I know, I know. Always with the lipsticks. This time, it’s the tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in the shade Cabana Boy ($22.00 USD/$26.00 CAD, available here ). Damn. That’s a long name. Anywho, according to tarte, it’s a “full-coverage matte lipstick with lip nourishing antioxidants.” It contains tarte’s “Rainforest of the Sea™ antioxidant complex and natural, lip-loving oils and butters. This vibrant lip formula helps firm, treat, and protect your lips while providing intense hydration and hiding the appearance of fine lines.”
Cabana Boy – described as “mauve”. It’s a muted, dusty pink shade with a slightly cool undertone.
Why You Might Like These:
- They’re formulated without parabens or phthalates. They’re also vegan and dermatologist tested.
- They contain moisturizing and line-smoothing ingredients. While I didn’t quite find it intensely hydrating, it did add a little extra moisture and it didn’t settle into my lip lines.
- They’re very pigmented and opaque with just one swipe, but could be dabbed on lightly if you prefer more semi-opaque coverage.
- They remain extremely comfortable on the lips, even after several hours of wear.
- They have a soft matte finish — not too flat, but there’s no real sheen, either.
- They have a subtle mint scent (but nothing you’ll notice once it’s on).
- They last a solid amount of time (about 4-5 hours) for such a creamy formula. I didn’t notice any bleeding or feathering, either.
- There’s a decent (though not extremely large) shade range, with colours ranging from nude to bright to vampy.
- This particular shade is great if you’re into the “mauve-y neutral” trend that’s been going on for the last while.
Why You Might Not Like These:
- If you prefer a completely flat, matte lipstick, this might not be your ideal formula — it’s more semi-matte.
- If you’re expecting intense hydration (equal to that of a lip balm, for example), you might find that this falls a little short.
- Since this is a creamy, hydrating formula, these don’t last quite as long as a matte/liquid lipstick. I needed to touch up around the 4 1/2-hour mark.
- Though it doesn’t move around on its own, it will transfer if you touch or rub your lips. It probably won’t last through a major meal, either. Unless you’re an extremely delicate eater — not always the case for me. Nom.
This one’s a winner in my books! I love the colour and the formula — it’s really forgiving on my “dry lip” days when I still want to wear something matte. Have you tried these out yet? What are your favourite matte lipsticks to wear when your lips are feelin’ a little parched? Let me know in the comments!