I am a little over the moon with my new discovery–Tarte matte lip stain. Yes, matte! I wore it on my wedding day, in a nude shade (only because my husband doesn’t like me in red lipstick). It lasts for hours and hours, has a perfect peppermint tingle to it and unlike other matte lip products won’t dry out your lips. I wore a color called ‘exposed’ which is their nude. A little goes a long way so at this rate my purchase should last me the rest of my lifetime.  I am not usually a fan of lipstains I always seem to look not like I have a perfect rosy pout but more like I have been sucking on Popsicles for extended periods of time. The matte is different, it’s more forgiving and has a nice coverage but since it is a stain it doesn’t feel waxy like a lipstick, it’s  a whole new lip sensation. I have to say, I am usually more of a drugstore beauty addict/shopper than a department store one, but Tarte has me locked in with their products. They have by far the best mascara on the market and you don’t get any more instant pretty than their cheek stains (I wore ‘tipsy’ which imparts a peachy glow). Seriously if you don’t have time for anything else don’t forget the cheek stain, people will compliment you like crazy. The prices may seem steep at first but the products do last a long time and you can amortize the cost in your head like I do (how many times I wear it by how much I paid over ‘x’ amount of months) and then it virtually pays for itself!  I use that same math with shoe purchases, it makes me feel better. I have a new foundation as well, but I’ll save that for another time. For the record, my husband may not like red lipstick but I do, so I also picked up the matte stain in Fiery, which is a pretty red (not too blue, not too orange).  I love it and have been wearing it almost every day.


  1. Every time you call him your husband I choke on my satisfaction. I’m so happy for you!

    p.s. My husband doesn’t like me to wear red lipstick, either. He doesn’t like me to wear any makeup! He thinks it looks like I have a mask on. (Um, yeah! That’s the point!) ;)

  2. Jules, it’s funny to say it without giggling, like I am playing ‘grown up’ and ‘house’. Yes, the Fancy, uhm, no longer that, Ace, thinks he likes me without make-up but he is unaware of my stealth make-up/no make-up look. It takes me an hour to look ‘natural’.

    Kim, the cheek stains are the BEST, there’s not a substitute drugstore brand (I looked), sometimes they sell sets of minis at Sephora really inexpensive (that’s how they got me hooked, the minis). You could wear a tinted moisturizer and the cheek stain and be the prettiest, fresh faced girl in the room. It’s THAT transforming!

    Alex, oh gosh $29?! that’s what it cost for one of these bad boys. Keep me away from that store!!!

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