Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Butter Lipstick Set Review, Photos, Swatches

Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Butter Lipstick Set
Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Butter Lipstick Set

Tarte Holiday 2015 Deluxe Amazonian Butter Lipstick SetTarte 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).

Punch is described as a “mauve pink.” It’s a subdued, medium pink with soft, warm undertones and a creamy, lightly shiny finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff that applied without dragging and deposited color evenly. The color lasted for two and a half hours, and it was slightly hydrating. Revlon Pink Truffle (DC, $7.49) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Dior Diorkiss (578) (P, $35.00) is more muted, less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Givenchy Rose d'Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cary (P, $36.00) is darker, more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Rapture (P, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Rush (DC, $22.00) is lighter, more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Rosewood (DC, $28.00) is more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (PiP, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Touch of Spice (P, $7.99) is more pigmented, less glossy (90% similar). Hourglass Activist (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay Fiend (DC, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Infamous (228) (P, $30.00) is lighter, more pigmented, less glossy (85% similar). Buxom Hooligan (DC, $21.00) is darker, more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Glaze (LE, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Aura (96) (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Rhubarb (DC, $24.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Leather Blazer (013) (P, $32.00) is darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Irresistible (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer, better quality (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bellini is described as a “golden pink.” It’s a light, pinky-peach with gold shimmer. It had sheer color payoff that lightened my natural lip color while adding light shine and noticeable shimmer. It was gone within two hours of wear, and it was neither hydrating nor drying. Urban Decay Alice (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Blossom Culture (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Jolie Laide (P, $36.00) is lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Chanel Secret (85) (LE, $37.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Julianne (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Shimmering Naked Dolly (DC, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Fireball (LE, $18.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mimosa is described as a “peachy nude.” It’s a soft, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly, though it had a bit more slip and could look streaky if you pressed your lips together. This shade wore for two hours on me and was lightly moisturizing. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Carriacou (LE, $55.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Shy Girl (P, $20.00) is brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Crystal Baby (P, $32.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Soft Talkin' (LE, $20.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Jubilee (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Belle de Jour (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pure Vanity (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (DC, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Naive (P, $15.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $17.00) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Koi Coral (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Highlights (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Conquise (144) (P, $38.00) is darker, more pigmented (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sangria is described as a “berry red.” It’s a muted, medium-dark berry with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied evenly and had a comfortable feel to it. The color wore well for three hours and was lightly hydrating. Chanel Ce Soir (DC, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Inspiring (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Hibiscus (P, $37.00) is darker, more pigmented (85% similar). MAC Glamourdaze (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Love Pop (P, $19.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Pink Chocolate (DC, $22.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). Guerlain Gracia (DC, $58.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Cozy (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Brandy (DC, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Holdiay 2015

LELimited Edition. $21.00.
B-
B-
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
80%
Total

Punch

LELimited Edition. $16.00.
B-
B-
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total

Bellini

LELimited Edition. $16.00.
C
C
7
Product
6
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
73%
Total

Mimosa

LELimited Edition. $16.00.
C+
C+
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
Total

Sangria

LELimited Edition. $16.00.
B
B
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
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Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Butter Lipstick Set
Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Butter Lipstick Set

Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Butter Lipstick Set
Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Butter Lipstick Set

Tarte Punch Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Punch Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Punch Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Punch Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Punch Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Punch Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Punch Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Punch Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Punch Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Punch Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Punch Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Punch Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Bellini Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Bellini Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Bellini Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Bellini Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Bellini Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Bellini Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Bellini Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Bellini Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Bellini Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Bellini Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Bellini Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Bellini Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Mimosa Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Mimosa Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Mimosa Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Mimosa Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Mimosa Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Mimosa Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Mimosa Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Mimosa Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Mimosa Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Mimosa Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Mimosa Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Mimosa Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Sangria Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Sangria Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Sangria Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Sangria Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Sangria Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Sangria Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Sangria Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Sangria Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Sangria Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Sangria Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Sangria Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Sangria Amazonian Butter Lipstick

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
  • Tarte Amazed and Pink Champagne Cheek Colors
On eyes:
  • Marc Jacobs The Free Spirit Palette
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Reviewer

Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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I was thinking of buying this but the value is pretty poor for a holiday set. Plus I have to be so careful with mini lipsticks because they always break on me.

Uh-uh, not going to bother with this set. They look just like tinted lip balm, seriously, with the one exception of Sangria looking almost like lipstick. But to look like balm and yet, not being moisturizing stumps me, though!

They look lovely on you, I really like the colours. They’re very natural and really enhance the make up you’re wearing. It’s a shame they don’t last very long but I like them enough to want to buy them if they are released over here in the UK!

I almost want to try this set, as these colors seem everyday wearable, and I always prefer lighter textures and sheer coverage, as it seems so much more natural than those creamy pigmented lipsticks that market seems to be overstocked with.

Bellini is pretty. I like to check out the unavailable holiday sets, at least they can’t dig deep holes in my wallet. 🙂
Love the eye makeup!

The only one I really like is Sangria. Everyone always says the wear time is awful with Tarte lipsticks, so I’ve never tried them. I stick with the Lipsurgence chubbies instead.

The only colour I really like is the Sangria. But I think there are better alternatives around. I must say your eye look is just stunning Christine – really gorgeous. Those colours suit you so well.

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