There comes a time in a pale girl’s life where she finds a foundation that actually might be too light for her… Well that’s certainly not a sentence I ever expected to write, but it’s true! Recently Tarte had a 30% off sale and I picked up the Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation in the shade Porcelain to try out. I figure – pale, yellow undertones, should be pretty safe!
The foundation itself is a more liquid formula. Most people say to apply this with a flat top kabuki brush – I don’t actually own one at the moment (Sigma F80, where did you go?!) so I applied it with my Beauty Blender as normal and I didn’t have any problems with it – the general consensus is though that for water based foundations you shouldn’t use a damp Beauty Blender, so take that with a grain of salt! For me though, it applied perfectly and gave a nice medium coverage which I could easily build up to a more full coverage. It lasted really nicely and sat comfortably on my skin – on an average makeup wearing day I wear it for around 12 hours and my face makeup still sat nicely at the end of the day – it did disappear around my nose, but all foundations do and I’ve given up all hope!
If anything, it’s possibly a bit too light for me – which feels so weird to say! It’s easy enough though to wear with a slightly darker setting powder/bronzer/darkening drops. I couldn’t see any swatches or reviews online when I first purchased it, so for comparison I’ve got some swatches for you below with other shades of foundation that I can get away with, as well as some concealers so you can see what you’re working with! It seems to be that a person’s shade in Mac is a fairly universal measuring shade, so for that reference I’m NC15!
Overall, I’m really happy with the foundation – it’s hard for me to find shade matches in foundation, so I’m definitely going to work with this being too light – it’ll be the perfect fit in Winter, that’s for sure! I’m a huge fan of the formula and definitely recommend this foundation!