Tarte Fall Collection 2009: Tarte Lifted Primer Review


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!

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Dior Addict Lip Glow Review and Swatches

The Muse thinks it’s safe to say Summer is finally here. The humidity is crazy awesome outside my office window and I’m loving it. Although I shouldn’t talk so loudly as I believe it’s going to rain tomorrow. WTH?

Which brings me to today’s review. Looking for that light Summer balm that moisturizers your lips with just a hint of color? One that’ll follow you through the Fall with just a touch of pink to flatter your dramatic, bolder looks for the season?


Jump ahead for it!

You need Dior Addict Lip Glow in your life chicas. It’s a moisturizing balm packaged in the standard Dior Addict Lip Stick packaging with a pale pink case. It’s packaging alone will make you weep in fits of girlish joy me thinks.

What is it?

It’s a sweet little moisturizing balm that’s pink in color but pretty much transparent until it hits your lips. One applied it reacts with your body temperature to create a perfect shade of pink customized just for you!

Golly, must be my girlhood memories of yesteryear that makes this so appealing. Reminds me of mood lipstick which was all the rage when I was 11 or 12 years old. The balm itself is a moisturizing balm nothing glossy, shiny, sticky, or tacky here…it’s simply a balm that smooths onto lips in a nice, even glide. It leaves behind a nice kiss of pink that’s completely flattering for all skin tones.


Ahh those lazy days of makeup are always in order when the humidity is out in full force and what better way to take advantage than applying a quick swipe of flattering pink to lips with Dior Addict Lip Glow and maybe a pinch of pink cheek stain for a natural, fresh faced makeup look!


Likey!

Well worth a purchase and Muse Approved.

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Did you haul Dior Addict Lip Glow yet?

Loving it?

Tell the Muse!

P.S. A little clear gloss on top makes this pop!

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Benefit Lip Gloss Review and Swatches

Benefit has replaced many of it’s glosses with a single new line of gloss in eight shades.

The formula is supposedly a glossy finish with a great color payoff and most important a dazzling shine.

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What did I think of them?

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So long as you go into your purchase of Benefit Lip Gloss believing it to be more of a lip cream than a gloss you should be alright. It’s a very interesting formula that isn’t particularly glossy or shiny but more of a creamy lip color.

I tried three shades of the new gloss and I loved the fact that they had such great color payoff. Each one was quite pigmented and left behind a creamy, sparkling finish. It’s not really a typical gloss in my opinion as the texture and formula are quite creamy in nature. One shade did have a slightly gritty texture due to the amount of shimmer in the product but it still managed to apply nicely. The shades all wear pretty long and have a moisturizing formula so they won’t try out your lips.

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The shades I tried were Zone Out (Golden Nude), Almost Famous (Bronze Penny), and Fresh Squeezed (Shimmering Off Pink). I loved all three shades but I was particularly delighted with Almost Famous as it paired up so great with many of my Summer looks this season.

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So long as your purchasing these for the pigmentation you should be ok but don’t expect a super glossy finish. I thought that the formula of Benefit Her Glossiness was rather ideal for a glossy finish but these lacked the standard mirror shine you’ll get from many “glosses” which is why I’m seeing them more as a creamy lip color.

Overall, the shades are very nice and if you prefer a gloss that isn’t super sticky, tacky, or shiny these should appeal especially if you love a highly pigmented lip product!

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Benefit Matterial Girl

Oh my god how did this slip by me? A brand new powder from Benefit?

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Check it after the jump!

One thing about Benefit you must know, they excel at base makeup products. Benefit has so many winning products when it comes to base makeup that I dare say many are HG (holy grail) material for this Muse. Which is why I’ve very excited about the newest item in their base makeup range, Benefit Matterial Girl. This silky powder is used for mattifying and setting makeup. Dust onto your face, nose, and forehead to make those shiny, oily areas disappear.

As with most Benefit products Matterial Girl comes housed in a cute, girlish container…after all we are material girls aren’t we? It’s all about the material things and the packaging sometimes isn’t it?

Loving all over this.

Review coming soon!

Available now from Benefit.

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Rimmel Sexy Curves Waterproof Mascara Review

Best news ever, my fav drugstore mascara has gone waterproof. w00t! I reviewed Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara for you before and it’s recently been revamped to now include a waterproof version.

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Jump ahead for more deets!

I generally loved Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara when I first tried it out but I prefer my mascara in a waterproof formula. Rimmel Sexy Curves Waterproof Mascara steps onto the scene with a brand new version and a waterproof formula. Score!

Now Rimmel Sexy Curves isn’t going to change your mascara world but it’s inexpensive price tag and very interesting applicator could prove it worthy of a pick up. The formula is nice and inky black and the interesting applicator pulls lashes upward and curls them very well for a longer, fuller lash look. The applicator is plastic and is made up of three round clumps. The trick to applying correctly and getting a solid, fuller lash look is to curl lashes prior to use as you’ll see the best results if you do so. The applicator seems to allow good even coverage of lashes and grasps each one between the rounder clumps that make up the brush.

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Like I said it’s not going to change your mascara world but it’s a cheap, inexpensive way to get fuller lashes on the fly for a great price. It’s waterproof formula makes it smudge and flake proof so it’s ideal for the humid days we’ve been having lately. It’s unique brush makes it a winner for me and that’s saying alot as you know the Muse isn’t a fan of drugstore mascara so much.

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Overall, I’d say it’s worthy of a pick up and a try if you’re in the market for inexpensive. It’s always great having at least one cheap mascara in your makeup case as you won’t feel so badly about tossin’ it out for a fresh one every few months! Rimmel Sexy Curves Waterproof Mascara wins this Muse’s vote for a good beauty on the budget pick.

Likey!

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