Review: Tarte EmphasEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse in Taupe

I feel genuinely guilty for not reviewing this product before now, because I may have denied some of you a solid two months of your life without this product. This is one of the best products that I have ever found. If I could only wear one product for the rest of my life, it would be foundation because without it I look like I have leprosy. But if I could have two products, it would be foundation and the Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse in Taupe.

This is the only product that goes on my face literally every single day. I have very little product or brand loyalty… but if this brow mousse had a flag, I would pledge allegiance to it every morning. If this is ever discontinued, the Tarte CEO may find me at her/his front step, weeping loudly.The Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse is this sort of smudgy cream product that you use, of course, to fill in your brows. It comes in three colors: taupe, medium brown, and rich brown. I have taupe, which I actually bought because medium brown was (and continues to be) sold out. I was worried it would be too light, but it is actually perfect.
I find that brow powders lack the ability to provide a certain level of definition, whereas brow pencils tend to look harsh and unnatural. This product perfectly solves both of these problems, providing both definition and a level of naturalness that I haven’t seen in combination before.It does come with a brush. Normally, I hate brushes that come with products, but this does a totally sufficient job at applying the product, and I always use the brush that came with it for application with no troubles.

The only thing I don’t like about this product relates to marketing (and not the product itself). Sephora states, “The Amazonian clay intuitively identifies your skin type to deliver benefits and restore harmony.” (THIS IS A SUPER GOOD PRODUCT. THERE IS NO REASON TO SAY STUPID BULLSHIT LIKE THIS. THIS CLAIM IS AN EMBARRASSMENT.)

Although this isn’t a problem for me personally, it is worth noting that you may find that none of the colors work for you. There is no “blonde” color, for the particularly light-toned among you. Taupe is the lightest color, and it’s not particularly light. Taupe is also definitely a warm color. It has a little bit of a reddish tint to it. This is fine for me, since my hair also has a bit of a reddish tint to it. However, you may find it is too warm for you.
This brow mousse totally transforms my face, making me look more polished and put together. It stays on easily throughout the day. Very few products truly deserve a “24 hour” claim… but this one might.

The┬áTarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse retails for $28 for 0.1oz ($280 per ounce). I don’t know of any other similar products, so it is difficult to compare it in terms of value. but I can note that Benefit’s Brow Zings costs $30 for 0.15oz, making it $200 per ounce. Although Tarte is more expensive ounce per ounce, I prefer it so thoroughly that I would never question whether it is worth the extra cost. It clearly is!


  1. I am intriuged by this product!


  2. Looks amazing! We can’t get Tarte here at all, I’ve seen a lot of bloggers this side of the pond going mad for their Amazonian Clay blush but I’ve never heard of this before.


3. Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe is what I use to fill my brows. The Stila one looks very similar in formula. Difference are that Tough as Taupe has a neutral undertone and is waaaaay cheaper, which is great for poor old me.

4. I think I may have to grab this, I keep hearing how great it is for brows.

5. Ah boo! It sounded so good up until you mentioned a warm undertone. I have strawberry blonde hair and very ashy brows and I’m still trying to find something that works well for me. The closest I’ve come is Faint from the Naked Basics palette and it’s a little dark.