Creating the perfect base is one of the most important parts of a makeup routine, in my opinion. Finding the right foundation that caters to all your skins needs is quite a task. So whenever a new foundation drops, I'm always interested in trying it out, for blogging purposes of course, it has nothing to do with my slight foundation addiction, promise. As soon as I saw the new Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Water Foundation on Sephora, I thought I would give it a whirl, see what all the fuss was about and if it lives up to the hype.
This foundation is billed as being lightweight and full coverage, that lasts up to 12 hours on the skin. It's also is made up of 20% water and contains a non-chemical SPF(15), which is fantastic because protecting the skin is so important.
I first tried applying this foundation with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush, but I found that it really made the product settle into my pores and it didn't blend out very well. The best way to apply it in my opinion is with a sponge, be it the Real Techniques Miracle Sponge or the Beauty Blender. I know this could be a bit controversial with a water based foundation, but it's what works best for me and my larger than average pores. To apply this foundation, I like to dot the product on the four main sections of my face (cheeks, forehead & chin) and then blend them out with my damp sponge. I find that the sponge soaks up the least amount of product this way, instead of applying the foundation straight onto the sponge.
In terms of coverage, for me it's sits between light to medium, one layer evens out the skintone leaving a healthy glow, but some imperfections do still show through. So I like to add an extra layer to areas that need it and because it's such a light formula things don't get cakey. It's liquid, water like texture feels really light on my combination skin and as long as I use powder it lasts a good while, though not as long as Tarte claims. You can see this foundation actually on my skin in my Makeup Edit: Nars Audacious Lipstick In Brigitte Post.
There are however a few problems with this foundation. The applicator, instead of a pump (which I would have preferred) is a pipette and as the formulation's water based, things can get a little messy, especially around the lid. Also because it's a heavy glass bottle it's not very travel friendly, which is a shame, as it would be the perfect holiday foundation otherwise. Lastly the shade range is a little odd, on Sephora (where I bought mine) there is a little description of each shade, I got the shade Fair Neutral for reference. Though on QVC, the only place you can currently get Tarte in the UK, they've named the shades differently, which is a tad annoying, so just do your research if you fancy adding this foundation to your collection.
So to summarize, I think this is a nice foundation, definitely one for good skin days, but not necessarily a must buy. If you prefer a heavy duty, full coverage finish, this foundation won't be for you.
Have you tried this foundation, what do you think? If not what foundation are you loving right now?