review : tarte rainforest of the sea foundation

hey loves! Sorry for the break last week, if you follow me on instagram you know that I am finishing up my first year of college and finals were just getting the best of me last week. Now we are back with a review of the tarte rainforest of the sea foundation. It seems like almost every beauty blogger has been raving about this foundation, but those views can be a little biased when they are sent the entire new release for free. So I have been putting this foundation to the test for a couple months now and have rounded up my thoughts for you all!

price range:

$39 at

$39 at

The foundation is made with 20% water and tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea™ complex. When I did some research into what this ‘complex’ is, it is basically hyped-up algae. Don’t get me wrong algae has been proven to be very good for the skin but I think the name makes it sound much more magical then the ingredient really is.

The foundation is in a glass bottle with a dropper to dispense the product. I actually really enjoy the dropper but if you aren’t careful you could get yourself too much product. I like to put on the back of my hand and apply with a dense brush. I tried it many times with the beauty blender but since the beauty blender is meant to soak in water, you are going to lose some of your product in the sponge. Although if you prefer a super light application then a dampened sponge would be the way to go.

There are 12 shades in the range with varying undertones which I greatly appreciate. One thing I do not appreciate is that the deepest color could hardly ever be called a deep color. Although tarte is not known for having diverse shades, it was still a disappointment for me.

I actually really enjoyed this foundation. I rarely actually like foundations so this was a surprise for me. I have super dry skin and often foundations can cling to those dry patches and make me look flakey. I enjoy that the foundation can be a light coverage or a full coverage. I tend to like this foundation when I am wearing a full face so I usually use about a nickel sized drop to get the fuller coverage I enjoy. I never thought it made my skin look super dry in my dry areas and it was very dewy for most of the wear time, but it isn’t too ‘shiny’ for people with more combo skin. It wears for around 6 hours before I notice it breaking up on my chin and forehead. I would not recommend this for super oily people because it is water based and once your face produces oil, the water in the foundation will be repelled by that oil and will slide right off.

All in all I really enjoy this foundation and will continue to use it throughout the summer. I wouldn’t call it my holy grail but I’m not quite sure I’ll ever find a holy grail foundation.

If you have any foundations you want me to try out, let me know so I can continue my quest for the one. Also feel free to recommend any other products you would like to see me test out! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to you next monday, loves.

love & lipstick kisses💋

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