Chronicled Beauty

One girl's journey through the makeup industry

tarte discover the Amazon 3-piece kit February 16, 2013

After hearing countless raves about tarte’s Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation, I decided I had to try it myself! In the colder, winter months I prefer a medium to full-coverage foundation to hide any blemishes, acne scaring and discoloration in my skin so just the name of the foundation caught my eye.

I found a set at Sephora that had a sample of the foundation along with the Pure Maracuja Oil and tarte’s Gifted mascara so I thought this would be a more economical way of testing the foundation, while receiving a few extra goodies at the same time!

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I was so happy to see the box and bag that came with the 3-piece set! The beautiful design reminds me of spring, which immediately put a smile on my face as it is dreary and cold outside today! I can’t wait to put my everyday makeup essentials in the clutch-size bag to keep in my purse.

Now, on to the products included in the set.

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This foundation is definitely a medium to full coverage foundation and the finish is a natural satin finish.

Look out for my First Impression post on this foundation later tomorrow as I’m wearing it throughout the morning and evening today to see how I like it.

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Pure Maracuja Oil

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This oil is super hydrating for the face and neck and has essential fatty acids and Vitamin C to brighten and tone skin. It is not greasy feeling whatsoever. The silver roller ball is cold to the touch so it feels soothing when applying the product!

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Gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara

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This mascara is the first I’ve tried from tarte’s collection and I LOVE it so far. The wand has densely packed bristles and doesn’t leave my lashes clumpy at all and I found it was super lengthening as well.

Here is a demo.

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One eye without mascara
The other with the gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara

Overall, I’m happy with this purchase from Sephora! Everything that came in the kit seems to live up to what it claims. As said before, check back tomorrow for my First Impression review of the Amazonian Clay 24-hour full coverage foundation.

You can find this set together at http://www.sephora.com/discover-the-amazon-3-piece-kit-P378005. It’s a new addition to Sephora’s site and is sold for $34.50. Everything included is originally a $68 value, so well worth the price!

You can also check out the tarte website at www.tarte.com to purchase these items individually.

I hope this helps you all out when thinking about purchasing any of the items discussed!

If you have tried any three of these products, or all, please leave a comment below and let me know what you thought about them!

See you soon, for my First Impression review tomorrow!

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First Impression of Covergirl’s NEW Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation January 31, 2013

I just recently purchased Covergirl’s Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation from the drugstore and abstained from using it until I could chronicle my First Impression for you all!

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This new foundation from Covergirl is $9 to $10 depending on the location and comes in 13 shades.  According to Covergirl’s claims this foundation is a primer, concealer and foundation all rolled into one.  It also provides an SPF of 20 which is always a plus in my book!  This foundation is supposed to leave all-day flawless coverage with lasting power of a primer, coverage of a concealer and blendability of a foundation in one, all while being shine-free.

I was really looking forward to trying this product with the idea in mind that one foundation has a primer and concealer all built in will take a lot of time off getting ready in the morning.  On a day to day basis I always use moisturizer, eye cream and primer so with this foundation I just started out with clean skin, prepped with my usual moisturizer.

Let’s jump right in!

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Freshly cleaned skin with moisturizer and the cheesiest fake smile I’ve ever put on!

I put the foundation on around 10:15 in the morning.

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This is the foundation with 1 layer of foundation all over

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After 7 1/2 hours.

I ended up using 2 full pumps of the foundation – first placing one layer of foundation all over and then adding a second layer to the necessary places – under my eyes and blemishes.  This picture shows me with JUST foundation covering the skin, no concealer whatsoever.  This is a MAJOR plus for me considering I usually have to put a heavy duty concealer under my eyes to mask my dark circles.  This foundation did amazing covering those bad boys while not looking to heavy or cakey with an extra layer.

By definition, my skin my skin is combination – being dry as can be during the winter, with an oily T-zone and I’m oily as all get out during the summer.  With this foundation my skin was begging for more moisture through the day.  I did not get too oily through my T-zone, which is great, but it felt like my skin was parched.  I also was not too fond of the finish of the foundation.  It sets in about 10 minutes to a powder/matte finish.  I usually like to have a little more glow to my skin in the colder, winter months to mimic that youthful appearance, so I did add highlighter to the high points of my face and a luminizing blush 

Overall, I would have to say that this is a great foundation for oily/combination skin.  I think the coverage was amazing and the idea of only having to use moisturizer beforehand is definitely a plus!  It also has great lasting power, staying pretty much in place for a little over 7 hours for me without any touch-ups.  I will give this foundation a grade of B- because I wasn’t too fond of the powder finish or the feel of my skin underneath the foundation.

I do know I’ll be trying this foundation again in the spring/summer months to see how it combats my oilier skin – I think I’ll be RE-grading this foundation then!

If you have tried this foundation and have had different results please leave a comment below and tell me what you thought of it!

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