Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Tarte Treat Yourself to Gorgeous Collection

Twenty Eyeshadows to Give or Get

Tarte Treat Yourself to Gorgeous ($49.98) contains four lipglosses, four eyeliners, and twenty eyeshadows. This review focuses on the eyeshadows, and a second review will feature the lipglosses and eyeliners. These are the twenty eyeshadows you’ll find in the set: Macaroon (shimmering white), Privacy, Please (light pink), Canary Diamond (pink gold), Truffle (eggplant), Tiramisu (matte soft brown), Bellini (champagne), 24 Carats (shimmering gold), Safari (silver), Cabana (copper), Locket (bronze), Bubble Bath (matte white), Ice Wine (raspberry), Sailboat (gray),
Match Point (green), Gossip (purple), Stiletto (denim), Skinny Dip (skinny dip), Frozen Hot Chocolate (beige pink), Velvet (burgundy), and Tahitian Pearl (charcoal).

Macaroon is a shimmering warm white with a frosted finish. It was noticeably sheer but very soft. MAC Preferred Blonde is similar. Illamasqua Slink is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Lonely is less frosted. bareMinerals 500 Thread Count is cooler-toned.

Privacy, Please is a rose-shimmered bronze with champagne sparkle. This had a larger shimmer in it. The color payoff was semi-sheer. Too Faced Hot Cocoa is darker. Cinderella Palace is more golden.

Canary Diamond is a warm, orange-toned gold with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had decent to good pigmentation and was very smooth. Dior Night Golds is very comparable. theBalm Iron Maid-in is less orange. MAC Barefoot is less metallic. Dior Couture Gold is more metallic. Milani Drenched in Gold is a touch less orange.

Truffle is a warm, red-toned, medium-dark brown with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly and evenly. Cinderella Chateau is similar, a bit richer. NARS Flowers 3 has less of a sheen. Illamasqua Focus is a cream and a touch grayer. Urban Decay YDK is more intense.

Tiramisu is a medium-dark brown with subtle red undertones and has a matte finish. It had good pigmentation and was easy to blend on the eyelid. Bobbi Brown Stone is a touch warmer. MAC Texture is more orange-toned.

Bellini is a creamy white gold with strong yellow tones and a frosted finish. The pigmentation was excellent, and it was soft and finely-milled but a touch powdery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone is a touch less yellow. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning is similar. Guerlain Calligraphy is whiter. Cinderella Charming is more metallic.

24 Carats is a brightened orange-gold with a metallic sheen. It had decent color payoff but there was some sheerness. Cinderella Gus Gus is yellower. Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold is darker. bareMinerals Remix is less orange. Chanel Blazing Gold is comparable. MAC Goldmine is more intense.

Safari is a warm golden beige with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had so-so pigmentation but applied smoothly. MAC Retrospeck is very similar. MAC Ricepaper is a touch more beige and less frosted.

Cabana is an orange copper with a golden sheen. It had good pigmentation, applied smoothly, and wasn’t powdery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning is frostier. Guerlain Calligraphy is darker. Urban Decay Penny Lane is more red-toned. bareMinerals Golden Iris is similar.

Locket is a warm, orange-toned medium brown with a pearly sheen. It was easy to work with a soft, smooth texture and good color payoff. NARS Flowers 3 is a touch browner. MAC Aurora is less orange-toned. Bobbi Brown Praline is softer. Urban Decay Chopper is a little more orange.

Bubble Bath is a pale pink beige with a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation and blended easily, but it was a little powdery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine is more beige. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is a touch darker. bareMinerals 500 Thread Count is lighter. MAC Creamy Bisque is also lighter.

Ice Wine is a plummy purple with gold shimmer. It had so-so color payoff and was a bit powdery. Le Metier de Beaute Icon is grayer and matte. NARS Charade is less purple, redder. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse is similar.

Sailboat is a light-medium gray-tinged brown with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation and was soft, smooth, and not at all powdery. Tarina Tarantino Lovely is shimmery. Chanel Prelude is shimmery and darker.

Match Point is an olive green with strong golden olive coloring and a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly. Urban Decay Rush is darker, more bronze. Urban Decay Blitz is more metallic. Maybelline Bold Gold is more metallic and a cream product. MAC Sumptuous Olive is greener.

Stiletto is a medium-dark gray with a soft sheen. The color payoff was good, but it was powdery. bareMinerals Chateau is cooler-toned.

Gossip is a fuchsia purple with very fine shimmer, but it appears mostly matte on the lid. It had good color payoff, and while soft, was a tiny bit powdery. Cinderella Maiden is pinker, less purple. Urban Decay Infamous is similar but more intense.

Skinny Dip is a light pink with yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had great pigmentation and was easy to blend and work with. Chanel Variatoin is lighter. Chanel Premier Regard is softer. Dolce & Gabbana Cinnamon is shimmery and a bit cool-toned. bareMinerals Giddy is very similar. Inglot #356 is a touch less pink.

Frozen Hot Chocolate is a mauve-tinted brown with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly. NARS 413BLKR is slightly lighter. Giorgio Armani #27 is darker. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical is purpler. MAC Tendersmoke is similar.

Velvet is a red-toned eggplant purple with a satiny sheen. It had good pigmentation and applied evenly. OCC Overlook is similar. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse is darker. NARS Caravaggio is redder.

Tahitian Pearl is a medium black with brown undertones and a pearly sheen. The color payoff was good, but the texture was a smidgen dry. Illamasqua Obsidian is a touch darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Shimmer the Night Away is comparable–more matte.

The concept behind the Treat Yourself collection is that it comes in three distinct pieces, so you can keep all three boxes or give one or two away.  The eyeshadows are housed in the larger gold box that slides open on each side to reveal twenty eyeshadows that are 0.06 oz. each–that’s larger than the average full-sized eyeshadow (MAC and Urban Decay full-sized eyeshadows are 0.05 oz.).  I would prefer flip-top packaging, because the sides don’t slide open easily, and it takes up a lot of space on the counter when it’s fully open.

I like the eyeshadows, but I’m not fully in love, because some are sheer, others are somewhat powdery.  The more pigmented shades tended to be slightly powdery, while the sheer shades smoothed out very nicely, even if they didn’t pack a punch.   The best shades were Bellini, Cabana, Locket, Bubble Bath, Sailboat, Skinny Dip, and Velvet.  The weakest shades were Macaroon, Privacy Please, and Ice Wine.  For my first test look, I used Gossip, Skinny Dip, Ice Wine, and Bubble Bath.  For my second test look, I used Locket, Safari, Truffle, Tiramisu, and Bellini.  Both test looks lasted eight hours without creasing or fading without a primer.  Please note that the rating for this post (as well as the next one) reflect the entire palette overall.

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Tarte Treat Yourself to Gorgeous Collection Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

It's a solid palette, and for the price, still interesting and worth considering. The powderiness of some of the shades was the biggest downside, and the pigmentation varied from sheer to rich, which may or may not be a deal-breaker.











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Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Tarte Treat Yourself to Gorgeous Collection

Will You Treat Yourself?

Tarte Treat Yourself to Gorgeous ($61.00) is a 28-piece set that includes four Maracuja Divine Shine Lipglosses, four Cashmere Waterproof Eyeliners, and twenty Amazonian Clay Eyeshadows. I received a set around lunch time, and I’ve been furiously trying to get everything ready and reviewed–but I’m not going to get that review finished before it launches. It’s a one-day TSV special on QVC for November 28th, which kicks off at 12AM EST.  It will be specially priced at just under $50.  I’ll be working on the review still, but here are swatches for now :)

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Friday, October 19th, 2012

Tarte – 20% Off Halloween Sale 2012

Get 20% off your order at tarte.com with code TREAT. Valid 10/19 through 10/21.

Fine print:

Only valid at www.tarte.com. Must enter promo code at checkout. Cannot be combined with any other promo code or offers. The following sets are excluded from any promo codes and/or discounts: pure maracuja oil, eye catchers 6-piece smolderEYES™ and skinny smolderEYES™ collector’s set, mistletoe must haves 24/7 lip sheer trio, the perfect pink holiday exclusive cheek stain, the stand outs limited-edition best-sellers kit, fantastic foursome Amazonian clay 12-hour blush enthusiast set, limited-edition picture perfect™ curler & deluxe lights, camera, lashes!™ mascara, statement lips 5-piece LipSurgence™ collector’s set, any items in the #SampleSale section and any items marked excluded from discounts and promo codes on their product pages. Not valid on previous purchases. Offer valid only on in-stock items, no rain checks. Orders may be subject to shipping fees and/or tax charges where applicable. Tarte has the right to cancel any order due to unauthorized use. Offer subject to change at any time and without notice. Offer valid from October 19, 2012 and expires on October 21, 2012 at 11:59pm ET.

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Tarte Holiday 2012 Collection

Carried Away Collector’s Set ($54.00) ($512 value) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Travel beautifully with this impressive collection of tarte essentials. The all-inclusive set features six eye shadow quads for a show-stopping palette of bold, high-payoff shades in both shimmering and matte formulas. The deluxe maracuja glosses will perk up any pout with a mix of neutral and stunning shades, ranging from pale petal pink to deep crimson. The kit also includes an Amazonian clay 12-hour blush and complementary domed brush to brighten complexions, finishing powder to balance skin, and dramatic mascara for voluptuous, attention-getting lashes.

6-Piece SmolderEYES and Skinny SmolderEYES Collector’s Set ($39.00) ($144 value) (Limited Edition)

These pure, powerful, and always-pretty smolderEYES™ liners glide on like butter and impart a precise line for a sleek look. Use the built-in smudger to go sultry and smoldering and enjoy the completely waterproof finish. Amazonian clay ensures longer wear, while nourishing lids, reducing surface oil, and improving overall texture. No matter how you wear these versatile shades, the rich pigments boast true, bold color.

Picture perfect Curler & Deluxe Lights, Camera, lashes 4-in-1 Mascara (Limited Edition)

This eyelash curler is dressed to the nines with an exclusive print silk-screened around the handles for a bold, colorful pop— the ultimate collector’s piece for any vanity. The curved angle and wide mouth suits all eye shapes and promises not to painfully pinch or crimp. The four-in-one mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes, and conditions for dramatic, attention-getting lashes.

Fantastic Foursome 4-Piece Amazonian Clay Blush Enthusiast Set ($35.00) ($60.00 value) (Limited Edition)

4 x 0.1 oz Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Angelic (shimmering champagne), Fantastic (soft fuchsia), Magic (pink coral), Stellar (shimmering nude)

5-Piece LipSurgence Collector’s Set ($34.00) ($120.00 value) (Limited Edition)

5 x 0.1 oz LipSurgence™ Lip Luster Natural Matte Lip Tint in Escape, Enchanted, Exposed, Sweet, Elite

The Stand Outs Besters Kit ($25.00) ($58.00 value) (Limited Edition)

Discover this set of Tarte favorites for beautiful lips and eyes. The full-size lip luster delivers a surge of moisture for a naturally plump appearance, while peppermint adds a refreshing burst of flavor to each application. Line and define eyes with the full-size Amazonian clay waterproof liner for precise, high-definition or use as a smoky, sultry shadow. Apply this creamy formula with its counterpart, a double-ended liner brush, that makes the process easy and effective. Complete the look with the all-in-one mascara for dramatic, thick lashes.

For the Love of Lipgloss 15-Piece Maracuja Lipgloss Collector’s Set ($32.00) ($120.00 value) (Limited Edition)

Contains 15 shades of maracuja lipgloss, exclusively at Ulta.

The Big Thrill Color Collection ($48.00) ($435.00 value) (Limited Edition)

16 eyeshadows, 4 blushes, 3 glosses. Exclusively at Ulta.

Availability: ULTA, Sephora

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Thursday, June 7th, 2012

5 Effortlessly Natural Blushes

My go-to for a great natural cheek color is Korres #15 Natural, which gives my cheeks a little warmth and natural color without being too pink or plum. I also really love Tarte Exposed, which gives a little more color but still retains a soft, natural result.

  1. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane — soft medium brown
  2. Burberry Russet — medium-dark brown with orange undertones
  3. Korres #15 Natural — medium-dark brown
  4. Tarte Exposed — muted rosy plum
  5. Burberry Cameo — muted plum

What’s your go-to blush for a natural cheek color?

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

5 Fantastic Matte Blushes to Try

I’ve had several requests to share some more matte finishes in the 5 Ways posts, so I thought blushes might be a nice way to go!

  1. Tarte Blissful — vibrant coral
  2. NARS Exhibit A — rich orange
  3. MAC Mocha — dirty plum pink
  4. Tarte Exposed — neutral beige with pink undertones
  5. Burberry Tangerine — neutral brown-tangerine

What’s your favorite matte blush?