Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tarte Cosmetics: Haul, Review, and a Great Coupon Code!

While I shopped in ...oh, five different Sephoras in NYC, I found some new products that I LOVE!

I had never tried any Tarte Cosmetics products, other than just "dilly-dallying" around at their section in ULTA.  A Tarte representative was in the SoHo Sephora and introduced me to three new products.  

#1: Tarte Dark Circle Defense (concealer)

Ulta explains the product well by saying, 

Get your eight hours of sleep in a compact! Unlike concealers that just lay on top of the skin, tarte's undereye corrector is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of eye puffiness by 56% in just 6 weeks while finely milled, light-refracting minerals actually brighten the skin to help camouflage dark circles, puffiness, redness, fine lines, and wrinkles instantly. A concealer brush is included for touch-ups on the go. Can also be used on eyelids to even skin tone and as an eyeshadow base.

Basically, this product has awesome natural ingredients that do wonders for the under eye area.

Honey Extract: helps reduce inflammation and aids in tissue healing

Soybean Extract: plant-derived emollient rich in protein and vitamins A & E
Vitamin E: acts as an anti-inflammatory emollient and protects against free-radical damage
Water: delivers and retains moisture
Mineral pigments: known to soothe and soften the skin               

My opinion:  This concealer is amazing! It has wonderful coverage and isn't drying in the least bit.  I have tried dozens of high-end concealers and this is my new favorite.  It is very similar to Benefit Bo-ing in pigmentation and staying power, but it is far more creamy.  A little bit of this goes a LONG way, so you don't need much.  Also, it comes with a little brush.   I usually throw those freebies away, but this one is actually pretty good! I've been using it over my high-end concealer brush. 

.07 oz of this stuff will cost you $32, but I know that this product will last me a long time.

I'm in the shade, "Fair-Light" which is pretty light, but I prefer that since I like for my under-eyes to be lighter/brighter than the rest of my skin. 

#2: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

According to Sephora,

Infused with natural clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun, this nutrient-rich blush benefits all skin types for a fade-free flawless finish for an amazing 12 hours. Amazonian clay minimizes oil in and around pores to balance skin and keep product in place. Those with dry skin will benefit from the clay's nourishing and hydrating properties, which naturally restore skin's moisture. Combination skin types can rely on its ability to zero in on skin concerns and deliver benefits to restore complexion harmony. 

I purchased both colors you see above, Amused (bright pink) and Tipsy (coral). 

My opinion:  Move over Nars! These blushes have true staying power.  They are incredibly pigmented.  I will probably never make it through an entire pan of this blush, honestly.  So, you definitely need to use a light hand in applying.  I don't know if they last for 12-hours, because that would truly be a miracle, but the color will last you through the day.  What I love most about this product is that the blush stays exactly where you put it.  Most other blushes that I use end up blended all over my cheeks, thanks to my oily skin. 


.2 oz for $26

#3: Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

Sephora says that this product is a colorless, mattifying, pore minimizing, and replenishing Amazonian clay finishing powder that is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of pores by 20% after 4 weeks.

SOLD!  I'm like a magnet to anything that claims to reduce pore size.

I've only sampled this stuff (full size is in the mail!), but it applies just like the Makeup Forever HD powder.  It's white & translucent, so it will work for any skin tone.  

When I wore it, it definitely kept my oily skin at bay.  

.32oz for $28


Ok, now for an awesome coupon!  

If you enter LUCKYBREAKS1 in the promo code box on the Tarte website, you'll receive 30% off!  It is hard to find an awesome coupon like that for prestige cosmetics.  I think this deal expires on May 30th.

...and they have free shipping after you spend $40!

That makes the concealer around $22, the blush around $17, and the powder around $19.  

Happy Shopping!


  1. Great reviews honey! I will run to check out that concealer! Kori xoxo

  2. What a great deal! Thanks for sharing. Those all seem wonderful finds. I'm pretty devoted to my NARS blush, so we'll see ;)

  3. These products sound great! Can't wait to check them out!

  4. Thanks for sharing! I love their blush & will definitely be trying the concealer soon!

  5. Awesome products!! Thanks for sharing :) xoxo

  6. Awesome post! The Amazonian clay blush is amazing! I need to check out that concealer!

  7. I loveeee Tarte!!! The blush? AMAZING! So glad you tried them, I use it all the time ... in fact it was featured in one of my recent blog posts! Check out what I said here: http://relish-the-moments.blogspot.com/search/label/tarte


    -Vicki http://relish-the-moments.blogspot.com/

  8. I love tarte cosmetics! I'm oohing and ahhing over the 12-hour blush.. my bare minerals just ran out and my cheeks look naked without color!


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