Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette
Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette

Here’s a sneak peek of the new, limited edition Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette ($42.00 for 0.79 oz.), which is a holiday palette that includes five shades of blush ranging from brown to peach to plum. I hope to review this one in full soon :) For now, here are some swatches!

P.S. — In an effort to get through as many holiday sets and palettes this season, my plan is to post sneak peeks as quickly as possible so that at least photos/swatches are available. I will review as many as I can in full, but you may find some will be given quick reviews (or overviews), which will be marked as such. I definitely will try to prioritize the sets and palettes I review in full based on readers’ interest/excitement.

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Tarte Holiday 2014 Sets
Tarte Holiday 2014 Sets

Away Oui Go Portable Paltte & Collector’s Set ($48.00) (Limited Edition) (ULTA Exclusive)

Take the romantic adventure of a lifetime with this interchangeable collector’s set overflowing with limited-edition essentials to create endless dreamy looks wherever your heart may take you! Includes: 16 full size Amazonian clay eyeshadows inspired by exotic French adventures, 4 full size Amazonian clay 12-hour blushes in irresistible, envisioned, limitless and intrigue, 3 deluxe maracuja lipglosses in Paris, Cannes and Nice, 1 deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara, 1 portable collector’s compact.

Bon Voyage Collector’s Set & Travel Bag ($59.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Take the Parisian adventure of a lifetime with this delightfully portable travel bag overflowing with limited-edition essentials to create endless dreamy looks wherever your heart may take you! Includes: 20 full size Amazonian clay eyeshadows in brand new shades, full size limited-edition LipSurgence™ lip tint – romantic (peachy nude), ull size limited-edition LipSurgence™ lip gloss – visionary (apricot), deluxe limited-edition cheek stain – muse (soft nude), deluxe limited-edition maracuja oil, deluxe limited-edition smooth operator™ Amazonian clay finishing powder, deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara, limited-edition collector’s travel bag.

Pin-up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette ($42.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

The perfect gift for any blush enthusiast, this limited-edition palette of 5 Amazonian clay 12-hour blushes comes with 2 wearable hair pins for the perfectly “pinned up” look! Includes:

  • Breathless Pinky beige
  • Embraced Plummy rose
  • Whimsy Light pink
  • Bashful Rosy peach
  • Irreplaceable Mauve rose

Petite Treat 12 Days of Tarte Advent Calendar ($37.00) (Limited Edition) (ULTA Exclusive)

Available November 2014. Includes 12 deluxe-sized products plus a $10 off $50+ purchase coupon that can be used 10/1 through 1/31/2015.

Availability: October at ULTA / Sephora

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Tarte Sweet Dreams Collection for Holiday 2014
Tarte Sweet Dreams Collection for Holiday 2014

Chic to Cheek Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

An exclusive deluxe gift set featuring tarte’s award-winning, celebrity-favorite blushes in 4 limited-edition shadesIncludes 4 deluxe, limited-edition blushes:

  • Amour Candy pink
  • ClassicSoft apricot pink
  • Prim Plum nude
  • Daydream Rosy pink

Kiss & Belle Deluxe LipSurgence Lip Set ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

A curated collector’s set of tarte’s award-winning LipSurgence™ lip tints and lip glosses, all in charming, new limited-edition shades. Deluxe sizes.

  • Dreamy Cool raspberry (LipSurgence Lip Tint)
  • Alluring Mauve (LipSurgence Lip Tint)
  • Innocent Warm nude (LipSurgence Lip Tint)
  • Dainty Pink (LipSurgence Lip Tint)
  • Eternal Pinky nude (LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint)
  • Fancy Plum berry (LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint)
  • Kiss Light pink (LipSurgence Lip Gloss)
  • Belle Raspberry (LipSurgence Lip Gloss)

All Eye Need Eyeliner Set ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

A limited-edition set of tarte’s best-selling, easy-glide eyeliners all dressed up for the holidays in a gorgeous, giftable box. Includes tarte’s full size skinny smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liner in 5 best-selling shades:

  • Onyx Black
  • Bronze Agate Bronze
  • Smoky Quartz Grey taupe
  • Peridot Green Olive green
  • Plum Tanzanite Dark plum

Magic Wish Deluxe LipSurgence Lip Set ($5.00) (Limited Edition)

A delightfully deluxe duo featuring tarte’s award-winning LipSurgence™ family in dreamy, limited-edition shades.

  • Magic Pink coral
  • Wishful Pinky nude

Ladies Who Lash Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler ($19.00) (Limited Edition)

A limited-edition picture perfect™ eyelash curler draped in an opulent pearl design and perfectly paired with a deluxe best-selling lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara.

Sweet Dreams Best-Sellers Collection ($19.00) (Limited Edition)

A deluxe fantasy collection featuring tarte’s brightest in skincare and collector’s edition iconic cheek stain. Note, deluxe sizes.

  • Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment (Deluxe Size)
  • Maracuja Oil (Deluxe Size)
  • Dreamer Pinky nude (Deluxe Size)

Tres Chic Park Ave Princess Contour Palette ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

A luxe, limited-edition palette of contouring essentials starring tarte’s iconic park ave princess™ matte bronzer!

  • Park. Ave Princess Bronzer
  • Posh Pale pink
  • Champagne Gold Highlighter

Brushed with Destiny Bamboo Brushes & Makeup Bag Set ($44.00) (Limited Edition)

A limited-edition, full size brush set and whimsical travel case ideal for any jet-setting journey. Includes: contourtionist™ bamboo cream blush & contour brush, the balancing act™ bamboo foundation brush, the buffer™ airbrush finish bamboo foundation brush, double-ended bamboo eyeshadow brush, undercover lover™ bamboo concealer brush, limited-edition collector’s brush & makeup bag.

Availability: Early access now at Tarte Cosmetics

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2
Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2 ($38.00 for 1.12 oz.) includes sixteen, full-sized eyeshadows in various earthy hues ranging from beige to plum to deep bronze. Each eyeshadow is 0.07 oz., which is a bit larger than the average full-sized eyeshadow (typically 0.05 oz.). Tarte has a few refills sold for $17/0.06 oz., which would make the value of this palette $317.33. Fifteen of the sixteen were really nice with only one being more of a miss. A lot of the colors are more dupable than not, and the palette runs warm-toned with a fair amount of shimmer, though I felt like there was a decent variety of matte, satin/pearl, and frost.

Update: Sephora is now listing this as “V1.” I’m not sure why it’s changed. It was listed as V2 when I initially posted about it (a week or so ago), and it was listed as V2 last night. The link I grabbed from Sephora last night has “V2″ at the end of it. The link still works but redirects to -V1 at the end. On the product listing, it was changed to V1 when I looked at ~8AM PST. I emailed Tarte to try to find out what’s going on.

Fingerpaint Art is described as a “plum.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth and blendable. It wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Copper Kettle is described as a “copper.” It’s a muted, medium-dark copper-brown with a frosted sheen. It had excellent pigmentation with a buttery, smooth consistency that lasted for nine hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Silk Robe is described as a “mauve.” It’s a medium-dark, plum-tinged brown with a pearly sheen and warm undertones. It had good color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly. I noticed slight fading after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Locket is described as an “antique gold.” It’s a light-medium, muted yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation and had a buttery, smooth texture that was easy to work with. The color stayed on well for nine hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chocolate Kisses is described as a “chocolate.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellowed undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had nice color payoff that had a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t powdery, yet it was still blendable. It showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Handpicked Flowers is described as a “golden pink.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a golden frosted shimmer. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and blendable–just a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mud Mask is described as a “tan.” It’s a medium, warm-toned taupe with a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and only a touch powdery. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

French Manicure is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a very light, pink-beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation, though the texture was more noticeably powdery here, though it was still blendable and still wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fresh Brewed Coffee is described as a “rich brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and just a touch powdery. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Keepsake Frame is described as a “bronze.” It’s a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had really good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, and easy to apply. The color showed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lavender Bubble Bath is described as a “blackened plum.” It’s a blackened purple with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. It wore well for nine hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cashmere Scarf is described as a “smoky taupe.” It’s a dark, warm-toned taupe with a yellow undertone and a soft, frosted finish. It was intensely pigmented, and it had a really smooth, buttery consistency that applied beautifully on the skin. It lasted for nine hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Candlelit Dinner is described as a “rose gold.” It’s a brightened, medium copper with a frosted, metallic finish. It had excellent color payoff with a lovely, buttery feel. The color wore well for nine hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Champagne is described as a “champagne pink.” It’s a light-medium, peacy with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had great pigmentation, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth, though just a touch powdery. I noticed slight fading after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hot Stone Massage is described as a “gray.” It’s a medium-dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and it had a more powdery texture–this was the only real miss in the palette. The color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Breakfast in Bed is described as a “beige.” It’s a muted, light beige with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation and was very blendable and finely-milled, though a bit powdery. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2
Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2

Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2 ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

Create endless everyday looks with this perfectly portable palette featuring an array of full-size matte and shimmer shadows, neutrals, and rich colors to explore for every occasion. Treat yourself to rich, pigmented looks powered by Amazonian clay, Tarte’s revolutionary ingredient that works to balance and neutralize the skin for better, longer, truer wear. This indulgent, blend-worthy collection offers smudge- and budge-proof shadows in a silky, lightweight formula that works to nourish lids as it lasts all day. Take the slim, sleek palette with you on the go or give the gift of pampering to a loved one.

  • Fingerpaint Art Plum
  • Copper Kettle Copper
  • Chocolate Kisses Chocolate
  • Handpicked Flowers Golden pink
  • Silk Robe Mauve
  • Golden Locket Antique gold
  • Mud Mask Tan
  • French Manicure Soft peach
  • Fresh Brewed Coffee Rich brown
  • Keepsake Frame Bronze
  • Candlelit Dinner Rose gold
  • Rose Champagne Champagne pink
  • Lavender Bubble Bath Blackened plum
  • Cashmere Scarf Smoky taupe
  • Hot Stone Massage Gray
  • Breakfast in Bed Beige

Availability: Now, exclusively online at Sephora.com

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Monday, August 4th, 2014

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes one highlighter (0.14 oz,) one bronzer (0.14 oz.), one blush (0.21 oz.), and six eyeshadows (0.035 oz. each). It’s a nice palette for someone who likes softer, more muted colors in medium tones. I found the palette to be warmer-toned, though some of the eyeshadows are only a little warm-toned. My least favorite product was the blush, as I found it to be weaker in pigmentation and harder to blend–it tended to look uneven applied and took quite a bit of buffing to get to look half-decent.

I bought mine at Sephora and received it on Friday, and only realized on Saturday evening that, “Hey! You should review this now! Tarte has a F&F sale going on!” 30% off at Tarte through today with code FANDF.

Unleashed is described as a “nude rose.” It’s a light-medium, coral-pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation, but the texture was a little dry, slightly stiff. I found it difficult to blend on the skin, as it tended to stick wherever it initially was applied but wouldn’t diffuse. It lasted eight hours on me before fading (nowhere near the 12-hours the formula is supposed to wear). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Champagne is a light, white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft. It wore well for eight and a half hours before turning patchy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Park Ave. Princess #2 is a medium-dark, tan brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation that applied well and blended easily on the skin. The color wore well for almost nine hours before fading. This is nothing like the Park Ave. Princess I have from last holiday’s Off the Cuff palette; they’re two distinct colors, and I don’t own the permanent, standalone Park Ave. Princess to tell you which is closest to that, but it is so frustrating when brands can’t match their own products from release to release. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bare to Explore is described as a “pink beige.” It’s a pink-tinged beige with a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff that was soft, slightly powdery, but blendable. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make a Mauve is described as a “plum mauve.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plum-brown with subtle warm undertones and a satiny shimmer. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly on the lid. This shade didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plum Away With Me is described as a “dark plum.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned plum with a frosted finish. It had really good color payoff that applied beautifully with a smooth, even result. It wore well for eight hours before starting to fade slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Up to No Gold is described as a “gold.” It’s a light-medium, orange-toned gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was very soft and had great pigmentation, but it was a little powdery so it didn’t adhere quite as well to bare skin as I’d like (better over a primer). On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tan-gled Up in You is described as a “tan.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff that was easy to apply and blend; soft but not powdery. It lasted well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Don’t Turn A-Brown is described as a “dark brown.” It’s a dark brown with a very subtle cool undertone and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was just a smidgen powdery but easy to blend on the skin. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before there was slight fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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