The Muse has been fiddling about with Tarte ReCreate Foundation for a few months now. It’s chock full of interesting features one of which is very important, anti-aging. Can’t say there are a slew of anti-aging foundations on the market that I know of. The novelty of a foundation that would aid me in keeping my skin youthful and fresh sounded incredible.
Jump ahead for the deets and review.
Like many foundation, Tarte ReCreate Foundation has plenty of good points and a few bad.
It’s paraben-free, natural formula is a very good point particularly if you’re super conscious of what goes into your makeup. The fact that it contains an SPF 15 is another good point but I do think that’s a tad low in the sun protection department. And most important of all it’s interesting “wrinkle rewind” technology which holds a claim of being clinically proven to decrease fine lines and wrinkles while increasing moisture, toning, and firming the skin.
All this is very appealing however I may not be getting the full benefit of it as I don’t have fine lines or wrinkles on my face as of yet so I can’t speak for whether it’s improving any of that. I also can’t say if it’s working at keeping my skin youthful as a few short months of use would never be enough time to judge that however that doesn’t stop me from loving the idea that it could very well be protecting my skin and preventing wrinkles.
The formula is creamy, moisturizing and blends flawlessly onto my skin. It’s a tad on the runny side but not in a bad way as that allows it to easily absorb into my dry skin. It’s not incredibly pigmented but it’s rich enough to allow light to medium coverage but if you have major skin care woes you’re wanting to cover it probably won’t completely help that case (even though it says full coverage I felt it wasn’t pigmented enough for total coverage). I’ve heard it tends to sink and settle into pores but I don’t have large pores so it sits comfortable on my skin and almost feels like a glove…it’s not a silicon feel but it feels interesting during first application.
I’m also a big lover of the packaging. It comes in a pump style tube that dispenses just the right amount of product. Fantastically clean, mess-free distribution makes it a winner in the packaging department!
Now my main problem with it…
All the colors have an incredible amount of unflattering beige to them. Even the very lightest ivory looks like a muddy beige shade. This in itself was a deal breaker for me as it made me look terribly old and uneven. The shade was just wrong. I did do a ton of swatches of other shades and all of them were just sadly wrong for my tone. MAC seems to have a similar problem when it comes to foundation as many of their shades have incredible amounts of either orange or beige and of course drugstore brands as well.
Overall, if the interesting concept of an anti-aging foundation appeals to me in a major way and I like the formula of the foundation as well as it’s light and feels nice on my face. However, the shade selection does need considerably improvement and I can’t say I’d indulge again once I’m done with this one.
Anyone try Tarte ReCreate?
Not so much?
Tell the Muse!
Remember how the Muse was telling you how awful she is with liquid eye liner? Seriously, liquid liner is such a difficult medium to work with. Who are these glamorous girls that can line their eyes with liquid and look all beautiful and put together? And why can’t the Muse acheive the same results without poking an eye out in the process?
It’s just not fair.
My mum always told me life wasn’t fair but I’m going to even out the score with Tarte Indelible Wink Liquid Liner. Those glam girls can have their liquid liner while I use Indeliable Wink to line my eyes with liquid but also a nifty little trick allows me to do it quickly and painlessly without losing an eye in the process!
Skip for it!
What’s the trick? Tarte Indelible Wink Liquid Liner & Shadow comes with a fine sponge applicator that’s loaded with shadow.
So what the hell does that mean Muse?
Here’s the deal. First off you really have to love the fine tip applicator of the liquid liner. It’s a hard applicator that allows for precise application of liquid liner. Although this hard, thin tip is superb for lining the formula itself is still difficult to work with. I just can’t get the hang of lining well with liquid liner. The good news is I don’t really have to be a genius to get it correct. The key is lining with the liquid and retouching with the powder. It’s simple really after lining my eyes with the liquid I go back and trace over that line with the matching powder shadow to fill in any skips from the liquid and to set the liquid. The results? A perfect lined eye.
The best part about the shadow is the fact that it sets the liquid so it’s smudge proof and wears long all day. Plus if you skipped a bit using the liquid or your hand was shaking a bit and your line ended up edging around in an unattractive way you can easily fix the mistake using the powder.
Instant gorgeous, glamorous eyes.
See? Didn’t the Muse promise you beautifully lined eyes?
Tarte Indelible Wink Liquid Liner & Shadow is available in four shades for $22 each plus snag it now during the Friend and Family event for 40% Off.
Ahh primer. The Muse recalls a time without primer, this was during the dark ages when the world of eye shadow had never heard of such an incredible thing like primer. I remember those days well as that was the time I’d come home after a full day to creasing, faded, gross looking shadow all over my lid. It would either be completely gone or creasing so much that it looked like I had a second eye lid eww!
Those days are thankfully long gone and many a brand has released primer of it’s own in some shape and form. I’ve tried many a primer in my day and I’m about to review a brand new one for you!
For it’s new Fall Collection Tarte has released a brand new shadow primer for not only prepping for shadow but also for smoothing lids out for a younger look.
Jump ahead for a review and a peep at Tarte Lifted Natural Eye Primer!
With an incredible formula that’s free of fragrance, gluten, dye, talc, parabens, and many other harmful ingredients this primer is as green friendly as they come.
Now I can’t speak for lifting my lid as I’m not in any condition to speak on such matters as of yet but supposedly Tarte Lifted Primer works to tighten eyelids and the surrounding area for a younger, smoother look. This could prove a perfect tool for those who are aging a bit and are having issues with fine lines on the lid or a droopy area in and around the lid area. The formula contains something called Firmitol which aids in this firming technique. Again, I can’t really say if it works or not as I don’t yet sport wrinkles around my upper eye area but it sounds quite interesting and unique as many primers don’t have this option.
Rejoice at the packaging as a certain known brand we all love makes us terribly irritated when we can’t get all our beloved primer out. This is a straight line tube so you’ll capture every drop, every time, without waste.
The formula is considerably looser and runny when compared to other primers I tried. This did have me worried as the harder texture of other primers seems to fit over my lid like a glove allowing shadow to sit on the primer and not the lid which in fact makes it last long. Such a loose, runny formula had me worried that it would mix with my shadow and create a bit of a mess. First application is easy with the enclosed sponge applicator. Tap some on your lids and blend out. Your lid will remain slightly wet with the primer for a second or two…again me panicking over this as I thought for sure this wouldn’t work well. I will say it blends very nicely onto the lid and smooths on perfectly.
Now the results….
As I mentioned it’s wet texture had me worried about the results but after a quick dry down period (30 seconds or so. Just do your hair, foundation, or concealer while it sets) all is ready for my shadow application. Shadow application and blending was easy no hiccups with the formula pilling or creating any known problems. As for wear it wears well and it wears long as a good primer should. I can get an entire day/evening out of the primer without fading or creasing of any kind. It keeps my shadow in place without a problem.
Overall, it’s friendly packaging, decent price tag ($20), and easy to blend formula makes it a winner for me. Plus the added benefits of a “healthy” formula could tempt many to change the primer they are currently using to replace it with Tarte Lifted Primer. The ability to lift the eye area is also an interesting perk which I’m sure I’ll be taking advantage of in a few years.
Not bad Tarte on your first real primer release. Likey!
Anyone try yet?
Wanting to haul it?
Do share your fav primers!
What a great time of the year to indulge in the Tarte Fall Collection 2009! Get 40% Off your total order using promo code FF09.
Tarte is totally slaying me this Fall season with the introduction of not one but two palettes. Oh you do so know I can’t say nay to a Tarte Palette! Tarte Femme Fatale Eye Palette and Tarte Naturale Eye Palette should be winging their way into your Fall wish list for a dramatic or nude eye look!
Check out one of the two after the jump!
The two best parts about the Tarte Femme Fatale Eye Palette is the fact that’s it refillable (yup you heard me right) and it comes with quickie instructions for creating two looks. Interestingly enough the palette is made up of ten separate shades and gives instructions for using five shades of shadow per a look. Oh god, let me tell you, I made such a fantastical mess this morning attempting to pull off one of the two looks. I swear present me with five shadows and it’s like brain surgery…most I ever used was three…four is pressing it and five is living dangerously. Ahhh! Brain overload….BOOM! Sadly, I don’t have looks to share today but I’m attempting them again shortly and will post when I’ve gotten the knack of it.
The palette is a great piece as the refillable shades totally make it worthy of a pick up. Each shade is the standard Tarte size with a magnetic backing for slipping the colors in and out of the palette. The palette also includes a double ended eye liner pencil and a double ended brush. Something tickles me about the fact that it’s refillable. Not sure why I love that option so much but it’s just rather super don’t you think?
The Tarte Femme Fatale Eye Palette for more smoldering eye looks where as the other is for a more natural, softer look. This palette contains an array of deeper, richer shades. You can get away with pretty much using them all individually if you want but of course the fun is in mixing and matching ‘em up. The palette is the traditionally royal purple shade that Tarte is known for. It’s a sturdy plastic with a wrap around of faux leather and golden spikes topping it. Quite chic and slick looking. Pretty decent for traveling as well since the plastic keeps everything snug although I’d wrap a rubber band around it for extra precaution when toting it around so it doesn’t flip open by mistake. The brush it comes with is very good. One end holds a crease and the other a standard eye shadow brush. Both are soft without shedding and pretty much will do the job of applying and blending with ease. The liner pencil included has two shades, emerald green and sparkling jewel blue.
I love that Tarte included instructions for creating two separate looks. I’ve noticed more and more US brands have embraced the technique of explaining how to achieve a desired look from a palette. Nothing worst than getting a beautiful palette home and just being clueless how to use it. The step by step instructions are made up of six steps and are pretty easy to follow. I’d probably have done an ok job of recreating each look if I didn’t have such a problem with the darker, bolder shades in the palette. But I shall continue to try, try again until my shadow application and blending techniques are at the greatness status, one can hope.
On the instruction cards the eye looks are a bluish, purple look and a golden green look. I honestly had a hard time figuring out how they created such great looks with these shades as it seemed heaps difficult. But like I said I stink at blending so could be me.
The palette is made up of ten shades as mentioned above. You’ll get (top row) a sheer pink blush, light gold, violet, smoky blue, and a shimmering onyx. On the bottom row you’ll get a shimmering light apricot gold, copper, bronze gold, green, and a reddish brown. Aside from the base shadows of pink and apricot (used as a color wash on the eye and prepping the eye area for the deeper shades) all the colors are deeply pigmented and pretty much have a shimmery finish. The two last shadows on the bottom and top row are the ones that are tricky for me as they are almost matte in texture so I had a time of it trying to blend correctly plus they are generally dark and difficult to work with for me. I really need practice with these guys.
I’m kinda psyched to perfect the looks and get them right. As I said I don’t have looks with the palette as of yet as I’m just in practicing mode but I’ll post when I do have them as I’m excited to try to dupe them correctly.
Overall, Tarte has a nice Fall Collection to add to your wish list. The palettes are a prime piece for me as I’m all about eye shadow but they have also released a new concealer and an eyeshadow primer as well which could become quick favorites for many.
The two palettes are worthy of a check out especially if you love Tarte and just adore color in general. The shadows are all a good healthy size so it’s quite a bang for your buck as you should know if you’ve indulged in some of Tarte’s incredible Holiday offerings.
Tarte Fall 2009 is available for purchase at Sephora and www.tartecosmetics.com If you sign up for there newsletter here you can get 30% off your order plus free shipping on $60 or more. Kinda a good deal if you’re wanting to haul Fall 2009.
Is Tarte on your Fall wish list?
What items are you interested in getting?