31 Days of Reviews, Day 12: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick

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Hey everyone! Welcome to day 12 of my review challenge! Today we are back to one of my favourite things to review, lipstick! Because I had already recently reviewed the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick line and the Givenchy Rouge Interdit lipstick, I had to take a couple moments to think about what lipstick I should review. After taking a look through my collection, I remembered that I owned three lipsticks from one particular line, the Tarte Color Splash Lipsticks! I bought these when they first came out earlier this year. I have to admit, I was definitely stalking my local Sephora until they did come in, and I was able to get a cast member to bring them out for me even though they didn’t have the display ready yet! Yay! Here we go..

Here are the three colours that I own from left to right: Escape, Daiquiri and Salt Lyfe

Packaging and First Impressions

When I first saw these were coming out, of course the packaging is what first attracted me. This packaging is seriously one of a kind. The lipstick tube has a blue marble pattern that is made out of plastic. I have to admit, I wish it was made out of a more dense material, or I wish it was weighted, so it would feel a little heavier and more luxurious. The rest of the detailing is a shiny metallic gold. The lipstick itself is said to have a satin finish, although I would say it is quite matte, especially after being worn for an hour. I haven’t noticed any particular scent to these lipsticks.

What is interesting about this collection is that it seems to mostly be composed of brown-based nudes, reds and berry tones. There are very few pinky nudes. There are a few on the website that look like they would be more on the pinky side, however when swatched in person, they almost all looked brown-based to my eye.


Here are the three colours that I own from left to right: Escape, Daiquiri and Salt Lyfe
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Here are all of the colours in the line, from the Sephora website.

Price and Quantity

The lipsticks are priced at $27 CAD ($21 USD) and have 3.4 grams (0.12 oz) of product. These are maybe a little more on the expensive side for a medium to high end brand. Some other lipsticks that I either really like, or have heard good things about are the UD Vice lipsticks ($21 CAD for 0.11 oz), the new ABH Matte lipsticks (which I am dying to try) ($23 CAD for 0.12 oz), the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipsticks ($30 CAD for 0.15 oz) and the Smashbox Be Legendary lipsticks ($25 CAD for 0.10 oz). If we also want to compare these to higher end lipsticks, we can use the Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme lipsticks ($38 CAD for 0.12 oz), the Givenchy Rouge Interdit ($40 CAD for 0.12 oz), which are both lipsticks that I enjoy as well. Here are the cost comparisons organized from best deal to worst deal as always:

Rank Company’s Product Mentioned Above Cost
($ CAD)
Quantity (oz) Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product
1 UD $21 0.11 $191/oz
2 ABH $23 0.12 $192/oz
3 Bite Beauty $30 0.15 $200/oz
4 Tarte $27 0.12 $225/oz
5 Smashbox $25 0.1 $250/oz
6 Marc Jacobs $38 0.12 $317/oz
7 Givenchy $40 0.12 $333/oz

I’m not surprised that the Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks are the best deal, however I am surprised that the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks are a better deal than the Tarte and Smashbox ones! Just goes to show that you should always check how much product you are getting for the price. As usual, if you are a lipstick junkie and you own quite a lot, you aren’t often going to actually run through a whole lipstick, but it’s the principal of the thing. And who knows, maybe you will run through a whole one if you really love it!


Here are the claims from the Tarte website:

“Longwearing color and moisture-rich full coverage lipstick in 24 creamy shades.

  • Rainforest of the Sea™ complex: a proprietary blend of algae and marine flower extracts that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while smoothing and softening skin 
  • shea butter: a natural skin emollient that helps retain skin elasticity and protects against degeneration
  • olive oil: rich in antioxidants to help soothe and restore lips

Product performance: Discover longwearing lip color powered by H2O with this full coverage hydrating lipstick. The ultra-creamy vegan formula combines intense pigments and buttery-smooth conditioners for comfort-swipe color that locks in place with no feathering or bleeding. Make water work for you through each sea-inspired shade infused with regenerative lip-quenchers and the antioxidant Rainforest of the Sea™ complex to help smooth the look of lip lines.”

Pigmentation and Performance

I really love these lipsticks. Since getting into different lip products, I have stayed with lipsticks that are predominately creams, as they will obviously be more hydrating for my finicky lips. However, I really wanted to try out this formula, since it claims to be hydrating, and Tarte is a great company that tries to use natural ingredients. As a company, Tarte formulates its products without parabens, mineral oils, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, or gluten. Therefore, this is a company that you can really trust. This is especially important when it comes to lip products, since you practically eat your lipstick over time (I know it’s gross but it’s reality). They are also cruelty free, and have a list of vegan products (yes, these lipsticks are on that list!) that you can peruse.

Ok so onto this lipstick. Although this lipstick is very satiny/matte, it is so SO creamy. When swatching on your hand, you will see that it glides on so smoothly. Even better, is when you apply it on your lips. It glides on without skipping and with almost no effort at all. This lipstick is the opposite of stiff, but it isn’t really emollient. It is also SO pigmented! With one swipe you get full colour impact. I cannot express how pleasantly surprised I am by this lipstick.

What is even better about this lipstick is that it is very comfortable, for a lipstick that has a mostly matte finish. You can feel the creaminess on your lips even though it looks matte. It feels pretty hydrating for at least 4-5 hours. In addition to this, while it is not transfer proof, after eating and drinking it doesn’t look like any of the pigment has faded. It has great lasting power. You also do not have to worry about the colour migrating out of your lip line. I can confidently say that you probably won’t need to touch up for at least 6 hours, if not longer. I, would personally touch up sooner than that, just to add some hydration back into my lips, since I do have such dry lips.

Here are the swatches of the shades I own. I definitely want to buy one or two more. One shade that has really caught my eye is popsicle!


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Salt Lyfe: Mauve Grey. I love to wear this colour when I am more pale, in the winter and spring, since it is more cool-toned.
Daiquiri: Poppy coral. I like to think of this as a bright strawberry red. I think it is actually quite a unique red and I love to wear it in the summer.
Escape: Rose. This red is a little more muted and a little more deeper than Daiquiri. I think this shade works well as an every day kind of red, whereas Daiquiri is more in your face bright.

As you can see in the pictures, these lipsticks have a satin finish upon first application, since you can see light reflecting off of my lips a bit. However, they very quickly go down to a matte finish, especially if you drink anything. Even though this happens, they stay very comfortable for a long time!

Final Thoughts

These lipsticks are probably my favourite semi-matte formula, other than the Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks in the Comfort Matte finish (although they are pretty close in comfort). I think a lot of the shades are unique, however I am surprised that there are very few pinky-toned colours in the shade range. I, personally, am just starting to get into more browny-nudes, so this is a good collection to do that with. I will definitely be checking out a few more of these shades. I am also very happy to purchase from Tarte as a company because they care about their ingredients, and they are cruelty free.

Have you tried these lipsticks? Which colours do you own and which should I add to my collection?

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