Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the star of the Fall/Winter Beauty Collections. Leave it to Tarte to bring out the most gorgeous collection season after season. Remember the Aqualilies collection for Spring/Summer 2012? Love. Whether it’s bringing a bit of seaside flair to the range or, in this case, releasing a set of brand-new products straight from the Amazon, Tarte’s got it going on. Meet the Rainforest After Dark collection*. Things are getting sultry-sexy for fall with smokey shades and jewel-toned purples, and Tarte’s collection for the season is the perfect addition to makeup wardrobes everywhere. I recently got the chance to test out the new collection and I have to say, she’s a beaut. Included are a host of new additions to the range, including a pore-refining primer to go along with the Smooth Operator powders which are oh-so-lovely. The star of the show? That. Palette. Need I say more? At $38, it’s pretty much glorious- think bronzer, smokey eyeshadows, and a subtle highlighter all centered around a stunning new shade of their uber-famous Amazonian Clay Blushes. Unleashed is a matte nude rose shade. Playing the role of bronzer we’ve got the shade Park Avenue Princess, a lighter brown shade that’s cool enough to use as a contour on lighter skins and would suit light-medium skintones. Finally, the eyeshadows, shades Bare to Explore (pinky beige), Make a Mauve (plummy mauve), Plum Away with Me (shimmering deep plum), and Up to No Gold (a brightened gold), Tan-gled Up in You (nude tan), and Don’t Turn a-Brown (deepened cool brown) make for the perfect glamorous smokey eye for fall that doesn’t go too heavy. The formula on these is amazing: buttery smooth and foolproof to apply with zero fallout. The shade range is slightly unexpected; I wouldn’t pick a yellow gold with a deep plum for an eye look but surprisingly enough, they somehow work beautifully, blending like a dream. They’re all decidedly neutral and go on a bit deeper than they look in the pan, so pigmentation here isn’t an issue. The verdict? If you have to pick one item from the collection, let it be this.
The collection also includes a Be Charmed limited edition eyelash curler*($19) with a removable snake charm that’s too cute to be real. I was surprised at how well this curled my lashes; being a firm believer in the Shu Uemuras, this one rivals the best curlers in town. The shape here is key: It’s quite rounded and results in a full-on lash look that’s more exaggerated towards the middle of the eye, making eyes look bigger and rounder. Love. With the new collection comes new Colored Clay products, including an eye primer($21) and undereye corrector*($24) (stay tuned for a full review later this week). The new Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel*($21) is damn good stuff- not too wet, with a tiny brush that makes application easy and quick and eliminating extra faff. The one product I fell head over heels in love with from the range? The Timeless Smoothing Primer*($39). I haven’t found many pore-refining primers I’ve loved, having passed over Benefit’s Porefessional along with the Smashbox versions, but this offering from Tarte is definitely something to write home about. It blurs imperfections with ease and keeps oil at bay all day while not giving that drying, almost powdery feeling to the skin most primers leave behind. Color me obsessed.
One of the standout products from the collection was definitely the Amazonian Clay Dual Liner in Bronze/Black* ($28). These are some of the creamiest eyeliners I’ve ever used, and the formula is an obvious winner here. Easy to apply without dragging on the eyelid, these set completely and don’t budge all day. I tested these out as eyeliners, eyeshadows, and eyeshadow primers, and they worked equally well as each. My favorite? The bronze shade blended out as a smokey eye or a base for other shadows. Even on my uber-oily eyelids, no extra primer needed here as these don’t crease at all, even in 95 degree florida weather.
Tarte also includes a new shade of the LipSurgence lipgloss*($19) in the color Envy, a glowing deep rose. While the color is nice, the formula on these isn’t my favorite; they’re quite tacky and feel heavy on the lips, more like a thick sticky consistency than being overly wet and gloopy. To their credit, these do stick around quite a bit longer than your average gloss and feel lightly moisturizing, but it didn’t seem to meld well with my lips throughout the day and was a little uncomfortable to wear. The applicator on this is nice, curving just so to fit the contour of the lips and dipping inward the to apply the perfect amount of product without having to go back into the tube. If you don’t mind that tacky feeling, you might want to look into this as a longer-lasting alternative to your usual lipgloss, but it wasn’t my favorite piece in the collection.
Last up, Tarte’s bringing out their answer to lash fibers for fall with their Best in Faux Lash Extending Fibers*($19) set. There’s a 3-step process involved with this: 1)PREP with mascara: Prime upper lashes with the included lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara. 2)EXTEND with fibers: Using a gentle patting motion, apply fibers onto top of upper lashes starting at the middle and working outwards towards the tip. 3)SET with mascara: Apply a final coat of mascara to lock in the fibers and a dramatic, bombshell stare. The fibers are made of nylon and are meant to build onto your natural lashes instead of having to apply full-strip or individual falsies. Both the idea and the performance on the fibers is outstanding: think lashes with extra kick and volume that look intense and fluttery but still natural. I’m not the biggest fan of the Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara purely because I have stick-straight Asian eyelashes that don’t hold a curl with anything other than waterproof mascara, so I would personally go for the waterproof version, Lights, Camera, Splashes (which is dynamite for lashes that don’t usually hold a curl), but if you have normal lashes, you’re set with the regular version, which looks stunning paired with the Lash Extending Fibers. Either way, the fibers don’t weigh down lashes and cause them to fall throughout the day, even on my (unstable, problematic, etc… need i go on?) eyelash hairs. Love.
Overall, the fall collection is definitely one you’ll want to have a look at while it’s out; with shades that transition beautifully from fall to winter and are sure to be well-loved through the Spring/Summer seasons, the entire range is a keeper (though I’d prioritize on getting my hands on that palette if I were you).
Will you be picking up anything from the collection?
(* denotes press sample)