Anyone who knows me is well aware that I firmly believe in mermaids and I firmly believe I was one in a past life (my blog name is even about mermaids!). I LOVE all things mermaids so when Tarte released their new aquatic inspired collection, I may have squealed from happiness.
I’m already a pretty massive fan of everything Tarte Cosmetics; but their new Rainforest of The Sea collection is everything I could have dreamt for. The packaging, the concept and the products I have tested are what my mermaid dreams are made of so let’s break it down and start with these beautiful new matte lipsticks.
The Lip Splash lipsticks are beautifully packaged. They come in slim, feather weight, metal tubes with a GORGEOUS gold and purple ombre print. They are small, light and portable with only 0.085 oz of product which is less than the average lipstick at 0.20 oz. The tubes being so light and small are however not the most sturdy.
The Lip Splash lipsticks are some of the most intensely pigmented lip colours I have ever seen and their formula is a cut above the average matte lipstick.
They are beautiful creamy lipsticks with a dreamy lip butter-esque feel and a silky matte finish. They have excellent colour payoff for full opacity in a single application and a streak free finish with it’s ultra creamy and lightweight texture.
It is extremely creamy, so much so that it glides on like butter but if you push too hard on the bullet it might break. The thin silky formula is very comfortable, it glides on without tugging or pulling and is easy to smooth into place.
It sets to a velvety matte finish that is not at all drying due to hydrating ingredients in the formula. So unlike matte liquid lipsticks, these have a soft matte appearance but the feel of a normal cream lipstick. They wear for a good 5-6 hours before evenly fading and they do not have any issues with feathering or migration. However, they are not resistant to transfer so keep your kisses to yourself.
The Lip Splash formula is infused with a number of ingredients to keep your lips hydrated and smooth including –
The Rainforest of the Sea Complex – a proprietary blend of algae and marine flower extracts to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while soothing and softening the skin.
Sodium Hyaluronate Filing Spheres – deliver and retain moisture for optimal hydration.
Jojoba Oil – soothes and leaves lips soft, supple and smooth
Pomegranate Oil – helps brighten lacklustre skin and fight free radicals
Cupuacu Butter – includes sterols that help firm and drench lips in moisture
Murumuru Butter – rich in essential fatty acids and pro vitamin A to help restore elasticity and soothe lips.
All of these ingredients work together to create lipsticks that feel like nothing on and wear like a dream, never drying out your lips, causing irritation or leaving a bad taste in your mouth.
(Top to Bottom – Skinny Dip, Beach Bum & Cabana Boy)
All 12 shades are bold, beautiful and full coverage in one swipe. There are delicate nudes, bright summery pinks, hot reds and vampy purples all of which are just plain gorgeous. I have three shades at the moment and I will be adding more to my collection.
Skinny Dip is a muted light peach nude with warm undertones.
Cabana Boy is a muted, medium rose mauve with cool undertones.
Beach Bum is a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones.
All three lipsticks are beautiful, multi dimensional nudes that would work for a number of skintones. Cabana Boy is my personal favourite and it has seen A LOT of wear so I can definitely say that these lipsticks are a winner.
I cannot recommend these lipsticks enough to someone who wants a beautiful lipstick with incredible pigmentation and an ultra comfortable wear with a matte finish. These lipsticks are a cut above all other matte lipsticks and the perfect place to start if you are unsure of the whole matte world.
The Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipsticks are available at Sephora and Tarte.