Wearing Tarte Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss in Achiote on my lips
Even though I spent much of the past few days disheveled in some pretty remote places, makeup was never far from my mind.
Like on Monday, while trudging through tall grasses and traversing streams along the banks of the Wailua River, El Hub pointed out some of the fruit trees he recognized from his childhood (he grew up on the neighboring island of Oahu). “There’s a breadfruit tree, mango, papaya, guava…”
I kept hoping I’d also hear him say, “And there’s a lipstick tree,” as in Tarte’s new limited edition Gifts from the Lipstick Tree Color Collection ($42).
Leave it to Tarte to distract me in the middle of the jungle, LOL!
The limited edition set, part of Tarte’s 2012 summer collection, comes with three full-size lip and cheek products in a warm, shimmery golden pink called Achiote, after the name of the small tropical tree from which Tarte obtained the pigment.
The bright red seeds of the achiote tree’s spiny fruit are used to color all kinds of things, from food to body paint and even lipstick. Hence its nickname, “the lipstick tree.”
I’m pretty sure we didn’t pass any achiote trees on our hike, but I did snap this picture of a rare related plant that had Tarte’s Lip Luster, Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush and a Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss hanging from its branches…
Yeah, right! Now that would have been an awesome jungle find.
On my dry cheeks and lips, the blush lasts about six hours, while both of the lip products (which have a faint peppermint flavor and scent) last about three.
Gifts from the Lipstick Tree Achiote Color Collection from bottom to top: LipSurgence Lip Luster in Achiote, Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss in Achiote and Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Achiote
From the left: Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, LipSurgence Lip Luster in Achiote and Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss in Achiote
Wearing Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush on my cheeks and Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss atop LipSurgence Lip Luster on my lips
Wearing LipSurgence Lip Luster on my lips
Based on how Tarte describes the color, I expected something very similar to NARS Orgasm, but it turns out that Achiote is more pink than peach, and its shimmer isn’t quite as intense. If you’ve been looking for something a little less obvious than NARS Orgasm, Achiote could be a good fit.
Tarte calls it universally flattering, and I can definitely see it working well on most skin tones, although it might be a little warm for very cool-toned gals/guys.
I kinda wish the wear time was better, but I like the flushed and natural look I get when I wear these pieces. Should look really pretty with a tan!
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. We did it! We scaled the hump!
Give yourself a big pat on the back.
I hope you had a nice hump day. Aside from feeling a little blue about my vacation ending, I had a good one. I’m still basking in the glory of a talkative, loving kitty employer. Tabs has been extra sweet all day long and hasn’t left my side for more than a minute. I’m trying to enjoy it while it lasts, LOL!