May 25, 2015

Review: Tarte Limited Edition Amazonian Butter Lipstick in "Park Ave Princess"

Tarte Park Avenue Princess Lipstick

The Tarte Limited Edition Summer 2015 Picnic Poppy Collection has launched at Ulta and Sephora. Included in this collection is the Amazonian Butter Lipstick in "Park Ave Princess". This formula is available in the permanent line, this particular shade however, is Limited Edition.

This lipstick retails for $17 (0.10 oz) in-store and online at Ulta, Sephora, and the Tarte Website.

So how does this lipstick measure up? Let's get in to the review!

Park Ave Princess is a light brown toned nude. The color will look best for those with fair to light skin tones. Those with medium to deep skin tones will find the color too light, will wash you out, and give that "dead look" to the lips.

The formula of this lipstick is very moisturizing and comfortable to wear. The lipstick is very sheer, so your natural lip color will come through.

Plus, the lipstick has a nice peppermint smell to it! The scent does not linger, so if you're sensitive to fragrances don't worry.

Park Ave Princess Butter Lipstick

While applying the lipstick was easy, you don't have to worry about messing it up or going outside your lip line, the major downfall of this lipstick is wear time.

Due to the moisturizing and high shine aspect of this lipstick, the wear time is horrible. After the first hour, the color starts to turn patchy. After about 2 to 3 hours, the color is almost completely gone and it doesn't look like you have put anything on your lips to begin with.

Another downside to this particular shade, it does tend to emphasize any dry patches on your lips. I highly recommend wearing a lip liner underneath this lipstick for added lasting power.

The color and formulation of Park Ave Princess reminds me a lot of the Essence Longlasting Lipstick in Nude Love (Full review HERE).

Both are on the sheer side in terms of color opacity, and only last a couple of hours on the lips. Nude Love is more pink than Park Ave Princess. The Essence Longlasting Lipsticks retail for only $2.99, the Tarte Butter Lipsticks are $17. Quite a difference in price for two products that are almost identical.

The main difference between these Tarte Lipsticks and other sheer lipsticks, is the formulation. Tarte Butter Lipsticks are formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, synthetic fragrances and gluten, whereas other sheer lipsticks, like the Essence lipstick in "Nude Love", have more toxic ingredients.

Overall, I would pass on this shade. The packaging is adorable, but the horrible lasting power, the color is too light to wear on its own, and the sheerness of the color doesn't match up to it's $17 price tag. If you're trying to wear less toxic lipsticks, give this line a shot, but go for the darker shades, as they tend to last longer on the lips.


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