The Tarte of Giving Collector’s Set & Travel Bag ($59) is one of Tarte’s massive Holiday 2013 Gift Sets that includes shadows, blush, skincare, and the kitchen sink (I might have made that last part up).
As a brand that is legendary for going big for the Holidays Tarte has gifted us with so many wonderful, beautiful sets this Holiday season! The Tarte of Giving Collector’s Set & Travel Bag is just one reason to love gifting instead of getting as imagine giving this to a friend this year and watching her or his eyes light up! It’s such a stunning selection of Tarte makeup and all housed in a beautiful hanging travel bag.
Of course, the greedy people (I’m not naming names, COUGH the Muse) will want to keep it for themselves.
So what do you get in this monster set? EVERYTHING!
- 20 x .07 oz Limited-Edition Amazonian Clay Eye Shadows
- 8 x .059 oz Deluxe Maracuja Lipglosses (shades: Ann, Kam, Viv, Lizzy, Sully, John, Ro, and one other which I can’t make the name out on)
- 0.23 oz Deluxe Pure Maracuja Oil
- 0.08 oz Deluxe Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment
- 0.05 oz Deluxe Limited-Edition Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush in Memorable
- 0.17 oz Deluxe Cheek Stain in Flush
- 0.16 oz Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-In-1 Mascara
- Travel Makeup Bag
The makeup bag is luxe! It’s a beautiful traditional Tarte purple with gold accents and large pockets for storing makeup as well as one removable clear bag inside you can detach. It has a gold hanger for hanging on a door as well.
The palette is a slim cardboard case that flips open to reveal four sections of shadows. These sections are built around one eye look each so you’re getting a liner, highlighter, contrast, lid, and defining shade to create a single eye look! Of course, no one says you can’t mix and match any of the shades in other sections but the way the palette is designed makes it easy to create eye looks with coordinating shades that are grouped together into a single flattering look! If you recall the Tarte Starlet Makeup Vanity stared the trend of this style of design in Tarte’s palettes and later releases like the Tarte Call of the Wild Palette had the same style of eyeshadow groupings but in duos. I’m mentioning this because too many times I pick up a monster palette from a brand but I’m confused which shadows will look best together. This takes all the guess work out of which shadows to pair together!
Tarte shadows have a super soft, silky texture. They look best over primer which is how I photographed them. If I didn’t use primer they wouldn’t photograph as brightly and you’d be squinting trying to see the shades. Primer helps intensify the colors in photos. This isn’t to say they are sheer because some of these colors pack excellent pigment but some do run a bit lighter and in that case a primer helps things along on eyes. Tarte is not Urban Decay or Too Faced. If you’re expecting that kind of pigment from their shadows you’re looking at the wrong brand. Tarte produces soft, silky, easy to apply shades that look incredible on aging eyes in my humblest. I like saturated color as much as the next person but I also happen to prefer and use softer ones more often and these colors deliver that. They wear well without creasing even when worn without primer (for my looks below I am not wearing primer on my eyes) and they don’t have fall out issues during application.
Other items in this set include Tarte’s popular Maracuja Oil and Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment both of which I’ve reviewed before and have linked to those reviews here for your reference. I’ve also done a review of Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-In-1 Mascara which happens to be a favorite of mine and I’ve linked to that as well if you’re like to refer back on it.
For those positively obsessed with Tarte’s Amazonian 12 Hour Clay Blush (who isn’t right?) you get a limited edition shade in this set called Memorable. Memorable looks frosty in the pan but it actually applies with a pretty glow. The color is a mix of soft plum, mauve, and pink. It isn’t like any other shades I personally own in my collection. For the old timers you’ll be happy to see a Cheek Stain as well in Flush in this set. Tarte Cheek Stains are a swivel up translucent gel blush which give cheeks a natural staining effect with a dewy finish (they also happen to smell so delicious you might want to eat them!).
And finally for the gloss girls you have an array of shades in Maracuja Lipglosses. Some of these shades are comparable to colors I already featured in the Tarte Clutch the Spirit Lipgloss Set. For example Star in that set looks similar to Sully in this set. And Ann looks like Dare, etc…etc…I didn’t do complete comparison swatches as I simply did not have the time but there are shades they look quite alike but aren’t complete dupes to my eye. These run a little drier than the glosses I used in the Clutch the Spirit set. A few layers of gloss works best to get the most shine and color. They have fairly good pigmentation as well! A little tack gives them a longer wear and a pleasant peppermint candy flavor and scent makes them a tasty treat for lips. I say drier but this isn’t an issue so long as you apply at least three layers of the gloss.
Needless to say the set is very lovely. I really liked the shadows personally as they were very pretty shades. For someone who never tried Tarte before this is an excellent way to introduce yourself or a friend to the brand as it contains a little bit of everything. I didn’t really find anything I disliked here and overall the set is an obvious value!
The look was created using the 2nd quad in the bottom row of the palette!
The looks was created using the 2nd quad in the top row of the palette with Memorable Blush on cheeks.
It’s available now at Sephora and Sephora.com.
And just WAIT until you see what Tarte has in the works for their QVC Today Special Value this month!
More details to come soon!
If you tried this set I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it!