Whenever I think of constantly craving gorgeous makeup products…I always picture that meme of Ariel singing about adding cosmetics to her collection instead of “whoozits and whatzits.”
It’s even more on my mind when I look at the totally gorgeous palettes Tarte released with their new Rainforest of the Sea collection. Each one has its own style and comes with a mirror. They’re marine chic done eau, so right.
Along with the three Rainforest of the Sea palettes — a color-correcting complexion perfector, a classic nude shadow palette and a gorgeous highlighting palette — Tarte also released a waterproof eyeliner (because of course it has to be waterproof in this collection).
Diving into the first luxurious golden palette, Tarte’s limited edition Wipeout Color Correcting Palette ($45) contains six pans of color corrector and concealer. The hues in Wipeout approach color correcting differently than Becca’s Color Correctors. Tarte’s take on the trend is yellow and green based, which seems more approachable for a wider array of skin tones.
I love that Tarte thought ahead and included a handy how-to guide (showm below) with suggestions on where to place each shade. Orange shade #1 is intended to counteract the darkest places on the face, while green shade #2 neutralizes redness, deep shade #3 defines and sculpts, #5 conceals, and the yellow shade in the center brightens.
The consistency of these concealers is similar to Laura Mercier’s much-beloved Secret Camouflage formula (a favorite of mine that I’ve repurchased time and time again). They’re waxy but emollient and easy to blend, and I love the mix and match capabilities that this palette provides.
Unfortunately, though, the lone concealer shade is intended to be “one size fits all,” and it may not suit all skin tones equally.
I have a soft spot for eye shadows of all hues, even if I do generally gravitate toward neutral shades, so I obviously can’t help but favor the exquisitely gorgeous Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette ($34, exclusive to Sephora). Not only does the outside of the palette remind me of beautiful marbled paper, but the shadows inside it are a perfect combo of everyday shades, including two essential mattes.
My ideal palette always includes a matte cream to highlight the brow bone and a matte brown shade for diffusing the other shades when blending. Tarte delivers on my little requirement and then some with a gorgeous array of six shimmering shades that feel as smooth as butter when swatched and applied.
My personal favorites here are Wave and Starfish, two shimmering stunners that remind me of sunlit sand and look gorgeous even when applied all by themselves on the lids. (Who doesn’t love it when a shadow is complex enough to look like several different shadows at the same time?)
The third palette of the aqua trio, Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette ($42), comes with three glowing highlighters that’ll highlight your cheekbones as gorgeously as the sun hits the top of tranquil tide pool waters.
The left and right shades (Sunlight and Moonlight, respectively) are buttery smooth and pack a shimmering punch. The central shade, Filtered Light, seems to function similarly to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palettes; however, I don’t get much payoff from the powder.
I’ve been using it as a setting powder, which seems to do the trick in terms of foundation longevity, but I don’t personally notice any overall brightening.
Sunlight and Moonlight, on the other hand, are seriously the cat’s meow if you like highlighted cheekbones that can also double as flashlights at night.
Lastly, there’s Tarte’s teeny tiny Microliner ($22), released only in black with this collection. The tip is quite small and precise, and the liner lasts and lasts… In terms of formula, I’m reminded of Kat Von D’s Ink Liner in Trooper, but the applicator is so very small that it’s probably more like to Tom Ford’s much coveted double-ended liner (that comes with a higher price tag).
I’m incredibly impressed with the formula — waterproof, long-lasting and smudge-proof. It’ll handle any ocean or deep-sea dive. Even with my seasonal allergies and watery eyes, cat eye wings stay put all day long. She may be little, but she’s fierce!
The Rainforest of the Sea collection is as vast as the ocean (I’ll have more reviews to come!), and while I feel like the base products are fabulous, the lip products are moisturizing and divine, and the brushes are stellar, I don’t think there’s anything in the collection quite as wonderful as the palettes and the Microliner.
With these, Tarte thought of everything, and I feel like a deap-sea goddess when I wear them.
Would this be an appropriate time for a Helen of Troy reference? Girlfriend must have been using Tarte, because with these products, anyone can have a face to launch a thousand ships! 🙂