Friday, March 29, 2013

Aqualillies for tarte: Eye & Cheek Palette, Glamazon Pure Performance Lipstick

Tarte Cosmetics recently released their Summer 2013 Collection, and I have two products from the collection to share with you! The Aqualillies for tarte Collection was inspired by America’s most glamorous synchronized swimming group, the Aqualillies, and this limited-edition collection includes seven splashproof products. You can view the press release for this collection here.

UPDATE: I just saw a coupon code on Tarte's Facebook page valid through March 30. Use code BUNNYLOVE for $10.00 off on any order from of $50.00 or more.

I picked up the Aqualillies for tarte Amazonian clay waterproof eye and cheek palette ($38.00) from QVC, and Tarte kindly sent me the Aqualillies for tarte limited-edition glamazon™ pure performance 12-hour lipstick in Timeless ($26.00). Both come boxed with a bright coral, turquoise, and gold foil vintage scallop graphic print. I love the packaging and design of  many Tarte products, and this collection is no exception. The palette is big, measuring 4.5" in diameter. The lipstick case is made of wood, and it's imprinted in the same vibrant coral as the product itself.

Try to ignore the horror of the broken eyeshadow! QVC was kind enough to offer a replacement or partial refund, so rather than ship this one back and wait for a new one, I opted for a partial refund. It had plenty of bubble wrap on the top and sides, but none on the bottom of the shipping box. The palette contains 6 new eye shadow shades, bronzer, highlighter, and a limited-edition Amazonian clay 12-hour blush. Four of the shadows have a pearl finish, and two are matte. The palette is a well-made substantial plastic case with a mirror inside of the lid.

The blush is full sized and is called Captivating. I love the embossing--it adds a nice touch of elegance.

There's a plastic overlay that indicates all of the product names. The highlighter is a shimmering powder in Champagne, and the bronzer is a matter shade called Park Ave. Princess.

The lipstick is housed in classic Tarte fashion, using a wood overlay for the case. In addition to being cruelty-free, Tarte also uses recyclable or post-consumer recycled material for their packaging.

Timeless is a vivid coral color, based on the Aqualillies signature lip shade.

The eye shadows are soft and buttery, which makes them easy to blend and build up for more pigmentation if you want a bolder look. My swatches were done with just one pass of color, so if you want just a wash of color, a light application is all you need. But they build up nicely and can also be used wet for more intensity. The shades from L-R: Poolside, Sundeck (matte), Parasol, Barefoot, Bikini, and Hammock (matte). Check out Bikini--it's a duo chrome!

Here's a look at the blush, bronzer, and highlighter, again, using just one stroke of my fingertip to apply the color.

I am loving this shade of lipstick! Just the perfect bright coral for me because it's not too pink, not too orange. The glamazon lipsticks have a wonderful feel to them in that they are light and smooth, but they pack plenty of pigment. They're soft and buttery, and they wear very well.

I'm very happy with both of these products and I think the color range is perfect for Summer. The shadows have such a pretty shimmer, and it's nice to have a couple of matte shades as well. They work nicely for either a simple neutral look or a more intense look, depending on how you apply them. Add in the blush, bronzer, and highlighter, and you've got the perfect beachy summer look. A pop of coral on your lips and it's all the perfect combination. Now if it would just warm up so I could actually spend some time at the beach, it would be a perfect world! If you want to check out the entire collection, it is available at and Sephora. The lip gloss duo is exclusive to Ulta.

*Lipstick provided by Tarte for consideration.


  1. I haven't seen many lipstick cases made out of wood, pretty impressive :)

    All the colours in the palette are very wearable, i love the lipstick shade. Great buy :)

  2. Looks great! I love the packaging and right now am actually debating if I should buy this palette or the Urban Decay Naked Basics!

  3. Tarte always has gorgeous packaging and I love the philosophy behind their products. This looks like a great palette! Sorry about the broken eyeshadow :( xo

  4. Nice photos, I like your blog!! Following you now!! What do you think about following me back??? :)

  5. The lipstick cap is not wood. It is bamboo :) same with their other lipsticks.