Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Product Review - Tarte: The Miracle of Maracuja

I used to be a MAC girl - I only bought and used MAC products but I have branched out over the years.  I have used both drugstore brands as well as high end brands.  But let me tell you that I am really starting to like the Tarte makeup brand. Not only does this makeup line have great products but they are good for your skin too!  Not only am I interested in feeding my body healthy and nutritious foods, but I also want to use products that are good for my skin and can help "repair, rejuvenate and replenish" my skin with continued use.  Tarte formulates their products without the use of mineral oils, parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfates, and synthetic fragrances.  This particular set is a QVC exclusive set containing all full size products which is such a value for the price.  Since I purchased this as a TSV (Today's Special Value), I got this whole set for just under $60 (plus about $5 for shipping).  I also took advantage of the auto delivery option, which means that I will get a new set every 4 months featuring new seasonal colors and I will get them for the same TSV price. 

One of the great qualities of Tarte products are that they are infused with pure Maracuja Oil - which is only found in the Amazon Rainforest.  This oil is tauted to help "repair, rejuvenate and replenish skin" as well as to "help make the appearance of skin firmer, brighter and smoother over time".  According to the insert included in this set, Maracuja is:
  • "Only one crop of this rare Brazilian fruit grows every year with the harvest occurring in late August.  Women of the Amazonian cooperative collect maracuja by hand and cold press the seeded pulp of the fruit, extracting the concentrated pure oil, to preserve the loss of any nutrient-rich essential fatty acids (EFAs) or vitamins."
  • "This intuitive and smart skin ingredient that Amazon locals call 'the pure miracle', delivers a healthy dose of vitamin C and EFAs necessary for maintaining radiant skin. EFA deficiency can result in the breakdown of essential cells causing skin to appear dry and aged.  This collection featuring products infused with maracuja oil helps to bring dull skin back to life!"
  • "In a consumer study, done with the 100% pure maracuja oil, after just 6 weeks of use:
    • 94.3% of subjects agree there is visible improvement in skin texture
    • 90.6% of subjects agree skin appeared more radiant/luminous
    • 90.5% of subjects agree fine lines and wrinkles look visibly reduced"
 Now based on these stats, I definitely want to try out these maracuja oil infused products and see what they can do for my skin!

The products included in this set are:
-100% Pure Maracuja Oil
-Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in Medium
-Airbrush Finish Airbrush Bamboo Blush Brush
-Airbrush Maracuja Bouncy Blush in Shimmering Poppy
-Beauty and The Box Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Quad in Evoke the Smoke
-Cashmere Waterproof Gliding Liner in Black Magic
-Lights, Camera, Lashes! Clinically Proven Mascara in Black
-Maracuja Devine Shine Lip Gloss in Peaceful

They also included 2 samples for me to try, which were the Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracjua Self Tanner and the Tarte Amazonian Clay Creaseless Eye Shadow Primer - Bonuses for me!!

So far I have really enjoyed using these products everyday. I really love the colors and the pigmentation of the eyeshadow quad. The colors are so vibrant and wear for such a long time without creasing on me (I did use the primer before I applied the shadows).  I am especially loving the Bouncy Blush in Shimmering Poppy, and applying with the Airbrush Brush that it came with - I have literally been using this blush/brush every single day since I got this set.  The brush perfectly blends this blush into your skin making it seamlessly look like your naturally flushed color.  I also love the packaging of the eyeshadow quad as well as the lip gloss.  They are so girly, floral and spring-y - just gorgeous.  I hope that you enjoy these pics of the Tarte Miracle of Maracuja Set and think about purchasing this set.  Enjoy...
Cashmere Waterproof Gliding Liner in Black Magic Maracuja Devine Shine Lip Gloss in Peaceful
Swatches - Lip Gloss in Peaceful, Eye Liner in Black Magic 
Beauty and The Box Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Quad in Evoke the Smoke

Evoke the Smoke Eye Shadow Quad:
Pink Cloud, Silver Mist, Purple Fog, Dark Ash

Airbrush Finish Airbrush Bamboo Blush Brush Airbrush Maracuja Bouncy Blush in Shimmering Poppy

Maracuja Creaseless Concealer, 100% Pure Maracuja Oil,
Lights, Camera, Lashes! Clinically Proven Mascara in Black