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Review: Tarte Aqualillies Waterproof Eye and Cheek Palette – I Don’t Think So

  • Posted on June 15, 2013 at 12:22 am

Tarte Aqualillies Collage

I typically love Tarte cosmetics, so I was immediately drawn to the Aqualillies Waterproof Eye and Cheek Palette.  Summer = Focus on Waterproof Makeup  for me, as you can tell by my recent posts.  I have seen YouTube videos raving about this palette, and read comments on the Tarte site about how wonderful it is.  I was incredibly shocked at the polar opposite reaction I had to it after swatching it and testing it for transfer and it’s waterproof staying power.

 

Aqualillies Palette1

 

 

Tarte Aqualillies Waterproof Eye and Cheek Palette – The Claims

  • Waterproof
  • Fade-free, flawless finish
  • Lasts up to 12 hours

 

 

 

True Beauty Junkie Assessment

In a word – NO.  It’s just that simple.  I didn’t find any of the claims to be true.  In fact, they didn’t even come close!

I’ll start with the swatches from the palette.  Normally if I do swatches I try to just do one pass at the color so that you can see the minimum color payoff you would receive using the product.  I had no lotion or primer or any other product on my arm, just bare skin.  With this palette I had to go over, and over, and OVER just to get the colors to show up on my arm – and I am still sporting my winter white skin, no tan in sight yet.

Aqualillies Palette Swatches1

There is nothing exceptional about the colors in this palette, especially when swatched.  The pigmentation is horrible, there are three very frosty shades that are so close to the highlight color it’s really a waste to include them, and the one color that I was hoping would be a beautiful pop of turquoise in the otherwise neutral palette (Poolside) barely showed up on my arm.

I would normally show you swatches after a rub test and then after running them under water, but in this case the swatches didn’t even make it past the rub test.  If I were to show you my arm after lightly rubbing over the swatches (after letting them sit for a few minutes) you would just see my bare arm with a little sparkle left over.  Literally nothing stayed in place.  On a separate occasion I didn’t rub them but went straight to the water test  and they still completely disappeared.

 

Bottom Line

I generally love Tarte, so it pains me to give them a negative review.  This palette is not waterproof, not fade-free and certainly not going to last 12 hours on your skin.  Skip it.  Use the $38.00 somewhere else – anywhere else would be better spent than on this palette.

** I can’t reiterate enough that this review applies only to the Aqualillies palette.  Tarte has so many other awesome palettes and products that are worth checking out.  They just really missed the boat with this one. 

The Balm Cosmetics: Blush Extravaganza

  • Posted on May 31, 2013 at 5:42 pm

…I work so much, during the free days I have I like to let my skin breathe.  But of course I’m girly so I like to put on some blush and some mascara.”  ~Bar Refaeli

The Balm Collage

Oh, The Balm, how I love your blushes!

I have a pile of The Balm blushes, highlighters and bronzers sitting next to me at the keyboard as I type this.  I’m telling myself that I need them here in case I want to do some quick swatches (already did that, took the pictures, yet I still try to justify my addiction).  However, if I’m honest, I really think I brought them here because even just looking at makeup makes me happy.  That’s how you know you’re a True Beauty Junkie.

Anyone else able to spend hours just perusing the makeup aisles of any store, reading product details, getting excited about the claims, arms covered in swatches of products?  Welcome to the club!

The Balm Cosmetics has a complete line of makeup, skin care, hair care and nail polish.  But what I want to talk about today is some of their classic blushes.  I’ll cover contour, bronzers and highlights in a separate blog.

 

The Blushes – Gorgeousness in a Compact

The Balm blushes are beautiful, long-wearing, and highly pigmented.  That allows you to achieve several blush shades with just one compact.  You can sheer them out, build them up, use them as eye shadows or highlights… Several are must haves in my collection.  And just as a side note: the packaging for all of The Balm products is super cute, retro-inspired, and I love it!

 

Down Boy Blush

Purchase:  TheBalm Down Boy Blush

Down Boy is a soft, fresh-faced pink, and the lightest of the blushes that I will be talking about today.  It has the slightest sheen to it that gives it a little ‘lit from within’ quality.  It’s not glittery, clumpy, or gaudy.  A little goes a long way, you don’t want to apply this or any of The Balm products with a heavy hand.

In the swatches you can see that on top I have it very densely packed onto my skin, while on the bottom it’s a sheer wash of color.  Fabulous either way you choose to wear it.

 

The Balm - Down Boy Swatches

The Balm – Down Boy
Swatches

Cabana Boy Blush

Purchase: TheBalm Cabana Boy Blush

Cabana Boy is a warmer dusty-rose with plum undertones.  There is a slight shimmer to this blush, and I find that when I wear it I skip on highlighting my cheekbones.  The range for this shade is fantastic!  Depending on the amount of product you apply, and which type of brush you apply it with, you can sheer this out completely for a rosey glow on your cheeks, or go really intense with it.

The Balm: Cabana Boy Swatches

The Balm: Cabana Boy
Swatches

 

Frat Boy Blush

Purchase: TheBalm Frat Boy Blush

Frat Boy adds a flush of peachy-pink to your cheeks.  For all of you coral lovers – this is the one to start with.  It’s also a great color for all of the women who tend to have pink undertones in your skin that you spend a lot of time trying to cover and minimize.  The last thing you want to do sometimes after canceling out all the redness is to put the pink right back into your cheeks with blush.  Frat Boy gives you peaches and cream, nearly matte color with just the slightest hint of a sheen to it to keep you from looking dry or flat.

The Balm: Frat Boy Blush Swatches

The Balm: Frat Boy Blush
Swatches

 

Hot Mama Blush

Purchase: TheBalm Hot Mama Blush

Hot Mama is a blush and highlight combo in one product.  It is also a peachy-pink shade like Frat Boy, but man do they pump up the shimmer on this one with gold throughout!  You will not need to use a separate highlight on the days you wish to rock this blush.  To be clear, when I talk about “gold shimmer,” I am not talking about gold chunks or flecks.  It’s not that you’ll look at your cheeks and think that you let a child toss glitter at your face.  It is finely milled so that it’s not BAM – glitter in yo face!  This is not one that I tend to reach for regularly, but it would make a lovely highlight for Frat Boy.

The Balm: Hot Mama Blush Swatches

The Balm: Hot Mama Blush
Swatches

The Bottom Line

Down Boy and Cabana Boy are my go-to choices for blush right now.  When it comes to The Balm blushes over all I love how highly pigmented they are, which gives you so many options to play around with, their staying power, and the fact that a little bit goes such a long way.  I am going to have these for ages before I even need to think about repurchasing.  And with the shades above I feel like I can get virtually any look I want out of them, which means that I don’t need fifty different shades of blush clogging my makeup collection.  I can spend that money elsewhere.  And you know I will!  :)