Monday, June 17, 2013

Tarte "Peaceful" Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss Swatch + Review

Tarte Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss in "Peaceful"
Hello, everyone! Long time, no post. But I promise I have a good excuse. I needed to take a break from blogging life because my school schedule was getting insane. I barely had time to breathe much less put together a blog post. But I have finally defeated my last final on Thursday and after taking a few days to relax, I am back with a bang! What sort of bang you might ask? Well, for the rest of this week I will be publishing a blog post a day! I hope you're as excited about this as I am. But enough about that, let's get into the review! 

Tarte Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss in "Peaceful"
Tarte has recently released their new Maracuja line with products ranging from lip gloss (obviously), cheek tint, self tanner, concealer, and more. But what actually is Maracuja. And more importantly, how do you pronounce it? I'm sure a lot of you will be surprised to hear that Maracuja is the word for passion fruit in Spanish or Portugese. Exotic, but not quite as exotic an ingredient as most of us would have thought. I've tried a few of the Tarte Maracuja products and I honestly believe the whole Maracuja hype is largely a marketing scheme. I find it hard to believe the mysterious ingredient that will give you glossy lips, rosy cheeks, a sunless bronze glow, conceal your every unwanted blemish, and so much more is also the same item you can pick up for under five dollars at your local grocery store. Passion fruit is probably great for your skin but it isn't the miracle product that Tarte is trying to make it out to be. 

But I'm still not sure about the answer to the pronunciation questions, even after spending a half-an-hour playing around with Google Translate. I promise I won't judge not matter how you say it. If you know the proper way to say it, please leave it in a comment below. 

Tarte Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss in "Peaceful"
I received this product as a gift for Christmas and it took me so long to review it because it has one of those clickable brush designs. I hate these things so much. They're a good idea--in theory--but they never seem to work in reality. One) It takes forever for the product to move into the brush--especially when you use it for the first time. The first time I bought one of these types of lip glosses, I ended up breaking in my attempt to get the product out. This is not for the impatient people out there--myself included. Two) The brush isn't great at apply gloss. I had the same problems with this product as I did with the Stila Pomegranate Crush Lip & Cheek Stain. I didn't find it to be as much of a problem because the product is so sheer but I will admit that the packaging's design is annoying. I would have preferred a regular lip gloss container and I know after looking through some reviews online that I'm not the only one. 

Tarte Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss 
 While the functional design of the packaging leaves much to be desired, the Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Glosses are beautiful to look at. Here is an up close look at the floral print wrapped around the product. To be honest, this divine packaging, the Tarte name, and the lack of parabens/sulfates is what you are paying $21.00 for when you purchase this product. And quite honestly, I don't think that it's worth the money. 

Tarte Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss in "Peaceful"
Tarte Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss in "Peaceful" 
Once you get the product on the lips (which can take a while as I mentioned earlier in the review), it has a great consistency. It isn't sticky or gloopy. However, and I wasn't expecting this, but this product does give the lips a tingling sensation. It isn't marketed as a lip plumper but the more I wear it, the more I'm convinced that my lips look a little fuller. Maybe this is just my imagination. The tingling isn't as intense as many of the other lip plumping glosses out on the market but it is definitely noticeable. Honestly, I don't really like the tingling sensation and I see it as a negative but I know that there are a lot of women out there who LOVE it when their lip products tingle. I guess it's just up to personable preference. 

Positives 
-Adorable floral packaging
-Non-sticky and smooth application
-Fresh minty smell 

Negatives
-Price ($21.00)
-Poor functional brush design
-Takes forever to product to move through the tube
-Lack of pigmentation (very, very sheer)

In conclusion I found this product to be sort of meh. There isn't anything that I hate about it (other that the functional design of the product) but there's nothing about it that makes me want to rush out to the nearest Sephora and pick up another color. I will use up the product and when I'm done with it, I'll move on to another lip gloss. The consistency is very similar to a MAC Lip Glass or the NYC Liquid Lip Shines (which are hands down my favorite drugstore lip gloss--no competition) which I think are both awesome alternatives. It is lovely but nothing to go gaga over.

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