Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer

I was so caught up in the hype surrounding Tarte’s new Shape Tape Contour Concealer ($24) that I didn’t even bother waiting for a sale or promo code before I made a purchase.

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette (No swatches)

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

I think I owned this palette for all of one day before I decided to return it, unswatched.

On the very same day I received the palette in the mail, Tarababyz posted a demo/review of the palette on YouTube and she basically confirmed what I had already suspected: that the eye shadow formula of the Rainforest of the Sea palette performs a lot like the Make Up For Ever Artist eye shadow formula. I had hoped that the two formulas wouldn’t be that similar because I actually don’t like the MUFE Artist shadows (they develop hard pan far too easily in my experience, like within 1-2 uses or even just from swatching), so that was a disappointment. Also, the colors in person just weren’t my cup of tea. I bought the LORAC Nude Necessities palette around the same time I bought the Tarte palette and I ended up preferring the array of colors in the LORAC palette. Some of the shades in the Tarte palette were a bit too dark for my taste.

Nevertheless I managed to snap a few photos of the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea palette alongside the other palettes in my stash. Sadly, no swatches but you can kind of get an idea of where the shadows in the palette fall in the color spectrum.

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Sephora & Ulta Haul

I’m still on the hunt for that perfect lighter nude palette. Most palettes run a bit too dark for my liking or aren’t compatible with my extremely dry skin.

The quality of the Viseart Cool Matte palette was excellent but I only ever reached for the palest four shades in it and the Make Up For Ever Artist Volume 1 (Nudes You Need) failed to impress me, so I got rid of them both on my blog sale.

This time around I decided to get the new LORAC Nude Necessities Eye Shadow Palette ($30) which is being panned all over the internet for being “too boring.” I’ve seen some pictures and swatches of it already and, I don’t know, I thought it was really pretty. I had originally planned on getting the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics palette but there was that one dark shade in it that I was iffy about. The Nude Necessities palette, though, I think I’ll actually use all of the colors. I purchased mine from Ulta.

Also, Tarte’s new limited edition Rainforest of the Sea collection just became available on sephora.com the other day to VIB/VIB Rouge members and I decided to take a chance on the Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette ($34). I’ve been disappointed time and again by Tarte eye shadow palettes and every time I swear I’ll never buy any of their eye shadows again but they keep coming out with new formulations that I hope will miraculously work for me. The swatches and stock photos for the palette look promising but I’m still wary because this new eye shadow formula is being compared to the Make Up For Ever Artist shadow formula which I don’t like. Crossing my fingers and hoping I have a better experience with this Tarte palette.

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Random Concealer Swatches

1. Amazing Cosmetics (Fair Golden) 2. Christopher Drummond Duo Phase (Light) 3. Cover FX (N Light) 4. It Cosmetics (Light) 5. Tarte Maracuja Creaseless (Fairly Light Neutral) 6. Wet n Wild (Fair)

I’m doing a concealer clean-out and getting rid of the concealers that just aren’t working for me.

As you know, my recent blood tests showed that I’m severely deficient in Vitamin D so my doctor prescribed 50,000 IU Vitamin D3 pills for me to take and told me to get more sun. Consequently, my skin has gotten a bit darker and I’ve moved into the NC15-20 range.

My It Cosmetics concealer that I loved and used religiously is now way too light, so I’ve been buying and trying a bunch of new concealers recently. With the exception of the Wet n Wild concealer, I purchased all of them online (no Sephoras or Ultas near me) so picking the right shade for my skin tone was challenging.

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