Tarte Gifts from the Lipstick Tree Achiote Color Collection Review & Swatches

Tarte Gifts from the Lipstick Tree Achiote Color Collection Review is turning into my new favorite collection for Summer 2012. I’m a matchy match kinda girl so having a set with blush, lipgloss, and a lip tint all in the same shade, well, that has my name written all over it.

The collection features three full size products in a brand new shade (brand new for many but not so new for QVC junkies as the shade was available before in a gift set) entitled Achiote.

Achiote literally is a reference to the “lipstick tree” as it is a common treat that grows in the tropical regions of South America and is dubbed the lipstick tree due to the natural pigment produced from the seeds it bears. The women of Brazil use this pigment to enhance their natural beauty.

As with most Tarte products the formula is paraben and mineral free.

Gotta love that.

Considering a single blush is $25 and a gloss $21 this is a nice little set that includes three products for $42 that fair outweight the cost per an item.

Let’s take a look!

Tarte’s description is a little misleading on the Amazonian Clay Blush in Achiote as they dub it a shimmering golden pink. Eep! Guys, don’t tease me like that. I expected shimmer but the shade is a matte finish like the regular collection. Considering what success I’ve had with those already I wasn’t too troubled. I find Tarte’s matte formula blends easily, isn’t chalky, and has a fine, silky texture. Matte blushes can go a little clown-y and patchy on my drier skin but I find Tarte’s formula easy to work with and it blends out seamlessly plus let’s not forget to mention it is loaded with pigment.

There aren’t any dupes available of the shade in the catalog already in my opinion so the shade is unique. In the pan it seems like a warm beige peach but on my skin it comes across a cooler peachy coral with hints of pink.

The set also includes Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss in Achiote. I’ve review Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss in a past post but a brief recap…this is quite a thick, sticky gloss with a lovely wear time. I think it’s safe to say the shade Achiote is my new favorite color, this one definitely needs to be added to the general catalog. It’s a golden peachy coral that has a bit of tropical punch element to it, that’s what I feel like when I look at it.

And finally LipSurgence Lip Luster in Achiote embodies the shade the best for me and really brings it all together. I love these Lip Lusters as the have a slick, balm-y texture that hugs lips in just the right amount of moisture with great color pay off.

Overall, Tarte Gifts from the Lipstick Tree Achiote Color Collection captures the spirit of the Summer season for me. The shade is terribly difficult to describe but I’d go with glistening golden peachy pink with hints of coral. It’s fairly unique and you probably don’t have many shades in your collection that resemble it, that alone makes this collection a win.

Loves it.

Muse Approved for purchase.

I highly recommend picking this one up.

Available now at tartecosmetics.com

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This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR.
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  • 4/11/12 13:10 Vic27:

    the color looks lovely on you :)


    • 4/11/12 13:20 the Muse:

      aw thanks vic you’re too kind cheers!


  • 4/11/12 13:19 sierrablue:

    this is such a great look on you. :)

    I’m absolutely in love with this trio. Giddy doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel in the morning when putting on the blush and lip color. I will have to buy another set to stock up…


    • 4/11/12 13:21 the Muse:

      aw thanks sierra you’re too kind lovie ;-D ha me too! I had to really go gentle with the blush as I just wanted to pile the shade on ;D!


  • 4/11/12 13:23 diane:

    i agree, you look great in achiote!!

    i need this set. glad tarte.com has it, hope they run a promo soon and itll be mine!


    • 4/11/12 13:26 the Muse:

      thanks d!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 you babe!


  • 4/11/12 13:33 Winni:

    Eeeeeee! Mine gets here tomorrow, got it with sephora VIB discount. Thanks for the review, looks gorgeous on you.


    • 4/11/12 13:44 the Muse:

      yay winni! ;-D enjoy!


  • 4/11/12 16:07 ididmyface:

    Looks beautiful on you! Do you know if this is a tarte.com exclusive or if it will be at Sephora or Ulta? I like to get my points. LOL


    • 4/11/12 16:15 the Muse:

      aw thanks ididmyface! sephora as well, not sure on ulta as of yet.


  • 4/11/12 18:12 Mandi:

    Just a heads up if you want to purchase this before it sells out. I know Sephora is sold out online. Go to Tartecosmetics.com if you ENTER promo code: GGD you get 15% off your entire purchase and free shipping if your order is $40 or more. :)


  • 4/11/12 18:25 Lulubelle:

    Got mine yesterday,was surprised the blush was a matte as well. It doesn’t look like a matte on you at all though!

    I love the colors, will be wearing this lots.


  • 4/11/12 18:44 Fran:

    Got mine yesterday. Like you, I exoected a shimmery blush…but this is a pretty color nonetheless. It sure is loaded with pigment. This is a fabulous little set. And I agree with the others, the achiote color looks very flattering on you:)


  • 4/12/12 11:31 Yukari:

    Hi Muse! Long time lurker here, love your reviews! This set looks gorgeous but I’m wondering about something else.. your eyeshadow! What do you have on? The sparkly brown in your crease is especially gorgeous!


    • 4/13/12 10:04 the Muse:

      aw thanks yukari for noticing that. It’s the new dior eye cream from the Summer 2012 collection, it’s the peach shade!


  • 4/24/12 0:15 Heather:

    I’ve never tried any Tarte before. I was really hoping for a set that had a lip pencil, blush, and a light bronzer in it before buying. But this is very tempting. Also, I’m very, very fair/pale so I had concerns this might be too dark or warm on me. Looks like maybe with a light hand on the blush I could pull it off. Might just have to jump in and go for it.


  • 4/30/12 9:44 Jes:

    Just got this set with the F&F promo. I also picked up the LipSurgence in Spirited (red-orange). LOVE all of them. Thanks for the review, and the heads up on the deal!


    • 4/30/12 11:30 the Muse:

      aw great jes! enjoy! my pleasure!


  • 5/29/12 22:59 Laci:

    You look so pretty!! I love your reviews! After seeing this I absolutely have to get it 😛

    Your earrings are really pretty too! Would you mind telling me where you got them? :) Thank you!


    • 6/7/12 12:49 the Muse:

      aw thanks laci you’re lovely to say so! <3 so glad you enjoy the reviews…eep tbh I don’t remember where I got them lol! sorry!


  • 6/12/12 11:33 Maria:

    Got mine over the weekend. I love the colors! Thanks for doing a review on it… I wouldn’t have bought it if you hadn’t recommended it. :)


    • 6/12/12 11:36 the Muse:

      aw happy to hear to maria! wear in health :)


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