tarte rainforest

I’m not one to jump on a bandwagon but when QVC had a TSV (Today Special Value) of a set which included the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea foundation that was a product that was being hyped by bloggers and vloggers everywhere, I knew I had to give it a try.

I will do a review of the whole set overall but I wanted to bring you my review of this after having used it quite a lot over the past month.

I decided to try the shade in Fair Neutral as I was worried about the other shades being too dark and I don’t mind buying lighter in order to warm up a little I just can’t make it lighter if I get it too dark.


(from the QVC website)

This lightweight liquid foundation is designed to give full coverage while hydrating your skin, to leave your complexion looking radiant and flawless. With an innovative pipette dispenser this innovative fluid foundation by Tarte is your ticket to a smooth and luminous complexion.


This comes in a glass bottle with a gorgeous ombre gold to purple lid which you push at the top to take product in to the pipette dispenser.

At first I wasn’t keen on the packaging and the pipette just fits in to the bottle meaning it can get messy but if you’re careful it really doesn’t matter. Personally I would have preferred a pump but it’s ok.

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The product comes with a brush, which is gorgeous but does not work for me with this foundation. It seems to make the product streaky and drying. When I used this first of all as suggested I really thought I would end up selling the foundation.

I did however, decide to try with a damp beauty blender and using this method has made it ten times better for me. I use two to three drops, depending on how much coverage I want, and dab on the face and blend in with the beauty blender.


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I love really liquidy formulas so this was right up my alley. It’s a very thin watery foundation and dependent on how much you use, gives you a lovely lightweight feel to application.

If you’re like me and pump on to the back of your hand you have to work quick as it will drip down your hand. If you have tried the Urban Decay Naked Foundation it is a similar consistency.


This doesn’t have a fragrance which I prefer in my base products.


Using the beauty blender means this gives a mega flawless light finish. It’s a buildable foundation so layering can give you full coverage if needed. I have to say I don’t need to have full coverage all the time so it just leaves my face looking even and dewy.

Weirdly there is still a matte sort of finish to it but not so it shows up dry patches (can a foundation be dewy and matte??) on my skin so this is like the perfect look for me.

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Final thoughts

I think I may have found my holy grail foundation. I have a few foundations on the go at the moment and I have to admit this has really really impressed me especially as on first try I was ready to pass it on to someone else.

If you have any foundations you don’t like with a brush I urge you to try a beauty blender or real techniques blending sponge dampened just to see if that helps as with this foundation not only did it impress me so much it has hit holy grail status.

Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?