Monday, March 24, 2014

Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES Liners in Onyx, Purple Garnet and Azurite Green Review and Swatches

I'd never tried Tarte makeup before, so when Jill had an extra Tarte Stop & Stare SmolderEYES Liner and Lash gift set, I happily took it off her hands. The Stop & Stare SmolderEYES Liner and Lash gift set contains three Skinny SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liners, two SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liners, and a sample size of their Deluxe, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara. Since the gift set was a limited edition set for the 2013 holiday season, I've opted to review the items in it separately. 

This post looks at the three Skinny SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liners - Onyx, Purple Garnet and Azurite Green. Of the three, only Onyx isn't a limited edition shade.

What Tarte says about it's Skinny SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liners:

Create smoldering & sultry eyes or doe eyed & awakened eyes in your color of choice. Tarte offers a wide range of gorgeous Amazonian clay-infused shades to choose. Simply glide along the upper and lower lash line for smooth rich color definition. 

They retail for $25 USD each and are 0.04 oz.

Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES Liner in Onyx
All three of the SmolderEYES Liners are very soft, and apply beautifully, though if you're not careful, it's easy to apply too much since the product is so soft. Go easy with the pressure and build as needed with these. But because they're so soft, there's less tugging of the delicate skin of the eye area than with other pencil liners. 

Onyx is black. Very, very black. One of the blackest eyeliners I've encountered yet. It's fantastic for that perfect smoky liner look. It sets quickly, and lasts, even in the waterline. Even in MY waterline which doesn't take and keep liner well.

Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES Liner in Purple Garnet
Purple Garnet is a very pretty reddish-purple shade with a lot of sheen. Depending on the angle and lighting, it can look like an auburn or a warm purple. This shade would look great with brown, blue, green and hazel eyes. It's also quite soft and depending on what look you're aiming for, it can be smudged to be less metallic, or left solid for more drama. It's difficult to see in the swatches below, but Purple Garnet has some glitter in it.

Tarte SmolderEYES Liner in Azurite
Azurite Green is a beautiful emerald green shade, with less shimmer than Purple Garnet but still plenty of oomph. It has the same soft, creamy consistency as the other two and goes on and wears beautifully. 

I've included two photos showing the swatches at different angles. Both photos are taken with flash. The first photo shows the sparkle of Purple Garnet and the second photo shows the depth of colour of all three swatches.
Swatched Top to Bottom: Onyx, Purple Garnet and Azurite Green

Swatched Top to Bottom: Onyx, Purple Garnet and Azurite Green

If these three liners are any indication, Tarte's SmolderEYES Liners are excellent in both quality and performance. Of the three I've reviewed here, only Onyx is permanent. Check out the other colours available at Sephora or online at

One note is that due to the softness of the Skinny SmolderEYES Liners, they require frequent sharpening and you may go through them quickly if you wear them frequently. More quickly than other eyeliner pencils that aren't so soft.

Grade: A

To see a review of Tarte's Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara, click here

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