October 29, 2009

Tarte Holiday Collection 2009: Tarte Crown Jewels LipGloss Gift Set Review and Swatches

Ok, let me so share with you a Musey Christmas story.  When I was little one item I could always look forward to when I was a little Muse would be those Lifesaver Christmas Books.

Please tell me I have a few older readers that remember these?


Basically it came with a life time supply of LifeSavers Candies (8 rolls but it seemed like a life time supply to me when I was a kid) in a little book style packaging.   I’ll bore you no more but the moral of the story is the new Tarte Crown Jewels Lipgloss Set kinda reminds me of that days of old packaging from Lifesavers when I was an ickle baby.

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Jump ahead for the review!

Fitted inside a flip style book packaging you’ll get pretty much the best bang for your buck with this set. If you’re buying it for yourself it’s spoilage at it’s best as it contains a total of 15 glosses.

But the best thing about it?

Each set of gloss is tagged with a to and from field and packaged in a little box containing five glosses each. You can break off each one of these and hand them out as gifts or stocking stuffers. Coolness right?

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$39 divided by 15 glosses brings you around to $2.60 per a gloss. Where as three packages of five glosses each would even you up at around $13 per a set of five. Love those math problems.

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Lots of gloss sets around this season but this is probably the best one I’ve seen to date in regards to variety, size, value, and overall packaging and appearance. The set pretty much covers you for all formulas and color variety which means you’ll get a mix of shimmery glosses, pearl ones, milky matte ones, etc….in a slew of shades ranging from pinks, reds, golds, beiges, etc…basically lots of bang for the buckage here.

One thing I didn’t like were some of the more milkier matte shades. There are about five total of those. This type of formula isn’t always flattering on me. Aside from that the semi-shimmery and shimmery finishes are all ace. The kit does have a dominant red and pink theme as hey it’s the holiday we wear those shades most during this season. The formula is ok on these as I got last year’s set and was quite happy with pigmentation, formula, etc….one thing to keep in mind is many of the shimmery glosses are more of a topcoat for a stain or a lipstick as these are pretty much clear gloss with heavy glitter.  I did notice that not much product comes out on the sponge applicator so you do have to layer a little bit to get the product going.  I found it interesting they didn’t actual name the glosses either so I didn’t tag photos with the names of the glosses in case you were wondering what was going on.

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Overall, if you’re looking for a gift set that can actually convert into 3 gifts in 1 this would be a great one to hit up or hey if you want to spoil yourself or someone you love with a crumb load of glossy good variety the Tarte Crown Jewels Lip Gloss Set is the way to go.

Loves it. Total Muse Approval on this one.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Kaoru

    Waaaant. Dangit Muse, why do you keep bringing out the lemmings? Too bad I have no one to give some of these to; they make such good stocking stuffers.

    • the Muse

      haha kaoru sorry hun 😀 awww you’re just making excuses b/c you wanna keep them all for yourself!

  • dangster

    Yes! I definitely remember those Lifesavers storybooks! Except that my mom was cheap and got me the generic brand ones. I didn’t like those 😛

  • Marilyn

    Oh my gosh. I TOTALLY remember those Lifesaver candy storybooks! They were so awesome. Thanks for the review and swatches. That Tarte lipgloss set has been tempting me (I do not need more gloss, I do not need more gloss…)

    • the Muse

      lol Marilyn. I swear as a kid those were incredible. It was like a life time supply of candy 😀

      My pleasure hun!!!!!!! You need more gloss, you need more gloss haha :_D

    • the Muse

      Awesome Ruth! I loved ’em all too the milky, creamy ones not so much but the others were great. Good deal!

  • Marce

    Ohh these are so pretty! I don’t know if I like this or last year’s gloss set more. I have the later, and the glosses are puny! But I haven’t finished any of my glosses yet (any!) so that’s not a problem…very pretty! Thanks for the swatches!

    • the Muse

      funny thing Marce, I think these glosses are a tiny bit bigger than last year but I loved last year’s little clutch! Didn’t you?

      My pleasure hun!

      If you’re wanting ’em now is a good time to snag as they are 20% Off with Sephora FF!

  • laura r

    Oh Em Gee i totally remember those Lifesaver books! My daddy always bought them (he kept Lifesavers on him at all times) for us during the holidays.
    when and why did they stop making those?!?! *sigh*

    • the Muse

      haha laura!!!!!! I thought I was the only one 😀 no no they actually still have them!!!!!!!!!!! You have to look around but they are there 😀

  • kristina

    Just discovered your site about 5 minutes ago and based on what I’ve read so far I’m feeling like I’ve been deprived! This is definitely going under my Favorites with the other beauty blogs I read. And yes, I always got a LifeSavers book in my stocking!

    • the Muse

      hi kristina

      so good to meet you 🙂 Thanks for commenting! ha 🙂 glad I was “discovered” hehe. LOL glad I’m not the only one that was getting those LifeSavers in my stocking!

      Look forward to talking to you again soon!

  • dina

    ha ha lol muse! excellent comparison!! yes, mom always gave us those lifesaver books 🙂 and saw this in sephora the other day and love this set, seems like a great value esp. w/ FF. and i’ll give some as a present . . . .yeah that’s it 😉

    • the Muse

      hey dina…LOL I SWEAR I thought I was the only corny person that got those lifesaver books LOL! 😀 especially a great deal with FF I agree 😀 It’s cute the way they packaged it so you can break them off into three pieces and give them away as gifts!

  • Hana

    Too many awesome lipgloss sets this year. >.< And I still buy myself and my roommate those lifesavers books every year. XD I love them!

  • Christy

    Heheh, I remember those Lifesafer books! They were chockful of yumminess for at least a month for me. 😉

    I almost got this yesterday, but they didn’t have anymore on the shelf. I did get the Tarte Treasure Chest though. I love Tarte this time of year 🙂

    • the Muse

      lol ditto christy 🙂

      I was leaning towards the TC but I was trying so hard to be good 🙂 I have the other two from prior years and I kept asking myself do I really need this year’s? It was hard to say no!