Tarte Home for the Holidaze Collector’s Set & Portable Palette ($49) is a another larger cheek, eye, and lip palettes that arrives with the Tarte Holiday 2015 Collection. The Tarte Home for the Holidaze Collector’s Set & Portable Palette actually takes things back to days of old with a more traditional look to the eyeshadows that are available in this set. I don’t know how long you’ve been using or collecting Tarte but the square shape of the shadows in this set are reminiscent of older sets like old Tarte The Royal Collection, Tarte the Big Thrill Color Collection, and the Tarte Jewelry Box.
You know it’s a funny thing about those sets. I brought them up for a reason because the Tarte Home for the Holidaze Collector’s Set & Portable Palette, although nearly the same price ($49 versus the $48 price tag on most of these past sets), there’s actually a lot less product in this set. For example, The Big Thrill Set contained four blushes at 0.16 oz each where as the Home for the Holidaze Set also contains four blushes but at 0.158 oz each. There’s still a lot of product in this set but I find it interesting how although the price has stayed the same, but the amount of product has dramatically changed.
Let’s take a look at the Tarte Home for the Holidaze Collector’s Set & Portable Palette.
The Tarte Home for the Holidaze Collector’s Set & Portable Palette arrives in a chevron printed box which flips open to reveal two compartments one of which holds a full size Tarte Lipsurgernce Lip Creme in Ravishing (rose), a deluxe size Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara, and a palette with a mirror that can be used to tote around any of the four cheek and eyeshadow quads in the palette. I’m not going to go into great detail about the lip pencil or mascara since I’ve reviewed both these formulas numerous times. Just check my archives if you’d like to hear more details about either one.
The second panel of the palette includes 4 Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palettes each of which have four eyeshadows and one blush each. Each of these can be popped out and popped into the cardboard palette which makes it easier to tote a look with you or easier to do up your makeup as you don’t have to lug the complete palette around but just the single quad to do your look.
Apparently both the eyeshadows and blushes are exclusive and limited edition to this set. But of course, many of the shades are reruns and rehashes from Tarte palettes past. In particular there’s a range of purple and taupe-y mauve shades here that can be easily duplicated from past palettes like the Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette, Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Matte Eyeshadow Palette, and the Tarte Energy Noir Clay Palette. Plus many of the shades are a lot like the colors in the Tarte Bon Voyage Collector’s Set & Travel Bag.
It’s a little hard with these sets sometimes if you’re a big Tarte fan and collector because you’re torn about wanting to purchase it but also being scared of running into a ton of dupes you have in past palettes. The fear is real people, I understand. I’d honestly be here all day if I compared and ran through every single shade for you and I’m sorry I don’t have time to do that but I do want to say that many of these shades although very similar to shades you might already own aren’t spot on dupes of past shades. There’s always some MINOR variation from shade to shade. This doesn’t mean I think you should run out and grab the Tarte Home for the Holidaze Collector’s Set & Portable Palette but it’s just food for thought if you’re planning a purchase!
Out of the four shades of blushes I didn’t feel like any of these shades were exactly duplicates of any shades from the permanent range. But Jolly and Swanky do feel like shades I’ve seen in palettes before and Inviting looks a little like Tarte Epic Amazonian Clay Blush from the Tarte At First Blush Set but it’s a little brighter.
The eyeshadows in this set are a hit and a miss. I think the mattes are almost all a miss. They are fairly dense, chalky, and not as silky as I’m used to from Tarte. This is crushingly disappointing because although I’m not a matte girl, I am a Tarte matte girl and I love their matte eyeshadow formula. But these unfortunately reminded me what I dislike most about mattes and that would be the dryness and the patchy application issues. They are workable if you’re using a sponge eyeshadow applicator to apply however, I was surprised as Tarte’s matte formula is typically very silky and almost powdery in nature but never chalky and definitely not dry or patchy. The satins are also hit and miss as some are velvety and easy to apply where as others were a little dry, patchy, and dense too. Although they showed signs of better application than the mattes in this set.
Tarte Home for the Holidaze Collector’s Set & Portable Palette Swatches (Inviting Blush, Sparkling Decor, Feeling Fizzy, Pop the Cork, Chocolate Fountain)
Tarte Home for the Holidaze Collector’s Set & Portable Palette Swatches (Jolly Blush, Plum Pudding, Tinsel & Tulle, Merry Mocktail, Vintage Cuff)
Tarte Home for the Holidaze Collector’s Set & Portable Palette Swatches (Cozy Blush, Paper Snowflakem Up on the Rooftaupe, Light My Fire, Sweater Weather)
Tarte Home for the Holidaze Collector’s Set & Portable Palette Swatches (Swanky Blush, LBD, Sequin Centerpiece, Suit and Tie, Platinum Bauble)
The blushes were fairly dense as well but they blended easily onto my cheeks. But they aren’t quite the Amazonian Blush formula I know from the permanent range and they do fade a lot faster as well at around seven to eight hours of wear.
Each palette is broken down into four eyeshadows with one blush. There is a film that fits over the palettes so you can quickly glance at the names and the names are also printed on the back of each quad as well. I like this set up as it takes the guess work out of pairing shades.
Now I realize I ranted a little here but I just felt it wasn’t quite up to Tarte’s normal Holiday standard offerings. On the upside the palette does contain a variety of shades and you can totally do some great looks with it! I think my look above came out great! I used Inviting Blush, the Lipsurgence on my lips, and on my eyes I have Sparkling Decor as a highbrow highlighter, Feeling Fuzzing on my lid, Pop of Cork in my crease, and Chocolate Foundation at the outer v!
The Tarte Home for the Holidaze Collector’s Set & Portable Palette is available exclusively on Tarte’s website at tartecosmetics.com.
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