November 15, 2011

tarte Precious Gems Waterproof Cream Shadow Collection Review, Swatches, Photos

The Tarte Precious Gems Waterproof Cream Shadow Collection is another lovely little scene stealer set for the Holiday season. This one features four full size Tarte Waterproof Cream Shadows for $40 (that’s $10 bucks a pot, sweet ginger brown!)

Check it!

Now the pots may appear tiny but these little guys actually have the same amount of product in them as a MAC Fluidline (0.1 oz). A single MAC Fluidline will set you back $15 but broken down you’re paying $10 per a pot for one of these.

I’ve reviewed these in a prior post in ALOT more details so I do suggest you check that review out for more swatches and details by clicking here as I am only going to do a brief recap of them here!

The formula blends easily and has a sheer to medium color pay off that can be built up. These glide onto lids easily and leave behind quite a nice metallic finish. These are quite firm but they still manage to have a creamy feel once they warm up. They can be used on lids alone and they work quite well as an all over color eyeshadow but you can easily use as a base for your loose pigment or powder as well.

The selection of shades here are brand new to my stash and although some sport a similar name and color variation as a few pots you may already own they do differ slightly. For example I already own Moss which is an olive green however this set includes Shimmering Moss which is a deeper forest green. I was quite pleased that none of these colors are duped by ones I already own. Other shades include Plum Smoke which is a lovely royal plum, Shimmering Golden Beige which is a light, frosty yellow gold, and Pink Champagne which is a soft beige pink.
Tarte also included a full size flat head brush for application. The brush is a God sent as it worked color on very smoothly and evenly for a flawless finish.

Overall, the set is another in a long list of greats from Tarte this year. They really gave us a bang for our buck this Holiday season as most sets like this from other brands contain mini sizes of products but all of the gift sets from Tarte this year seem to pack full size everything. Talk about a great savings.

Muse Approved for purchase for sure.

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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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  • dom

    hi Muse, great review! may i ask how this compares against MUFE’s cream shadows?

    • the Muse

      thicker texture Dom, metallic finish is strong here compared to MUFE, less variety of shades (MUFE has a ton of shades to choose from and Tarte has about 10-12?)

  • jenny

    Beautiful. I wish Tarte would do some kind of blush set with their clay ones. Probably dreaming though…

  • HapaGirl84

    Hey Muse, quick question – are the swatches in the picture done with the brush included in the set, or did you use your fingers? I still have a hard time with these potted creme shadow type things, mostly because I don’t know how to apply them. But those colors look gorgeous! Thanks for the review hun. 🙂

    • the Muse

      hi hapa..used the brushed and proceeded to blend out with fingertips. I never dip, kinda anal about it ;-D you can pack color on nicely with the brush and proceed to blend with your fingers and build up with the brush again for more pop!

  • Summer

    Ooh, gorgeous colours! It’s a shame I can’t get hold of Tarte (easily) in the UK x

  • Mary the Muse Militant

    Love that Plum Smoke colour. Tarte is a tough one to get in England. Ebay is always there for the HTFs.

  • jenn s.

    I have one of these from a past TSV and I’ve been too intimidated to try it b/c I know I can’t just smooth it on with my finger like I can my MAC paint pots of Benefit creaseless cream shadows. I’m a bit afraid of putting it on with a brush and then trying to blend it out. Are these “drier” than Benefit’s shadows and the paint pots? I have the new shadow sticks on order (my boys are giving them to me for Christmas, they just don’t know it yet, hee-hee!) I have more confidence in myself with these, for some reason…Oh well, mistakes is what makeup remover is for! I guess I should just play around with my Tarte pot o’ shadow!

    • the Muse

      not drier really jenn…as benefit’s are thinner and more emollient for sure and these are thicker/creamier LOL! SURPRISE! ;-D try it with a flatter brush, it works miracles!

  • Stacie

    Oh Muse, you have converted me into quite the Tartelette!
    I ordered the cream shadows set…the eye shadow stick set…and the holiday eyeliner stick set. Do you think the cream shadows & shadow sticks are useful together or is standalone better? Which one do you prefer to use? TIA 😀

    • the Muse

      hey stacie yay sweet hauling girl! I’d use them separate for the best results since the potted creams are kinda heavy and they are best suited to being used alone! I really like the shadow sticks best, they are SO creamy and smooth to apply!