I was recently in America and able to pick up the 2017 Sephora Birthday Gift while I was there. I was beyond excited to see that Caudalie skincare products were part of one birthday gift option and Tarte makeup products were part of the other. Being addicted to skincare I naturally chose the Caudalie option, while my sister picked up the Tarte gift (it wasn’t actually either of our birthdays).
Tarte ‘Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush’ in Paaarty.
This blush is part of Tarte’s ‘Amazonian Clay’ collection. It’s infused with natural clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River, is naturally baked by the sun, and is meant to last a whopping 12 hours without fading. This blush lives up to its expectations! It’s extremely pigmented, blends easily, lasts all day and can easily be built up. Paaarty is a very natural blush shade which isn’t too pink – I have fair skin with warm undertones and find that pink/cool blushes can look very fake on me… This blush, however, provides a really lovely flush and doesn’t have any shimmer in it. Don’t let the name put you off – this shade is very natural and seems to go with every makeup look! Even though the blush I have isn’t full sized, I can see it lasting for a very long time.
Tarte ‘Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint’ in Birthday Suit
This is a liquid lipstick which is meant to deliver a full-coverage, transfer-proof and quick drying application. True to its claims, this lip paint doesn’t transfer – in fact it can be kind of hard to take off. Birthday Suit is the perfect name for this my-lips-but-better shade. You can layer it on for an opaque look, but I prefer to apply just a small amount and then dab it out. I find that this gives a really natural look and compliments the blush well. On the negative side, this lipstick (like so many other liquid lipsticks) emphasises dry lips. While it is creamy and doesn’t feel drying, up close the lipstick clings to dry skin. I suggest using a nourishing lip balm before applying this lipstick (such as the Mario Badescu lip wax, which is my favourite).
Caudalie ‘Vinoperfect Radiance Serum’
This serum is my favourite product of out of the four! It’s a highly concentrated, oil-free serum that is meant to improve the appearance of dark spots while promoting even skin tone and boosting radiance. I can’t speak for how it reduced dark spots, but my skin looks much more radiant after applying it. This serum is one of the products that I get excited about using – it smells incredible, feels so luxurious on this skin. The consistency is very light and creamy – a little goes a long way and it’s extremely moisturising. Due of this, I can see myself buying the full sized product in the future – although it’s pricey, this will last a very long time. I can’t wait to try more Caudalie products from the Vinoperfect range!
Caudalie ‘Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet’
This moisturiser is a cult classic – it’s a gel-cream created to intensely moisturize and calm dehydrated, irritated skin. Infused with Caudalie’s famous organic grape water and patented grape-seed polyphenols, this moisturising sorbet (seriously, how good does that name sound?!) provides hydration and protects the skin from free-radicals, which causes wrinkles. While this product doesn’t smell as great at the Vinoperfect Radiance serum, it is just as moisturising. It has a very light consistency which turns into a gel once it comes in contact with your skin. It’s very hydrating and not at all heavy on the skin. Although I quite like this product, I would sooner buy the Radiance serum because the serum makes my skin look radiant and glowing.