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Tarte Week – Faves & FAILS

Tarte Week – Faves & FAILS

Today were wrapping up Tarte week with a few of the smaller items from the brand. Before we continue, have you entered my GIVEAWAY yet? You could get your hands on a Limited Edition Tarte Rainforest of the Sea palette and did I mention it’s INTERNATIONAL!

If you’d like to read my other Tarte posts for this week, I did a review of the Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette and Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette which are my favourites from Tarte, as well as a review of the gorgeous Tartelette in Bloom Palette. My Wishlist Wednesday post featured the new Swamp Queen palette in collaboration with Grav3yardGirl and I didn’t even mention it includes 2 new Tartiest Lip Paint colours as well.

Today’s products are more fails than faves but I’ll explain that further as I review each one.

Tarte Bling Lash Curler - https://belleblushh.com

The Tarte Shine Bright Lash Essentials Set was part of the 2015 Christmas collection. It contains a stunning, bling eyelash curler and a travel-size Lights, Camera, Flashes mascara. The mascara, wrapped in gold, snake skin print, is truly eye-catching. The wand on the other hand is made of plastic bristles. It normally doesn’t bother me that much what material the brush is made of but the bristles are so sparse and long, I’ve poked my eye several times using this mascara. I’ve used a cheap, disposable mascara wand to apply it as well and it did impress. My lashes looked fuller and longer and it didn’t smudge. It’s a pity the wand is so bad because I find it a schlep to use a disposable wand each time I want to use the mascara. The lash curler on the other hand, as beautiful as it might be, is absolutely crappy (I’m trying to keep it clean here bellas). The pads don’t pinch together hard enough so it doesn’t curl the lash whatsoever. It even came with a spare pad which I switched out and it does the same thing. I don’t think the spring is tight enough and without it being able to curl my lashes, it’s absolutely useless. There are way more affordable alternatives out there to get the job done so this is a purchase I regret making.

Tarte Bling Lash Curler - https://belleblushh.com

Then I also received a sample of the Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer with one of my purchases from Muse.SA. What I really like about this sample card is that it has four shades to try. It looks like a medication card with a peel tab at the back to access the product. A lot of the other sample cards I usually receive are catered towards lighter skin tones. That makes it difficult to gauge whether or not I like a product because it almost never suits me. While this one doesn’t cater to very dark skin tones, I was able to use the darkest shade (tan-deep) as a normal blemish concealer and I use the medium shade to highlight. The formula is very creamy, a little on the thick side since it is meant to be full coverage, but blends out easily using a damp BeautyBlender. The reason I wanted to try this is because I have dry undereyes that suck up product and the minute I set it with powder, it looks parched. This concealer did unfortunately not live up to it’s claims and no matter how little I used, it creased regardless within seconds and I had no choice but to set it with powder completely defeating the purpose. I’d rather stick to thinner, full coverage formulas that I know need to be set.

Tarte Concealer - https://belleblushh.com Tarte Concealer - https://belleblushh.com

Yay, so we’ve made it to the end of Tarte week. If you’ve stuck around this long, thank you and I hope my reviews helped if you were looking to purchase or try out any of their products. There have been some hits and misses along the way but overall I’m impressed with the brand and can’t wait to try more of their stuff. Any suggestions?

Please let me know if you enjoyed the ‘one brand’ feature for the week or if you prefer I review random products as I go along?

Thanks for reading and have an awesome weekend bellas!