Friday, March 11, 2016

Product Review -- Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Concealer (and the Airbrusher Double-Ended Concealer Brush)

I usually have good luck with Tarte's face products.

That's because they're always coming out with new formulas, so there's usually something that's a good fit for the way my skin is acting at any given moment, and because they almost always have a shade that's light enough and not too yellow for my fair skin.

I tried the Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation last year, when it was exclusively available through QVC, and I really like it -- it's extremely lightweight and looks very natural on the skin, while still offering medium to full coverage.

What's not to like?

That's why I was excited to try the Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Concealer, which recently came out with the larger launch of Tarte's Rainforest of the Sea collection.

The concealer comes in similar packaging to the foundation -- it's housed in a glass bottle with a gold and purple metallic cap and gold writing.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Concealer
The glass bottle is definitely interesting packaging for a concealer, but it gets even more interesting -- there is a doe foot applicator attached to the lid, which actually makes it very easy to apply as little or as much of the product as you need.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Concealer
Like the Rainforest of the Sea Foundation, the concealer has a very thin consistency. It doesn't feel particularly creamy, and yet, it blends into the skin very well. Tarte describes the concealer as having medium, buildable coverage and I think that is very accurate -- it definitely isn't full coverage, but the thin texture makes it easy to build up without looking like you're wearing tons of makeup.

Tarte claims that the concealer's 20 percent water content makes the product moisturizing, but I don't find it to be particularly hydrating. However, it still works well on areas of my face that tend to be drier, such as under the eyes and around my nose. It doesn't cling to dry patches, it doesn't crease, and it doesn't get cakey either.

In terms of finish, it isn't really matte, but it isn't dewy either. It again reminds me of the foundation because the finish is more natural than anything else.

I primarily use concealer under my eyes and around my nose, but I can use this product anywhere on my face that needs extra coverage. Because my skin is drier, I find that I don't need to set it, but if your skin is oilier, I would probably recommend adding a little powder over it.

I purchased the concealer in the lightest shade, Fair, and it is a very good match for my pale skin.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Concealer in Fair
I bought the concealer from QVC, where it came with the Airbrusher Double-Ended Concealer Brush that Tarte is marketing with it. I think that Tarte had a version of this brush out previously, but this one features the same gold and purple metallic design on the handle as the foundation and concealer.

One end of the brush features a larger, fluffier end that's ideal for blending concealer under the eyes or other larger areas of the face. The other end is a shorter, denser brush that is perfect for targeting acne or other blemishes.

Tarte Airbrush Double-Ended Concealer Brush
The bristles on both ends are very soft -- the brush is marketed as cruelty-free so I believe the bristles are synthetic -- and it is definitely convenient to have two concealer brushes in one spot (though double-ended brushes are such a pain to store. Does anyone have any tips for that?)

The concealer retails for $26 and the brush goes for $24. You can purchase them at Sephora or on the Tarte website. However, if you plan to buy both, you're better off purchasing from QVC, where you can a set with the two for just $29.50 (+ $3 s/h).

Have you tried the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Concealer and/or Airbrusher Double-Ended Concealer Brush?  What's your favorite concealer and application method these days?

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