Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Foundation Review

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 getΒ 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 πŸ™Β 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 EstΓ©e 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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.)Β 

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)Β 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 πŸ˜€

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 πŸ™‚ 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!!

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  1. 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! πŸ™‚ x

  2. 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!

    1. 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!!

  3. This foundation sounds amazing! I always hear good things about tarte, I’ll have to give their products a try πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚


  4. 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 πŸ™

    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!

    1. Perhaps you could go to Boots and get colour-matched for another foundation? Then you’d have a couple of shades to play with πŸ˜€
      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!!

  5. 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 πŸ˜€

    β™₯ Jasmin N
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