Tarte's spring 2016 collection Rainforest of the Sea™ is not only a beautiful makeup collection, it includes skincare that contains their new complex appropriately named Rainforest of the Sea™. This complex is tarte's next generation of ingredients that are made up of powerful antioxidant-rich algae and marine extracts to not only defend against environmental aggressors like all antioxidants, but these ingredients are designed to brighten and lend to a more radiant complexion. It's extraordinary to infuse that into makeup along with skincare that works right with the color products, don't you think?
Everything from the packaging to the products in the Rainforest of the Sea™ collection are breathtakingly beautiful. Once I saw the Eyeshadow Palette and Lighting Palette, I knew this was a must-have collection for the season.
I ordered the Rainforest of the Sea™ Eyeshadow Palette ($34) the second I saw it. This limited edition eyeshadow palette features eight beautiful shadows that are so luxe, they are almost creamy. This is tarte's formula that is velvety; I've always been a fan. This new formula with the Rainforest of the Sea™ complex hydrates and brightens the lids with the creamy powder formula. It feels amazing on and lasts all day. They are pigmented, buildable and never crease. The palette contains shades for your lid, brow bone, lining, creasing — everything is in this palette. The shades range from ivory and gold to bronze and dark brown.
I'm also really liking the Rainforest of the Sea™ Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette ($42). With three shades for strobing and highlighting that work for all complexions, this is a palette you need to look at it. These perfecting powders feel amazing on the skin and do what they are intended for in a beautiful way. These shades reflect light off the skin to give it a soft focus glow when use correctly. It's not that difficult you just have to play with them and make it work for you. These shades will seriously work for all complexions as noted. The middle shade is a matte shade and it's actually a setting powder to use under the eyes and brighten/correct darkness. This is probably my favorite power in the palette because I find a lot of brightening powders highlight the fine lines around my eyes, but being a matte brightening formula, this one brightens and seems to blur the area diffusing any lines. The other shades are luminous perfecting powders for illuminating the contours and highs and lows of the face. They are not hard lighting powders and just give off a beautiful, natural glow to the skin. The easiest way to apply the powders in the Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette is with the Double-Ended Highlighter Brush ($34) which was made especially for the collection.
The other standouts in the collection for me is the Rainforest of the Sea™ Wipeout Color-Correcting Palette ($45) and the Rainforest of the Sea™ Drench Lip Splash Lipstick ($22).
I told you how important color-correcting was earlier this week in my top color-correcting makeup post and if I had tried the Rainforest of the Sea™ Wipeout Color-Correcting Palette before then, this palette would have definitely made the list. This all-in-one color-correcting palette features six creamy shades that works with any skintone to conceal and correct things like dark circles, redness and acne. It also has shades to contour and highlight the skin. The texture is easy to use and blend over the skin. It does not settle into the skin or fine lines — it actually seems to glide over them and minimizes the look of imperfections while giving it a brightened, soft focus look.
The shades of the Rainforest of the Sea™ Wipeout Color-Correcting Palette are numbered and it comes with a visual guide so application is simple. You can use your fingers to apply and blend or use the limited-edition Rainforest of the Sea™ Color-Correcting Brush ($24) which does ensure a flawless application. Its double-ended and was made for applying and blending cream products.
I have two shades of the Rainforest of the Sea™ Drench Lip Splash Lipstick. I was sent the shade Top-Down to try and after trying it and really liking the formula (I told you I was embracing this matte trend), I ordered Skinny Dip. Rainforest of the Sea™ Drench Lip Splash Lipstick is a satin matte lipstick that offers full coverage with not too much of a dull matte appearance on the lips. This is more of a creamy matte lipstick that is super hydrating. Again, this is because of tarte's Rainforest of the Sea™ complex which is combined in the lipstick with natural butters and oils. That means, the matte formula does not settle into the lines of the lips like a lot of matte shades nor does it dry out the lips. I am actually going to order more. There are actually 12 shades available from light nude dark blackberry.
The Rainforest of the Sea™ also features a unique 12-hour Water Foundation, Aquacealer Concealer, So Fine Micro-liner, Quench Lip Rescue and some skincare products that are all infused with the Rainforest of the Sea™ complex. I tried the Rainforest of the Sea™ Deep Dive Cleansing Gel which did a nice job at removing makeup and cleansing the skin while leaving it feeling hydrated. See the entire tarte Rainforest of the Sea™ line up here: Rainforest of the Sea™ Collection.