Under the sea: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea collection

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Have you seen Tarte’s new collection yet?!

This summer collection has been making moves across the blogosphere lately, and with good reason.  Tate’s Rainforest of the Sea collection includes 19 products, everything from brushes to eyeshadow and highlight palettes, a foundation, skincare, and so much more. Best of all, it’s housed in the most eye-catching packaging. Seriously, if you haven’t seen the stands yet in Sephora, stop what you’re doing, go to your nearest Sephora store and check it out.

Now although it has a summer/marine feel to the whole thing, the name actually stems from the ingredient list. According to Sephora, Tarte literally explored the depths of the ocean in order to source ingredients that drench skin in hydration. What they came up with is the Rainforest of the Sea complex, which is a proprietary blend of algae and marine flower extracts. If you take look at the product offerings in the collection it’s pretty clear that it’s all about glowing skin. Dewy, radiant skin, as if you came straight from the ocean.

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The two stars of the collection are definitely the Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation and the Skin Twinkling Lighting Palette.  The Water Foundation (C$47) is available in 12 shades and is a lightweight full-coverage hydrating foundation. It promises a wear of 12 hours and contains 20 per cent water to hydrate dry skin, while also masking redness, dark spots, and uneven skin tone. You apply it via a few drops from the dropper on a sponge or brush and then buff into the skin for a smooth, radiant finish.

The Rainforest of the Sea Skin Twinkling Light Palette (C$50) is a highlighting trio palette with three universal shades for highlighting, strobing and perfecting. There are two highlights (Sunlight and Moonlight) in here, a champagne colour and a soft lilac, as well as Filtered Light shade, which is a setting powder that brightens and corrects.  To me, it seems like the Filtered Light shade is similar to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palettes, which I apply over foundation for truly perfect skin.

Swatches of foundation Highlight palette

The foundation paired with the lighting palette truly give you amazing skin. I’ve been wearing these non-stop and I’ve had so many people commenting on how amazing my skin looks.  And the funny thing is that most of the comments have come from people in my fitness class, therefore after an hour of sweating.  Yes folks, my skin still looks amazing and flawless after working out.

Tarte also offers a couple different lip products in this line.  Their Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipsticks (C$26 each) are available in 12 shades, everything from a bright orange to a hot pink to deep purple.  I received the colours Top Down, a poppy coral, and Bonfire, a blackberry. These are matte lip shades but ultra creamy at the same time (a rarity!). The vibrant lip formula, which goes on opaque, helps firm, treat, and protect your lips while providing intense hydration and hiding the appearance of fine lines.

They are long wearing, which is great since you really don’t get a lot of product in the tube (see image below). At that price point and considering how big the tube is, I feel like Tarte could have put more product in there, but if you don’t mind the fact that you aren’t getting a lot, they are an amazing formulation (matte lipstick that’s comfortable to wear? Yes, please!).

Lipstick bullet Top Down Bonfire

They also offer the Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue (C$23 each), which is available in four shades (I got the colour Nude). Don’t let the colours fool you because they are quite sheer (they are meant to be worn as a balm). These help prevent signs of aging while delivering intense hydration and soft colour. The tinted lip balm contains essential extracts and oils to help restore the appearance of your lips’ softness, moisture and elasticity that’s reduced over time. These go on super smooth and glossy, and if you are into balms, I highly recommend checking them out since they are so comfortable to wear (I was very surprised by these and it’s just a glorified lip balm).


I can’t think of the last makeup collection that has impressed me so much (okay maybe I can, the Sephora x Minnie Mouse collection), but everything from here is just so amazing. And let’s not forget about the gorgeous packaging. The blue! The purple! The chevron! The ombre! I just can’t. Seriously, run to Sephora (or Sephora online) and pick up a few of these gems, you won’t be disappointed!

Have you tried anything from Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea collection?

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Please note, this post contains products sent by PR. All opinions are my own.

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