Tarte The Big Thrill Limited Edition Color Collection for Holiday 2012 should be popping up at your local Ulta shortly. This $48 palette takes on Tarte’s traditional jewelry box shape that they release for the Holidays and is filled with an array of products for cheeks, lips, and eyes.
So am I.
Let’s take a look!
Tarte’s Big Thrill Palette is made up of three tiers with two pull out drawers. This design is reminiscent of the jewelry boxes that Tarte typically released for the Holidays but is just a shy smaller. The palette is a little bigger than a CD Jewel Case but twice as chunky.
It won’t prove easy to store if you have a ton of makeup/palettes/etc…nor is it travel friendly but it contains a ton of gorgeous treasures inside so you might just forgive its size for the amount of product you get.
Inside are sixteen full size eyeshadows, three Amazonian Clay Blushes, and three full size Vitamin Lip Glosses. The palette flips open to reveal a full size mirror and the tray of shadows while the blushes and lipglosses have a spot in two pull out drawers below. The eyeshadows alone are well worth the $48 price tag but add lipgloss and blush to the mix and you have a rather nice bargain.
I love the shadows in here. It’s a mix of matte, frost, shimmer, and metallic shades in a variety of colors that seem fairly new to me. I was trying to check back on other palettes I own from Tarte and I don’t think they have any duplicate shades here but I can’t verify completely as I didn’t check every palette I own.
Cloud 8, Pop of Pink, Amazed by Amethyst, Pumped About Purple
Brilliant Bronze, Totally Taupe, Giant Peach, Shooting Star
Silver Burst, Next Level Lilac, Intergalactic Metallic, Jump for Juniper
Clay Crush, Rush of Gold, Go for Green, Exquisite Emerald
The shades you get are:
- Shooting Star (creamy gold shimmer)
- Giant Peach (light peach shimmer)
- Totally Taupe (light taupe brown shimmer)
- Brilliant Bronze (dark chocolate-y bronze shimmer)
- Cloud 9 (cream matte)
- Pop of Pink (lilac pinkish shimmer)
- Amazed by Amethyst (jewel purple shimmer)
- Pumped About Purple (darkened purple matte)
- Silver Burst (light, soft silver frost)
- Next Level Lilac (matte dirty lilac)
- Intergalactic Metallic (sea green metallic)
- Jump for Juniper (matte sea green)
- Clay Crush (light tan matte)
- Rush of Gold (khaki gold shimmer)
- Go for Green (light grassy green shimmer)
- Exquisite Emerald (dark emerald green semi-matte with shimmer)
Tarte’s Eyeshadow formula is typically soft, easy to blend, and sheerer. Colors build easily for more intensity but for the most part they give a soft focused finish that runs from sheer to medium color pay off. I find colors don’t always blend well together and they prove a little difficult to contrast with but I didn’t have too many problems with the Big Thrill. The colors seemed to work well together and I didn’t have my looks going muddy when using a few shades. You’ll be disappointed if you’re used to using brands like MAC or Urban Decay as these shadows create far less dramatic looks.
I find the formula excellent for aging eyes since the colors create soft, pretty looks. I love the way my look below came out using Totally Taupe and Brilliant Bronze. It’s a soft, pretty, natural look. I do find that the shades have a tendency to fade as the day progresses so be sure to prep well using a cream eyeshadow or primer prior to application.
You also get four blushes or maybe I should say two blushes and a bronzer and highlighter. Curious is a matte bright peach, Thrilled is mauve-y, iridescent pink, Angelic is a soft creamy gold shimmer, and Park Ave Princess is matte bronzer. The blusher and bronzer shades all have excellent color pay off and Angelic is a refreshing change for Tarte offering a lovely soft gold to highlight face and cheeks with.
Curious, Thrilled, Angelic, Park Ave Princess
And finally Tarte included three full size Vitamin Lip Glosses. You get Apple-a-Day, Strawberry Sensation, and Abra-Cad-Apricot. These glosses are semi-opaque cream finish with a fruity flavor and a thicker consistency. They are a tad tacky but have excellent wear.
Abra-Cad-Apricot, Apple-a-Day, Strawberry Sensation
Overall, Tarte’s Big Thrill Palette has the potential to create some festive looks for the Holidays. It’s an excellent palette for those who enjoy variety and proves an excellent introduction to the brand if you’ve never tried it before. It’ll make a makeup lover a very pretty gift as well. I can think of one or two shades I didn’t like from this palette but overall I was quite happy with the shades as there are some lovely keepers here like Rush of Gold, Totally Taupe, Giant Peach, and Brilliant Bronze.
A great value to say the least.
The Big Thrill will be available exclusively at Ulta and Ulta.com
Is it on your Holiday wish list?