Go on a Amazonian Adventure with tarte

a Green Monday review of the new tarte collection

Ok, QVC shoppers, have we got a deal for you! Never shopped QVC? You may have just found your first purchase…

The tarte Amazonian Adventure Collection ($48) is a 6 product, 2 dual-ended brush set based on founder Maureen Kelly’s travels to the Amazon Rain Forest. The collection utilizes Amazonian clay, which she describes as her “favorite beauty breakthrough” (that means a lot coming from tarte!)

Honestly, I was a bit worried at the thought of clay in cosmetics. I love it in skincare; it absorbs oil and leaves skin looking firm and clean. But you usually only leave it on for a few minutes, then was it off (as in a mask). Leaving it on the skin? It sounded terribly dry. But, it turns out that Amazonian clay is not dry at all. It’s rich in plant and fruit extracts (from traveling the 4,000 mile journey along the Amazon River) and is known for it’s ability to balance all skin types and reduce the appearance of dryness and flakiness.

And I have to say, it feels true. This products feel really fabulous on your skin, silky and not dry at all. The collection contains:

• Amazonian clay-infused cheek stain in Perfect Rose
• emphasEYES Amazonian clay waterproof shadow/liner in Blackened Plum
• Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascara
• emphasEYES Amazonian clay-infused eye shadow trio in Matte Light Pink, Shimmering Sand, and Burnt Bronze
• emphasEYES Amazonian clay-infused waterproof brow mousse
• vitamin-infused lip gloss in Paradise, a rosy pink (exclusive to QVC until the end of this year)

left: Perfect Rose cheek stain, right: Paradise lip gloss

A stand out for me is the emphasEYES shadow/liner in Blackened Plum. Soft and creamy, it’s easy to work with and easy to smudge for a smoky look. Yet once it’s dry, it’s not going anywhere. And for a warm toned someone who has a hard time with cool purples, this is a very wearable, neutral shade (hooray!)

I also really love the Brow Mousse, for the same reasons I like the liner; soft, creamy, unbudgeable. I only wish the taupe shade was a tiny bit lighter (it’s a bit dark for my daytime blonde brows). Fingers crossed this makes it into their standard line up. Check out the importance of a well-maincured brow…

funky naked brow

pretty sculpted brow

Is it the kit for you? Here’s how I’d weigh the points…

Pros:
• A great value; $144 worth of products for just $48.
• The natural colors could work on just about any skin tone.
• A green beauty choice; packed full of good for you ingredients.
• Would make a great gift for a budding makeup enthusiast.

Cons:
• Personally, I don’t like double ended brushes because I store my brushes upright. I would have rather they kept them out and made the price a bit lower.
• Though very pretty, if you own a lot of makeup there’s probably not a shade in here that you don’t already have.

au naturel!

How about it, think you’d like to go on the tarte Amazonian Adventure?

Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, graphic designer, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.

Disclosure: This review includes products that were provided by the manufacturer/PR firm for our consideration. For more info, or any questions, please see our disclosure policy.

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Written by Stef Andrews

17 Comments

  1. Avatar of lyssachelle
    lyssachelle

    Oooo, this looks great. I’m especially diggin’ the shadow/liner and the brow mousse. That plum looks like the perfect color, right on the edge of black/purple/AWESOME. And with my own funky brows, I know I’d love the brow mousse.

    Also, the fact that they offer the collection in two different sets based on the BROW COLORS is a testament to how wearable ALL those shades are!

  2. Avatar of lipglossandspandex
    lipglossandspandex

    @stef, that is a killer set! That eyeliner is so pretty, and it looks gorgeous on your eyes. I saw the Tarte clay liners at Sephora, and every color was just gorgeous. And the eyeshadow palette is nice and neutral. The only downside is that the cheekstain and brow mousse look like they’d be too light for me though :( I’ll have to try them out in store.
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  3. Avatar of Shaya C.
    Shaya C.

    This set is such a good deal I really want to get it. I think the brow product is interesting, but I assume it’s going to be too light for me. My only question is the cheek stain, is it as coraly as it looks in this picture? In the Tarte email that went out it looked a lot more pink.

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