Tarte Drench Lip Splash Lipstick and Sea Quench Lip Rescue Treatments From the Rainforest of the Sea Collection

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

My first Tarte product ever was a twist-up lipstick in pencil form. Lipsticks like it weren’t widely available at the time, and it was so convenient to just pop the twist-up color in my messenger bag before running off to class.

Several years later I discovered Tarte pure performance glamazon 12-hour lipstick, and it remains my favorite lipstick formula to this day.

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Needless to say, I have fond memories and high expectations for Tarte lip products.

The new Tarte Rainforest of the Sea collection has something special for Tarte lippie lovers in the form of two new formulas — the Drench Lip Splash Lipsticks and Quench Lip Rescue  lip balms — both of which are incredible.

I mean, now I know what the sirens must have been applying to their lips in those famous Greek myths to lure in the sailors…

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick Packaging

Each of the $22 Tarte Drench Lip Splash Lipsticks is housed in a beautiful purple and golden reminiscent of the other metallic packaging in the range. The packaging sizzles with style and practically exudes summer “cool.” Right now I’m fanning myself and dreaming of hot summer nights, but I digress… 🙂

On the other hand, the $19 Tarte Quench Lip Rescue lip balms take a more whimsical approach to the collection’s aquatic, summery theme. Colorful tubes in marine teal, pink and violet are embossed with sea life, and since I’m a sucker for packaging and these are too cute, I’m all aboard.

Equally adorable, Tarte’s $19 multitasking primer/moisturizer, Lipsaver Treatment Primer, features life preservers. Of course.

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue shown with Lipsaver

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue Packaging

Like the packaging for all of these, the formulas could not be more different.

Tarte Drench Lip Splash Lipstick is 100% pigmented and matte (although I’d describe the texture as something akin to a suede, rather than the dried down velvet of so many liquid lipstick formulas that are popular now). Promising to protect your lips while delivering intense hues from nude to neon pink and blackened purples, it can be a challenge to apply (more on that later).

Incredibly hydrating Tarte Quench Lip Rescue  lip balm is like a cousin to Drench…only it likes to swim a lot more. It leaves lips looking wet while moisturizing them with essential oils to keep them plump and healthy. Only slightly tinted, Quench  would be an ideal lippie for on-the-go application without a mirror.

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Comparison of Tarte Drench Lip Splash Lipstick and Quench Lip Rescue

Tarte Drench Lip Splash Lipstick is available in an incredibly wide array of colors and reminds me — almost exactly — of my beloved Tarte pure performance glamazon 12-hour lipstick. It feels just as smooth as suede when applied, but never sets or dries down, so you’re always left with an ever-so-slightly slippery texture.

I adore the beachy names and couldn’t resist playing Beach Boys songs while I played with each and every color.

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick (Left to Right): Skinny Dip, Cabana Boy, Beach Bum, Bonfire

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick (Left to Right): Surfer Girl, Hey Sailor, Bikini, Wet Suit

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick (Left to Right): Happy, Mai Tai, Top Down, Firework

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue (Left to Right): Opal, Nude, Rose, Berry

Now, I’m well aware that your average makeup lover won’t generally be applying 12 shades in 20 minutes and snapping macro closeup shots of their lips; however, in my experience, the work of lip swatching is a good litmus test for busy daily life. 🙂

I adore this formula, but applying some of the deeper shades can be a challenge. Drench works best applied with Lipsaver Treatment Primer  and a lip brush, but that’s not always realistic for those of us who are always running behind. So, while these lipsticks wear like a dream, application is high maintenance, which is a factor to consider if you’re an on-the-go gal (*raises hand*).

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Skinny Dip

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Cabana Boy

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Beach Bum

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Bonfire

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Surfer Girl

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Hey Sailor

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Bikini

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Wet Suit

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Happy

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Mai Tai

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Top Down

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Firework

Although some of the darker colors in the Tarte Drench Lip Splash range are difficult to apply (even with a brush), overall these Rainforest of the Sea lip products sing a siren’s song to me every morning. They’re all I seem to want to use! Matte yet hydrating, Drench’s formula is as rare as a mermaid, and when I don’t feel like flirting with such a mythic formula, I’m equally content reaching for Quench.

What lip formulas do you like during the sizzling summer months? — pigmented but hydrating lipsticks or tinted moisturizing balms (or something else)?


Jessica Revitte


Jessica is a Project Manager by day and a mommy, soon to be wife, avid reader and makeup lover in the in between times that really count. You may remember her from her former beauty blog, Getting Cheeky. Jessica is stepping out of beauty blogging “retirement” as a creative outlet and is eager to write about makeup, once again bringing her signature cultural, literary and historical twist to the table. See what she’s been up to these days, with and without makeup, on Instagram.

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  1. Kim says:

    That’s quite a range of colors. Jessica, you’re a champ for lip swatching them all. Especially since they sound like a challenge to apply! I’m raising my hand for on-the-go gal, too. I think the Lip Rescue would be more my speed. 🙂

    • Jessica Revitte says:

      Thanks, Kim! I loved all the colors, but these are definitely a little high maintenance. Lip Quench was more my speed too, but my lips are so chronically dry that I couldn’t NOT love it!

      Jessica

  2. Pigmented but hydrating all the way.
    Oh, and even though I receive notification of answers to my comments on previous posts, whenever I check back there is only my comment, no answer. Is anyone else having this problem? It started a few days back.
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    • Jessica Revitte says:

      That’s really weird! I comment on other posts here (Karen’s, other guest writers etc.) and when I get an answer notification I see the comment. Can you see this one?

      Jessica

    • karen says:

      Hi Anne,

      From one sleep-deprived mom to another, I hope you get some sleep tonight! I think there is something goofy going on with some of the reply to comments emails, and it might be related to the caching plugin I use on the blog. I just cleared it out, so hopefully it starts working correctly again.

  3. Amy says:

    Lip rescue would be more my thing as well, and I’m in love with those adorable tubes! Cabana Boy is beautiful though.

    • Jessica Revitte says:

      Cabana Boy is not normally my speed, but I really do love it. It’s a very nice shade that you don’t see every day.

      Jessica

  4. Jessica says:

    I love those top 4 the best!!
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  5. Erin says:

    Cabana boy was one of my favorites from the line up.
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  6. My top three has to be Bikini, Happy and Top Down! Kudos to you for swatching them all, those poor poor lips! Good to hear the formula isn’t drying though. That’s usually my big issue with matte lippies.
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  7. Chris25 says:

    There are so many gorgeous colors here, it’s hard to choose a favorite! I really like the top four, along with Wet Suit and Firework.
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