Review: Tarte EmphasEYES 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 Tarte 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!