is that particular day, I'll reach for one or the other. I think both formulas work on all skin types, though I guess If I had really oily skin I would choose the Amazonian Clay, and drier skin types might benefit from the Maracuja oil in the Maracuja foundation.
Here's a look at both bottles side by side.
About The Product: Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation contains maracuja oil. Tarte's website describes it as an anti-aging, moisturizing foundation. While Tarte describes this product as full-coverage, I believe it's more of a medium coverage formula. The formula does feel silky, and what I personally love about it most, is that it does give me that dewy glow that is part of my signature look. One warning- buy a shade lighter than you think you are. If you normally buy light go with fair, these run a little on the dark side. I purchased Fair and it was a perfect color match for me. The product also contains vitamin C which helps with a brighter complexion. The glass bottle is recyclable which is important for those Eco friendly gals like myself. Luckily this product is free of parabens, and full of nutrient-rich essential fatty acids.
Here is a swatch comparing the Maracuja with the Amazonian Clay. Since I know many of you may have the Amazonian Clay formula, I thought it was important to show you the two products side by side.
Lower right is the Maracuja, top right is Amazonian Clay (both in the color Fair). Note that the Amazonian Clay appears a bit more yellow, but once blended out, they both look about the same on my skin. On the left side of my hand is the Maracuja blended out, and to the upper right of it is the Amazonian Clay.
However, if you do find that you are in need of more coverage, why not add some Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer ($24)? This concealer works awesome for under eye circles, and really provides great coverage. I have this in the color Fair. I've found it to be one of the best concealers I've used in terms of coverage. A little goes a long way so this tube will last a long time. The formula is thick, but it blends out easily, and I find it easy to dispense a thin line or dot of product.
In my opinion, all concealers crease at least a little bit, but when used properly, this does seem to crease less than other brands. This comes in 5 shades: fair, light, medium, tan and deep. This product is in fact full coverage and again has a dewy finish. Like the Maracuja Miracle foundation, this too is filled with nutrient rich essential fatty acids and vitamin C to brighten the skin. Like all Tarte makeup, this is cruelty free (not tested on animals).
This is a quad I purchased a while ago from Sephora called Tarte Beauty & The Box. The shade set is called In The Buff. I LOVE this quad, and use it a lot. These Amazonian Clay Eye Shadows are a net wt of 0.2 Oz. The outer box is decorated with a wood-like pattern and beautiful flowers adorn the cover, back and inside of the case.
Colors from left to right: Porcelain, Silk Sheets, Sunkissed, Tanline (above)
In all, they have 3 new quads to their fall line: Brewed Awakening, Just Deserts and Envoke The Smoke. I'll be showing you the first 2, because I do not own the third. Like the previous quad, these are part of Tarte's Amazonian Clay eyeshadow line, making them great for those with oily lids. I've found that these really do stay put all day, though I do tend to use a primer with all of my eyeshadow as a general rule.
Brewed Awakening (left to right): foam, raw sugar, espresso, roast
The next quad from Tarte's Fall 2012 line up is called Just Deserts. The colors are appropriately desert-themed names: desert sand, desert lily, desert wind and desert shadow (from top to bottom).
As you can see, the above Just Desert quad swatched a bit more sheer than the other 2, but when actually applied to the eye, I found the colors were quite buildable and just as long lasting as the other quads.
As I mentioned earlier, I almost did not purchase these quads because I was concerned they were similar to the In The Buff one that I already had. To demonstrate how different the colors are, I've swatched the 3 palettes side by side.
Above are the 3 quads side by side for comparison.
From left to right: Espresso (from Brewed Awakening), Sunkissed (from In The Buff), Desert Wind (from Just Deserts), Roast (from Brewed Awakening), Tanline (from In The Buff), and Desert Shadow (from Just Deserts).
When I was swatching Roast, it reminded me a lot of Urban Decay's Cobra. For comparison, If swatched those two colors side by side:
On the left is Tarte's Roast, on the right is Urban Decay's Cobra
Another treat from Tarte's Fall 2012 line up is their LipSurgence Lip Luster in the color Adored (light pink). This is a natural lip tint. It's a shiny lip stain packaged in a chubby pencil format. I find it lasts a long time on the lip and also find it quite moisturizing. I tend to have dry lips, so I find that I really benefit from the jojoba seed oil contained in this product. If you are one that is sensitive to certain ingredients, then this is the lip product for you because it's free of any synthetic fragrance which is often the culprit I find when people have sensitivities.
I am ending this post with you two of my favorite vegan products from Tarte. While, all Tarte cosmetics are cruelty-free (not tested on animals), they are not all vegan. However, Tarte has clearly labeled on their website which ones are vegan and PETA approved, and I commend them for doing so. They have a full page of vegan products listed on their website to make it easy for people to find: tartecosmetics.com
Tarte's LipSurgence natural matte lip stains are infused with peppermint. These chubby lip pencils leave a matte finish on the lip, and are quite long lasting. Though they are a matte product, I don't find them as drying as other matte lip products I've tried from other companies. These lip stains are a cult favorite among makeup lovers everywhere vegans and non-vegans alike. In my personal opinion, this is the best, non-drying matte lip stain on the market.
LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Stains in the color Envy
Here is the Finishing Powder in Bronze:
The eyeshadow quads are available in sets with an eyeliner on qvc.com and the foundation, concealer and lip products are all available on Sephora.com
If you think you'd like to see me create a makeup look using any of these products, leave a comment in the box below.