Did I mention that I was starting to develop a thing for Tarte? Tarte managed to finally spark my interest with the Tartelette Eyeshadow Collection and now they’re beginning to reel me in with the new Double Duty Beauty Collection now available exclusively at Ulta. I have to be honest. Before I went to the Tarte training I was not at all impressed or interested in the Double Duty Beauty Collection. Double ended beauty products have never really been my thing because they always seemed cheap to me. Then after seeing the amazing Rainforest of the Sea Collection that was rolling out exclusively at Sephora the Double Duty Beauty Collection just looked like a disappointment.
Then I went to the Tarte training for the Double Duty Beauty Collection and got a chance to see and play with everything in person. I guess seeing really is believing because I came outta there wanting almost everyone I touched that day. LOL! Usually when we see double ended makeup it looks and feels cheap and the quality is often shoddy. Not this time around! Tarte has actually managed to make fetch happen with their latest collection of multitasking makeup.
I just knew the lipsticks weren’t going to cut it for me but the double ended Lip Sculptor Lipstick & Gloss turned out to be quite a hit. I love them! The Lip Sculptors feature lightweight metallic gold packaging that feels good in the hand and actually looks pretty sleek. The formulas are really nice too. The lipstick is very creamy and glides across the lips with a soft, plush texture that’s lightweight, moisturizing and feels like butter. The lipgloss also has a plush buttery texture that’s lightweight and very comfortable to wear without feeling heavy, tacky or sticky. I ended up receiving 2 shades: Renegade, a berry rose, and VIP, a cool nude. They’re both very easy to pull off for a variety of complexions and very flattering on my brown skin. My favorite is Renegade because it’s a bold pink that’s not too bright or vibrant yet still pops against my skin making it a great pink lip for spring and summer.
There’s also 2 Eye & Cheek Palettes in the Double Duty Beauty Collection and I walked away with the cooler toned Sultry Star Power Palette. Sultry Star Palette features 5 cool neutral eyeshadows and a neutral blush including:
- Glimmer Eye Shadow metallic pearl
- Twilight Eye Shadow grey matte
- Stiletto Eye Shadow black matte
- Ladies Night Eye Shadow light grey matte
- Sparks Fly Eye Shadow shimmering taupe
- Star Power Blush shimmering rose
The Sultry Star Power Eye & Cheek Palette seems to feature the same eyeshadow formula as the Tartelette in Bloom as it’s velvety smooth and smells like chocolate. I think the Eye & Cheek Palettes will probably be the biggest stars of the collection because they color schemes are very cohesive with a solid mix of shimmers and matte. I’m more of a warm neutral kinda gal but the matte grey Twilight and the shimmers instantly caught my attention and the blush looked so darn beautiful that I just had to have it. The Sultry Star Power Eye & Cheek Palette will make a great addition to your stash if you like cool, smokey shadows to go. You can easily complete a full face look with this palette without taking up too much space in your makeup bag.
I don’t think I’ve ever tried a double ended pencil before but Tarte piqued my curiosity with The Eye Architect. It’s an eyeliner and cream eyeshadow in one that’s great for creating an everyday eye on the go or even at home when you don’t have the time or energy to pull out a palette and map out an entire look. The Eye Architect comes in 3 shade combinations and I have the Bronze / Gold which is the most natural and easiest one to use for all complexions. Bronze / Gold features a deep golden bronze eyeliner with a hint of golden shimmer and a shimmering champagne gold cream shadow with fine golden shimmer that isn’t exactly metallic but definitely delivers some glamour. The concept of the Eye Architect pencils are very simple and easy to use. Just swipe on a little Gold shadow, blend the edges with your finger (or a brush), line and go. What could be easier than that? The formula actually seems rather impressive too. We got to play with the Eye Architect in Bronze / Gold and training and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the eyeliner didn’t wipe off easily. It actually seemed to hold its ground when I tried to remove it so I have high hopes that’ll it last throughout the day.
Last but certainly not least, Tarte whipped up another double ended mascara: Double Duty Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara & Waterproof Bottom Lash Mascara. I’ve never tried any of Tarte’s mascaras before going to training and I was never quite interested in trying them either. But then the Tarte rep whipped out the new Bottoms Up Waterproof Bottom Lash Mascara brush and I knew I had to try it. It’s super slim and tiny which is great for my small eyes and lashes. Most mascara brushes are a little too bulky for me and I often end up having to fix mascara smudges. Or just rolling with them when I’m in a rush. However, Bottoms Up works extremely well at gripping my small lashes without bumping my bottom lid while also delivering some major length, curl and volume. I was blown away by how easy it was to apply and the fact that it held up through the rest of my shift without smudging or flaking. I ended up receiving this tube for gratis but I can definitely see myself purchasing this over and over just for Bottoms Up. I love it so much that I haven’t even touched Lights, Camera, Lashes yet. I plan to try it on tomorrow just to see how I like it but I’m not quite sure it’s going to live up to the greatness that is Bottoms Up.
If you haven’t already, I recommend heading to your local Ulta to give the Tarte Double Duty Beauty Collection a try for yourself. I know I’m not the only one out there who was feeling kinda “meh” about this collection or skeptical about the whole double ended makeup thing but I reassure you that Tarte actually did a rather great job with this collection. Somehow Tarte has managed to make the cheesy cheap idea of double ended makeup fully functional, easy to use and even pleasing to the eye. It’s definitely a collection you’ll want to try before you write it off!
The Lip Sculptor Lipstick & Lipgloss in VIP (top) and Renegade (bottom)
Sultry Star Power Eye & Cheek Palette
The Eye Architect in Bronze / Gold