I bought this lipstick a few weeks ago but I only started using it recently because I wanted to take photos of the product and packaging for my blog before I used it all up and made it look less pretty. I am in LOVE with this lipstick and it does absolutely everything I want it to do and more. I’m not really a big lipstick person — I usually wear glosses and balms and just re-apply them all day long because I can never get anything to actually stay on my lips. This lipstick from Tarte actually stays put, has an amazing, creamy color payoff and it’s awesomely moisturizing.
This is my first blog post where I decided to actually take photos of myself. I have been kinda putting it off because I’ve been a litttttle camera-shy and embarrassed over my poor skin this winter (which I talk about in almost every post — it’s just never looked this bad in my life and I have been doing a LOT to try to get it back to normal). My skin finally looks a little better, and I figured no one really looks that great in a camera flash anyway, but at least you can see the makeup (lipstick, in this case) the way it looks when I apply it.
I’m using photos from this set for my next post (a review on Julep’s April Maven box), so I applied the blush with a heavy hand so I can show how the new Julep blush looks when applied. I’m also still getting used to taking up-close photos, showing mostly makeup, and I used my iPhone because I didn’t have time to figure out how to take good personal photos with my good camera. That, and it was dark out, so the lighting is a little off. I just feel the need to put a disclaimer on my photos because I’m still a little shy about posting such big photos of my face in a camera flash here on my blog.
ANYWAY, back to the review …
Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick ($16 for 0.1 oz.; sephora.com) is described as “a moisturizing, creamy lipstick infused with sustainably pressed Amazonian butters.” It comes in eight different pink/nude/coral colors and I bought “Watermelon,” a “reddish pink.” I never, ever wear reds and this one is definitely more like a pink-watermelon than a red-watermelon. I found that this color came out a little lighter on my lips than it looks in the tube, which was perfect for me. I loved how it came out and I was a little concerned because it looked a little too red in the tube (above).
Some people on Sephora’s website complained the the colors didn’t come out the way they wanted them to, so I think it would be safe to say that these lipsticks all come out a bit lighter than they look in the tube. For me, this isn’t a problem at all. I actually like it better this way.
This lipstick is “inspired by the whimsical colors of the Amazon and infused with naturally-derived ingredients from its lush vegetation.” I love this lipstick so much and I love the color range that it comes in, so I’m definitely going to be picking up some of the other shades. Even though the color is lighter than it looks in the tube, it is definitely rich and vibrant and I was shocked at how long it stayed on, especially because it’s nearly impossible for me to keep any type of lipstick or lipgloss on.
Each “skin-flattering shade” is infused with “sustainably harvested cupuacu and murumuru butters to deliver intense moisture and help restore and smooth even mature lips.” I have had pretty dry, chapped lips this winter and this lipstick felt soooo smooth and moisturizing on my lips. I didn’t even have to use a balm underneath (which I pretty much always do), and they also LOOKED a lot smoother and hydrated.
Like all other Tarte products, this lipstick contains all-natural, all good-for-you ingredients that just WORK so well. I always find that beauty products with all-natural ingredients work so much better than other products. The Cupuacu Butter in this lipstick contains essential fatty acids and sterols that help firm while drenching lips in moisture and the Murumuru Butter contains essential fatty acids and ProVitamin A to help restore elasticity and soothe lips.
Tarte’s Amazonian Butter Lipstick also contains Shea Butter to help retain skin elasticity and mineral pigments that soothe and soften lips. My lips definitely looked and felt all-around better after using this product.
This lipstick is formulated WITHOUT all of the questionable, icky ingredients that appear way too often in beauty products that are really not good for your skin (many studies have shown). It is free of parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, synthetic fragrances and gluten. Like all Tarte products, this lipstick is also *Cruelty Free*. <3
This is seriously the perfect lipstick for me — I always look for a good color payoff that’s not too bright, something to hydrate my chapped lips, something to plump and make them look prettier, something that will last and won’t come off as soon as I put a cup of water to my mouth to drink, and all-natural ingredients are always a plus. Like I said before, I’m definitely picking up more shades of this lipstick soon (maybe I’ll treat myself for my birthday!).
Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick costs $16 and is available at in stores and online at Sephora.com and ULTA.com. This particular lipstick is not available through Tarte‘s website and I checked a few other online retailers and couldn’t find it there, so I think this is kind of an exclusive item to a few specific retailers.