Like a Good Pair of Kicks, Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel Offers Major Arch Support

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe

Tarte’s new cruelty-free Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel ($21) comes in three shades, and the one we’re looking at today, Taupe, is actually nowhere near my natural brow color. It’s the lightest of the three shades, and the one best suited for blondes.

Buuut, I thought I might be able to use it for the inner part of my brows to do that whole ombre brow thing, or when I just feel like wearing my Lil’ Kim/Nicki Minaj wig to scare the UPS guy.


Good times, my friend… Good times. πŸ™‚

Just to see how it would look, I also pulled the color all the way through my brown to the outer tail, and HOLY WOW MAMA! — this stuff is unbelievably pigmented.

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe

Despite it being way too light for me to use as my primary brow gel, Taupe still completely covers Raul, also known as “the bald spot in my left brow.”

Taupe also keeps my stray hairs from flapping in the wind and has so much pigment that it even lightens the overall color of my dark brunette brows by several shades (only while I wear it, of course).

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe

Kind of shocking, considering that the tiny brush, which doesn’t look like much, has bristles so small that they look like they wouldn’t be able to hold much product at all.

“No frickin’ way,” I thought the first time I saw it, but it works, both the brush and the gel. Together, they fill in all the sparse spots, lay down plenty of color (on the hairs and the skin), and corral those wayward hairs into place.

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe


It’s a firm, yet manageable hold, and I can still run a brush through my brows when the gel dries down if I want to, so the hold isn’t as firm or stiff as, say, Anastasia’s Clear Brow Gel, which could hold those hairs down through a category 5 storm, I kid you not.

But it is firm enough to hold the hairs in place when I dance in front of my Beyonce fan. #truestory #dontjudge πŸ™‚

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe, before (left) and after (right)

Before (left) and after (right) Tarte Amazonian Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe

I really like Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel a lot, and I’m going to Sephora later today to grab something closer to my actual brow color — probably either the middle shade, Medium Brown, or the darkest shade, Rich Brown.

Should be great when I’m in the mood for natural, full brows which, lately, has been every day.

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe

Oh, hai!

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe

Like several of the new products Tarte recently added to their permanent line, Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel contains oil-absorbing colored clay to feed, condition and soothe yo’ fuzzy little caterpillars and the skin around them.

You can find Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel propping up brows, one arch at a time, at Tarte counters and online.

PRICE: $21
AVAILABILITY: Available now in the permanent collection at Tarte counters and online

In case you were wondering…

fudge cake


Yes, I’m still all about cake.


Have I ever mentioned that I quite enjoy baking? Especially cakes from scratch.

When El Hub and I first met a while back, I was baking every weekend and only stopped because I couldn’t get rid of the cakes! I was giving them away and bringing them home to my family, but they actually told me to stop because they were all putting on weight. πŸ™‚

Do you ever bake? If you do, what’s your specialty?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Chelsea says:

    That cake looks just heavenly!

    I’ll have to swatch taupe! It looks like it would be too dark/cool for me, but it looks amazing. I also have an Ulta coupon for 20% off most things, and 10% off prestige, holla.

  2. Laura says:

    Is this product scented? Benefit’s Gimme Brow is rose scented, and I was hoping that wasn’t the case with this.

  3. Agata says:

    Do you think this shade would be good for me?

    This cake looks delicious. I don’t bake too often but I make delicious fat free banana chocolate chip muffins!
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  4. There you go distracting me from the subject with CAKE again! Dammit Karen! πŸ™‚ I could so go for a piece of that right now…

    Anyway, back to the brow gel. I personally prefer a gel + powder combo, but this does look nice on you. Very natural.
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  5. Vanessa says:

    I’m interested to see what your (darker) color looks like on you.
    I also have dark hair!

  6. A says:

    Too bad that it is not available in my country. πŸ™

  7. fancie says:

    Hmmm this turned out to be nicer than I thought. I need to check out the darker shades!
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  8. Jeanne says:

    LOL I love that you have a name for the bald spot.

    Have you ever had those Asian cakes from the bakery? Sponge-cake-ish with fruit filling inside and really light frosting? It’s my summer mission to learn how to make that! πŸ™‚

  9. Sylirael says:

    I like the sort of hazy, matte effect finish! I’ve never actually got around to trying brow gel (mine generally behave), but I know I can’t stand the shiny ones!

    I *love* baking πŸ™‚ My specialities are probably cookies, biscuits and slices, and the wizard is a…wizard with bread,, pizza etc!
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  10. Kim says:

    Wow – it really does lighten your brows up. I’ll be interested to see what you think of the darker shades. I’m probably more taupe but I worry about the gray cast that some liquid brow products in that color range seem to have.

    I’m a capable baker but it’s not something I really enjoy. I prefer cooking holiday/special occasion meals. I can see why you’d like to bake, though. It requires precision and you’ve got that sciencey-measurement thing down! πŸ™‚

  11. Laura says:

    I checked this out at Ulta today, and there is no scent which is good. However, the darkest shade rich brown is not even close to the darkest shade in Benefit’s Gimme Brow. I have black brows, so sadly I won’t be buying πŸ™

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