First Impression: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick

-This post was written by my sister, Taylor-

Living in Boston means I have constant, easy access to the wonder that is the Prudential Center Sephora, which is newly-renovated. To bribe myself into grocery shopping like a functioning adult a few Sundays ago, I first took a quick stop into the new setup for the first time. And let me just say, it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. I almost teared up.

As almost anyone that has been in Sephora with unlimited time and a fresh paycheck in their bank account, I almost felt like I had to get something. And of course I did get more than just something; I got all lipsticks, all mauve-y nudes. God, I am turning into Kelsey. However, there was one standout in the pack, and that is what I'm here to talk about today. The Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick appears to be a gift from heaven on paper. A lightweight, matte, long-lasting lipstick in beautiful shades in the prettiest packaging. So I decided to test out just how much of a gift this was and bought the shade Cabana Boy. The following are my thoughts on my first day of wearing it. For reference, I work full-time teaching children, so this day included a lot of talking, a lot of eating quickly, and not a lot of time to reapply.

7:30am: Rushing to get ready for work and to catch the T, and I was worried the hydrating formula would be slippery and hard to apply precisely. Fortunately I was proven wrong. It went on smoothly, but I could barely feel the product on my lips.

9:00am: Anything this hydrating must have worn off by now. Plus I can't feel it on my lips at all. Plus I drank a big mug of coffee without being careful.

9:05am: Okay it has not worn off at all, how is this possible?

11:45am: After talking for almost three hours straight, I went to check on my lipstick again. I had to lightly reapply at the center of my lips, but I honestly probably didn't have to. The product still hasn't creased or run and has barely faded.

1:15pm: Ate a big bowl of mac and cheese, did not try to avoid lips (may have licked extra cheese off lips). Quick check shows product somehow completely intact. I'm practically giddy.

4:00pm: Getting ready to leave work, still cannot believe I would have gotten away with not bringing the lipstick with me. And it's still as comfortable as when I put it on (as in I can't feel it on at all).

6:35pm: After eating dinner, the lipstick is still nearly totally intact, not even smudged at the corners. God why did I only buy one color. 

So, long story short, I found my new favorite lipstick. My lips are usually so dry, but they never felt dehydrated with this - the complete opposite actually. I thought I loved Tarte before, but honestly now I feel like I owe them my life; this is unreal.

Have you tried anything from the new Rainforest of the Sea collection?

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