Tarte Holiday 2015 Deluxe Amazonian Butter Lipstick Set ($21.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a travel-sized set of four of the brand’s Amazonian Butter Lipsticks, which are okay if you like a more balm-like, semi-sheer, lightly shiny formula, but not so much if you were banking on Tarte delivering on their promise of “hydrating creamy, full-coverage.” I reviewed the formula here when it first launched, and they’re very lightly hydrating with short wear time; unfortunately, these were consistent with that prior experience. They have a lightweight, balm-like consistency that goes on without tugging but wear away with two hours (except one shade, Sangria, lasted closer to three hours) and aren’t nearly as hydrating as they claim. They are mint-scented and packaged in cardboard tubes (same as the full-sized versions). If you’re unfamiliar with minis, they tend to be quite narrow, but I didn’t have any issues with the bullets breaking. The formula has a stronger mint scent and a very light mint taste (at times). A full-sized Amazonian Butter Lipstick retails for $17.00 and contains 0.10 oz. (or $170.00/oz.), so this set contains $23.80 worth of lipstick (I’m not sure how they got to a $32 value, which is what is listed on Sephora).
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