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

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.

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


Tarte Treat Yourself to Gorgeous Collection

Tarte Treat Yourself to Gorgeous Collection

Tarte Treat Yourself to Gorgeous Collection

Tarte Macaroon Eyeshadow

Tarte Privacy, Please Eyeshadow

Tarte Canary Diamond Eyeshadow

Tarte Truffle Eyeshadow

Tarte Tiramisu Eyeshadow

Tarte Bellini Eyeshadow

Tarte 24 Karats Eyeshadow

Tarte Safari Eyeshadow

Tarte Cabana Eyeshadow

Tarte Locket Eyeshadow

Tarte Bubble Bath Eyeshadow

Tarte Ice Wine Eyeshadow

Tarte Sailboat Eyeshadow

Tarte Match Point Eyeshadow

Tarte Stiletto Eyeshadow

Tarte Gossip Eyeshadow

Tarte Skinny Dip Eyeshadow

Tarte Frozen Hot Chocolate Eyeshadow

Tarte Velvet Eyeshadow

Tarte Tahitian Pearl Eyeshadow

Tarte Treat Yourself Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Treat Yourself Eyeshadow Palette


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Alexis Avatar

It just seems like a lot of the colors are very similar. I feel like they could have opted to throw a lot more variation with a 20 shade palette. The eye looks you did are lovely as always, though!

Christine@BrazenBeauty Avatar

It’s interesting because some of the colors in the swatches are really stunning and unusual, like ice wine and stiletto. But then in the photos of the eye shadow applied I can SEE the powderiness. It’s really helpful to see it on the lid! I won’t be buying this one. I’m waiting for the rest of Tarte’s products to catch up with their blushes.

Iris Avatar

I would like that palette better if it had some more variety in colors and some more matte shade, but it does look good. Yet another wishlist item lol. Love the eye looks you did with it 🙂

Lauren Avatar

I actually really like Tarte Amazonian Clay shadows but I am so OVER big palettes. I never use them nearly enough to justify their purchase. My rule is to not purchase anything larger than Naked and also not to purchase palettes that aren’t largely neutrals based on my uses. This palette has some lovely colors, nothing I must have. But for me the biggest turnoff is the packaging for the eyeshadow. I would never use it with that packaging. I actually really like Urban Decay’s BOS IV – it has some of my favorite shadows – but I hardly ever use it because the packaging is so awkward.

Lisa G Avatar

Unfortunately, after a lot of hype, I purchased the Tarte Jewelry box (like 2yrs ago) and was sooo disappointed in the quality of the shadows. And it was ridiculous packaging, too. So, I’m reluctant to purchase anymore of their combo palettes.

Corliss Avatar

After purchasing 4 of the holiday sets, Tarte I think I’ll pass on this one. I don’t like the eye shadows they should have added more deeper tones to offset the lighter ones and more variation in colors all those pastels are just too bland.

Jackie Avatar

I agree…I was very tempted to get this palette until I saw some reviews and swatches online. There are just too many pale, similar colors for me to justify getting this palette, much as I love Tarte eyeshadows. If they had added more unique, interesting, and deeper shades, I would’ve been sold. Pretty packaging, though.

Kami Avatar

The pallete looks nice but to be honest I am so sick of seing so many shimmery champaigne, taupe , goldish colors from all the brands. They all start to look the same to me. The reason I did not buy a pallete in a long time was that all the ones I looked at have those colors. How many shimmery champaigne colors can one have?

Cami Avatar

That is exactly why I haven’t bought any palettes lately either, especially Naked and Naked 2. I know palettes are popular and a good value but I only tend to find a couple colors in each palette to be interesting (example: Bare Minerals The Star Treatment palette, I love the Connoisseur shade). I wish they would come out with new individual shades.

Kami Avatar

I was contemplating on that palette too for the same shade but all the other colors are just too similar to what’s out there already. I know all brands try to adapt to a certain current trend but come on I’m sure there is room for some creativity there.

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