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Friday, 25 October 2013

HOUSE OF TARA - Product Review

Hello hello!

Thank God its Friday!!! *buzzing*

Got another review for y'all, I already introduced the brand in this post here. So if you need information on where to buy and contact details, they can be found at the end of that post. This will be a long read, so grab some snacks and settle in!

House of Tara is an indigenous makeup brand which has undergone a total makeover and I am loving it!

I was sent a Matte LipColor, Blusher, Bronzer, Eyeshadow Trio, HighShine LipStain and a Kabuki brush.

House Of Tara HighShine LipStain in 'Nehanda'*
First up is the High Shine LipStain. I already expressed how much I loved this product here and I am happy to have another shade to added to my collection. 

When I first pulled this out the box, I just stared at it. It's nothing like the shades I'd typically go for. Even after swatching, I still wasn't convinced. But when I wore this, I could not believe how gorgeous a shade it was. For some reason it gives my lips a much fuller illusion and is the perfect deep-caramel tone. I love rocking this with a purple eye, it really warms up my face and pulls everything together. Just like the other lipstain I own, this is very pigmented and applies beautifully. Really haven't got anything bad to say about this. Love it!

House of Tara Blusher in 'Dariya'*
Next up, an interesting blusher.

When I opened this up, I went "What in the world?". I'm telling you, House of Tara really brought the surprise factor with the selection they sent me, a lot of the products really surprised me, in a good way. Just LOOK at the pigmentation of that Blusher! It's a bright red with orange undertones and trust me a little bit goes a long way, you don't want to be heavy handed with it at all to avoid looking like a clown. And I honestly feel like this will be gorgeous on ladies with darker skintones, it'll be that perfect flush of colour on the cheeks. Look at it swatched and blended in the bottom right picture. It blends into a nice 'rust-like' shade. I also feel like this will work well as an eyeshadow too! Seems like a great shade that can be blended into the crease of an intense black/brown smokey eye! Really plan on trying this out soon.

House of Tara Trio Eyeshadow in 'Omoge'*
First glance, really liked the colour selection in this trio

After swatching, wasn't too impressed with the colour pay-off.. Not as pigmented as most of the eyeshadows I own. You can see from the swatches on the right.Weirdly enough, I quite like the gold shade in there for some odd reason, if I had to pick, it's my favourite. And the medium brown I have been using in my crease as a transition colour and it's similar to 'Cork' by MAC or 'Buck' in the UD's Naked Palette. Just that medium-tone perfect soft-brown shade.

This Bronzer is the one product that I STILL haven't got round to using yet *hangs head*. But in my defence this is simply because I have got like a gazillion bronzers and highlighters it's a mission to get through them. But from the swatches above I know that I'll love this bronzer. I love to have that nice glow on my cheeks. I am going to pop this in my Mobile Makeup Bag and use it throughout the day for touch-ups! (if you don't know what a MMB is checkout this post)

House of Tara Matte LipColor in 'Kontagora'*
My absolute FAV of the bunch.

Just LOOK at the colour and pigmentation of that lipstick. I could not believe my eyes when I saw it! I actually got excited! It is the most gorgeous blue-toned pink, Hot Pink! And the swatches did not disappoint either.

I posted this picture on my instagram page and most of my followers agreed. I am now curious to try out a few more shades from their lipcolour line! It's matte, but this is not drying and all, infact I will say it's a 'moisturising matte' lipstick. It doesn't drag during application and is very forgiveable on the lips. But please apply some lipbalm before application and this should be the norm when applying ANY lip-product, prep your lips first!

House of Tara 'Buff Powder' Brush*

This buff brush is similar to a kabuki brush, but with a slightly longer handle. The bristles on this brush are nice and soft, not scratchy at all. And I experienced very minimum shedding with this. I have used it everyday since I got it to apply my blot powder when I start to get a little shiny. The bristles are densely packed together so it picks up product very well. I love that it is small enough to fit into an MMB. No complaints about this one.

Really pleased with these products. If you are thinking of purchasing any of these and have a few questions, just let me know in the comments section below and I'd be more than happy to answer them :)

Hope you all have an awesome weekend!


Ez xxX



  1. Hi! I'm also a recent convert to H.O.T- I am completely in love with the Flawless finish foundation and the bronzer (I have these in both Medium and Dark) and I got the kabuki brush and the Dual Powder yesterday (also amazing). Absolutely obsessed with the way the foundation + powder combo makes my skin look.

    I'm SO boring and unadventurous when it comes to lipstick, but you have completely sold the 'Kontagora' to me. Will definitely check it out.

    Great review x

  2. nice review, Please,Is the bronzer for all skin tones or does it come in different shades?

    1. They have 2 bronzers. I think light and medium or light and dark. Got the light a while back.

  3. nice review. i love the way she makes her product to blend in well with darker skin ladies. that shade of lipstick look good on you.

  4. i want that lipstick wow so so intense.Na real kontagora lipstick

  5. I got the 'kotangora' lipstick like 2wks ago and I have not been able to stop using it every day! Lara

  6. I love the 'buff powder' brush, it's so amazing! I am a beauty rep (house of tara) you can get all these products from me! 3353AEF6, 08071326380

  7. Please where can I get tara concealer /foundation palette, ,

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  9. I use bronze 600 marykay foundation soo what shade should I use for Tara medium coverage foundation?

  10. Did u specially order these products if yes how much did they cost?


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