The Foundation Trials: Spring/Summer 2016

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but I tend to use different foundations for different seasons. For cooler months, I like a more matte finish and can generally tolerate a heavier makeup. Currently, I have four different foundations sitting in my collection that have a demi-matte or matte finish. Yes, four. That’s just the ones with a matte finish. One is a higher quality foundation (Tarte Amazonian Clay), and the other three are drugstore brands I particularly enjoy (e.l.f., Maybelline, & L’Oreal). This of course doesn’t include the two BB creams with sheer (Neutrogena) and light-to-medium (e.l.f.) coverage because these have more of a natural or dewy finish by themselves. Continue reading “The Foundation Trials: Spring/Summer 2016”

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea™ Make A Splash Hydrating Skin Savers

This is a new line from Tarte that features both skincare and makeup, and of course I wanted to give the skincare a try. Thankfully, Sephora has a nice little collection featuring trial size versions of three of these new products for just $10. (And of course, that set has now gone out of stock for the second time.) I was able to snag one for myself, so I figured I’d give you guys a short review on each of the three items included in the set in case you’d like to purchase them separately. Continue reading “Tarte Rainforest of the Sea™ Make A Splash Hydrating Skin Savers”

Tarte Cosmetics on Hautelook

Right now, Tarte Cosmetics is on sale on Hautelook, and the sale includes some great prices on products I haven’t seen in a while. You can take a look here.

You do need a Hautelook account to view the sale, though it’s free to sign up. You can use my referral link here. Shipping for beauty and jewelry is a flat rate of $5.95 ($7.95 in other categories). For orders over $100, shipping is free.

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

I’m in love, folks. I am truly, madly, deeply in love, and just in time for Valentine’s Day.

I was already in the market for more BB anyway. I’m on my last tube, and I’m running low. I snagged a sample of this while checking out on Sephora’s website, and I’m so glad I did.

The texture of this is what I’d describe as “fluffy.” I actually wonder if it’s whipped. It’s very reminiscent of the Amazonian clay foundation. It’s very light, and it glides on like a dream with my fingertips. My usual beef with a BB is that a lot of them feel more like a foundation than a moisturizer, but this felt more like an actual moisturizer. My skin felt instantly nourished. Continue reading “Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen”

FULL REVIEW: Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation

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I’ve already posted about how I ended up using this instead of my usual, and now that I’ve had a full 24-hours to play with this, I figured I’d give it a full review.


Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation by tarte. Link, if you’re interested in purchasing.

Description from the product website:

An oil-free, 12-hour liquid foundation formulated with Amazonian clay and non-chemical sunscreen filters.


  • Provide full coverage for 12 hours.
  • Provide SPF 15 sun protection.
  • Weightless texture.
  • Blendable and buildable.
  • Adjust to all skin types for longer wear.
  • Reduces appearance of pores.
  • Natural look.
  • Free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
  • Satin-matte finish.

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I used a combination of circular motions for all over coverage and stippling over blemishes, and I have to admit that it looked absolutely beautiful in various lighting. This definitely provided a good full coverage that was both blendable and buildable, as the product claims. I didn’t need extra concealer for my blemishes, though I did use concealer under my eyes. It did seem to float above my pores a bit, but it didn’t really reduce the appearance of them any more than I’d get by using other products I already own. The finish was satin-matte as promised, and it did look very natural. If not for the coverage itself, I’d have guessed I wasn’t wearing anything at all. It looks like skin.


I wore this for Thanksgiving, so this got tested through a pretty substantial meal as well as being in a crowded home (read: sweat). And I kept it on for a good 12 hours. It was really comfortable, and I almost forgot I was wearing it. At about 6 hours I had to blot. That’s pretty good, considering that I can get oily at times, so I definitely think it’s living up to the claim that it adjusts to your skin type to help it provide truer and longer coverage. When I wore it the day before and the  consultant forgot to moisturize and prime me first, it still managed to wear well– maybe even a little bit better.

At about 8 hours, though, it was getting a tad splotchy. I blended it all back in with my foundation brush, but that ended up requiring me to also refresh my blush a bit. It smoothed out nicely, but it was definitely wearing thinner by this point. I don’t consider that to be true 12-hour wear, and it’s definitely not as persistent as what I’m used to.


I’m not impressed, but I’m intrigued. I’m going to take advantage of Sephora’s current online deals to grab this and try it out a little more. I’m still undecided, if I’m honest, but I know that if I hate it, I can always return it and get something else. I’m not happy right away with the wear time on this. It might do better if I skip primer (though I WOULD NOT consider skipping my moisturizer), and I like to test out a new foundation a few different ways before I make a final decision. I also want to see how it holds up to a full day of work. That’s the real test of a good full-coverage foundation for me, as it’s really the only time I’d wear one. (I don’t really do full coverage unless I’m having pictures taken or going to be working a special event. Even with a breakout, I’ll normally eek by on a medium coverage foundation or a BB cream, depending on what I’m doing that day.) I really like the finish of this one. It looks amazing on me– better than my usual product, which is also more expensive. My local Sephora carries it, meaning I don’t exclusively have to purchase it online. So I want to experiment with it a bit and see if I can make it work.

So I ran out of full coverage foundation…

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While I keep a few different kinds of foundation on hand, my go-to for my long-lasting all day powerhouse full coverage matte… You get the idea… I like Lancôme’s Teint Idole Ultra 24h. That’s seriously my holy grail foundation for when I need really good coverage, and I’m working all day in a hot mess of an environment. This is obviously not what I wear EVERY day, mind you. I’m too cheap to wear a nearly $50 foundation every single day. For every day, I tend to go back to my old drug store favorites– e.l.f.’s Flawless Finish Foundation and Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte Plus Poreless Foundation.

Three of the five different foundations I keep on hand. Yes, I keep five foundations on hand.
Three of the five different foundations I keep on hand. Yes, I keep five foundations on hand.

Also, while I adore drug store makeup, I’ve yet to find anything that even remotely compares to Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer for under my eyes. I can use just about anything for blemishes, though I usually just go for a better coverage foundation if I have an issue cooking, but under my eyes is a whole other situation.


I’ve been told that Maybelline has some great concealers, but I honestly haven’t gotten around to trying them. I’ve tried nearly everything e.l.f. has put out in terms of concealer, and none of them have really impressed me. L’Oreal has come the closest so far when it comes to drug store brand concealers. I just kind of feel like I’m flushing money down the toilet whenever I try to find the right match with drug store foundation/concealer/powder. By the time I’m done finding a good match, I might as well have paid the extra money for the department store brand. I got VERY lucky in finding the Maybelline and e.l.f. foundations, and e.l.f. is cheap enough that I can play around finding a good color.

Now, all that said… I have a family Thanksgiving party to go to tomorrow, and I was trying to put off a trip to Sephora until AFTER this weekend. But my chin has decided to break out because I have a nasty habit of resting my chin on my hand, so I can’t wear my light-to-medium stuff without every female relative I have asking me about it. My poor little tube of concealer was reaching it’s limit, and I was seriously considering breaking open the bottle of foundation and using the inside as a makeshift palette for my foundation brush. But I was being stubborn. I finally realized this morning that I’m not going to make it, so we headed out today for last minute groceries and (for me) a trip to Sephora.

My local Sephora is inside a JC Penny. The others around me are too far away to even bother– at least for today’s trip– but I realized too late that my JCP Sephora doesn’t carry my usual Lancôme foundation. They do have my Tarte concealer, so I at least got my hands on a replacement for that, but for foundation I was a little screwed. So this then turned into me trying on every damn foundation in the store until I came across something I liked, and then me asking for a sample to just get me through the weekend.

Thank you, by they way, to the nice sales associate for humoring me.

What I ended up with was this stuff.

This is Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation. (Tarte has also started their Black Friday sale, and you can get 25% off and free shipping of orders of $25 or more through 11/27, so if this is your jam, now is a good time to grab it.) It’s not new or anything, and there are probably plenty of reviews on it, but I haven’t tried it myself before. I haven’t worn it a full 12 hours, so I can’t give you an opinion of that just yet. I’ll post an update when I’ve had it on longer– particularly if this becomes my new full coverage. But this definitely feels very comfortable for a long-wear foundation. I keep forgetting that I’m wearing anything at all. The sales associate forgot to moisturize me first, and despite that this hasn’t gotten dry or cakey, and I’m not shiny. For a full-coverage foundation, it doesn’t look unnatural, so… So far so good.

We’ll see how well this performs tomorrow, and I’ll absolutely post an update while I’m deciding whether to reorder my usual or switch to this.