Perfume

Review: Cartier La Panthère Eau de Perfume

May 18, 2016

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Cartier La Panthère Eau de Perfume ($55 and up) is a statement scent. I love it days when I need every bit of confidence. Walking into a room full of people, where I’d like to lead a wonderful impression, takes a great lipstick. From here on out, I’m adding some a spray of La Panthère as well. It literally gives me a soft lift that, although not overpowering, adds a bit of assertiveness that’s both lovely and entirely appropriate.

There’s a floral touch, some fruit, and a bit of musk. The blend synergistically combines to create something new–it doesn’t smell like anything specific but there is something familiar about it. Introduced in 2014, I’m happy to have discovered it now. The bottle has a highly styled panther carved into the glass.

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It’s a gorgeous, heavy presentation with a large, flat spray top. It’s gorgeous.

There are floral notes (gardenia, predominately) in the scent, but they do not predominate. In other words, I don’t find that this has the overall impression of a floral scent. It may be because they are mixed with fruits, as well as musk and oak moss. It’s lovely and assertive. It’s feminine but not erotic. I believe the best way to describe it is to say that it’s one of favorite scents to wear when I have to meet important people, and to come across as confident and ready to lead.

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There are scents that are made for relaxing, and others for a casual day. Cartier La Panthère Eau de Perfume is custom-made for days when you are pushed outside your comfort zone. Don’t worry–you can totally do this. Which is true whether or not you’re wearing Cartier, but still. It’s nice to have it along with you.

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Blush NARS

Photos: NARS Biggest Orgasm Blush

May 13, 2016

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NARS Limited Edition Orgasm blush ($39) is a wonderfully giftable item (or something that you might like to gift to yourself!). Essentially, this big beautiful compact holds 3.04 ounces of NARS’ classic at $39, compared with 1.92 ounces for the $30 regular-sized version. Of course, this blush has a well-deserved reputation for looking good on virtually everyone. Perfect for year-round wear, Orgasm is a soft pinky-peach with soft shimmer that gives beautiful light and color to wake up almost all skin tones. It’s lovely.

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NARS Limited Edition Orgasm is available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, Nordstrom, Nars Boutiques, and Nars online.

The outer sleeve is beyond adorable with the summer sunglass theme, which is repeated on the plastic protector that protects the blush during shipment.

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The full-size mirror has “#what makes you blush” inscribed to make you smile.

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I can think of one or two girlfriends that will love this as a gift. As always, I love the travel-friendly packaging, the oversize mirror, the glorious texture, and the gorgeous flush of color. The formulation is superb. This big Orgasm is one yes, yes, YES!.

NARS Limited Edition Orgasm is available at Sephora, Nars BoutiquesNars online, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom.

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Dior Powder

Review: Dior Nude Air Summer Glow Shimmering Loose Powder

May 12, 2016

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Dior Nude Air Summer Glow Shimmering Loose Powder ($56/0.56 oz.) is a finishing powder that delivers a softening, blurring effect with a bit of an ethereal warm glow. Limited edition as part of Dior’s Milky Dots collection for Summer ’16, this powder immediately caught my eye.  I’m a fan of beautiful textures (and I’m a bit over-saturated in highlighters), so I thought that Summer Glow would be a fun addition to my summer beauty collection.

Bottom line–Some will love this and back it up, while others will not love it. I found that this works as a beautiful glowing summer finishing powder when applied with a large fluffy powder brush. Despite the sparkles you see in the powder, I found that this application method doesn’t appear to translate those sparkles to the face (checked in several different types of lighting). It gives a beautiful, warm, glow effect that is similar to some of the “glowing foundations” that we’ve seen released lately. I love the effect. Alternatively, Dior Summer Air can be used as an glow over blush for those looking to add a touch of warmth.

Dior Summer Air Shimming Loose Powder is available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Bergdorf GoodmanLord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue (and Harrods in the UK).

This lush tub of luxury powder appears to be made of a plexiglass, which makes it both strong and pretty. It’s packed with a puff (no brush). Although the Dior specialist recommended using the puff for all-over application, I haven’t worked up the bravery to do that yet.  I don’t think she was wrong, she was quite insistent in fact (she said it three times! okay!) If you look closely at the powder, you will find that it is full of a very fine iridescence (this accumulates on the plastic sifter lid, below right). This powder’s name includes “Shimmering Loose Powder.” With a concentrated highlighting brush (like this one from Charlotte Tillbury, but others will do), Dior Summer Sun can create a subtle highlight.

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 Keep in mind that this powder works best applied sheerly, and the tone is deeper than a typical highlighter. Here’s a comparison with Dior’s Nude Air Highlighter in Glowing Pink. After playing with Dior Summer Air, I decided that the Dior sales associate was on to something. Although I don’t like using the puff (I prefer a large fluffy brush), Dior Summer Air is a beautiful all-over glowing finishing powder. In fact, it reminds me of a deeper, summery version of Chanel Feerrie.

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Dior Nude Air 2_edited-2I suspect that if you are (like I am) beautiful face powders, Dior Summer Air is worth your time. Applied softly all over the face, it gives a similar impression to some of this Spring’s glowing foundations (not as glowing as Becca’s, more similar to Giorgio Armani’s). If you go this route apply in a very sheer layer with a large fluffy powder brush. It dds a touch of healthy summer color without going all the way bronzed.

Alternatively you can apply with a smaller brush as a concentrated soft highlighter or glowing powder over blush.

The packaging is beautiful Dior–lighter than glass, but still makes my heart race with the quilted silver top. Certainly, it will work as a body powder as well if you love the look.

Dior Summer Air Shimming Loose Powder is available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Bergdorf GoodmanLord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue (and Harrods in the UK).

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Giorgio Armani Perfume

Review: Arman Code Profumo

May 11, 2016

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Giorgio Armani makes lovely makeup formulas. It’s no surprise that Giorgio Armani Code Profumo is a beautifully formulated scent. Although designed for men (does that restriction even matter any more?), I find that I love this on myself as well. This is a warm, comforting and spicy scent that is based on notes of tonka bean, cardimom, and woody amber. There’s a sweetness in the scent as well that adds a light complexity that’s just gorgeous.

I think the sweet vanilla combined with the spice and amber are blended into something that women will find attractive on men. It’s a rich scent, with plenty of strength and longevity.  Although I think that it’s sort of trendy to disparage large perfume brands, I genuinely love this one (I tend to like heavier, richer scents). With Father’s Day around the corner, this is definitely one to keep at the top of your list.

Armani Code Profumo is available at Macy’s.

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Concealer Sephora

Review: Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer

May 7, 2016

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Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer ($14) was an unexpected miss for me. I’m usually a careful buyer, although I’ve had occasional problems when buying sight unseen. This was one, unfortunately.

As background, this concealer is a liquid gel, with a doe foot applicator that is said to have brightening properties and that is perfect for the sensitive undereye area (it is infused with pineapple ceramide, promoted to improve skin texture and promote brightness). I ordered in the shade Buttercream #4 (light with a neutral undertone). I found this shade far too light for my NC15/ Chanel Ivoire skin tone. In fact, I’ll say this is unwearably light for my fair, warm skintone. Obviously, I should have purchased this in person.  Just keep in mind, if you are thinking of ordering online, maybe don’t do that. 

The texture of the concealer is, indeed, quite lightweight and pigmented. Unfortunately, I had problems with the longevity. It seems to migrate and move on my undereye area. Perhaps your experience will be different, and this is just my opinion and experience, but I found  it difficult to get more than a few hours wear before I needed to touch up.

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I wish I had better news on this.  As with all reviews, your mileage may vary. Color issue aside, the coverage was quite good. The concealer didn’t seem to have any moisturizing properties, if anything it seem ever-so-slightly drying. I didn’t find that this gave me the all day wear that I was hoping to get. I far prefer the Guerlain Precious Light, Burberry Sheer Luminous #2, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (Custard), and Marc Jacobs Beauty Remedy Concealer Pen (Wake Up Call #2), among others.

Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer is available at Sephora (affilate link).

Ingredient list:

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Triethylhexanoin , Dimethicone, Isododecane, Butylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Silica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Ethylene Brassylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone , Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Galactoarabinan, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate. May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/CI 77492/CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).

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Hair Shu Uemura

Review: Shu Uemura Color Lustre Shampoo and Conditioner

May 5, 2016

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If you color your hair (including you, if you have highlights!), you already know that keeping it in excellent condition is a challenge. Coloring can be harsh, even if one goes to excellent salons. Shu Uemura’s Art of Hair Color Lustre’s series is targeted to preserve color, deliver shine, and protect the hair from damage. I’ve been using the Color Lustre Sulfate-Free Brilliant Glaze Shampoo and Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Conditioner for the past few weeks, and have experienced a noticeable improvement in shine, bounce, softness and smoothness. What’s not to love?

Shu Uemura’s Sulfate Free Brilliant Glaze Shampoo (10 oz. $48) is a lightweight, pearly liquid that cleans hair perfectly while leaving it soft and shiny. My hair felt clean, but never dry or stripped. It’s rare to find a shampoo that strikes this balance just right, and is also kind to color. I experienced no color fading. In fact, my color looked better than ever because the condition of my hair improved significantly.

This shampoo includes Musk Rose Oil, which has healing and nourishing properties. It also has Goji Berry Extract (a source of anti-oxidants) to protect color.

The shampoo has a subdued scent with the following notes:

FRAGRANCE: Rose of Japan
TOP NOTE: Mandarin, Grapefruit, Black-Currant, Cardamon Essence
HEART NOTE: Rose, Freesia, Violet
BASE NOTE: Sandalwood, Musk, Vanilla

She Uemura’s Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Conditioner (8 oz./$58) surprised me. This conditioner feels lightweight and non-greasy. Usually light conditioners isn’t really effective for me.  However, The Brilliant Glaze conditioner absorbed very easily and really delivered soft, shiny, healthy hair.  This conditioner is worthy of the premium name.

Like the shampoo, Shu’s Color Lustre adds Musk Rose Oil and Goji Berry Extract. The scent was quite similar to the shampoo. For both, I found that the scent didn’t last far beyond the treatment time and did not clash with my perfume. Overall, big love for both of these. It’s wonderful to see that Shu Uemura’s Art of Hair delivers so beautifully.  Highly recommended.

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These are both available at Shu Uemura Art of Hair online. 

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Laura Mercier Skin care

Review: Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Moisturizing Creme

May 4, 2016

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Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Moisturizing Cream ($68) is a remarkably effective, lightweight moisturizing cream that I recommend for those with combination to dry skin.  I’ve used many moisturizers, from the French pharmacy lines, various high end brands including Chanel Sublimage. In my view, Laura Mercier’s delivers quality that far exceeds its price. This particular version, infused with a rose scent, delivers glowing, fresh-looking skin, while feeling very pleasant (and not at all heavy).

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The moisturizer is remarkable for being both effective and lightweight. This is especially effective at allowing my skin to recover from stress. The scent is sophisticated and calming. I just adore it. It’s one of those Sunday-afternoon facial products that makes you feel very pampered, or one that I apply at night that allows my skin to look refreshed in the morning. It’s been delivering excellent results.

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Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Nourishing Creme is available at Laura Mercier online, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Bloomingdales.

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Ingredient list

Aqua/Water/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Myristyl Myristate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Hexyldecanol, Isohexadecane, Panthenol, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip Oil) Seed Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ceteareth-20, Myristyl Laurate, Xanthan Gum, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Hydroxide, Bht, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Disodium Edta, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Citric Acid, Fructose, Sodium Hydroxide, Urea, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Protein, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Maltose, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Pca, Trehalose, Amino Esters-1, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Glucose, Pearl Powder, Sorbic Acid, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Beta-Carotene, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Tocopherol, (Rose) Fragrance/Parfum, Citronellol, Geraniol.

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Blush Tom Ford

Tom Ford Bicoastal Blush Duo Review

April 17, 2016

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I picked up two items from Tom Ford Summer this year–first, a refill of Tom Ford Gold Dust Bronzer ($98) as a replacement for one that I’ve used to pan. But the new item that created the most excitement is Tom Ford Bicoastal Blush ($78). I find this formula, which echoes the same from the Moonlight Sculpting duo, to be excellent. As others have warned, I’m sure that Tom Ford Bicoastal will sell out quickly. Please move quickly.

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Tom Ford Bicoastal is currently available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Sephora (this goes in and out of stock here).

Tom Ford Bicoastal includes a highly pigmented deep pink-red blush that applies with virtually no powdery texture. It melds beautifully to the skin to delivery a soft healthy glowing color. As its name suggests, there is an additional soft pink highlight shade included that provides a highly sophisticated cool shimmer. I absolutely adore Bicoastal–to me, this is going to make a top ten list of 2016. The soft glowing look that it imparts gives life and youth, and these are beautiful colors that are face-brigtening to an entire range of skin tones. Yes, you need this one.

Of course, I’m a big fan of Tom Ford Gold Dust as well. Liz has worn this in countless photographs on this blog, and in her real life. I find myself reaching for Gold Dust on my high-stress days, when I know I want to look cool, confident, and softly tanned. I love it.

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I’ll look at Tom Ford Summer at least one more time before I decide whether I’ve gotten everything that I love from it. However, I knew that Bicoastal blush was a must-have, given my love for this incredible texture. This is well worth your attention. Please do not hesitate on this one–it’s beautiful.

Tom Ford Bicoastal is currently available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Sephora (this goes in and out of stock here).

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Highlighter MAC Powder

Review of Selections from Future MAC and MAC Mineralize

April 9, 2016

 

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As I transition back into more active blogging, I thought it might be useful to do a (very) quick overview of my picks from the recent Future MAC and MAC Mineralize collections. Both are focused on skin-enhancing textures. I focused my dollars on the powder products.

These collections are currently available at Nordstrom, (Future and Mineralize) Bloomingdales, Macy’s, and Dillards.

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Otherearthly is the most striking highlighter. Although intimidating, it’s actually sort of fun to use and creates a high-shine metallic light peach-rose gold finish. The look is pure MAC–bold, not a subtle sheen. There’s definitely a surprise factor with Otherearthly–depending on where you place your brush, you’ll get a different look. The two outer shades are rather smooth. The silver (not an overspray! It’s really silver!) doesn’t have a super-smooth texture. But you really can’t expect that (it’s a chunk of silver, hey!). And once the shades are blended together, the look is pretty spectacular. The swatches compare Otherearthly’s individual shades, mixed and swatch of Nuanced Mineralized Skinfinish (part of the Mineralized collection).

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The new MAC Mineralized collection gives us five new options in a “pinwheel” format. These were a pure joy to work with–they’re creamy and with the four quarters, there’s a surprise factor that’s just absolutely fun.  I chose three:

  • Faintly Fabulous has a yellow color-correcting shade that can be used to brighten the undereye area. This gives a glowing light highlighter effect when all of the shades are mixed together that leans toward pinky-gold. I was surprised that the final mixed version wasn’t very yellow at all.
  • Nuanced is the most metallic and shimmery of these three. It gives a lovely gold-pink shade that’s just gorgeous. On my NC15 skintone, it can be used as a subtle high-shimmer blush.
  • Perfectly Lit is my favorite mistake. Technically, it’s too deep for my skintone and could never, ever be a highlight on me. It’s a gingery-shimmer orb of goodness that I have to apply very lightly as a high-shimmer blush.  If you look good in gingery deep shades, you might love this one.

All three had an excellent smooth formula. These deserve a lot of love if you are a mineralized skin finish fan.

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MAC Warm Rose Mineralized Skinfinish is perhaps the most puzzling product of the lot.  It reminded me of Chanel’s Poudre Douce in Rosee that was discontinued in the U.S. some years ago. The Chanel allover face powder looks slightly cool pink when applied to my NC15/Cameo/Ivoire skintone. When certain kinds of light hit it, the Chanel powder gives a slight, soft pearly effect that’s just gorgeous. MAC Warm Rose has a similar quality, but it is not quite as pronounced. Indeed, the effect is so subtle that depending on the color/tone/texture of your skin, and the lighting, you might not see the effect at all. In that case, Warm Rose amounts to the most subtle highlighter on the face of the planet (truly, it’s more subtle than the Hourglass Ambient Light Powders). There will be a narrow class of people who might love Warm Rose. For others, it’s going to be best to skip. Warm, deep skin tones might find it looking ashy, and others may find it completely invisible.

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There are two limited edition blushes with Future MAC–the soft pink/peach Ray Beam and the light nude Cosmic Force. The texture of both is satin-matte, and the formula is a creamy powder. These are both well done, but probably not must-haves.

Ray Beam is pretty, and I’ll get a lot of use out of it. It reminds me a little of Chanel Espeigel, but without the soft Chanel glow. MAC’s Ray Beam is softly pigmented, and it compliments Othereartly and Nuanced nicely.  In other words, it fits in nicely with the overall collection.

Cosmic Ray, a soft nude, was a miss for me. Although for some it would be a good contour shade, it didn’t have the complexity or depth that I was hoping for. My mistake was comparing it to Chanel Mocha, which has a deep mauve base note that looks amazing with Chanel Rosee (they always discontinue the nice ones). I’m including swatches so you can make up your own mind.

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Whew! So overall, I’d look at Otherearthly because that’s the most unusual star product out of this collection. I wish they’d made  pink and alternative nude versions of it. MAC Warm Rose is going to be a love-it or hate-it product (or a big “nothing-burger with nothing on the side” for some). The Mineralized “pinwheels” are worth your time–choose according to your skin tone. The blushes are well-formulated, the question is going to be whether these are colors that you are looking for.

I’ve heard good things about the lip products in this collection, but I had to draw the line somewhere. With the Sephora sale going on, and Tom Ford Bicoastal in stock, tough choices have to be made.

MAC Future and the new Mineralized collections are currently available at Nordstrom, (Future and Mineralize) Bloomingdales, Macy’s, and Dillards.

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Eyeshadow Highlighter Sephora Tarte

My Picks: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Collection

April 6, 2016

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I haven’t gotten deeply into Tarte’s line, aside from panning a Park Avenue Princess a few years ago (no regrets!). A few weeks ago, distracted amidst an in extremis deadline, I found myself drawn to the release of the Tarte Chicken Rainforest of the Sea Collection for no particular reason. A few of the products were surprisingly good, and others worth writing about in case you are thinking about them. I believe that these products are only available on Sephora and Tarte online at present.

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Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Skin Twinkle Highlighter palette was the winner. Although I’m biased and falling in love with all highlighter’s lately, let em tell you about this one. There are two giant pans of a gel-powder (the left is warm, the right is slightly rose). Applied with a fan brush, these are absolutely gorgeous reflective beauties without the dreaded glitter. They’re remarkably smooth, easy to work with and given their giant size, I’m hoping I never run out. These two Tarte pretties are a touch more subtle than Becca Champagne Pop and the other extreme shiners we’ve seen over the past year. Yet it’s not at all shy–the reflectivity is really there, and I’m loving it. 

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The middle shade is a matte yellow powder that must be ignored. Inexplicably, it’s a hard pan of nothing that’s sitting between two elegant  powders that will give you the upper cheekbones of an angel. This is packaged in a very slim, packable metal with a full-size mirror in the lid (no brush).

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I bought the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench & Drench Lip Set ($9). This is a set with two mini lipsticks–the lightweight mint-flavored Quench formula in Nude ($19 for full size), and the creamy Drench in Cabana Boy ($22 for full size, available separately).

I became addicted to the Nude Quench shade–it’s super moisturizing and mint-tingly.  Unfortunately, it’s packaged in cardboard and the formula is so soft it broke easily.  It is lovely, super wearable and gives a pretty nude glow. But it might be better in a pot.  The Drench Cabana Boy is a nice near-opaque shade in a somewhat moisturizing formula.

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I had high hopes for the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette ($34). Who doesn’t love a neutral palette with the look of a shimmery metal, and a few good mattes? The palette is certainly nice, and provides countless options, for its price range. But I don’t believe that that higher-end palettes have much to worry about. That said, I found the shadows consistent–all were good, none were duds. But none were complete standouts, except maybe the taupe called “Wave.” All had excellent blendability.

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To some degree, I’m glad that Tarte packaged this collection in metal, not cardboard. This is especially true for Skin Twinkle, as gel formulas are fragile. But for this eyeshadow palette, the metal adds a lot of weight. It gives the product a nice heavy, substantial feeling. But the weight takes away from the travel-friendly quality that other palettes have

I should note that I’ve sampled the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation in Fair-Light ($39/1 ounce). After wearing it for a few days, I’ve placed the full-sized version in my cart. It’s really nice, especially for dry or combination skin. It’s designed to add hydration, and it does leave my skin feeling and looking better after removal. It gave me 10-hour wear easily, without shifting or fading. It looks lovely, with a luminous satin finish all day long.  It’s as good as any high-end foundation out there under $60. Definitely worth sampling if you are near a Sephora

Overall, the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea had items that–although I bought in haste–do not regret.  I’m addicted to the Skin Twinkle highlighter palette (recommended!). The eyeshadow palette is nice, but in a field crowded with beautiful neutral palettes I’m not sure it’s unusual enough to put super high on your list. I love the Quench formula for its moisturizing and minty tingle, but the fact that it easily broke put me off buying any more.

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