Buying foundation that you’ve not read many reviews on,can be daunting.When i bought tarte’s rainforest of the sea foundation,i picked the shade porcelain.As tarte are an online brand,i wasn’t able to swatch it in store.Swatches online are never accurate enough but it’s all i had to work with.After comparing swatches of the tarte foundation against other foundations i own,porcelain appeared to be my shade.
It wasn’t…. I had to order another in the shade,fair neutral.At £30 a bottle i winced at paying a total of £60 for foundation.
Tarte describe this “water foundation” as being full coverage,depending on how many droplets you dispense from the dropper.1-2 drops directly onto your blender/brush for a light coverage or 3-4 drops for a medium/full coverage.It claims to quench dry skin,cover/mask red patches,uneven skin tone, all whilst reducing the look of pores and fine lines!
That’s a lot of claims for a water foundation…
Imagine my surprise when after the first couple of times of applying it with a brush,it was dry and patchy.I couldn’t build it up without it sliding off my face!I died a little inside.It’s targeted at dry skin types and my dry patches are very dry,so it shouldn’t look patchy or cakey.Even with my face becoming oily during the day,i still like my foundation to look dewy.If you read my latest post you’d know i’ve been on a mission to find that perfect base.
It was obvious my trusty smashbox hydrating primer wasn’t working with the foundation,so i definitely wouldn’t recommend using that combo.Especially if you are at all oily,they don’t gel well together.I tried it with my Laura Mercier foundation primer and got the same results.Not only was it patchy,it was settling into my under eye creases and my pores.It disappeared from my entire t-zone and it was gathering around my nose.I have a great skincare regime,i exfoliate every few days,this shouldn’t be happening.It was just a hot mess situation…
I got rid of the brush and swapped it for my favourite RT’s sponge.I still have my porefessional primer from benefit
that i don’t like so i used that,pushing it into my pores.This time it worked much better,applied evenly and looked gorgeous.I still wouldn’t say it was buildable,the more i tried to build it up the patchier it got.For me to get a light-medium coverage i used 4-5 drops,any more and it transfered like crazy.The slightest rub of the nose or cheek and it moved,even whilst using porefessional and a good setting spray.It doesn’t cover my redness that well and i still have slight creasing under my eyes.I have to combat this with a good concealer,powder and setting spray.
So was it worth it?
Surprisingly yes,now i know what primer works well with it and how much product i need,it’s a lovely everyday foundation.It has taken me a good few weeks to master but now i know how to make it work for me,i reach for it a lot.The foundation itself is described as having antioxidants within its ingredients which help restore and brighten the skin.It also helps to prevent early signs of aging for a smooth, soft, radiant complexion.I would agree somewhat,especially as my skin has looked brighter.Despite it being aimed at dry skin types it gives a matte finish with a very slight dewy look (depending on which primer you use).With a good setting spray it managed to stay put on my oily t-zone and didn’t crease around my mouth.I still have a few issues with it settling into the creases around my nose but it’s hardly noticeable.The redness in my skin is still visible,as are my dark circles.My cheeks get noticeably red as the day goes on,so it’s quite annoying that it doesn’t cover this issue.The shade match is also great,once i got it right.
You can buy Tarte’s rainforest of the sea foundation here.