March 16, 2016

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel Review

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.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel ($25) is hypoallergenic facial cleanser that removes makeup and is ideal for all skin types which recently launched with the new Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Collection which is available exclusively at Sephora.

Ok, so, was anyone else reading it as “Cleansing Oil” or was I alone there? I saw it online, squealed, jumped up and down, threw my hands in the air, and shouted, “TARTE IS RELEASING A CLEANSING OIL!”


Obviously, I can’t read. After getting I even went so far as to apply it all over my dry face and proceeded to rinse before realizing this is a cleansing gel not a cleansing oil!

I ask you, where is my head lately!?

So now that we cleared up this isn’t a facial oil….!

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel comes housed in a purple aquatic themed pump bottle that’s 5 oz in size. It’s quite nicely packaged and matches the packaging on the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink H2O Hydrating Boost. If you like purple I’m sure you’ll love this packaging.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel 3

Ok, so one important factor is the fragrance. This is “lavender oil-infused” and has a lavender that’s very pretty and relaxing however, sensitive users might not love this. I’m a little confused since it is promoted as a product that is less likely to cause an allergic reaction however, lavender may cause breakouts for some people. Personally I had no problems myself with it but I’m making a big assumption they only use a small amount for fragrance in the formula. But again, it is worth mentioning if you’re sensitive to essential oils like lavender.

It’s marketed as a product that’s ideal for all skin types and one that won’t disrupt your skin’s natural moisture barrier. It promises to remove makeup, soften, hydrate and brighten skin tone thanks to Vitamin C.

The texture is a thicker gel which lathers lightly and removes makeup quite nicely. It does promise to remove waterproof mascara but I typically remove my mascara and eye makeup prior to cleansing my face so I can’t say whether it works on waterproof eye makeup or not. It does a good job removing foundation and color cosmetics and rinses clean away. It didn’t sting my eyes nor did it leave behind a film or stickiness after rinsing. It feels lightly hydrating during cleansing however, at dry down it somehow hates my skin as my forehead was very tight and my cheeks were left feel quite dry after use. So unfortunately, my drier skin wasn’t loving this. I did give it a nice fighting chance for near two weeks of use but my dryness just continued to worsen with use so I discontinued it last night in favor of my normal cleansing oil.

I’m a little sad because I misread and thought this was a cleansing oil. I’m also a little sad it didn’t quite love my skin. It does a good job with makeup clean up duty but the dryness was something I couldn’t handle!

Oh well!

Have you tried Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel?

What were your results?

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel is available exclusively at Sephora,, and also at

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, cocamidopropyl betaine, disodium cocoamphodipropionate, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, propanediol, sodium coco PG-dimonium chloride phosphate, caprylyl glycol, polyquaternium-10, fructosyl cocoate/olivate, sodium chloride, glyceryl laurate, phenoxyethanol, sodium cocoyl/olivoyl hydrolyzed oat/wheat protein, potassium sorbate, allantoin, panthenol, cocamidopropyl dimethylamine, sodium glycolate, hexylene glycol, citric acid, cocoyl hydroxyethyl imidazoline, methyl alcohol, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, algae extract, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, gardenia tahitensis flower extract, tocopherol, phyllanthus emblica fruit extract, linalool.

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.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Maria A

    I got a sample of the dermacologica “special cleansing gel” that stuff remove every trace of mascara and eyeliner. I like that I don’t have to use an oil and then a face wash. I am one of those people that cannot just use an oil. I cannot stand the way my skin feels after. Plus it has no fragrance and it lathers great. Have you tried it?

    • Isabella Muse

      I haven’t tried that one Maria gotta give it a check out 😀 thanks for the rec!

      • Maria A

        Anytime. Oh and it does not dry your skin. So you don’t have to double wash and your skin does not feel tight. I sometimes even skip moisturizer

        • Isabella Muse

          anything that doesn’t dry my skin out is a plus 🙂 thanks for the rec!

  • kimkats

    I got the little sample kit and I’ve used the gel twice, and I found it a bit drying too, Muse. For normal or oilier skins, it would likely work a treat, b/c it really does clean well, but it’s too drying for my skin. I SO love the packaging on it tho – I think that’s beautiful!

    Ah well…. it was a cheap indulgence at least. 🙂 Can’t have a winner all the time…

    • Isabella Muse

      Ok blessed relief because I thought it was my freaky skin! I thought it was rather drying on my forehead/cheeks 🙁 Oily skin I was thinking would love it but me, no way! Makes me too tight! I do too! It looks pretty in my downstairs bathroom which has a purple theme 🙂 Too true!

  • diane

    I have combo skin and I adore this cleansing gel! It removes mascara and eyeliner so easily for me without irritating my sensitive eyes. I’ve been using this and the marine boosting mist for weeks now and the combo have helped clam down some redness in my face quite significantly. I need to get the matching moisturizer! The packaging is my favorite– so beachy!

      • diane

        i’m sorry! we have such opposite skin I’ve noticed with your skincare reviews. btw, you never texted me back =(

        • Isabella Muse

          Girl, what are you sorry for 😀 Sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been using my biz phone and you’re on my personal phone contacts! I’ve been remiss in texts/emails etc…work has been nuts! Apoligies :-/

  • Elaine

    Musey–you need a vacation! or a trip to the optometrist! You made me laugh though–I sometimes look quickly at a price tag on an item (like at Marshalls) and think it says one thing only to find a different (higher) price at check out. Oh well, find time to relaxxxx!

    • Isabella Muse

      Haha! I do that. Also sometimes someone comments and says one thing and I reply completely opposite because I read what they said wrong haha! Yeah, vacay sounds good 🙂 Spring break soon thank god!

  • Claire L

    I love the bottle design but the cleansing gel doesn’t sound right for me either. Shame because it’s so pretty! x

  • danadoo

    Maybe i’m a huge dork, but i want this just for the packaging! It’s just so darn pretty! I could see myself using it up, and then reusing the bottle to store my cheap drugstore cleansers.

  • Amber

    I thought about trying this until I saw the light lavender scent. I would be sneezing and watery immediately. can’t do lavender so thank you for letting me know. I can’t touch any of those sleepy time things that smell like lavender either. Hopefully it works for other people but a pass for me.

  • jean

    I have combo skin so sounds good to me. I have the mini set and I’m excited to try those. I’m not sure if I’ll buy the full size though, but I’d buy this from you for a fraction of the cost, truthfully I just want the bottle :p

  • Jeanine McAuliffe

    So Muse this is why I LOVE you! I got the little 10 buck starter set from sephora and had been using it as you first did on a dry face haha! Thanks for the real directions as none were included and i normally use cleansing oils . I have tried numerous ones because I also suffer from dry skin and my holy grail is sephora’s supreme cleansing oil, it is amazeballs! Made in France also!

    • Isabella Muse

      haha! We are both goofs 🙂 I did that too! I thought it was a cleansing oil, but it’s just a basic cleansing gel duh! 😀 I used to use Sephora’s old cleansing oil and really liked it 😀 gotta try the supreme!

  • Jean

    I just got this and the mist today. I tried it with the mini set and I didn’t like the tingling but my face felt so clean! I’m glad I got the full size though, they look like i spent $100 on each of them! So beautiful. I won’t be throwing these out.

    • Jean

      You know what’s funny, I bought them mostly for the bottles when what I really want is the moisturizer. And I never buy for packaging. Hehe.

  • Jean

    Muse, I used the full sized gel cleanser and it was very pleasant and mild, but when I used the gel from the mini set, it had a strong tingling feeling and I kept it away from my eyes. Did you or anyone else have this experience??

      • Jean

        Very strange. The tingling turned me off to buying the gel but the bottle itself convinced me otherwise. I used the full size a couple of times and I like it. No problems with dryness. That’s how oily I am I guess.