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Review: Tarte Energy Noir palette and LipSurgence skintuitive lip gloss

I’ve got a gorgeous palette to review for you today — the Energy Noir Clay Palette.  When I ordered it from Ulta, there was a promotion for Tarte and all Tarte purchases over #30 got a free sample size of the new Lipsurgence skintuitive lip gloss in the color “Energy Noir.”  So let’s get right to the pictures!


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Top Row:

Full Moon is a matte bone color

Charged up is a shimmery grey-taupe (similar to Urban Decay’s Mushroom)

Dark Drive is a matte cool brown

Middle Row:

Stone Unturned is a matte mid-toned grey taupe

Up Too Slate is a shimmery steely purple

Misty Mauve is a matte mauve

Bottom Row:

Power Plum is a matte deep plum

Lunar Eclipse is a matte black


Unearthed is a matte neutral dusty plum

Crystal Spark is a pinky champagne shimmer (can be used on face or eyes)

Every single shade is richly pigmented — even the matte shades!  They all blend well and for me, are true to the color in the pan.  I love having a good mix of matte and shimmer shades in one palette.  And the blush is a great shade that works well with the cool shades and doesn’t look too purple.  I also really really LOVE that this is a COOL TONED palette!  That is so hard to find!  Most “neutral” palettes are just warm earth tones — as an artist, that bugs me so much.  In Energy Noir, the warmest shade is Dark Drive, the matte brown and even so, it’s a lovely cool brown with a bit of grey in it.

The three darkest shades can be easily used as liner shades or for a dramatic smokey eye or crease shade.  The mid-tone mattes look great on the lid or in the crease and the shimmery shades tie them all together — I think  this is a great, versatile palette.

If cool shades are your thing, don’t pass this one up — it’s limited edition! So grab it while it’s hot, erm, cool!

Since I received the LipSurgence skintuitive lip gloss in Energy Noir, I’ll review that one for you.  At first I was a little disappointed in it since it appeared to be a clear gloss.  But it’s actually a color-changing gloss and on me, turned a neutral-to-cool pink color.  The gloss is a great formula — neither too sticky nor slippery and was actually pretty hydrating.  It also left behind a soft pink stain.  I do wish the color had a little more pigment, though.

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The Energy Noir palette is $30 and the full size LipSurgence Skintuitive lip gloss is $19.  They can be bought wherever Tarte products are sold.

Tarte is cruelty free!

All products purchased by me and all opinions are mine alone.  


Vapour Organic Beauty: I am totally on a winning streak

Here’s the thing, people:  I never win stuff.  Ever.  No, really.  And yet this year already I’ve won two give-aways!  The first was a DVD of spooky flick The Orphanage.  The second and the one relevant to our interests here was something by Vapour Organic Beauty.  I think the key element for my good luck is to NOT realize I am entered in these contests.  Because I had no idea until a lovely friend told me on Facebook.  /facepalm

But, how exciting!  I’ve been using Vapour’s foundation for about a year but hadn’t had a chance to try many of their other products.  Their foundation is my Holy Grail Foundation.  Seriously.  I don’t know why I even bother to look at others because I can’t imagine one working better for me than theirs does.

Vapour Organic Beauty (henceforth known as VOB because I am lazy and don’t feel like typing all that every time) is a pretty cool company.  If you’re interested in eco-friendly beauty, this company is for you.   According to their website, they are:

70% Certified Organic Ingredients and 30% Minerals & Vitamins
Paraben Free
Gluten Free
Chemical Free
Cruelty Free
No Nano Particles
No Irradiation
Chemical Free
Made with Wind Power
Biodegradable Ingredients
Inner &  Outer Packaging Recyclable

For someone with sensitive skin or just worried about the weird chemicals found in many makeup lines, this is excellent news.   Pretty neat, right?  It’s also worth noting that Eric Sakas, former President of Kevyn Aucoin Beauty is one of the company’s co-founders. (Shameless name-dropping — I kinda sorta met him once, at one of Kevyn’s book signings!)

So yeah, the company is great but what about the products?  Well, let us see!

Here’s what I received in the mail about a week after winning the contest:

3 Full sized products and 4 samples! Plus cards describing the line of products.

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