I’ll admit that I’m a bit skeptical when a brand who was first solely in the color category
I love that this moisturizer has a gel-cream consistency. Heavily emollient and rich moisturizers tend to break me out, so I’m always game for something a bit more water-based. This plumping and free radical–fighting offering is cool to the touch and immensely quenching—I could practically feel the hyaluronic acid at work. I decided to do two layers as the consistency is light enough to be a bit heavy-handed without feeling greasy in the slightest. On top of this, I dispensed a drop or two of the Maracuja Oil.
You know when you try a new product, forget you’ve used it, then catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and wonder what’s different? Much to my delight, that was the case with this oil (and probably the combination of using it on top of the moisturizer). Looking in the mirror in the elevator of my apartment building, I noticed my skin had a serious glow happening. I first attributed it to my highlighter but, upon closer examination, noticed that my allover complexion was radiant… then face-palmed remembering I’d dosed my skin in Tarte the night before. I was so pleasantly surprised.
Lip colors in pre-packaged sets are usually such a grab-bag, but I was excited to open up a rosy-mauve color (which Tarte has dubbed Shell), my go-to shade. The color, a tinted balm, leaves a hydrating, Vaseline-like feel behind with a minty aftereffect. The color payoff is medium and buildable but tends to wear off easily, especially considering I snack and drink often throughout the day. Despite its lack of longevity, I appreciated that my peeling winter lips were being treated to an almost medicinal treatment each time I applied and felt increasingly softer as time wore on.
I love multi-use sprays, especially when they’re friendly on foundation and help refresh without quite literally making you look like you just sprayed something wet on your face. With this ultra-fine mist, you can prep your skin for makeup, set said makeup, and refresh throughout the day, all while hydrating your skin, diminishing the look of pores, and reducing redness. I was a huge fan of its dew-inducing abilities while keeping my makeup intact.
All in all, I absolutely loved this set, especially considering how inexpensive it is. You’re truly getting a huge bang for your buck. The only downside is actually the fact that it’s such a winning combination—so good, in fact, that it’s currently sold out. However, you can put your name on the
waiting list to get an email when it’s back in stock, which I highly suggest doing.