Tarte Clay Play Face Sculpting Palette (Review + Makeup Look)

I have seen this palette all over YouTube and Instagram recently and was drawn to it because it seemed like something that could be a new go-to in my makeup collection. 

If you would like to know my thoughts on this new Tarte palette, keep scrolling! 


The Clay Play Face Sculpting Palette (retails for $46, but I used a 20% off coupon at Ulta) is one of Tarte’s latest launches this summer. After seeing it pop up so many times on YouTube and hearing all the wonderful reviews on it, I decided to pick it up and try it out for myself. 

I hesitated purchasing this palette at first because the shades really aren’t anything special, however I love the fact that this all-matte palette can be so versitile and all the neutral shades you could ever need are all in one place. I like how I could do my eyes, contour, bronzer, and even brows all with just this one palette. The versatility also makes this great for traveling or just on-the-go touch ups throughout the day. The palette isn’t too bulky and comes with a good sized mirror as well. 

The formula of the shades is absolutely amazing. I am a huge fan of the Tarte Tarteist Pro eyeshadow palette because the shadows have a very creamy texture and are also extremely pigmented. In my opinion, the formula of the Clay Play palette is no different, if not better. The shadows are very buttery to the touch and do not produce a lot of powder fall out. In addition to their amazing pigmentation, I find that the shadows and contour shades are very easy to blend.

Overall, do I think this palette is worth the money? Well, that depends. There are already tons of palettes that have these same neutral shades and at this point, almost very makeup lover probably has their own favorite contour palette. What makes this palette worth it to me is the amazing quality of the product, as well as the convenience and versatility the palette offers. I definitely see this as being the one palette I bring with me when I do not have access to my entire makeup collection because everything I need is in one palette. 

I hope this review was helpful! Let me know if you have any more questions about what I think of this product!

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Product Review: Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream 

I am not sure if this a new product, but it is new to me! I have been looking for a foundation that isn’t super full coverage and that I can just apply really quickly and run out the door. 

Keep reading for my full review on this product! 


Product claims and info (from the Bare Minerals site):

  • Acts as a BB and CC cream 
  • SPF 30
  • Dewey, radiant, smooth finish
  • Sheer to medium coverage 
  • Contains marine botanicals and electrolytes that help to hydrate your skin
  • Claims to increase skin hydration by 215% in just one week of use 
  • 16 shades (I am the shade Buttercream) 
  • 1.18 fluid ounces for $29.50 

My review: 

This product is perfect for achieving the popular “no makeup” makeup look. This product does say it gives sheer to medium coverage and this is very true. One layer evens out my skin tone nicely, but to cover any blemishes I apply a second layer. It builds up to a medium coverage nicely and still just looks like a better version of my skin. Sometimes if I do not want to wear a foundation, I will Conceal any blemishes and then apply this product on top. This technique gives me a full coverage appearance without feeling too heavy or looking like makeup. 

It is suggested to apply the product with your hands, but I still like to use a beauty sponge and the finish still looks great! I was expecting the consistency to be very liquid-y, but it actually had a lightweight whipped consitency. My skin has become less oily and more on the combo to normal side, so I really like the dewey finish this tinted moisturizer gives. 

The website does not mention how long lasting this product is, but I have worn it for a good 10 hours and it still looked pretty good when I went to wash off my makeup. It separated a little bit around my nose, but almost every foundation I have does the same thing. On me, it did not look too greasy and held up nicely throughout the day. However, if you do have really oily skin, I would not recommend this product for long wear. For oily skin I think it would be nice if you just need some coverage to go run a few errands, but since it does have a really dewey finish, I do not think it would last as long on oily skin types. 

Overall, I am very happy with this product and have been wearing it everyday since I bought it. The Garnier BB Cream used to be my #1 favorite, and while I still like that product, the Complexion Rescue tinted moisturizer definitely stands out for me! 

Hot Product of the Week! 

This week’s hot product is the PUR Cosmetics Elevation mini highlight palette! This is a gorgeous little palette that comes with 3 beautiful shades, mirror, and a mini fan brush for only $15. 

The shades Boost and Altitude are great highlights and the shade Upgrade is more of coral with gold reflects and makes an amazing blush topper. For $15, I think this palette is a really great value, especially for a higher end brand like PUR. I bought mine at Ulta and I am not sure if they can be found at Sephora as well or if this is a permanent product. 

The product itself is very pigmented and not too powdery. It is buildable, but for me personally these highlights give the right amount of glow without having to build it up too much. The fan brush is an added bonus, but to me it is too flimsy to blend out my highlight well enough. But I do use it to contour my nose and I actually really like how it looks! 

Hot Product of the Week: Palladio Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks 

Welcome back to another Hot Product of the Week! This week, I have been loving the Palladio Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks in the shades Tapestry (left- deep purple) and Boucle (right-dark brown toned nude). I got these at Ulta and they were around $5 each. 

Keep reading to see a full review! ​

I have never bought anything from this brand before, but when I saw that these were a velvet matte finish rather than a full matte finish, I wanted to give them a try to see if they would be less drying. 

Overall, I am LOVING the formula and color of lipsticks and really want to go back to get more shades! The darker shade was a little streaky, but not hard to work with at all and can be corrected really easily with another layer. I find that these did not dry out my lips at all since they are not meant to be a flat matte finish, but they dry down really well and did not transfer. 

The only thing I do not like about this product is the fact that the color you see on the outside is kind of deceiving as to what the actual color is. Just looking at outside of the packaging, Tapestry (the dark purple shade) looked like a rich chocolate brown and when I got home and opened it, I was really surprised to see that it was not brown at all! Same thing with the shade Boucle. It looked like it was going to be a pretty pinky Nude color and actually turned out to be a dark brown nude. Even though the colors fonnot really match what they look on the outside, I still am obsessed with the shades and would have still bought them anyway. 

Overall, I think these liquid lippies are amazing and for such an inexpensive price, you can’t beat it! 

My Favorite Makeup Products!

PRIMERS

Mario Badescu Rosewater facial spray

Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector

NYX Angel Veil primer

Wet N Wild PhotoFocus eyeshadow primer

FOUNDATIONS

Too Faced Born This Way liquid foundation

EX1 Invisiwear liquid foundation

Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-In-1 foundation

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

Garnier BB Cream (combo to oily skin)

CONCEALERS

NYX HD Concealers

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer

Smashbox Studio Skin 24 Hr Concealer

Essence Say No To Blemishes Concealer

LA Girl Pro Concealer

SETTING POWDERS

RCMA No Color powder

NYX HD pressed powder in Banana

NYC Translucent loose setting powder

Coty Air-Spun Translucent powder

Rimmel Stay Matte translucent powder

BRONZER/CONTOUR

Too Faced Chocolate matte bronzer

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Give Me Sun!

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer

NYC Sunny bronzer

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Wet N Wild Contour Kits

Kat Von D Shade + Light contour kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit

BLUSH

Milani Baked Blushes (Luminoso and Rose D’Oro)

Makeup Revolution matte blushes

Wet N Wild Colour Icon blushes

Benefit Coralista

Benefit Dallas

HIGHLIGHTERS

Becca + Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl in Gilded Honey

Wet N Wild Reserve Your Cabana highlighter

Wet N Wild Shimmer Palette in Boozy Brunch

Wet N Wild Megaglo Illuminating Palette

Essence Pure Nude highlighter

Makeup Revolution baked highlighters

MASCARAS

tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes

Essence volume mascara

Essence false lash effect mascara

L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black

Jordana Best Lash Extreme

Maybelline Lash Sensational

Maybelline Colossal

Covergirl Super Sizer

Maybelline Falsies Push Up Angel

EYESHADOWS/ EYESHADOW PALETTES

Colourpop Super Shock Shadows

MAC single eyeshadows (pans)

Makeup Geek eyeshadows

Urban Decay Naked 2 palette

Carli Bybel + BH Cosmetics palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette

Morphe 35O palette

Wet N Wild Comfort Zone palette

EYELINERS

Essence waterproof eyeliner pen

NYC black liquid eyeliner

Maybelline black gel liner

Rimmel Scandaleyes waterproof kohl liners

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils

BROWS

Essence Make Me Brow eyebrow gel mascara

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade

Milani clear brow gel

FALSE LASHES

Kiss lashes in the style Shy

Kiss strip lash adhesive with aloe

Andrea lashes

LIPLINERS/LIPSTICKS/LIPGLOSSES

Milani lipliners

Rimmel lipliners

MAC lipliners

MAC lipsticks

Maybelline lipsticks

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

NYX Butter Glosses

Colourpop Ultra Satin liquid lipsticks

SETTING SPRAY

Wet N Wild PhotoFocus setting spray

L’Oreal Infallible setting spray

BRUSHES

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge

Real Techniques brushes

Morphe M527

Morphe M310

Wet N Wild brushes (pink and white line)

Elf stippling brush

Elf Blush brush

Sigma F80 Kabuki

Sigma E40 crease brush

Essence angled liner brush

Eco Tools Sheer Finish Kabuki

MUA Professional stippling brush

Hidden Gem At the Drugstore!: Essence Lash Princess

Essence is another inexpensive brand (found on the drugstore side of Ulta) that can be hit or miss but I have found THE BEST mascara from this brand for less than $5!

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect mascara ($4.99)

lash princess

First of all, the packaging is absolutely adorable, but it is the wand and product inside that creates the magic. This mascara claims to give a false lash effect and it definitely does!

**I apologize in advance for my ratchet- looking eyebrows lol!**

My lashes uncurled with no product.

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My lashes curled with no product.

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One coat of product.

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Two coats of product.

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Hands down, this mascara has quickly become my favorite drugstore mascara! It knocks my previous go- to lengthening mascara (Covergirl Super Sizer) out of the water. I will say, it is not the best for adding volume and if you apply too much it can look a little clumpy. I recommend giving your lashes one good coat with the Lash Princess, letting it dry, and then going in with your favorite volumizing mascara and focusing that at the base of your lashes. This seems a little high maintenance but I swear you will have a great lash day every time!

Definitely go out and pick up this mascara, I have quickly become obsessed!