Finding the perfect foundation that will work well with my ever changing skin has been a quest for me for a long time. Hence me trying so many foundations in the last year or so. There have been moments when I thought I found the holy grail but a few weeks later my skin became dehydrated or dry and flaky or more oily and the product didn't work as well anymore or it didn't agree with the skincare products I was using or, simply, the shade didn't match as well as I hoped it would.
When I was placing my Sephora order I decided to try one of the foundations that are harder to find in UK and because I had heard many great reviews about the new Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation ($39) it made its way to my virtual basket and into my hands. I also bought the matching Double - Ended Foundation Brush ($34) cause it had great reviews on Sephora website and I wanted to treat myself to some fancy brush :)
The foundation, in a bundle with the brush, it's available in UK on QVC website for only £31.20 at the moment, so it's a great value set which I wish I saw before I ordered both products from Sephora. The only downside is that QVC doesn't seem to carry all 12 shades available at Sephora.
The foundation comes in a frosted glass bottle with a dropper which has a pretty purple and golden gradient pattern. It all looks beautiful and fancy but it's definitely not the best for traveling. Also, I don't like the dropper thing which has become quite popular recently and comes with many foundations, I much prefer pump, less messy and more hygienic.
You get 30ml of product, so just the usual amount in case of foundation.
As the name suggests this is a water based foundation which claims to be lightweight and hydrating while providing full coverage and 12-hour lasting power.
On Tarte website we can read that the foundation contains 20% of water and antioxidant-packed Rainforest of the Sea™ complex, the formula is hypoallergenic and helps to restore, brighten and defend skin from free radical damage and early signs of aging for a smooth, soft, radiant complexion.
It contains non-chemical SPF 15 sunscreen. On ingredients list the first two listings are water and glycerine which indicate that the foundation should be quite hydrating and suitable even for dry skin.
The consistency of the foundation is quite runny but not overly so, it feels very lightweight on the skin yet it gives a good amount of coverage, I don't agree it covers every flaw perfectly but it does even out the skin tone well and it softens the look of pores and fine lines.
My experience and thoughts on the foundation
I like the foundation, I use the shade Light Sand, it gives a very natural look to my skin while covering most of my imperfection with one layer, it leaves beautiful, slightly dewy, finish but it stays a bit tacky so I think it's important to set it with a light dusting of powder. It feels like nothing on the skin, very comfortable and almost hydrating.
I tried to apply it with a Beauty Blender but it sheers it out a bit so I actually prefer to stipple it on my face using the Tarte foundation brush and then lightly bounce the damp Beauty Blender on my face to be sure that the foundation looks seamless.
I found that, even though it's a water based foundation, if I have any dry patches or flaky skin it does accentuate them, especially if I apply more then one thin layer. I also noticed it gathers slightly in my smile lines but I'm yet to find a foundation which doesn't. On the other hand it glides over my pores without exaggerating them.
1 - photo taken before applying any foundation on my skin, ( I only used my usual skincare products and Nivea Shaving Balm as my primer) as you can see I have redness and discoloration on my face as well as some hyperpigmentation which I like to cover with my foundation.
2 - thin layer (about three full droppers) was applied to my skin using the Tarte Double - Ended Founadtion Brush and then finished off with Beauty Blender. My skin tone is evened out, imperfections covered but my skin still looks like skin and the finish is quite natural.
3 - I applied the rest of my makeup on my face, when set with powder the Tarte foundation makes a good base for bronzer, blush, etc. to go on top of it, it doesn't separate or moves when products are blended.
4 - this picture was taken about 6.5 hours since the makeup was applied (both pictures were taken in the same place in natural lighting, just in different times of the day) and the foundation looks still good, apart from being worn off a bit on my nose and chin, the skin is a bit more dewy but not really oily. Bear in mind I used a primer underneath which helps to prolong my makeup (my skin is normal with a slightly oilier T-Zone).
I've used this foundation on its own and with different primers and I find that it performs the best with a primer that it's not silicone based, hence using the Nivea Shaving Balm, even though I wasn't as impressed with it like the half of the world, lol!, but it works great at extending the wear time of the Tarte foundation. If I used a silicone based primer the foundation started getting patchy quite quickly, same happened when I didn't use any primer.
The maximum time for this foundation, while still looking good, it has been about 7 hours in my experience, then it wears off and separates a bit on my nose and chin, accentuates any dryness that might not have been visible before and gathers in my smile lines. It's not a foundation I find easy to re-touch, it just doesn't look good applied on top of already worn makeup, so when it starts looking ugly it's time to take it off.
The Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Double - Ended Foundation Brush
This brush is probably the prettiest brush I have in my collection, it has the same purple to gold gradient effect like the foundation's dropper and the bristles are super soft. The shorter, slanted and denser end it's perfect to apply the foundation in stippling motion on the skin while the other, a bit less dense and flat end is designed to buff foundation in circular motion for a seamless finish.
I personally use only the shorter end to apply my foundation because I prefer to finish it off with my Beauty Blender but it does the job perfectly well.
I think it's a great brush and if you buy it from QVC in a set with the foundation it's definitely worth having it but to spend $34 on it I think it's a bit excessive ( it was a bit of an impulse purchase for me, lol!).
Overall, I really like the foundation, it gives a beautiful finish to the skin, it's easy to blend but, in my experience, it's not very long lasting. I don't reach for it when I want my makeup to last well for longer then just 7-8 hours. If your skin is on the oilier side I don't think the foundation would last even that long so it's probably best suited for those with normal/dry/combination skin. Also be sure to exfoliate and well moisturise skin when using this foundation cause it likes to cling to very dry or flaky areas.
Have you tried the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation? Are you tempted by it?