Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Review

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Review

I have been a fan of the Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer so when Tarte released a new concealer with the Rainforest of the Sea collection, I immediately ordered it off the Tarte website without swatching it in person. The Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer ($26 USD) is said to be a “lightweight, 12-hour concealing serum with skin-soothing benefits that provides targeted, medium, buildable coverage.” I picked up the shade in “fair” which is the lightest shade in the range.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Review

Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea™ Aquacealer Concealer from Sephora

The first day I tried the concealer, I wore it alone without foundation. It worked well at concealing redness on my face and definitely lived up to it’s medium and buildable claims. However, it didn’t quite conceal my dark circles and that could partly be because the shade is not light enough for me. More on that later.

The Aquacealer has a huge doe foot applicator that allows for easy application.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Review 2016

Here is a comparison between the Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer and Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in fair. The Aquacealer is definitely more runny compared to the Maracuja Creaseless Concealer. The Maracuja Creaseless Concealer is a full coverage concealer that has a thick consistency and feels heavy at times.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Maracuja concealer swatch

As you can see, when freshly applied, both the Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer and Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in fair are quite similar, with the Maracuja leaning slightly more pink.

Unfortunately, after 15 minutes, the Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer oxidised until it was almost a shade darker! 🙁 It went from being the perfect match for me to something I couldn’t wear! 🙁 Arghhhhhhh!! Can you feel my frustration?!?!?

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Vs Maracuja concealer swatch

Apart from the oxidation, I must say, I love this concealer! This concealer achieves the barely there look beautifully as it has the right consistency. It’s neither too thick nor too runny yet concentrated enough to be lightweight, while still providing medium coverage. I noticed some reviewers mentioned this concealer smells like paint, and I agree. It doesn’t have a pleasant scent but fortunately, still bearable.

Just a little dab is enough to minimise the appearance of redness and dark circles. It layers beautifully, and melds like second skin. However, if you have extremely severe dark under eye circles, it may not totally cover them up. The Aquacealer settled a little into the fine lines under my eyes, but it wasn’t too noticeable. If you have dry skin, I recommend applying an eye cream under your eyes as this concealer can be a bit drying.

I’m happy to have purchased and tried the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer but if only it didn’t oxidise so badly… Hence I would recommend that you may want to use a slightly lighter shade than you otherwise would. For me, fair is already the lightest shade so I can’t go any lighter than that.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Review
Overall, this concealer is one to consider if you want a medium coverage concealer. However, if you’d like a concealer with higher coverage, opt for the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer or the Maracuja Creaseless Concealer instead.

Shall end off this blog post with the beautiful view of pastel skies, cotton candy clouds and cable cars in the distance.

singapore vivo city harbourfront

Have you tried Tarte’s concealers? What are your thoughts on them? 🙂

Product was purchased from Tarte. This review contains my honest and true opinions.


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30 thoughts on “Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Review

  1. As a person with very fair complexion I understand your frustration with the oxidation! Sadly, I don’t think it would still match me if it oxidises a shade, but I’ll go swatch it anyway since otherwise it sounds nice!


    1. It’s runny but definitely not too runny that it drips everywhere! 🙂 Reminds me of the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer!

  2. Gosh, a concealer that oxidizes!! OUT!!! Hahaha…. i’ve heard a lot abt the marajula one, but it’s too thick for me.

  3. I haven’t tried much from Tarte lately, but their newer products have been calling to me. The concealer sounds pretty great aside from the oxidizing.

    Lovely photo! 🙂

  4. You know I have had trouble with coloring in most of the Tarte face products. First it’s almost impossible for me to find a good color match and even if I do, it always turns on me. Not sure what the deal is. Sad because they do make good products.

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