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Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Bestie | Sephora Exclusive

December 20, 2016

Tarte Tarteist Bestie Quick Dry Lip Paint from Sabrina of The Beauty Look Book

For the holiday season I’ve partnered with Sephora to feature one of their exclusives the Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Bestie ($20 for 0.20 oz/6 ml) with my real life bestie Laura. She’s been a long-time friend and I literally do not know what I would do without her. We met during our college days in San Diego and were roommates one summer during a study abroad trip to Oxford. We became fast friends and even with all the changes in our lives, careers, relationships and moving, we’ve kept in touch for over a decade. No matter how busy we get, every year before Christmas we have a tradition of getting together for a girl’s day including a fun present exchange, lunch, shopping and girl talk. This past weekend the first stop for our girl’s day out was Alfred’s Tea Shop in Los Angeles. It’s the perfect place to hang with a bestie and I thought it fitting we showcase the Tarteist Quick Dry Lip Paint in Bestie there as well.

This particular color has special limited-edition packaging and is part of the Sephora Holiday Kiss Collection. The formula is quick-drying, full coverage, transfer proof liquid lipstick and stays put for an impressive amount of time which I find fitting for the color name. Friendships that stand the test of time are something I find hard to come by the older I get so I really value those who stick by you no matter what life throws your way.

Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Bestie Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick

For those not familiar with this product, the Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint is one of the latest lip launches from Tarte. It comes in 20 other shades but Bestie is the only one with special-edition packaging on the twist-off cap. It comes with a slightly beveled sponge tip applicator and is easy to apply with precision around the edges. Bestie is described as a “deep nude shade”Β  and since the color “nude” pulls different on everyone depending on lip tone and complexion, I found it interesting to see that on me it pulls the tiniest bit mauve depending on the light while on my friend Laura it pulls more true to the tube which is a deep nude with a hint of warmth. I have more medium olive yellow tones while Laura is a bit lighter than me with more pinkish tones (she wears Armani Designer Lift in 4.5 while I’m usually a match to Luminous Silk in 6).

For formula reference, the Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint dries to a matte finish, has full coverage and is super opaque. You only need a tiny bit to cover the entire lip and once it sets it does not budge or transfer for hours. There’s no detectable scent with this formula. For a quick comparison the other lip formulas from Tarte:

  • Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paints have a more whipped velvety feel and on the lips it feels like it never really sets as it does not dry down in texture. The coverage is the same in the sense it covers the lip entirely and offers full rich color. For those who love the original, no need to worry, Tarte says they’ll keep the original “living on.”
  • Tarteist Glossy Lip Paints offer full coverage with high gloss shine. All three formulas offer rich color with full coverage.

Bottom line is the new formula = long lasting. Also if you found that the original line was limited for medium shades in the neutral territory, the new formula has a lot more options for those of use who are nude lip obsessed. For both me and Laura it lasted on the lips from early morning to late afternoon (even lasted through lunch, a few macarons and drinks). Also unlike many other liquid lipsticks – the Tarteist Quick Dry Matte formula did not dry out my lips and by the next day my lips were not peeling like they do with most others.

Tarte Quick Dry Lip Paint in Bestie

Tarte Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Bestie

Both of us wearing Tarteist Quick Dry Lip Paint in Bestie:

Tarte Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Bestie Sephora

Tarteist Bestie Sephora Exclusive Packaging Swatched via The Beauty Look Book

Tarteist Quick Dry Lip Paint in Bestie via The Beauty Look Book

Beauty Look Book Tarte Quick Dry Lip Paint in Bestie

Tarte Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint

Besties Sabrina Beauty Look Book

Below you can see a swatch and a close up of the sponge tip applicator. It has a slight bevel in the center to mold to the curves of your lip, tip has the perfect shape that allows you to get the color right along the outer lines for precise application.

Tarteist Bestie Sephora Exclusive Packaging Swatched via The Beauty Look Book

Bottom line is I highly recommend the formula of the Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint. I’ll be checking out the other colors when they launch in stores at Sephora – although I may order a couple more sight unseen as the color Bestie is one of the most perfect nudes I’ve ever tried. Do note that the one shown in this post is a Sephora Exclusive and also limited-edition. I think the bright pink and orange packaging on the cap is fun and festive. I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you tried this formula yet? What’s your favorite liquid lipstick of the moment? If you have any fun holiday traditions you share with your bestie let me know in the comments!

Photos by Jessica Alexander Photography.

Many thanks to Sephora for partnering to sponsor this post and thanks to all my readers who support the brands that help support this blog which allows me to do what I love.




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  • Kelly December 20, 2016 at 8:52 am

    This post is darling! Love the idea of bringing in your bestie to show off the lip paint. I’m actually a bit obsessed with Tarte’s lip paints. At the moment, I’m using the festive red shade Bae like it’s my job. Bestie is such a pretty everyday shade and it looks great on both of you!

    xoxo – Kelly

    • Sabrina December 20, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Thank you Kelly! So sweet of you to say, thanks for the tip on Bae – will definitely check it out!

  • Nicole December 20, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Awww… I love this post! Super cute!!! Please share all your outfit links!

    • Sabrina December 22, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Hi Nicole, I’ll have to ask Laura what she is wearing, I know her jeans were from Madewell and her cute coat is something she bought while traveling in Iceland! Mine includes a Club Monaco Sweater (I can’t find it on the site anymore), Paige Jeans in the Jacqueline High Rise Raw Hem (I usually buy the Verdugo Ankles though), and Stuart Weitzman Nearlynude Sandals in Black Leather, hth!

  • Emily December 20, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Do you have a close up photo of it applied?

    • Sabrina December 22, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Hi Emily, I don’t except for the hand swatches, I’m planning a liquid lipstick post though and will try to include a close up of this one.

  • Tanja December 20, 2016 at 11:35 am

    This is such a sweet post and I love the tradition you two have. It is amazing how some friendships last even over large distances. My bestie is 4000 m away but we are definitely in touch and when we see each other it is as if we hadn’t been apart. The packaging is adorable and I love the color. Thanks for showing it on both of you.

    • Sabrina December 22, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Awwww so sweet! My bestie is about 120 miles away which seems so far, but nothing compared to yours! Happy to hear you keep in touch and yes each time we see each other it’s like you and yours as well πŸ™‚

  • Grace Campbell December 20, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Everything looks amazing! I love the packaging!!

    Grace x

    • Sabrina December 22, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Thank you Grace!

  • SJ Sellers December 20, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    i love your shoes!!!!!!!

    • Sabrina December 22, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚ They’re by Stuart Weitzman and I’m beyond obsessed!

  • Eileen December 20, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    I adore the picture of the two of you arm in arm and hope that you’ll have many more decades of shared moments with your sister-of-the-heart. I have one such bestie that I’ve known for 60 years. Yikes! I have four other ladies that I’ve known for 30. We meet every month for lunch and occasionally for a spa date, etc. I’m definitely not a social butterfly, but these women fill my life with love.

    • Sabrina December 22, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      Eileen, love this – made my heart melt πŸ™‚

  • Adia December 21, 2016 at 9:55 am

    This is one of my favorite posts ever (and I’ve been a reader for a loooong time). It was so cute to bring your BFF into the blog. I’ve found that post law school it’s been so hard to stay close with friends as we’ve moved and gotten new jobs and relationships (and kids for some), but it’s so good to have those old friendships that last no matter what! Love the pictures and the lipstick is so pretty on you both πŸ™‚

    • Sabrina December 22, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      Awww Adia thank you so so much πŸ™‚ Agree with you on all points, it’s been about 6 years post grad school for me and I agree completely!

  • Dkla_diann December 23, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Great post! I like ve the color, but find the Tarte formula too dry for me

  • Julie December 26, 2016 at 11:56 am

    love the roses in the pictures. So lovely.

    • Sabrina December 27, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Thank you Julie! xoxo