When Tarte create a new launch they make sure everyone sits up and takes notice and believe you me this new collection is certainly making a splash in the cosmetics world. Whether you are a Mermaid fan or just a lover of highly pigmented, good-for-you make up, the ‘Be a Mermaid make waves collection’ cannot fail to catch your eye.
I am the first to admit when a collection is a little ‘gimmicky and whilst this does contain some cutsie pieces, it does have some absolute gems. Bright, colourful, fun and full of happy summer, festival vibes, i have loved using this collection….
From the moment i saw the design of this palette i fell in love. The metallic blue, shell design makes this look just like a clutch bag and a lot more grown up than many Mermaid items on the market. It is a beautifully made, heavy duty palette and if you were to give this as a gift, wow would you be popular! Containing 14 matte and metallic shades including neutrals, jewel tones and water tones, this is a beautiful palette which is perfect for summer looks. Inspired by Mermaids and beautiful tones from the sea and land, this feels more like a work of art than a make up palette.
Each and every shade is deeply pigmented and can be easily applied with brushes or dabbed on with your finger. Created from Amazonian clay and mineral pigments, which contain good for you ingredients, these shadows feel soft on the skin, apply without tugging the lid, which is important if you have a mature lid and last all….day….long. I have to admit, the formula on these is gorgeous, they feel really creamy and although there is some ‘dust’ when you dip your brush into the shades, a quick tap and the excess comes off.
As quite an adventurous make up wearer with mature eyes, that are a little hooded and lined, i just wish there were a couple more matte shades, but i made easy work of creating the look below with just the few included. If you love shimmery shades that can take you easily from day to night then deffo get this limited edition palette. I would not part with mine for anything!! If purchasing from QVCUK, this palette also comes with a fabulous Mermaid inspired eyeshadow brush. You can purchase direct from tarte HERE
Tarte do some of THE best make up brushes i have ever used, and believe me i should know. As someone with over two hundred brushes, i reach for the tarte ones daily. Completely Vegan friendly, cruelty free, synthetic brushes, this collection is incredibly pretty and a must have for any Mer-babes out there. A little gimmicky, yes, but fun, bright and totally worth it. The collection contains five whimsical mermaid tail inspired brushes that feel fun to hold and apply make up beautifully. These are an absolute must have for brush collectors out there, especially if you also love the tarte unicorn brushes. This collection comes boxed and would make a great gift with the above palette. The brushes included are :
- 1 x large powder brush
- 1 x cheek brush
- 1 x highlighter stippling brush
- 1 x domed eyeshadow brush
- 1 x pencil brush
If you really want to collect something from the tarte Mermaid collection but on a budget, then this is a great entry price. This set is very cute, a pair of absolutely fabulous Mermaid lash curlers that are as functional as they are pretty! The holographic chrome design of the Mermaid tail that runs all the way through the collection is incredibly eye catching.
The Mermaid tail makes these fab to hold and great to use, they also create a beautiful lift and curl to the lashes. Included is also the travel sized version of the incredible Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara. Such a great price!
Limited Edition Mermaid packaging Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara – This iconic mascara from tarte has had a Mer-make over for your collecting pleasure. The same incredible quality mascara that we all know and love, but in a vibrant green, sparkly, Mermaid themed casing.
I make no bones of the fact that this is one of my all time favourite mascaras ever. I am always fully stocked ( don’t forget you must change your opened mascara every three months) with this fabulous mascara. I know there is a tarte army that adore the Lights Camera lashes 4-in-1 mascara as I always receive great feedback when I write about it on my Blog. This velvety, Amazonian clay mascara, is the blackest of blacks and thickens and lengthens eyelashes amazingly! Claiming to instantly increase lash volume by 330% all I know is that when I apply it, my lashes get that false lash look which I love.
Infused with a range of plant botanical’s and waxes, this mascara is amazing at lengthening, adding volume and curling the lashes. The rice bran inclusion plumps up and coats your lashes without making them look thick or feel heavy. Easy to apply, I start right at the base of my lash and give a little wiggle with my brush as I pull it through the lashes, it doesn’t clump and gives a lovely even coat. This mascara does not budge until I take it off with cleanser. Most definitely a big hit with me.
Mermaid skin collection –
Containing the limited edition version of the highly rated tarte timeless smoothing primer and a brand new product, Mermaid skin hyaluronic H20 serum, this is the perfect way to create a flawless canvas.
I have featured myself using this product quite often on Instagram and Facebook Live. It has a waxy type of consistency at first, but it easily smooth’s over the skin without leaving any greasy residue behind. This is a great primer that can be used alone or with make up to smooth out skin texture, cover fine lines and pores, reduce oil coming through make up and increase the longevity of your make up. Loaded with antioxidant vitamins it works really well at improving the look of the skin any time it is needed. You can apply this all over the face, but i pay attention to the lines on my forehead, around my eyes and the pores on my cheeks and nose. Smooth and dab a pea sized amount into the face in the areas that need it, give it a few seconds, then apply your foundation. Comes in cute limited edition Mermaid inspired packaging.
Part of the Rainforest of the Sea collection, this beautiful looking hydrating serum certainly caught my attention. As a skincare addict and serum junkie, i tried this with interest. Said to be a water-light, hydration serum packed with Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin B5 and Marine plant extracts, this is supposed to hydrate, plump and wake up the skin. Now, i have only been trying this a short time, a week or so, so cannot comment on any long term benefits BUT on my dehydrated, mature skin, this feels like a drink of water! It instantly reminds me of one of my favourite serums from Clinique – the Moisture Surge Hydrating Super Concentrate HERE – in that it has that light, almost gel like consistency which immediately cools and quenches the skin on application, disappears immediately and leaves it looking plump and rested and feeling thoroughly refreshed. Completely vegan and oil free, this seems like a perfect serum to add to your collection for these hot summer months. I am actually really enjoying using it, more than i thought i would.
Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer
Tarte Shape Tape hydrating foundation in shade Light Medium
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
Tarte Make Waves be a Mermaid Palette on eyes
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
Highlight Tarte Nude Beach Eyeshadow from Make Waves be a Mermaid eyeshadow palette
Blush Tarte Shore Thing Eyeshadow from Make Waves be a Mermaid eyeshadow palette
Lips Tarte Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in shade Obvi
This collection is absolutely beautiful. I know many of you have said that you are ‘Over’ the Mermaid thing, but the shades and the range as a whole is very pretty to wear, fun to look at and easy to apply. Great for summer festivals and concerts and just fun days out, i am thoroughly enjoying this range. You can purchase some of these items from QVCUK HERE or click on the item headings to purchase direct from Tarte.
What do you think of this collection? Is it something you would go for? I would love to hear from you, please leave me a comment below.
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