Tarte's Chrome Paint Shadow Pot is an example of a product that has a great concept, but poor execution.
As the name implies, this comes in a small glass pot with a twist-off lid. Inside is an intriguing product that isn't quite a powder, but isn't a cream either. Instead, this has a texture somewhere in between. Tarte recommends applying it with your fingers, and that's the best way to do it, since it's a bit difficult to pick up on a brush.
The color quality of these hyper-metallic eyeshadows is stunning, and not much is required for a saturated result. If you love shiny shadows, this certainly fits the bill, with a smooth finish that both applies and blends like a dream.
The problem is that these shadows falter when it comes to standing the test of time. They start to fade within 3 hours of applying, and this still occurs even if you have drier lids or wear a primer underneath. The shades also transfer, even in some cases winding up underneath eyes.
It's a shame, because they're truly beautiful; but it isn't pretty if the shadows wind up where you didn't want them in the first place! Thankfully there are similar products with much better performance that you can find on our list of Best Eyeshadows.
- Easy to apply and blend.
- Vibrant, saturated color.
- Fragrance free.
- Formula begins to fade a couple of hours into its wear time.
- Shadow transfers to other areas of the face.
Tarte Cosmetics At-A-Glance
Tarte Cosmetics CEO and founder Maureen Kelly started Tarte in 1999, out of a desire to create a cosmetics line that would prove that glamour can be good for you. This comes in the form of products that highlight naturally-derived ingredients in their marketing campaigns, and occasionally taking swipes at the concept of synthetics in makeup.
This is ironic, as Tarte uses more than a few beneficial synthetically derived ingredients in their formulassilicones, synthetic fragrances, preservatives and on and on. However, well forgive them that as whats ultimately important is whether their products meet your needs, and to that we can say the brand excels in many areas at what they do.
However, a few products are a bit on the pricey side and there are a few iffy shades and textures to consider among their foundationsnoted in their respective reviews. A few caveats aside, most of Tarte's foundations, blush options, eye pencils and an ever-expanding range of innovative products demonstrate that color is what they do best.
For more information about Tarte Cosmetics visit www.tartecosmetics.com.
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