The new Tarte Tartest Clay Liner really piqued my interest, and based in the comments from my previous haul post you were really curious too! So off I went to test it, and it’s brush, out and here are my conclusions. Warning: picture heavy post ahead!I decided to compare this new liner next to every black liner I own, that I like. These are the winning team *insert Rocky theme music*
Let’s start off with the swatches, and how it looks and compares to other top of the line eyeliners. I swatched, rubbed and bioderma’d some of my favourite liners to see how the new Tarte one compared.
As you can see, it’s pretty black. So far, so good. It dries down matte, much like the Benefit option unlike the 2 Kat von D liner that are a bit more shiney than the rest. In terms of formula I’d say it’s like a creamy, liquid-y version of the Marc Jacobs liner.
I’d say all of them stood my ‘rubbing’ test quite well, which included a good rub/scratch with my finger if you’re particular: there were three back and forths, with the Benefit flaking off the most ( a known issue) and the Marc Jacobs smudging a bit (it might’ve not set yet) the Tattoo & Ink liner fared best, with the Tarte coming in 3rd. Not too shabby!
Lastly, I went at them with some Bioderma – my non-waterproof eye makeup remover of choice. The Kat von D’s came off easy, with the Tarte coming in second to them. The Benefit and Marc Jacobs options were stubborn and probably would have warranted I break out some duo-phase remover if on my eye as its a No-Rub Zone.The brush that comes in the set is really nice, it’s an angled eyeliner brush so it might mean a bit of a learning curve for those used angled liner brushes. There’s a very fine tip so you can get a nice thin and precise line. On the eye! Please excuse my crazy eyebrows. I used a few of the Tartelette Eyeshadows on the eye before applying the liner. You can see that the line is not super sharp, like it would be with a liquid liner. If you want a sharper line you could clean up with concealer or remover, or use the sticky tape method.Finally, let’s talk about what made me so curious about this liner – not the formula, but the packaging! It comes in a tube, which I hope will mean it’ll dry out a lot slower than the traditional jar packaging. I’m too lazy to do a liner everyday so the only gel liners I’ll buy are the maybeline ones that I won’t cry over when they dry out. To use this you just squeeze the tube a bit to dispense some product, and coat your you brush. It’s a pretty nice feature, since there’s no need to place product on the back of the hand or keep your product open for too long.Be careful not to squeeze out to much, as a little goes a long way!
Hope this helped you if you’ve been debating purchasing the Tarte Tarteist Clay Liner, available for $24 at Sephora or the Tarte Website. I really like this liner, but only time will tell if it’s one of those that dry out like the jar options or not…