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!!