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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation + Tarte Shape Tape Concealer: A Review

Tarte has been all the rage recently with heaps of beautiful new releases and new lines of products. The new collections are so incredibly stunning and have been on my mind for months now and I’ve been dying to get my hands on some of their new products.


I have also been looking for a new foundation for the winter time as my Too Faced Born This Way foundation matches my summer skin tone. During a 30% off sale on the Tarte website, I decided to give the Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation, as well as the much-loved Shape Tape Concealer a go.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation


As I had to purchase this foundation online, I had a lot of trouble choosing a shade. It was helpful that the website does tell you the colour skin that it’s made to match as well as undertones that the foundation has whether they be pink or yellow or both. However, it was still quite difficult.
I ended up going with the shade “fair-light sand” which is described as “fair to light skin with yellow undertones” and is a tad light for me. I’ve needed to mix in a bit of a darker foundation to match it to my skin tone over the past month to be able to wear it and only recently have I been able to wear it on its own for the first time *cries because that means I’m getting paler*.

So my first impressions:

  1. The packaging is stunning. I love the blue/purple ombre with and gold accents and the matte bottle. I feel like I’m on a tropical holiday each time I use it.
  2. The dropper applicator is a pain in my ass to use. It’s hard to hold and drop onto your face and hardly any comes out and I always have to dip it in again to drop more and so on. I wish it just had a pump.
  3. I also find that because of point 2. the foundation runs out quite quickly. I’ve only used it a handful of times and I can see that I’ve already used a sixth of it.

Regarding the actual foundation…

I’m not sure. It’s quite runny as it’s water based which isn’t a huge issue but when I apply it, it always feels like I need more which could be why I’ve used a sixth of it already. The coverage seems to be pretty nice though. I’d say it’s a medium to full coverage, but only if you layer it. A single layer definitely isn’t full, as it claims to be. It sits nicely on the skin and other layers of makeup blend into it really nicely. Also because it’s water based, it’s super lightweight and doesn’t feel heavy or turn cakey on the skin.

This product retails for $60 AUD from the Tarte Cosmetics website, however, I only spent $42 as it was on sale. $60 is the maximum amount that I’d ever spend on a foundation so I wouldn’t say it’s an unreasonable amount of money, especially if you know it’ll work for you. I probably wouldn’t purchase it again because it’s quite high maintenance to use, difficult to get a hold of and hard to match your shade.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer


I had similar issues to choosing a shade as I did with the foundation, however, this was slightly easier as I knew I needed something lighter than my skin tone, hence I went with the shade “fair neutral” which is the second lightest shade to choose from and is described as being for “fair skin with pink & yellow undertones”. It’s a really great shade for highlighting and blends into foundation really nicely. I also like that because it has some pink undertones, it cancels out dark circles under my eyes.


I love the sponge tip/doe foot applicator as it’s so huge and covers such a wide space that you don’t need to put much at all. It also has insanely high coverage that you don’t need more than a couple of dots under each eye. When I see YouTubers draw on entire triangles under each eye, I sit there gobsmacked because you REALLY don’t need that much. I do find, however, that it’s a very thick concealer and because I have quite a few fine lines under my eyes, it creases really bad. So yeah, I’m a bit on the fence about it.

I may try a new setting powder which could make a difference, but at this point, I think it’s because it’s such a thick concealer.

This concealer retails for $37AUD from the Tarte website, which is a pretty inexpensive high-end concealer price… but it still seems pricey to me… geez, $40 for concealer.  BUT I was willing to splurge because I had heard such great things but I can honestly say that for me it’s not quite worth all that money. Maybe if you have very few fine lines under your eyes it could work… but similarly to the foundation, hard to buy and not easy to pick a shade.

Below are some photos of me wearing both products. You can particularly see in the first one how light these products are. I really tried to darken it up with powder.


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To read about the same products on a fairer skin tone, take a look at my friend, Renee’s review here! ❤


For my previous Tarte product reviews, look here!

I hope you found this post useful! Let me know what your favourite foundation and concealer combo is!


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