Never under estimate the powers of snazzy marketing cushioned by rave social media hype because that’s exactly how I got absolutely obsessed with getting my hands on this Tarte Rainforest of the Sea foundation. It had all the right adjectives; lightweight, full coverage, hydration boosting plus a selection of shades based on undertones – yup, I was hunted this down in every local Sephora in town until I finally made the purchase online. Now the true test is winning me over in real life but things aren’t always what they seem…
- It does not sit well over the tiniest bit of flaky skin.
- It catches over dry patches or exfoliate really well.
- It looks great as a single or double layer but building additional layer towards full coverage makes it look heavy and cakey. So its never going to be a beautiful looking full coverage on my skin.
- Works best in controlled environments with little temperature fluctuations, ideally mild to slightly colder seasons.
it really isn’t a great one to use alone if you have skin texture issue, dehydration lines, pore issues and the like. Of course, a primer might help smooth over the issues but I prefer to rate my foundations as stand alone items. I also noticed that wear time is only about 4 hours before it started to break up on my forehead and wrinkle up around the corners of my eyes despite it being the middle of winter and I was only going for a few hours on a grocery trip. I can’t imagine how this would be in the heat of summer. Granted, it never got as far as a complete mess and my face stayed at that same level of broken down until about the 6th hour when I decided it was uncomfortable and took it off. Fortunately, this didn’t cause any breakouts or clogged pores, seems sensitive skin friendly and actually appeared to leave my skin a little hydrated after removal.
Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea foundation is a lightweight, light to medium coverage slightly buildable foundation that imparts a very pretty naturally matte finish if with used with a light hand. It does a much better job of hiding skin tone unevenness and colour corrections tasks than covering skin texture but it does catch on dry patches easily so do prep extremely well with a primer/moisturizer or skip this altogether if that’s your main concern. For most people, a powder is not necessary which cuts you that extra minute in the morning. I’d recommend this for those who work in an office environment and as a springtime foundation. While many of its likeable properties makes it a favourite for some, unfortunately, it’s not the right one for me.