March 18, 2015

Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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I’ve been on this pot eyeliner kick lately and one of my favorite ones to use is Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner in brown! Psstt even though the formula is difficult to use I’m also kinda digging the looks I can create using Milani’s new Fierce Foil Eyeliners!

None the less for some reason I’m obsessed with pot eyeliners lately. I’ve been lining my eyes and smudging it all up with a Q-Tip and just loving the results. I have a good deal of makeup that I test so it’s hard to stick to using the same thing daily but Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner has become my daily go to for making my brown eyes pop!

Take a look!

Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner

Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner ($21) actually got repackaged earlier this year when the Tarte Spring 2015 Collection launched. I feel the formula changed as well but more about that later. The packaging is now a basic glass jar with a gold lid where as before the lid had a decorative floral print.

They actually haven’t confirmed the formula changing but for me it feels different. I have some of the older pot liners and they are slick, very creamy, and aren’t as easy to smudge out as the new formula. Call me nuts but there’s a little bit more density to the new formula! That doesn’t translate as dryness, don’t worry, but it does lack the glossiness of the original which makes it really great for applying and smudging to a soft, powdery finish. It applies without skipping with a creamy glide on my drier eyes. I think oily lids will like this formula a lot as it’s the perfect combination creamy yet slightly dense so it should apply well and wear well on oily skin. It does contain the Amazonian Clay Infused formula which is apparently great for reducing oil.

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Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner

Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner swatches

Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner Swatches (Brown)

I really love how well this smudges. Once applied it gives you a nice amount of time to work with it so you can smudge, reapply if you like, and smudge some more without creating a mess. I use the lazy girl method and apply with a liner brush and smudge out with a Q-Tip as I did below. It kinda looks almost powdery once I smudge it out which is exactly how I like it to look as it adds an element of smokiness to my look.

The color wears long and strong for hours on me. No fading, no smearing, or flaking, just solid 12 hour wear that removes easily at the end of the night.

Tarte may have revamped their packaging but the formula feels a little different too, in a good way! If you’re looking for a solid performing gel pot eyeliner you should definitely give Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner a chance (if you haven’t already that is!).

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Without Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner

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With Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner

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This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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  • Joan

    Do you have the black as well? What are your thoughts on it? Is it black enough?

  • Sissi

    Sounds like a great eye liner. I love gel liners cause they stay much better (on my oily eyelids!)- I also love to use them for tight lining!

  • crango

    I got this liner in black and I am in love! It’s super dark and has the distinction of being the only gel liner able to withstand the oilfields that are my lids and not smear/transfer halfway through the day.

  • Katherine T.

    Looks great on you — gives you eye a soft smoky look, without looking over-done.

  • Kirsten Norman

    I only have the aqua one from the LE a couple years ago but I love it. While I normally use Tarte’s brush, the Bobbi Brown extra fine eyeliner brush works best for me when applying pot gels. I just go for a fun turquoise line with this, so I can’t talk to the smudging capabilities of the old formula, but it does last. I get oily lids and can only wear stuff like this that won’t melt off my face by noon! Muse, do you know how this compares to Bobbi’s gel pot eyeliners? They are the only ones I have, and I haven’t been wearing them lately.