Makeup Wars Waterproof Makeup Featuring Tarte Aqualillies Collection

This week our soldiers are battling it out to find the best waterproof makeup products. I have a fabulous contender in this battle I can’t wait to tell you about. Let’s rumble!!! To see what the other bloggers chose. click on the logos at the end of this post.

Tarte’s Aqualillies Amazonian  Clay Waterproof Eye and Cheek Palette ($38) has 6 eye shadows, blush, bronzer and highlighter–ALL WATERPROOF!  The lake here is still too cold to swim in, but I did shower in this makeup and it held well. The Aqualillies are a synchronized swimming team, and they teamed up with Tarte to launch their very own collection. If it’s good enough for the Aqualillies, then it’s good enough for me!

I was so smitten with the looks of the palette, I purchased it almost immediately so actually this review is a bit late.

From tarte:

“Make a splash this summer with tarte and the Aqualillies! This limited-edition waterproof palette, inspired by America’s most glamorous synchronized swimming group, includes 6 new eye shadows, bronzer, highlighter, and a limited-edition Amazonian clay 12-hour blush. All show-stopping shades are tucked inside a classically elegant, mirrored compact.”

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Champagne is a lovely shimmery highlighter, Park Ave. Princess is the only matte bronzer I’ve used for the past three years–it’s fabulous! Captivating is a matte coral blush that should work for anyone. Just for fun I add a teeny bit of the highlighter over the top of Captivating for a glowy summer look.

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  • Hammock –  is a deep matte brown that I use in the crease or as a liner
  • Bikini – is an iridescent pink that flashes gold–it really reminds me of the inside of a seashell
  • Barefoot – is a lovely shimmery pale cream
  • Parasol – is a shimmery icy pale pink. I’ve been using this on my brow bone often
  • Sundeck – is a matte camel/tan
  • Poolside –is a shimmery turquoise blue. I needed to apply the wet to get good color payoff.

All the eye shadows have an extremely buttery texture I just adore! The shadows wear well (I always use a primer), blend easily and the shimmer is very soft–no frost. The finish is smooth so as not to cling to crepey lids–great news for us over 40 gals. The mix of matte and shimmer shades is smart and well thought out. The combination is perfect for summer bronzy looks with a fun pop of color.

Hammock, Bikini, Barefoot

Hammock, Bikini, Barefoot

Parasol. Sundeck, Poolside
Parasol. Sundeck, Poolside

For this look I used Parasol on the brow bone, Bikini on the lid, Poolside, in the crease and outer V and Hammock as a liner.

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The Aqualillies Collection also includes a stunning waterproof eye liner in Splash. Splash is a gorgeous green/blue teal with shimmer. It comes with a double-ended liner brush, one end is angled for easy application. It is über waterproof, it was still there after my shower! I love this shade and the brush makes application easy-peasy!

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A limited edition Glamazon Pure Performance 12-hour lipstick in Timeless, a bright coral/red completes the look!

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All Tarte Aqualillies look:

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I’m going to be reaching for the entire Tarte Aqualillies Collection all summer long. The combination of some complex neutrals and pops of color is just what I love wearing for summer. The fact that everything is waterproof is amazing! Not that I’m going to be swimming in full face makeup like the Aqualillies but I do appreciate waterproof, smudge proof makeup in the heat and humidity of the season.

Bottom Line: the Aqualillies Eye and Cheek Palette is fabulous! The quailty is fantastic, the fact that it’s waterproof is awesome. Perfect for a bronzed summer look and for travel too!

Prime Beauty Grade: A

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  1. This is such a gorgeous collection! Splash is one of my favorites for sure.

  2. I just love that collection! Tarte is one of my favorites.

  3. This is one of my fave palettes, I’ve been using it like crazy! It looks gorgeous on you!

  4. Seriously in love with tarte’s liners – I’ve got to snap up that Splash.

  5. That Tarte collection is one of my favorites this season!

  6. Ooooh! So pretty! This is definitely going on my birthday wishlist!

  7. That palette is so pretty!

  8. I love this collection and it looks gorgeous on you!

  9. These colors are so perfect for you. I love the shades better on you than I’ve seen on others. Just gorgeous Cindy.

  10. I can’t wait to get my hands on Aqualillies!

  11. I have palette envy!!! I must get my hands on that tarte palette!!! The liner looks really great on your Cindy! Brings out your eyes!!! 🙂

  12. That palette is so pretty!

  13. Those colors are soo prettyy!! I love your look with them!

  14. I can’t believe they’re all really waterproof :-O I would love to try these products on and jump in the lake here 🙂

  15. Texas Chick says

    Every waterproof eye makeup that I have tried seems to melt off and ends up down under my eyes making me look like I have two black eyes. My eye makeup melts
    away without even going to the water. Any suggestions out there???