Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Collection

I know this collection has been out for a while and got a lot of hype, but I'm someone who generally waits for the buzz to die down before trying something new. The other day in Sephora, I was browsing the skincare section and came across this little Tarte Rainforest of the Sea set, and for $22, I snatched it up.

The set comes with the Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost, Deep Dive Cleansing Gel, Marine Boosting 4-in-1 Mist, BB Tinted Treatment Primer (I got the set with the shade Light), Amazonian Clay Blush in Oasis, and the Lights Camera Lashes mascara. I was really most interested in trying the skincare items, and was not disappointed. The Deep Dive Cleansing Gel is really wonderful, and I am definitely considering buying the full size. It's a thick gel that lathers a little, and surprisingly removes makeup very well. I'm definitely new to using gels and balms to remove makeup (I've been trialing Clinique's Take the Day Off Balm), but I really really like how quickly they get all of my makeup off. My favourite thing about this is that it leaves no residue behind on my skin, but also doesn't leave it really dry. I typically find with cleansers I get one or the other, but this one is golden!

The Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost is an interesting moisturizer. It's very light, and gel-based so super refreshing and cool when you put it on. I typically use heavier creams, especially at night, but this one is so hydrating! It also absorbs really easily into the skin, so in the morning my skin is very hydrated, but isn't covered in nasty residue. The full size of this is quite expensive, so I'll probably just continue using the millions of moisturizers I already have. The Marine Boosting Mist is one that I haven't really used much, as I need my makeup to last through very long shifts. But I imagine in the summer months when I'm not wearing makeup, this will be lovely and refreshing.

I've never been a lover of BB Creams or tinted moisturizers, but I've used nothing but the BB Tinted Treatment Primer since buying this set. I'm definitely going to buy the full size, but I think I'll go for the shade Fair instead of Light (which came in this set). It provides more coverage than I thought, and beautifully evens out my skin while still looking like I'm not wearing any makeup. I was amazed by how much it brightens up my skin, and with a bit of added concealer I look like I have perfect skin! It also sets to a silky-satin almost powdery finish, so it definitely wears for far longer than a normal BB cream would. In love!

The Amazonian Clay Blush in Oasis is a gorgeous colour, and as we all know, Tarte's blush formula is to die for. I think this colour is exclusive to the set, as far as I can find. Lights, Camera, Lashes is a wonderful mascara, so I'm glad for another little tube (and I much prefer the packaging of the minis).

All around, this set is wonderful, and I've definitely discovered some products that I absolutely adore. Have you tried any of Tarte's newer products? What did you think?