Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer (Light-Medium) Review (Fair Swatches Included)

Product Description

Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer offers long-lasting, full coverage in a rich, creamy, and velvety texture with pure, skin-soothing ingredients. The high-performance natural formula is infused with Tarte’s pure maracuja oil, which helps to improve skin’s texture, tone, and moisture content while imparting a brightening, dewy, luminous finish. In addition to promoting healthy skin, this velvety concealer is also ideal for masking discoloration and imperfections such as acne, blemishes, redness, scars, hyperpigmentation, and dark circles. This nutrient-rich, blendable, liquid concealer brightens and restores skin’s natural luster, leaving you with a flawless complexion.


Originally I had ordered Tarte’s Creaseless Concealer during it’s 30% off sale in Fair. When I received the product though, it was actually way too light for me. I wanted to use it on other parts of my face as opposed to just under the eyes and Fair would’ve made the dark spots stand out more than it would cover it. I went to Sephora to exchange for a shade darker and got Light-Medium instead. The first thing I noticed was the change in packaging. I wonder if Tarte had old stock for Fair so that’s what I received? I’m not sure if there had been a change in its packaging close to the time of purchase.

Concealers have a lot on their hands when it comes to fulfilling what it’s meant to do. As an under-eye concealer, it must be moisturizing enough that it doesn’t your eyes look dry and flakey. However, if it’s too creamy, it might sink into any fine lines. And most importantly, it must conceal whatever it was you want to conceal, leaving behind smooth, flawless skin. So how exactly does Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer stack up?

Originally I had wanted to use this as an under-eye concealer since I was already using Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Concealer for any other face concerns that I needed to conceal. Light-Medium was fine for my under eyes since I didn’t want to have unnaturally pale eye bags. However, I think I could’ve done with Fair on my face overall during winter when I was much more pale. Light-Medium is a perfect shade for my skin right now though.

As an under-eye concealer it does a good job moisturizing your eyes. I have a problem usually with flakes there and when I use a concealer that isn’t creamy enough, it brings that all out. I still recommend regularly moisturizing appropriately before using any concealer under your eyes, but if you don’t need too much moisture there then Tarte’s concealer should do a fine job.

The only problem I have with this product is that it does sink into my fine lines a bit. I haven’t yet tried one that doesn’t do that, but it does a better job than my old KATE Covering Concealer. It’s not immediate so it’s nothing that I can’t deal with.

I also noticed that compared to my other concealers, it’s actually quite pigmented. I’ve seen some reviews that claim it is a full coverage concealer. I don’t know if I consider a full coverage concealer since there are spots that it can’t cover up. But then again, I don’t know if any concealer can cover those acne scars up since they’re so dark! With small spots though that aren’t too dark, it completely hides it for me.

I’ve switched from using Tarte’s stick concealer to this liquid form instead since I feel like it has higher coverage. The main ingredient that they advertise is also different. For the stick concealer, Tarte uses Amazonian clay which is supposed to be able to help soak up oils, but still have the ability to retain moisture. For this liquid form, it uses Maracuja which is popular from Tarte’s Pure Maracuja Oil and is known for it’s moisturizing effects.

The Maracuja concealer feels creamy, but not overly thick, which makes it easy to blend on the face. For small spots I just dab it with my ring finger like how I would if I were to apply concealer on my undereyes. This is to make sure the product is able to lightly layer on top of each other and give me the full coverage that I need. Because the stick concealer is made with clay, it doesn’t let me layer quite as well as this concealer.

The concealer has a decent wear-time. Since I have combo-oily skin, the oilier parts of my skin does prevent the product from staying all day. With that said, I still see the product on my face after a long day, just not as thick on the parts that I layer a couple times since it’s especially dark.

I recommend this concealer to everyone. I think everyone should give this a try because if it doesn’t work well for your undereyes, it might work well for other dark spots, etc. And vice versa. The product is especially nice to use during winter because of its moisturizing properties. Even oily skin needs a little help during harsh Canadian winters!


Aritzia’s Clientele Private Sale 2014

Aritzia‘s private sale for 2014 has arrived. Anybody else ready to see their wallet cry as we all prepare ourselves to slurge on some goods? I’m very curious as to how much one has to spend to receive an invite to the first wave. I spent a lot last year at Aritzia (particularly during their last private sale) and apparently that wasn’t enough LOL.

The list has been trimmed down by a lot compared to last year. I wonder why? Some of the brands that aren’t in-house brands don’t feel like participating?

Origins Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel Review

Product Description

Red PMS pimple? Bad joke breakout? Heal, fight, and fade it fast. Just dab on a dot and feel blemish-busting salicylic acid instantly help speed healing while anti-spot technology helps visibly correct post pimple darkening. Skin-calming caffeine and red algae help relieve irritating redness. And to help keep skin looking spotless, super exfoliators eliminate excess oils and pore-clogging debris.

I kept thinking I already did a review on this product since I’ve been using it for a while now. I’m on my second or third bottle now. That probably shows how much I enjoy using this product, right?

The bottle comes with 10mL for $17.50 CAD. It’s not a lot of product, but most acne spot treatments come in smaller amounts since it’s not meant for full face application. The bottle is very soft so it’s definitely squeezable and makes it easier to get the amount that you want. It also makes it easy to carry around especially if you’re travelling. But as with most Origins products, the packaging itself is very simple and has a no-nonsense feel which I’m guessing is to play into its natural product look.

A reason why I like this product is because it doesn’t leave a white cast on my face. You know if you accidentally had toothpaste on your face and you’re left with this white stuff on your face after it has dried? That’s how some spot treatments are for acne, rendering it useless for daily wear. The thing about Origins’ Spot Remover is that it’s fine under makeup – as long as you don’t over apply it, of course.

Another plus for this product is that it doesn’t dry me out. Many acne treatment products are guilty of making your skin dry up so much that you end up with flakey skin. This gel does a good job of reducing the size of the pimple without drying out all the skin around it. Again, this makes a great candidate for daily wear especially if you usually wear makeup.

Don’t expect this product to work miracles. It’s not going to make everything disappear as if it never existed in the first place. However, it definitely helps reduce the size almost immediately. It helps calm the skin and reduces redness, just like it claims. I don’t really know if I agree with the fact that it helps reduce pigmentation afterwards though.

I recommend this to all skin types. If you’re on the market for a spot treatment, definitely give this product a try! It’s quite gentle on my skin compared to all the other harsh products that I’ve tried in the past. It has a small cooling effect on application which helps with calming and reducing redness of skin due to acne. It can also be worn under makeup without any problems.


Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss (008 Peony) Review

A pop of weightless colour with vivid, mirror-like shine. Outshines everything but you!
• Micro-crystal formula for 5X the shine of patent leather
• Plush applicator shaped to curves of your lips for smooth, even application of colour
• ColorBurst’s Elasticolor™ technology for rich colour with a weightless feel
• Moisturizers and anti-oxidants such as sweet almond oil and vitamin E conditions and improves lip texture

Originally I wanted to try out the more coral/orange colour, but they didn’t carry any at the store I went to. I don’t know if they just didn’t carry it in Canada. I know that we were missing some colours for the lip butters. So I decided to try out 008 Peony despite feeling hesitant because of the glitter in the formula.

I think I should’ve just followed my gut feeling about the product. One thing I dislike about glittery lip products is when it’s not fine enough. When this sort of problem arises, it becomes a distraction because I feel like there’s something on my lips. It’s especially evident when I rub my lips together and it feels really gritty. You know when you feel as if you have crumbs on your lips so it bothers you until you can get it off? That’s how it feels because the glitter in the lipgloss is too big.

Revlon put the glitter in to create a smooth look, and I’m guessing to kind of help make the lips look plumper. The problem with that is when the gloss dries, you’re left with bits of glitter on your lips. That’s all I see when I look in the mirror.

The good point about the gloss, I would say, is that is has decently long wear time. That is because of the stickier formula. For those that hate sticky lipglosses, stay clear! However, it’s usually the stickier ones that lasts the longest so it’s a tradeoff. I don’t feel the effect is as long-term as it claims though. I’m not left with really soft lips after the gloss disappears as the day goes by.

The colour is semi-opaque. My lips are quite pigmented so most lip products don’t show vividly on my lips unless I put on a lip concealer underneath.

The applicator is just the general one we get with most lipgloss. It’s a rounded sponge applicator so it isn’t anything too special. I do like the packaging of the product overall though. I’m a sucker for Revlon’s quilt pattern!

If you’re debating whether you should try out Peony, I would recommend you skip out on it instead.