I do love social media and my blogger friends who are absolute enablers when it comes to all things make up and beauty. We really are the ones to turn to when it comes to finding out when products are back in stock, special offers on those much needed items and of course, for the sheer honesty when it comes to recommending. Taking to Twitter a few weeks ago, and it was going crazy because QVC had brought back stock of the Tarte Shape Tape, which has been harder to get hold of than a limited edition Kylie Lip Kit. Not only did they have stock, but they were also offering Easy Pay, in which you could pay for your item over four months. An offer too good to be true for any beauty fanatic, I quickly snagged myself a Shape Tape (more about that later) and I decided to grab the Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Skin Twinkle II. I needed another highlighter palette and especially when Kasie from Kasie Beauty raved about Tarte that much that I couldn’t resist, plus I love the previous QVC TSV of the Tarte set that I purchased.
The great thing about QVC is that not only does it have access to brands like Tarte, in fact it’s the only stockist of Tarte in the UK, but it sells products as sets that you wouldn’t necessarily be able to get if you were to order directly from Tarte. The Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Skin Twinkle II set that I purchased was just under £30 and came with a beautiful Rainforest of the Sea fan brush. To buy these direct from Tarte, the palette is £34, the brush £26 plus shipping and taxes would bring both items to £72! It’s a total no brainer to try QVC first. What I will say is that due to the popularity, the stock levels are hit and miss but do keep checking back as they do update their stock quite frequently. I am however still waiting for the Tarte Amazonian Pro Palette to come back in stock and it’s been nearly a month.
Back to the palette itself, the Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Skin Twinkle II is just beautiful. I first saw it in all it’s glory on Nathan from Plastic Loafer’s blog and Instagram. A palette containing four highlighting shades that are quite reminiscent of the ones from Anastasia Beverly Hills in terms of quality and formulation. The shades are Daylight – a white gold, Skylight – a pearl, Spotlight – a champagne, and Candlelight – a rose gold. Although they aren’t groundbreaking in shades, and I probably have many similar, the colours in the palette are the shades that I feel that every makeup wardrobe needs. The addition of a rose gold shade is great for me, as I do love a darker shade to wear as a highlight over bronzer, plus it also caters for warmer and darker skin tones.
The swatches have been applied using my finger on a un-primed arm, and I used a few swipes to make them opaque enough for them to show a clear colour. When using the brush to apply to your skin, they diffuse out beautifully, leaving that wondrous lit from within glow. The blend out with ease and don’t leave that over the top shimmer like some highlighting powders. They’re very finely milled which means that they don’t settle into pores and fine lines and it also helps with the amount of product that you need. They’re that fine that I had a slight accident and stuck my fingernail right into one of the shades and it literally cut like melted butter. Amazing but very upsetting for a brand new palette, hence the reason why the fan brush is covering it up. I am so clumsy!
It’s currently in stock on QVC UK, as well as being on Easy Pay Instalments, so I really think you need to get one. Off you pop! You won’t regret it!
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