One of the more popular natural makeup lines is Tarte Cosmetics, with the tag line “High Performance Naturals”. You see, one of the issues of natural cosmetics is that they have been labeled such things as “inconsistent”, “unreliable in performance”, well, you get the picture.
I made a recent trip to Sephora to look at the natural lines they carry and talk with the sales associates. Afterall, they see from hundreds of customers every day and they offer what does and doesn’t work. Tarte consistently gets high ratings. Sephora has given it their “Naturally Sephora” marking, which is only given to cosmetics companies when the products are made from at least 70% natural ingredients.
One of my favorite pieces are the LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Stains. The pencil is a bit chubby, but not difficult to maneuver. It goes on super-soft and is very moisturizing and it stays put for a nice long time. I keep smacking my lips together to feel how soft they are! However, if you feel your lips are really lined or wrinkled, I wouldn’t suggest using the matte version, but try the regular lip stain in the same looking pencil.
For the holidays, Tarte has this set called The Jewelry Box. With 32 eye shadows in shimmer and matte, 8 lip glosses, 2 face powders – one a shimmer and one a bronzer and 5 eye lining pencils it’s a remarkable value at only $52. The shadows are in both warm and cool colors, and everything is full sized except the pencils which are medium/mini sized. This is sure to sell out quickly!
Another piece I find simply amazing in the line is Smooth Operator. Do primers not work for you? Make you break out? These are issues I’ve had and I know others as well. The lovely s.a. at Sephora said I HAD to try this, so she gave me a little sample that was about 2 days worth. She was right. It’s amazing! Dust it on your face BEFORE you apply makeup, it’s a powder primer. I had never used a powder primer before, or quite frankly, never even heard of one. You just need a tiny bit dusted on your face and it will feel like velvet. Best thing though, I haven’t dusted any translucent powder or used any blotters on my face all day. It’s now been 9 hours and counting since I applied my makeup this morning.
Tarte cosmetics are made without:
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes