My Thoughts on Tarte Cosmetics + Giveaway

When I asked what you wanted to see more of, many people have asked for specific brands of beauty products. Instead of some of my more tutorial driven posts, I thought I’d write this one more specifically about each product but still show you the final look I created with all of these products combined. Today, I’m going to be highlighting a brand that has been requested over and over again: Tarte Cosmetics!

Tarte Cosmetics Reviews + First Impressions // Seattle Beauty BlogDisclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and I may make a small commission if you click them. All items in this post were purchased by me. All thoughts are my own! :)

Tarte Cosmetics Reviews + First Impressions

Tarte Cosmetics is a fairly new brand to me still. I discovered their Amazonian Clay Blushes first a couple of years ago and fell in love with the formulation. I later purchased a kit that also included the LipSurgence Lip Tint, Park Avenue Princess Bronzer, and the Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara. It then was only a matter of time before I started adding even more from this brand to my collection. So far, there’s only one product I would absolutely not repurchase. (It has since expired, so it’s not included here. It’s their BB Cream, and I just don’t like it for my dry skin unfortunately. If you’re more oily, you would probably love it!)

For the most part, I’ve had wonderful experiences with the products I’ve tried from them and am excited to share with you a giveaway to try some of my favorites too. (The Amazonian Clay Blush is one I knew you needed too and is included in the giveaway below. Be sure to enter!) WIhtout further delay, here are my thoughts about the items I’m wearing in these photos!

Tarte Cosmetics Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation in Fair-Light Neutral Review // Tarte Cosmetics Reviews // Hello Rigby Seattle Beauty BlogTarte Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation in Fair-Light Neutral

If I had to pick the one thing from this bunch that I’m on the fence about, it would be this Hybrid Gel Foundation. I should love it, because its hydrating gel formula makes it a dream for dry skin. However, there’s something about it that also accentuates all of my texture. I used a mask that was a bit too rich for my skin and I ended up with the bumps across my forehead to prove it. Yay for sensitive skin! Because of the state of my skin on this particular day, I can’t tell whether this is something that is temporary, or if I just don’t like the foundation. Only time will tell, and I will be sure to update this post and in an empties video when I have more information.

Tarte Cosmetics Bronze and Glow Contour Brush and Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess Review // Hello Rigby Seattle Beauty BlogTarte Bronze + Glow Contour Brush

This brush is heavy! It’s dual-ended which is nice for those that don’t have a big brush collection, however for me, it just means one side will be stuck in the bottom of my brush container and thus get a little dirty. I personally liked the bronze side (the big fluffy end) much more – I think it applies my bronzer in a very flattering way (aka not too heavily!) and feels really soft on the skin. It’s a densely packed brush, and luckily I noticed absolutely no loose hairs upon using it.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess

I forgot I had this because it’s not a bronzer i immediately think of when I’m doing my makeup. However, with that said, it’s one I definitely need to use more often because I think it looks pretty great on my skin tone. It blends out very nicely and doesn’t look too warm or patchy on the skin.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Exposed Review // Tarte Cosmetics Reviews // Hello Rigby Seattle Beauty BlogTarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Exposed (Nude)

This is the blush I reach for the most out of my collection. I first fell in love with a sample size and quickly purchased the full size because I knew it was what I wanted in my life. Exposed is a very natural nude pink that goes with every makeup look and flatters us fair skin girls nicely. I wouldn’t recommend this for those with medium or darker skin tones as I honestly don’t think it would show up too much.

Tarte Cosmetics Tartelette Tease Palette Review // Hello Rigby Seattle Beauty BlogTartelette Tease Eyeshadow Palette

I purchased this a few months ago and its maiden voyage was on my trip to Las Vegas for my friend Sarah’s bachelorette party. It was the only eyeshadow I took, so I was a little nervous that it may not perform well, but i had no need to worry because it is seriously perfect. If you need a small eyeshadow palette that’s perfect to toss into your work bag or travel with, the Tartelette Tease is great. It’s not terribly pricey and it’s got everything you need; mattes, shimmers, lights, and darks. I also used it to do one of the other girl’s makeup before going out and she loved it too!

Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner in Black Review // Tarte Cosemetics Reviews // Hello Rigby Seattle Beauty BlogTarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner in Black

The Clay Pot Liner seems like it would be the perfect way to do eyeliner, but I have to be honest, it required a bit more work than I expected. I noticed that it wasn’t as opaque on first line as I expected, so I actually had to go back over my wing again. It could be that the liner brush I used was at fault and I was happy with the final look, so I won’t count it out. If, however, you’re looking for the blackest of the black liner in pot form, I’d recommend Inglot’s Gel Liner in 77 instead.

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara Review // Hello Rigby Seattle Beauty BlogTarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara

Love natural looking, non-clumpy lashes? You’ll love this mascara. It layers beautifully so you can make it more dramatic, but this is one of my favorite “every day” mascaras. I think it adds a nice amount of volume, length, and color to my lashes making it a nice, well-rounded formula.

Tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon in Latergram Review // Hello Rigby Seattle Beauty BlogTarteist Lip Crayon in Latergram

I received this sample in my Sephora PLAY bag and unfortunately am not a fan. I find the liner to be incredibly stiff and the package is so narrow that I can hardly get any product out. This could be entirely due to the packaging of the sample size, so I would recommend if you’re interested in this product, to try it out at your local Sephora or Ulta store first.

Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in TBT Review and Swatch // Hello Rigby Seattle Beauty BlogTarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in TBT

Obsessed with this color, but then who doesn’t love the mauve-nude lip?! The Matte Lip Paint formula feels nice on the lips; it’s moussey and soft and not as drying as some formulas I’ve tried. However, it definitely highlights the lines in my lips which I’m not a big fan of. I find it overall to be a nice formula and I would definitely consider purchasing other shades, but it’s not my Holy Grail Liquid Lipstick.

Tarte Cosmetics Reviews: Lipsurgence Lip Tint in Grateful Review // Hello Rigby Seattle Beauty BlogTarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Grateful

To combat some of the drying qualities of liquid lipstick, I opted to run a similar shade of the Lip Paint over the center of my lips. I sometimes will add a small amount of gloss or balm here so my lips get a small amount of hydration. If you don’t have super dry lips like me then this may not be necessary. Regardless, I’ve also worn this LipSurgence Lip Tint on its own and love the fresh mint scent, pretty color, and lasting power (even if it’s nowhere near as long lasting as a liquid lipstick.)

Tarte Cosmetics Reviews // Seattle Beauty Blog

Overall, Tarte Cosmetics is most definitely a brand I recommend trying out. If I were you, I’d start with a blush or one of their many deluxe sample kits that you can find at Ulta or Sephora. Keep an eye out for their holiday sets as well; last year their blush palette and eyeshadow kits looked absolutely stunning! Until then, be sure to enter my giveaway below to win a curated “kit” for yourself. (Curated kit includes Amazonian Clay 12 Hr Blush in Exposed (full size), Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara (full size), LipSurgence Lip Tint (full size), Tarte Makeup Bag, and Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation (sample), plus a few extra goodies!) Open worldwide, ends on September 15th, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. Good luck!

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Have you tried any products from Tarte Cosmetics? Which product(s) from them are your favorite? I’d love to hear what you think I should try next in the comments bellow!

65 thoughts on “My Thoughts on Tarte Cosmetics + Giveaway

    1. Jenn Post author

      Yeah, definitely bummed on the lip liner but I’m glad I didn’t pay for the full size. ;) I’ll have to try their brow gel, I didn’t even realize they had brow products!

  1. Nelle

    I love Tarte lip glosses and pencils. I also love their lights camera lashes mascara and got my sister hooked on them with the supersized lights camera lashed trio from QVC.

  2. Meegan

    I have tried Tarte’s blush and I really like the quality of it, stays on all day and a great range of colors to choose from!

  3. the cape on the corner

    i’d like to try the poreless perfecting primer! i just finished the one i used, and thought i was making an improvement, but this new one makes me feel greasy right away. what do you do when this happens? chuck it? use it anyway?

    1. Jenn Post author

      Ugh, I hate when that happens! Is it the same product, just a new formulation or batch? I will generally 1. attempt to return it if purchased from Sephora or Ulta and I have the receipt, or 2. pass it along to a family member or friend who I think it might work for. If I can’t think of anyone, I will usually donate the products to a youth or women’s shelter who is in need of toiletries and cosmetics as long as they aren’t expired or contaminated in some way.

  4. Julia Amodt

    Girl, I love that lip color (s) on you! I use their matte lip tint and love it but haven’t found a color I like in the regular formula yet. I’ve been really curious about their other products so this post was helpful! Also, that eyeshadow palette is so pretty but which colors did you use for your look?

    1. Jenn Post author

      Aw thanks girl! Probably my most favorite color for everyday life.

      I should have put what colors I used in the post! I used First Kiss blended into the crease, then patted Wink all over the lid. I blended Heartbreaker into the outer third of the crease and BFF into the outer v. I patted Crush across the center of the lid and also into the inner corner. Pretty sure I used a blend of Heartbreaker and BFF along the outer half of the lower lash line and Crush along the inner half. So basically the entire palette, haha. ;)

  5. Paula K

    No, I haven’t tried anything from Tarte yet. I have heard some amazing things about the brand especially the Amazonian Clay Blush. Thanks for the opportunity.

  6. Shilpa Shetty

    I have not tried any Tarte beauty products yet. But I would love to try Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara

  7. Tabitha

    I’ve tried some Tarte products, but I’m definitely interested in trying more. I totally agree with you on the lip pencil from Play! by Sephora. I found it utterly useless.

    1. Jenn Post author

      Such a bummer that it was such a dud. The color was so nice, but the formula was the worst. Oh well, I’ll stick with my $2 Essence lip liners. ;)

  8. Jae

    I love tarte cosmetics! I only have their Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara and their Double Duty Eyeshadow and Cheek palette, but they’ve easily become my favorites!

  9. Christy Peeples DuBois

    Your makeup looks great. But I do understand when some products do not perform as others do or as you would like. I placed an order with Tarte during their last sale. The product I use the most is their setting powder because I am extremely oily. I’m with you on their lip pencil though and I purchased a full size and it is really dry. I do want to try their blushes. Thanks so much.

    1. Jenn Post author

      Aw thanks Christy! Their blushes are my favorite, and bummer about the lip pencil purchase. :( Never fun to get a dud product, but hopefully the great setting powder makes up for it!

  10. Aylin D.

    Tarte isn’t sold here in Germany so I had no chance to try out something by Tarte. I would like to try out their blushes. I love the design and I heard so many good things about them :)

  11. Chelsie

    LOVE the format of this post with the review and makeup tutorial! I’ve tried a fair amount of Tarte products, and really like their eyeshadows and their blushes! Their holiday blush palettes are AMAZING! I love their Rainforest of the Sea foundation and I really want to try their Shape Tape Concealer!

  12. Cindy A.

    I have a Tarte eyelash curler that I love and use daily. I would also like to try their cheek stain and Maracuja Oil.

  13. Melissa Storms

    I have not tried anything from Tarte before but I want to try their Rainforest of the Sea™ Kiss & Blush Cream Cheek & Lip Palette. I love the colors and that it is a dual prupose product.

  14. Julie

    I think I had a Lights, Camera, Lashes Tarte sample in a subscription box one time. It wasn’t my favorite mascara, but I’ve heard good things about Tarte’s other products.

  15. Jennifer Pellicone

    I have tried a couple different blushes from Tarte and I love them! The go on easy with beautiful colors and stay all day.


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