Tarteist Clay Paint Liner Review

As an avid cat-eye girl, I couldn’t not try this new clay paint liner from Tarte. It is a $29CAD waterproof cream eyeliner that comes in a unique tube with a “blending stage” as well as a brush. For me to like a liner it must do 3 essential things:

1. Must glide on easily without tugging on my eyelids

2. Must be quick and easy to apply a thin wing

3. Must stay black all day without eyeshadow sticking to it!!! (I’ve had this problem with countless cheap liners in the past and it’s not cute.)


So how does this measure up?


The application is a bit annoying. You squeeze the product out of the tube, then blend it into the brush, then swipe it on. Seems simple enough right? I find that constantly having to dip the brush into the cream/gel is more difficult than dipping into a liquid. The brush is often unevenly coated and this can lead to mistakes! Also, the product starts to dry on the tube if you take too long.


Ugh. It’s reaaally hard to get a precise wing. Like, removing-the-wing-3-times-while-swearing-and-ruining-your-eyeshadow-hard. I’ve tried multiple techniques but I always end up with overly thick and overly dramatic liner.


The brush is the root problem of the application. I wish there was no angle to it, it actually makes it harder to use. Also, I find it to be too thick. If the bristles were half the thickness it would be more precise.


This does last quite a while, but I have had problems with having to wipe smudged bits of it our of the corner of my eyes after a few hours. It almost seems to melt a bit! I don’t have problems with eyeshadow sticking to it however.


This is probably one of the most frustrating eyeliners I’ve ever used. This liner is going to take a lot more practice to really get right, but I don’t know if I have the patience. The creamy formula is alright but a little to thick, and precise wings are very very hard to come by. This is not for those of you with short tempers. If any of you beauties have used this let me know your thoughts!

xo J



  1. March 15, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    I felt the same way with this liner… I ditched the brush almost immediately and went with one of my regular sigma brushes. I don’ t know why they want us to fall for stuff that is so gimicky.

  2. March 19, 2015 / 2:49 am

    Great post! Your makeup product reviews are always so helpful, and your photos are beautiful as well, I’m looking forward to reading more! I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Creative Blogger Award! I’ll be publishing a post on my own blog in relation to the nomination and it will include all of the rules and regulations that come along with the nomination, so be sure to check it out!

    Hope you’ve been having a great week!

    – J. Vo

    • March 20, 2015 / 7:18 am

      Oh my gosh that’s so nice! Thank you!! I love positive comments like this 🙂


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