I hate buying foundation. Absolutely hate it. (Almost more than I hate buying jeans!) I either buy the wrong shade or tone or the wrong coverage and I’m left feeling frustrated.
A couple of months ago, I reached out to my Twitter followers to ask which foundation they’d recommend. Two foundations scored really highly; the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer in One and the Rainforest of the Sea Foundation from Tarte.
So naturally I gravitated towards the one I could be colour-matched for and actually be able to try out before buying, and I popped into my local Boots to get a sample of the Clinique foundation. Even though I barely applied any, it felt really cakey and heavy on my face and I wasn’t a fan at all, which is a shame because I love a lot of their other products; especially their skincare ranges.
I then started looking into the Tarte foundation but had no idea what shade I’d be 🙁 Then while browsing Twitter (which happens a lot) I happened to stumble across a tweet promoting a website called Findation. Basically you pop the foundation shades you already use onto their website, so in my case 0.5 for the Estée Lauder Double Wear Light and Breeze (which is the Clinique shade I was colour-matched to), and it tells you what shade you’d be for loads of other foundations. I kid you not!!
The website suggested that based on my current shades, I’d be a fair-neutral for the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea foundation. I really wanted to try it as I loved the idea that the foundation contains 20% water to help keep skin hydrated! So I decided to brave it and went to order it from their website only to find they were out of stock. Bugger. Then I remembered that QVC also sells Tarte cosmetics, so I went onto their website and managed to place an order.
It arrived about 5 days later and HOLY OMG. The packaging is absolutely stunning. I love the colour effect and the fact it came with a double-ended brush. It’s one of the softest things I’ve ever owned!!
Intriguingly, Tarte have opted for a dropper rather than a pump, but it actually works really well and as I prefer to build my foundation, I can ensure I don’t use too much 🙂
I was really scared to try it out in case the Findation website had lied, but sure enough, the fair-neutral was a completely perfect match for my skin colour and tone 🙂 It’s a really light-feeling foundation which applies easily with the brush (which is so super soft). I haven’t tried it using a sponge yet, I’m not sure I really need to as the brush works perfectly well!
It lasted on my face all day, even when it started raining and my face was getting wet. There’s nothing worse than foundation streaking down your face in the rain (yep, I’ve had that experience before.)
Here’s a little pic of me with the foundation on my face. I’m also wearing: Sleek Eyebrow Stylist (in medium) on my brows, Kiss gel eyeliner on my upper lash line, Sleek Solstice (Equinox) on my cheekbones , Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara on my eyelashes, Sleek Face Form contour palette (in fair) on my cheeks and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (in Cannes) on my lips.
I’m really glad I decided to try it out, I just wish I’d bought the matching concealer at the same time though! Ah well, maybe I’ll have to make another purchase soon 😀
Have you tried any of the Tarte cosmetics before? Are you a foundation fan or a phobe like me? Let me know in the comments below 🙂 x
Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with the Findation website, I just thought it was bloody awesome and something you might all love to know about!!
I have this foundation I picked it up in Sephora in NYC. I quite like it but sometimes it’s not full enough coverage for me. I do like how it feels on the skin though. You are so right the packaging is stunning!!. Great review! 🙂 x
I do find I have to build it up to get the coverage I want, especially over my cheeks!! x
I adore Tarte products and now have a few thanks to the wonder that is QVC. Just got this foundation and brush yesterday, so far I am really impressed with it.
Ah glad you’re getting on with it 🙂
Oooo this packaging and brush is so pretty! I think I may have to pop over to QVC to invest 🙂
Emily / The Mini Mermaid
It’s gorgeous isn’t it?
HOLLYYYY. omg you look beaut, and your photos throughout this post are just AMAZING tbh!! <3 Wow. I really wanna try this one! xx
Oh you! Considering how beautiful your pics are, this is a massive compliment 😘😘 thank you xxx
Oh my Jesus! You look smokin’! I really want to try this now and I tried the Findation website! Thanks for mentioning it! 😀 *spends thousands of pounds of foundation*
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N,awww you!! I try!! Ahahaha, glad you liked the website 😀 BYE MONEY!! xx
I’m waiting for this foundation to arrive from QVC! I decided to go for it after all the praise it’s been receiving on social media.
Lovely pics & I’ll definitely be using Findation for my next foundation purchase
Ooooh, I really hope you like it!! 🙂
Ahaha it’s such a great website 🙂 x
I can tell you I have the same foundation problems! I have darker skin & can’t be bothered but my friend creates great foundations so I’ve been lucky that way! Might check out this brand too!
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Oooh that’s pretty awesome though! I bet they’re amazing?
I don’t wear foundation, but that brush looks lush! Do you know if they sell just brushes? I might take a trip to Sephora and see what I can get. Also, your hair looks lovely in that picture – made me wonder why I’ve just chopped all mine off!
I don’t think they do seel just the brushes. Not online anyway. They might in Sephora. OMG! You live near Sephora?? OH HAI THERE!!! But your hair is lovely too!!
This foundation sounds amazing! I always hear good things about tarte, I’ll have to give their products a try 🙂 Findation sounds like such an amazing concept too, I always struggle with finding what shades I’d be in new foundations, so thanks for sharing this! Great review 🙂
I really want to try some of their eyeshadow palettes!
I loved the idea of findation, I’ll have to try some drug store foundations!
This looks so lovely on to you, hate buying things online without swatching but you’ve braved it and woo!
Class and Glitter
Thank you! I’m exactly the same. I can’t believe I did it!! x
I will definitely use this website next time I need to order a foundation online, thanks for sharing 🙂 The foundation sounds great too, I love lightweight yet long-wearing formulations!
Not a problem, I thought it was something everyone needed to know about lol x
I’ve tried using findation a lot of times but the trouble is I only know one foundation that is truly the right shade for me and then it doesn’t give very accurate results 🙁
I’m hopefully heading to America later in the year so I’ll be hitting up Sephora and testing all the Tarte! So happy for you that this foundation worked out, it sounds fab!
Perhaps you could go to Boots and get colour-matched for another foundation? Then you’d have a couple of shades to play with 😀
Awww man, I’m so jealous. Last time I was in the US, I wasn’t really into make-up so went to Sephora but didn’t really buy anything!!
That looks absolutely wonderful! I have to keep this on my eye when I’m choosing the next foundation, I think it’s a time for a change 😀
♥ Jasmin N
// Little Things With Jassy
I love that Tarte have so many shades and tones! It’s definitely worth looking into!! 🙂 x
Wow, that website is truly useful! Finally, I can order foundation online!
I know, it’s awesome isn’t it? And so far (even though I’ve only bought one) it’s been accurate 🙂 x