Glamour Yourself With tarte’s ‘True Blood’ Makeup Collection


tarte has launched a new line for fall in collaboration with HBO and True Blood! The new limited edition collection doesn’t only capture the essence of our favorite HBO show, but it also provides a great deal of flexibility for glamouring yourself up this fall!

I tried out the collection at Comic Con, and then was on my feet doing interviews for the next 10 hours. How did my makeup look at the end of the day? Perfect. Running around, sweating, and long hours didn’t have an effect on my makeup which stayed perfectly intact. No eyeshadow bunching up in the crease of my eyelid, no flaking – it stay intact all day. Here’s a breakdown of the products:

tarte for True Blood limited-edition LipSurgence natural lip tint
Price: $24 US/$31 CAN

Don’t be scared of how red this looks – it actually goes on a bit lighter. More of a mild pink/red. I applied the LipSurgence and coated a layer of Chapstick over it (as I rub my lips together a lot), but I actually don’t think you need the extra layer. LipSurgence contacts beeswax which is an alternative to synthetic waxes. Natural beeswax is used as a waterproofing agent, a protective barrier between the skin and the environment. It has also been known to naturally stimulate collagen production which plumps the skin and decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You’ll also find peppermint oil, jojoba seed oil, vitamin C, vitamin E, and mineral pigments to soothe and soften the skin. What’s even better is that LipSurgence has been clinically-proven blend naturally increase lips’ moisture content by 6,000% in 28 days, so if you have a problem with your lips drying out because of lipsticks – then try this. You won’t have that problem anymore – and you’ll have a killer lip color to boot!

tarte for True Blood limited-edition natural cheek stain
Price: $30 US/$39 CAN

As with the LipSurgence, don’t be scared by the shade of red. It actually applies as a beautiful but subtle rose color with a hint of glitter. I’m as pale as they come and it works perfectly on me (It’s actually my favorite product from this collection). You can easily adjust pressure to control how much color you get. In addition to looking beautiful on, it also works wonders on your skin thanks to the mineral pigments and fruit extracts. A proprietary blend of the most active superfruits: goji, acai, maracuja, acerola and pomegranate. The first blend of its kind, the t5 super fruit complex is loaded with naturally occurring, antioxidant rich nutrients and vitamins that have been known to deliver refining, anti-aging and skin-restorative benefits with each application.

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tarte for True Blood limited-edition collector’s palette
Price: $52 US/$68 CAN

And this is the one that wins the packaging award. I absolutely love the leather corset look of the palette! Inside you’ll find 17 killer eyeshadows along with emphasEYES aqua-gel eyeliner in black, lifted natural eye primer with Firmitol (This is a great primer to keep your eyeshadow in place!), and mascara. It’s literally everything you’ll need to vamp up your eyes and glamour your date.

Brigette Myre-Ellis, True Blood makeup department head and Anna Paquin’s personal makeup artist, interpreted the shadow shades – which range from vampy vixen hues to ethereal goddess tones. Myre-Ellis also helped create four official looks, “Vampy Vixen,” “Luminous Fairy,” “Not Your Average Waitress” and “Vamp Glam,” for the palette. Each palette also includes photos of the looks and instructions for application so you can get the look just right!

A Final Word
I hadn’t used any of tarte’s products before this collection, but I’m thoroughly impressed with the longevity of wear and also the fact that the products are animal cruelty free and that they include rich nutrients and vitamins. It’s more than just makeup, it’s actually good for your skin and helps to moisturize and protect.


About tarte
tarte cosmetics is the leader in high-performance natural beauty, a concept pioneered over ten years ago by Founder, CEO and Natural Beauty expert Maureen Kelly. tarte proves that glamour can be good for you by offering the widest selection of healthy cosmetics full of skinvigorating™ ingredients. From the award-winning natural cheek stains and LipSurgence™ natural lip tints to the Amazonian clay infused complexion products and luxurious eyeshadow palettes, tarte delivers natural formulas with clinical results to the everyday woman. With more than 200 products in the line, tarte is also helping to reduce environmental waste with eco-friendly packaging, sustainable resources, charitable partnerships and customer recycling initiatives.

About True Blood
Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, the show takes place in the not-too-distant future, when vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source. The show follows the romance between waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, and her soul mate, 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy-winning HBO series “Six Feet Under”) created and executive produces the show, which is based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.

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