Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Collection
Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Collection

Indulge in 26 full-size beauty luxuries from tarte. This whimsical gift set comes packaged in three individual collector’s boxes to either keep for yourself or break apart and give to your favorite tartelettes. You’ll love the romantic gift packaging and gorgeous on-trend shades, ideal for enhancing any beauty wardrobe or indulging in some pretty pampering this holiday season.

Sweet Indulgences ($59.97 on November 10th) (Limited Edition)

  • Three 0.0423-oz eyeliners in plum, bronze, and charcoal
  • Two 0.2-oz Amazonian Clay blushes in Pampered, a soft melon; and Savored, a golden rose
  • Two 0.1-oz Lipsurgence Lip Creme in Wonder, a poppy shade; and Rare, a peach nude
  • Two 0.24-fl-oz Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara
  • 0.27-fl oz Lipsurgence Lip Gloss in Indulging, a soft raspberry shade
  • Palette 1: 0.07-oz Colored Clay Eyeshadows each in Pinky Promise, a pink mauve; You Look Mauveless, a mauve plum; Pampered Pink, a light pink; Show Plum Love, a rich plum; Taupe of the World, a deep taupe; Just Malt Away, a creamy malt; Dare to Be Gold, a gold; Wink Down Brown; a rich brown
  • Palette 2: 0.07-oz Colored Clay Eyeshadows each in Vanilla Candles, a soft beige; Hazelnut Bon Bons, a medium brown; Bronze Cuff, a golden hazel; Espresso Yourself, an espresso; Coming Up Roses, a plum rose; Champagne Bubble Bath, a shimmering pink; Feeling Grey-T, a pebble gray; Cinnamon Latte, a shimmering medium brown

Availability: $59.97 on November 10th at QVC

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set
Tarte Bon Voyage Collector’s Set

Tarte Bon Voyage Collector’s Set ($59.00 for 2.05 oz.) includes a 20-pan eyeshadow palette, plus a deluxe sized mascara, cheek stain, Maracuja Oil, Smooth Operator finishing powder, and a LipSurgence Lip Gloss and Lip Tint, which are all housed in a zippered travel bag. Overall, it’s a decent palette. There were a couple of misses for eyeshadows, but I actually found that the lip/cheek products were more problematic, as they lacked staying power and the lip products weren’t hydrating for me. I think if you like more muted eyeshadows with more matte finishes, this might be a good palette to consider. Just for reference, this review only covers the eyeshadows, cheek and lip products (color cosmetics).

Palace of Versaille is a light pink with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, soft texture that was only a smidgen powdery, and wore well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Moulin Rouge is a plummy taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was good, while it wore well for eight hours before fading and had a soft texture that was blendable. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

I Think I Cannes is a muted, medium-dark purple-plum with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It was slightly powdery but had fairly good pigmentation and was blendable on the skin. It lasted for eight hours applied. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

My Own Cotes de Rhone is a dark, cool-toned, muted purple with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, as the texture was slightly powdery, but it wore well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Boudoir Noir is a dark burgundy-brown with warm, reddish undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had really rough, uneven color coverage with a drier, slightly powdery, texture that made it hard to blend on the skin. What made it on lasted for eight hours, at least. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Fall in Louvre is a softened, peach-orange with a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft without being powdery. The color lasted for eight hours before fading. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Provence Upon a Time is a dark, brown-ish gold with a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable. It wore well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Eiffel for You is a muted, medium-dark olive brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation, and the texture was slightly powdery. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Too Haute to Handle is a medium-dark, bronze-shimmered brown with warm, yellow undertones. It had a thin, but smooth, consistency that went on with mostly opaque color coverage that lasted for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Bastille in the Night is a dark brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a satiny finish. It had excellent pigmentation that on smoothly and evenly. I didn’t notice any fading until after eight and a half hours of wear. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Chantilly Lace is a light, warm-toned beige with a satin finish. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft and only a smidgen powdery, while the color stayed on well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Merci You Later is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, though it was slightly powdery. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

No Champagne, No Gain is a muted, medium gold with hints of brown and a metallic sheen. It had nice color payoff, and it went on smoothly and evenly. I didn’t see signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Take on Bordeaux is a dark, chocolate brown with warm, red-yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff that went on fairly smoothly. It wasn’t powdery, but it was still blendable, and this shade stayed on well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

French Riviera is a muted, dirty green with subtle, cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was a soft and blendable. The color lasted for eight hours on me. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

C’est La Vie is a sparkly, metallic golden pewter. It had sheer color coverage, while the texture was crumbly and resulted in a fair amount of fall out during wear. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Marseille the Word is a muted, medium-dark pewter-gray with a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. It wore well for seven and a half hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Play Nice is a muted, gray-ish purple with a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was only a smidgen powdery, but it could have been more blendable. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

On a Good Notre Dame is a deep, dark black with a semi-matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and while it wasn’t powdery, it could have been easier to blend on the skin. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Le Cordon Bleu is a cool-toned, bluish purple with a matte finish. It was somewhat powdery and harder to blend on the skin, though it lasted for eight hours once on. The color payoff was decent but needed to be built up. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Muse is a beige-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Tarte’s Cheek Stain formula is described long-wearing and natural. It is mostly a sheer sheen on me with little color, and it lasts five and a half hours on me (not long-wearing at all). See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Visionary is a soft, medium peach-coral with warm undertones and a fine shimmer. Tarte’s LipSurgence Lipgloss formula is supposed to give a “pop of color” with “lasting shine” while being hydrating and vanilla-scented. It had semi-sheer color coverage that added warmth and glossiness to the lips. It lasted for two hours and was neither hydrating nor drying. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Romantic is a soft, muted coral-pink with a glossy shine. Tarte’s LipSurgence Lip Tint formula is supposed to be a hydrating, natural-looking lip stain with a “wash of color.” It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. I didn’t find it hydrating, though, and it lasted two and a half hours on me. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

The Glossover

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palette

Bon Voyage

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Palace of Versaille

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Moulin Rouge

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette ($42.00 for 0.79 oz.) includes five shades of blush ranging from brown to peach to plum. Each blush is 0.158 oz. and a full-sized blush is 0.20 oz. for $26. The palette contains $102.70 worth of blush, and more subjectively, for less than the price of two full-sized blushes, you’ll get to try five shades. I liked that there was a variety of finishes, and a decent spectrum of shades from beige to plum to coral. Tarte’s blushes don’t wear as long as twelve hours on me, which is a claim that is repeated over and over again for the formula. The texture of a few of these leaned powdery, and it seemed like the wear time was less than I’ve had with other Tarte shades as a result. If I set aside the 12-hour wear time claim, then the rating would bump up to B+.

Breathless is described as a “pinky beige.” It’s a rosy beige with subtle, warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. There’s a smidgen of “glow” the more you buff and blend out the powder on the skin, but it’s primarily a matte finish. It wore well for eight and a half hours (which is significantly short of 12!). The powder was soft once applied to the skin, but it was a little stiffer in the pan and not quite as pigmented as the other shades. Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach (LE) is darker, more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is warmer. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is warmer. Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (LE, $28.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Embraced is described as a “plummy rose.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned berry pink with a frosted finish. It had great color payoff, though the texture of the powder was slightly powdery. The more shimmery finish did emphasize pores. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $55.00) is darker. NYX English Rose (P, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Divine Desire (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Subtle Breeze (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, not quite as cool-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Whimsy is described as a “light pink.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft but powdery texture. The blush wore well for eight hours before fading on me. Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is lighter. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter. Urban Decay Blush (P) is similar. Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is a touch lighter. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is similar. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is warmer. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Lovecloud (P, $21.00) is warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bashful is described as a “rosy peach.” It’s a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer-sheen. It had nice color payoff that sat well on the skin, and it was the only shade in the palette that wasn’t powdery–well-balanced between soft, pigmented, and blendable. It wore well for nine hours before fading. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is lighter. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer. Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is darker. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is lighter. Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is darker. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is similar. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is less sihmmery. NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $29.00) is darker. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Irreplaceable is described as a “mauve rose.” It’s a medium-dark, rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Applied to my skin, it does take on a warmer look overall, though it is a cool-toned shade that I think will show up more plum-like on cooler complexions. It had great color payoff, and the texture was just a smidgen powdery but fairly blendable. This shade wore well for almost nine hours. Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is warmer, more shimmery. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $30.00) is cooler-toned. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $29.00) is darker. Milani Tea Rose (08) (LE, $7.99) is similar. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is lighter. NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Pin Up Girl

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Breathless

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Embraced

B

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

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Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set
Tarte Bon Voyage Collector’s Set

Here’s a first look at Tarte’s ultra-massive holiday gift set, the Bon Voyage Collector’s Set ($59.00 for 2.05 oz.), which contains an eyeshadow palette plus several deluxe-sized products and two lip products. Enjoy this sneak peek…

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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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