Wednesday, January 02, 2008

sweet tarte

Tarte We Wish You Health Skinvigorating Discovery Kit

We Wish You Health Skinvigorating Discovery Kit is a limited edition set from tarte. It consists of mini clean slate™ face primer, mini lock & roll creaseless eyeshadow duo (shade: slate), mini lights, camera, lashes! 4-in-1 mascara, and mini Inside out vitamin-infused lipgloss powered by BORBA in serenity.

My least favorite item was the lock & roll creaseless eyeshadow duo. One end features a cream eyeshadow with an itty-bitty pointed brush: hardly the implement for shading the lid. Moreover, the eyeshadow sets before you can blend it. The other end features eyeshadow that's applied with a rollerball, not the best for even application.

While initially I wasn't that smitten with the mascara, as it doesn't create thicker lashes, I found that it didn't smear after crying (Christmas was very emotional for me, as I had to call an ambulance to take my mother to the ER on Christmas Day. She's been in the hospital since.)

I had never understood the benefit of face primer. I had always reasoned that if you use moisturizer and alpha and beta hydroxy acid products judiciously, there was no need for face primer. I first tried
clean slate™ face primer on New Years Eve. It felt very much like John Frieda's Frizz-Ease Serum for hair(!) - the principal ingredient in both products is silicon. What this products does is to make your complexion look dewier.

My favorite product from this kit is the lipgloss. It's one of those proverbial "looks bright in the tube, goes on subtle" products. I'm not one for lipgloss in a wand - to me, there always seem to be something unhygieinic about running the wand over the lips and then sticking the wand back into the tube, over and over again. Nonetheless, this product is a keeper. It just intensifies the natural color of my lips and dries to a semi-matte finish.

NOTE This review has been cross-posted at Total Beauty.

1 comment:

Retainer Girl said...

Oooh! I've been wanting to try the Tarte Inside Out Vitamin lip gloss for a while now, so thanks for the review! I'm glad you ended up liking it; that's just further proof that I *need* it. I hope your mother is improving!