January 18, 2013

Tarte Achiote Color Collection

Tarte had some absolutely amazing gifts sets out for the holiday season - most of which sold out in a blink. Thankfully, the Achiote Color Collection is still available, both on the Tarte website, and at Sephora.

Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss LipSurgence Lip Luster Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush Achiote
Left to right: Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss, LipSurgence Lip Luster, Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush

Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss LipSurgence Lip Luster Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush Achiote
Left to right: Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss, LipSurgence Lip Luster, Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush

How pretty is that? The pink and florals make me think of Spring. (And sitting here in the horrible, horrible minus 20 degree cold, I'll take any sign of Spring and clutch to it with the desperation of a drowning man.)

The magic ingredient in this set is a pigment derived from the seeds of the Achiote tree native to Brazil. I don't know what colour these natural pigments are, but as interpreted by Tarte, Achiote is a an absolutely gorgeous, deep coral pink that is exclusive to this set. Put that together with the top-notch Amazonian Clay blush formula and I was sold.

Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush AchioteAmazonian Clay 12-hour Blush Achiote

For a coral-lover like me, it takes a lot to be knocked back. I have enough coral blushes to stack up to my hip, but I was hard-pressed to find one that matched this beauty on all counts: colour, texture, and wear.

It has just enough pink to avoid leaning too orange on me, and the slightest sheen to have this natural dimension on the skin. It is INSANELY pigmented, yet sheers out to nothing but a whisper when used with a fluffy brush. And no matter how much you layer on, the super-fine texture keep it from ever looking caked-on or powdery. (Which is the signature Amazonina Clay formula.)

I would have gotten this set for the blush alone, but the lip products are lovely as well. The LipSurgence Lip Luster is at the top, the Maracuja Lip Gloss is at the bottom.


LipSurgence Natural Lip Luster
Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss
The Lip Luster is great - a nice, slightly shimmery warm pink that deepens my natural lip colour and feels nicely hydrating. With its glossier texture, it won't make it past a meal, but it's so easy to apply that this is hardly a bother.

The Maracuja Lip Gloss is more sheer, adding the smallest hint of pink and shine to my relatively pigmented lips. If you've ever tried the Stila Lip Glazes, this will feel very similar - sticky, but lighter. Though the colour payoff is minimal, this gloss does wear longer than the average. It is also scented with mint, which I enjoy. (Hey, combine that with a breath mint, and you can almost feel smoochable after a pasta supper.) I'm also not sure if this is due to the mint oil, but I feel like this did have a slight plumping effect on my lips, so...bonus?

Availability:  42$ USD on the Tarte website, and 54$ CAD at Sephora.

Pros: The blush is amazing - stunning color, incredible and workable payoff, long-wear, faultless texture. The Lip Luster is a no-fuss, flattering shade that hydrates as it wears.

Cons: The sticky texture and ultra-sheer colour of the Maracuja Lip Gloss may not be everyone's pleasure.

(I purchased this item from the Tarte website.)


  1. Judith19.1.13

    Pretty! Love Tarte blushes. Great review!

    1. Thank you, Judith! I'm incredibly impressed with the Tarte blushes. Might be my favorite formula - though I have yet to test Tom Ford. :P

  2. Argh! I want to try those blushes so much, but because lanolin is like, the first ingredient, I can't (allergies). Though, I only discovered the allergy when I was using an undereye concealer every single day that contained lanolin...maybe I can get away with one of these if I wear it only here and there...... OK, I need to chill out, there are 1,209,394 more blushes I can try, but damn if I don't want one of these beautifully made Amazonian Clay ones. In coral. FML. >_<

    1. Ha! It's always the one you can't have, right? :)

      For what it's worth, lanolin is a problem for me as well - though not an allergy so much as a sensitivity, and I don't have a problem with these. Granted, I don't wear them exclusively.


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