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A new power powder?

 

tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Powder Foundation

Another powder foundation?  Really?  Haven’t we already been here?  Well, I guess not, particularly not for Tarte.  The Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Powder Foundation is the brand’s first ever full-coverage powder foundation enriched with Amazonian clay and gemstones.

According to the website, Why is it different: This finely milled powder offers eight hours of full coverage with a skin-balancing formula that delivers a natural-looking finish that won’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles. The moisture-rich, weightless foundation buffs on smooth and allows your skin to breathe! Thanks to Amazonian clay and gemstones, the foundation reawakens and invigorates skin tone and texture for a more youthful-looking complexion.

I really wanted to like this product.  I really enjoy the Tarte Amazonian Clay products, and the AC foundation is one of my favorites.  Unfortunately, I just didn’t like this one.  When I first applied it, I loved the way it looked.  I even liked it more than Bare Escentuals, which I have not been enjoying as my skin has changed as I get older.  Using the traditional technique of dab, tap, and buff, it initially looked flawless.

At first, it looked great.  It absorbed the excess oil on my nose, and looked great.  For a while.  but then…a few hours later, it started to look patchy and flakey.  By the end of the day, I had patches of powder, nad patches of uncovered skin.  YUCKO!

The brush was great, and the packaging was helpful, since just the right amount came out.  But, the wear just wasn’t there.  Having tried it with both primer and without, it just didn’t do it for me, so back it goes.

Grade:  D.  Disappointing.  For $44, I expect so much more and will spend my money on other brands for a loose product.

This one just didn’t make the cut.

but wait! There’s more!

I almost forgot, that the Glow Your Way to Gorgeous auto delivery actually ships the same month as the equally amazing tarte 8th World Wonder AD.  This will be the final of three shipments for the 8th World Wonder, and I will be sorry to see it end because I really love the tarte kits.  That said, since it’s coming up on holiday, I know I will need to make room for more yumminess!

Here’s what we get in the final 8th World Wonder kit:

  • Amazonian Clay Full Coverage balancing foundation
  • Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Deep Bronze
  • Sheer Optic lipgloss in simmering Raspberry
  • Amazonian Clay 12 hour blush in Passion
  • Eyeshadow Quad with Shimmering Buff, Shimmering Sable, Shimmering Cocoa, and Matte Coffee Bean (oops.  It appears I just purchased this quad from Ulta in the Soft & Smokey Kit, which I need to review.    I love it to death, but if you want to buy it…I’ll have a dupe!)
  • Lights Camera Lashes Mascara
  • Dual ended smudge and shadow brush
  • Quilted Bag

I have a lot of kits coming in October, so be prepared for a lot of swatching!

 

Happy shopping!

A Glowing tarte

If you have read my blog at all, or my facebook posts, you know that it’s no secret that I love tarte cosmetics.  I love everything about them, from the cheek stains to the Amazonian clay blushes.

Recently, I was lucky enough to pick up a new kit from QVC on preorder, which has more delicious goodies in it!  This kit won’t be on the air until this weekend, but the Glow Your Way to Gorgeous Collection is – just – gorgeous!

The Glow Collection contains:

What is it: An eight-piece color collection featuring waterproof and long-wearing must-haves designed to give you everything you need to glow your way to gorgeous as you discover the skin-balancing benefits of tarte’s blend of Amazonian clay and nature’s miracle–pure maracuja oil.

With this convenient Auto-Delivery plan, receive your first set promptly, with new sets in seasonal colors arriving in October 2011 and February 2012, for a total of three shipments, as long as you remain in the program.

This kit contains:

  • Maracuja Creaseless Concealer – this is a new product, and is QVC only until next year.  It’s much different than the Calming Concealer, which comes in a stick.  While I like the texture of the Calming Concealer, it really doesn’t provide great coverage.  This new Creaseless Concealer however, is thick and rich and covers it all.  It’s based on the \wonder child of the Amazon, maracuja oil – or passionfruit oil – which is said to have properties that will make you look like Marilyn Monroe.  Or at least they tout it as such.

While I really like this concealer, it is SERIOUSLY full coverage so be prepared.  I ordered Medium because that’s what I wear in tarte foundation, but it might e a touch dark.  I will keep playing with it.

  • 12-Hour Wear Clay Blush in Peaceful, a soft rose.  I currently own three of these blushes and i love love love them.  I have the Glisten, form the first 8th Wonder of the Amazon collection (a previous AD shipment), and recently purchased Blushing Bride and Blissful recently.  Love!
  • Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Shadow in Shimmering Taupe – I haven’t used any of tarte’s cream eyeshadows, I’ve been playing a lot with otehr brands recently.  I’m still trying to work with them, but I really like this one.
  • Amazonian Clay SmolderEYES eyeliner in Fig, a plum brown- WOOO!  a perfect perfect purple brown.  It doesn’t budge!  I love the shade, it shimmers with gold light, and is a deep plummy brown.
  • Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara in Black- this is my GO TO mascara so i’m happy to have a back up!
  • Lip Luster in Sweet, a peach pink-I now own four of these!  LOVE!
  • Blush brush
  • Shadow brush
  • Sharpener
  • Makeup bag

You have the option of ordering this on Auto-Delivery, which will bring you new collection sin October and February.  I always order on AD, because I never want to be the odd man out if I miss a collection!  You can of course, cancel or delay a shipment at any time.  You can also return it if you hate it, and still get the next shipment.

This kit has a retail value of over $150, so to get it at the preview price of $50 is a STEAL.

Do you like tarte?  GET IT!  Get it NOW!  You won’t be sorry!  The single shipmen PREVIEW is $49.92  Auto Delivery is now, October and February.   The regular item is HERE.  Happy glossing!

PS did I mention that you get a Park Avenue Princess Bronzer and a deluxe sample of the tarte Maracuja Oil too?  Yeah.  Well you do!

 

Pictures of looks soon but for now, here is the kit:

tarte Glow Your Way To Gorgeous TSV

From top to bottom: SmolderEYES Fig, Shimmering Taupe cream shadow, Park Ave Princess bronzer, Peaceful Blush, Sweet LipLuste

 

 

 

Sweet LipSurgence

Shimmering Taupe Cream Shadow

SmolderEYES in Fig

Peaceful 12-Hr Amazonian Clay Blush