Hauled It: Tarte Lock & Roll eyeQuatic waterproof essentials set

One of the items I had bought for me from the US was this Tarte eyeQuatic set which has three lock & roll shadows, a mascara and scarf.

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These lock & rolls are creaseless cream & powder duos – on paper, just my kind of thing.

They say:

We’ve brought you one of our favourite makeup artist tricks for creaseproof cream shadow—two simple steps in one little wand.

You get three very vibrant shades in the set – a purple, a blue-green and a gold:

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The cream side on their own:

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I found the texture of these creams fine, but the tiniest bit bitty – as you can see on the swatch, the texture is not 100% smooth. They are fairly pigmented but only if you apply them neat – blend away and it starts to disappear.

The next stage is to roll over the liquid shadow with the powder in order to set it so it lasts even longer.

I found this extremely tricky to do. Its a roll on applicator, so its basically the only way you can apply it. You roll it on top of the cream shadow and it looks a little thick and clumpy – on the eyes it would look quite caky and heavy:

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Not to mention the fact that rolling it over the cream shadow means that it smudges it slightly! The rollerball needs a fair amount of pressure!

The blue on the eye (messy, sorry – its just to show you the colour which is very vivid):

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It lasted pretty well and it didn’t crease too much but I still hate the crusted on powder and the way it sets on the skin. I’d rather use a less pigmented crease-proof liquid shadow like my Shiseido Hydro Powers or the Beaute De Kose ones, and put a bright blue turquoise on top.

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All in all, I don’t regret getting them in that, if you don’t try, ya don’t know but the roller ball or cream shadow thing just doesn’t work for me.

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