Tarte Clay Stick Foundation – Review & Swatches

I’ll be honest here: Tarte is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands; perhaps my favorite! ❣️

They have, for the past few years, come up with one amazing offering after another, most of which keep my makeup obsession fueled and my wallet depressed.

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The clay stick foundation is a very recent product and Tarte has this to say about it:

Have you fed your skin lately? Our 12-hour, creamy matte clay stick feeds your appetite for weightless, natural coverage & good-for-you nutrients. #feedyourflawless

  • Amazonian clay: nature’s most perfect ingredient for better, longer, truer wear
  • mineral pigments: soothe & soften skin
  • vitamin C: antioxidant that fights free radicals while brightening skin
  • vitamin E: natural preservative that also acts as an emollient & antioxidant

Product performance: A buildable, powder-to-liquid formula that melts into skin for medium-to-full coverage, leaving a natural finish that looks & feels just like your own skin. Micro-encapsulated powders then burst with your body heat to keep you shine & cake-free. The vegan formula features antioxidant vitamins C, E & Amazonian clay, a total skin-balancing powerhouse that hydrates or mattifies depending on your skin type. The guilt-free blend also means there are no harsh chemicals like talc, gluten, sulfates, or parabens in your buildable, creamy coverage. Use on-the-go, as a spot concealer, or in lighter or darker shades to highlight & contour – just swipe, blend & #slaywithclay.

You get 9 g of product for $39. (Side note: what is it with the odd numbered pricing?! Make it $38 and call it a day.)

The shades

I have this in the shade Light Medium Neutral. It is a bit light for my currently NC25-ish skin tone, but it is great for highlighting and I think it will suit me well in the winters. I think the shade Medium Sand would have been good for me currently. Still, this shade can be worked with, blended to perfection, and darkened with the right powder shade or an off-setting cream contour.

The yay

  • I live for this finish. It is supposed to be balanced which means it suits your skin, whether it is oily, dry, or combination. Basically it is supposed to offer the best of both worlds (matte and dewy), and IMHO, it does. The finish is radiant and brightening, yet not greasy or oily looking. It is matte radiance and a healthy glow wrapped into one beautiful looking foundation.
  • The coverage is medium to a buildable full. Despite being a seemingly light and sheer foundation, this product covered all my blemishes, discoloration, and uneven skin tone. Color me impressed!
  • Goes on so smoothly and builds up with literally no cake-face. 
  • I heard it photographs very well, and this is one of the main reasons I got it. I am happy to tell you that it does indeed photograph amazingly. Your skin looks like skin, but enhanced, and not makeup.
  • It lasts about 7 hours on me before beginning to slide off. So that 12 hour wear claim did not ring true for me. (I think it is best to moisturize lightly under this if you have oily skin.) But I am happy with 7 hours, so.
  • It is a very hydrating foundation. Like I thought my skin looked and felt plumper with this on. I had no dry patches on my normally dry-patchy skin.
  • Looks and feels beautiful. So sturdy and heavy and luxurious.
  • 12 shades to suit all (ok, most) skin tones.
  • This is quite ideal for highlighting and contouring, too.

The meh

  • I don’t really like the price point. $35 would be more suitable, I think.
  • It may look greasy on oily skin.
  • If you don’t let your moisturizer set, or wear heavy moisturizer, this may slide off. It looks a little matte in the swatch below, but that is because I applied it on my dry arm without any moisturizer or primer.

Do I recommend this?

I think it is a great offering if you covet a foundation that gives you healthy skin-like finish and makes you look naturally radiant in pictures. I love the finish and the coverage. But I do not think it is my HG, simply because I like a more matte finish at the end of the day, though I quite like it for the summer.

Available at

Sephora, Tarte.


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Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Skin Tint – Review & Swatches

My friends. I have a new love. It is theΒ Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Skin Tint!!!

This baby is available in 5 shades on Sephora, where it is described as:

Which skin type is it good for?
βœ” Normal
βœ” Oily
βœ” Combination
βœ” Dry
βœ” Sensitive

What it is:
A whipped water-gel makeup and skincare hybrid with broad-spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen.

Solutions for:
– Dryness
– Uneven skin tone
– Dullness and uneven texture

If you want to know more…
This skincare and makeup hybrid combines the sensorial texture and all-day hydration of skincare with the buildable coverage of makeup. It’s infused with a rare Asian fruit extract, whu zu yu, to provide a healthy-looking, shine-free glow.

Research results:
In clinical tests:
– 93% of women showed an instant increase in moisture

You get 30 ml of product for $39.

The shades

The shades for this are totally bizarre. They are 3.5, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, and 9.5. I got 5.5Β BeigeΒ for my light-medium skin tone. The shade suits my NC20/C2 skin tone quite well, but oxidizes on me a bit which makes me think I should have gotten 3.5 instead. Oh well. Next time. Coupled with a highlighting concealer, this shade is quite suitable. Plus, most foundations oxidize on my skin, so.

The yay

  • Now listen. Your girl is all about full coverage and flawlessness and all. And this is aΒ skin tint which means it is supposed to be lightweight, which it is. Despite being lightweight, this tint has beautiful medium coverage! It sinks like a veil into the skin and covers a lot of minor blemishes while still making the skin look naturally glowy and healthy.
  • It has a lovely silk-like texture, and application is smooth and creamy and dreamy.
  • It does not accentuate dry areas and is actually very moisturizing on my dry/sensitive skin.
  • It is perfect for days when you want to let your skin breathe but still lookΒ polished.
  • 30 ml for $39 is a bit pricey but not bad, as the product really does perform well for something that is supposed to be lightweight.
  • SPF 20

The meh

  • Packaging is really crappy. Like it is housed in a cheap little plastic jar and when you open it, most of the product sticks to the inner lid (that thing between the lid and the jar that most beauty products in a jar have).
  • Shade range is bizarre and limited.
  • This product may not do well on oily complexions.


I use a Morphe M439Β (BEST FOUNDATION BRUSH EVER) to buff this into the skin using light, round motions.

Ignore the red splotch on my arm; I burned myself frying some food.Β 

Do I recommend this?

For breathable, medium coverage that looks dewy and healthy, yes. I do.



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L.A. Girl HD PRO Conceal

L.A. Girl HD PRO Conceal is a cult beauty favorite due to the superior quality the buyer gets for a tiny, tiny price.

Recently, I bought this in the shadesΒ Natural, Creamy Beige, Toast, Yellow Corrector,Β andΒ Orange Corrector.

Says L.A. Girl:

Crease-resistant, opaque coverage in a creamy yet lightweight texture. The long-wearing formula camouflages darkness under the eyes, redness and skin imperfections. Provides complete, natural-looking coverage,evens skin tone, covers dark circles and minimizes fine lines around the eyes.

This blendable and buildable formula provides the ultimate, customizable coverage. This must-have concealer includes a soft brush-tip for easy application.

-Camouflages the appearance of skin imperfections
-Evens out skin tone
-Covers dark circles
-Minimizes fine lines
-Provides customizable coverage


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Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer In #20

Maybelline’s Fit Me! concealer in #20Sand Sablehas often been compared to the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard. Does your girl have the NARS one? Hell to the no. So I can’t compare the two. But when I read the comparisons online, I decided to give this particular shade a try.

Says Maybelline:


Why You’ll Love It

It’s makeup that doesn’t mess with you.

β€’ No oils, no waxes, no nonsense
β€’ Natural coverage that leaves skin the way it was meant to be…fresh, breathing, natural
β€’ Exclusive translucent base and lightweight pigments allow skin’s natural highs and lows to show through
β€’ Non-comedogenic, dermatologist-tested, ophthalmologist-tested, fragrance-free

For Best Results

Dot concealer onto imperfections or under eyes. Pat with finger to blend.


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Rimmel Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Color

Rimmel’s Provocalips are basically matte lip colors with a shine/lock clear liquid on the other end of the tube.

Rimmel US:

Up to 16 Hours of lip liberation. Wild without a trace!

β€’ Kiss proof, transfer proof, food proof high impact endless colour.

β€’ No tight feeling or dry lips. Lips feel smooth and moisturized all day long.

β€’ Easy removal with Oil based makeup remover

STEP 1: Apply colour and keep lips apart for 60 seconds until the product sets.

STEP 2: Apply topcoat to lock the colour, moisture and add shine.

I was gifted these (by a relative) in the shades Little Minx, Heart Breaker, and Play With Fire.

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The shades

Little Minx is a bright fuchsia with blue undertones which often looks too bright for my liking so I quickly blot it immediately after application. That way it turns into a more muted shade and looks quite lovely IMO.

Play With Fire is a brown-toned red which dries deeper. I’m a fan of blue-based reds so this one is good when mixed with other shades, like nudes, to make it a little less, idk, 90s vixen.

Heart Breaker is a unique shade. It looks like a very deep terracotta nude on lighter skins and a peach-terracotta shade on darker ones. On me it looks great once blotted, Kylie Jenner-esque. Also it’s a great base for some of the lighter pinks that I own and turns them into lovely mid-toned shades. There is a faint trace of pale gold shimmer in this shade which disappears upon application.

I did not detect any fragrance in these.

The yay

  1. Staying power – friggin amazing. Honestly these last and last. Come tea, oily food, or kisses. One of the best formulas out there I think. And I’ve tried lots of ’em.
  2. Great shade range.
  3. Affordable.
  4. Can be made glossy based on your preference. Personally I think the “Step 1” part is more than enough to ensure long lasting color and I also prefer matte over glossy.

The mehΒ 

  1. The formula is thin. It makes lining lips with the product difficult and I tend to apply more than I need.


I use the doe-foot applicator to dab on the product, (over)line my (thin) lips with the edge, and fill in the product usually with my finger tip for best results.

These dry darker than how they go on initially.


Top to bottom: Little Minx, Heart Breaker, Play With Fire


Top to bottom: Little Minx, Heart Breaker, Play With Fire

Do I recommend these?

I wanted these in Make Your Move and I’ll Call You but those weren’t available. Yes I recommend checking them out if you want an affordable liquid lipstick that lasts and can be made glossy should you desire.


Online and at Rimmel stands. Available at Boots for Β£6.99.