Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Radiance Drops – Review & LOTS OF Swatches

Sephora describes this product as:

What it is:
A multitasking elixir with brightening pearls and Rainforest of the Sea™ complex for a healthy-looking glow.

What it does:
These non-greasy, multitasking, four-in-one, mermaid-like radiance drops effortlessly go on skin as a highlighting primer, coat lips in moisture, infuse foundation with instant radiance, and impart a pearlescent, all-over glow. The hypoallergenic formula completely absorbs into all skin types—even oily skin—without clogging pores, while the antioxidant Rainforest of the Sea complex, coconut, jojoba oil, and vitamin E help hydrate and nourish your skin. Wear it alone as a highlighting base or dropped onto tarte’s clay stick foundation for dewy coverage with extra skincare benefits.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested.

I was so excited…

Tarte is arguably my favorite makeup brand. I love their shadows, their palettes, their liners, their lip products. If you check out my makeup drawers, I have a ton of stuff from Tarte.

Which is why I was so excited about these Radiance “Mermaid” Drops when Youtubers and Tarte began posting about them on social media. I couldn’t wait to place my order when the item arrived online and I couldn’t wait to receive it, OMG, you guys, I was so excited!


Sigh. It’s always better to have zero expectations, isn’t it?

The yays

I won’t do The Yays as bullet points, like I normally do. I’ll simply talk about this product. Now, listen. I want to make it very clear that this is not a highlighter. These Radiance Drops are not a highlighter. They are more of a serum/dewy makeup base. Kind of similar in purpose to the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir.

You get 30 ml of product with these, and for $32, I think it is a good deal. I had a coupon at Tarte.com which meant I got this for around $25. Yay.

These drops are like a non-greasy “oil” which absorbs into the skin very quickly, and makes my dry skin look visibly more hydrated, and softer to the touch. My skin feels nice after I apply these, and it isn’t sticky at all.

I have sensitive skin and I didn’t experience any breakouts with this product.

The bottle is quite beautiful also.

The mehs

WHYYYY did Tarte have to stuff so much visible gold shimmer into these?!

I hate when shimmer from a product is visible on my face. Hate it.

And this product is guilty of exactly that. After I massage the drops into my skin, they leave behind loads of small but clearly visible shimmer particles that make you look like Edward Cullen.

Not a good look. (Sorry, Twilight fans.)

Even under foundation and powder, those pesky shimmer particles make their way up to the top to look like that^. And the shimmer is gold, which makes my Simpson-yellow skin tone even more pronounced.

Plus the dropper has very little control, and the product flows out of it more freely than I would like it to.

I’ve tried as best as I can to show the shimmer in these drops in the pictures and videos below. You can open them in a separate tab and zoom in to view the details.

In conclusion…

I wish Tarte had altogether omitted any shimmer (mica) from these drops. I think the “oil” (or whatever this formulation is) does a good job of making the skin look hydrated and plump on its own. It is actually a good primer for makeup, though I did not notice that my makeup lasts longer with this product under it.

Or I wish the shimmer was more finely-milled than it is. I don’t like the disco-ball look.

This product is good for anyone who has zero expectations from it. It is good for anyone who doesn’t mind visible shimmer on their face, and it is good for someone who wants a shimmery dry oil for the body, as it actually looks quite nice on the body compared to the face. I think in my swatches above, it looks quite decent on my arm, though I tried very hard to capture the shimmer in this.

Personally, I am disappointed with it. The hype with this one really was not backed up. I got these drops hoping they would be similar to my beloved Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base. They don’t even come close.

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