July 11, 2012

Tarte What Has Your Makeup Done for You Lately Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

So you geared up for the new Tarte What Has Your Makeup Done for You Lately QVC Today’s Special Value? Some of you already got your sets! Sneaky little buggers swiping it up quickly eh?

Hey, what’s not to love!? For $50 this set is a steal.

Let’s take a look!

Tarte What Has Your Makeup Done for You Lately Set launches this Friday on QVC.com and includes two options for purchase. You can order it as a one time shipment and receive all of the following goodies:

  • Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Shine (Smitten) (soft pink)
  • Tarte Maracuja Oil Rollerball
  • Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF15 (shades fair, light, medium, tan, and deep )
  • Tarte Gifted Clay Mascara (black)
  • Tarte ModernEYES Waterproof Cream Shadow/Liner Duo (pinkish plum and deep brown)
  • Tarte Foundation Brush

Or you can order it on QVC Auto Delivery which means they will ship you new seasonal shades of the collection in November and again in February.

I’ve blogged earlier this morning about the fact that the next sets will not include the brush but instead you’ll get a full size bronzer in the second shipment and a finishing powder in the last.

I really love the fact that Tarte goes with a little variety in their TSV Sets. I’ve ordered many sets from QVC like this in the past from a variety of brands but Tarte is one of the only ones that took the initiative to give us little changes in each kit. Typically it’s a different makeup bag or brush but with this set you’re getting an entirely new product in each kit. That’s rather brilliant in my opinion.

This is considerably smaller a set than Tarte’s put out before. It also lacks a lot of color in my opinion. Past sets relied on eyeshadow and blush where as this seems to concentrate on more basic makeup products.

But essentially you are receiving several full size products here so you can’t really beat the price. You’ll also be privy to the worldwide launch of the new Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15. I’ve already reviewed the foundation in a separate post so I won’t be discussing it here. Tarte also includes a brush for application of the foundation. I haven’t actually tried the brush yet in conjunction with the foundation. I’m more a finger girl when applying base!

Medium, Light, Fair

Tan and Deep

Many of the products in this launch are exclusive to QVC until September/Fall 2012. You also get a generous sample of Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment which will be available along with the Tarte Fall 2012 Collection. Other products such as the foundation ($42) and Maracuja Rollerball ($22) will also launch in Fall.

As you can see the above prices of both the rollerball and foundation outweigh the set’s $49.96 price tag so there is a value to be had here.

One of the first products I’d like to address is the Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Shine. This does in fact have a bulky sharpener attached to the pencil. Some of you took the time to contact Tarte about this packaging and express your dislike. From my understanding the replies you recieved about this was that Tarte would not be changing the packaging on their Lipsurgence. So thankfully, this is a one off.

I realize the sharpener is bulky and a bit clumsy but I do like the fact I can sharpener the pencil to a point as it wears down. This option isn’t available in the current line of Lipsurgence Pencils. You can swivel them up and down yes but you can’t get back that precise point once it’s worn down. So in some ways I do appreciate the sharpener just not the bulky way they choose to include it. I think we can all agree there are far neater ways of doing this.

The shade you’ll get is Smitten which is a soft, mod-ish pink. The color is surprisingly wearable for me as I don’t look too lively in mod pink shades. It has a good deal of tint to it and a nice shiny finish with a moisturizing feel. The formula is a lighter texture than the Lipsurgence Lusters with a bit more shine to it and less of a balm-y texture.

Tarte ModernEYES Waterproof Cream Shadow/Liner Duo includes a taupe shade of purple eyeshadow and a plum liner. The colors are listed differently on QVC’s site but my interpretation of the shades is definitely purple and plum. The shadow has a similiar formula to the Tarte Eye Candy Waterproof Amazonian Clay Shadows but lacks the pigment and creaminess of those pencils. It’s a little dry but that’s not necessarily a bad thing if you have oily lids you’ll appreciate it. It doesn’t tug during application and has an easy enough glide with sheer to medium color pay off. For the best intensity you do have to build the color up. The liner shade is creamy as well and has an easy, smooth glide across the lash line as well as the waterline. The colors compliment and play off each other nicely. For my look I accented with the liner on my lower lash line and waterline and placed the shadow on my lids.

To complete the look Tarte includes their Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara. This is my first use with the mascara and I like it. It has a straight line, bushy brush. It offers nice length and a good deal of volume as well, see my before and after photos below.

Two products I do want to rave hard are the Tarte Maracuja Oil Rollerball and new Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment. I have to say I love this rollerball. I don’t see any great benefits from using Maracuja Oil outside of the fact it hydrates and moisturizers very well which is appreciated by my drier skin. One of the things I love about the rollerball is it makes for such nifty application under my eyes. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the dropper method in the full size but the rollerball is really great for the under eye area. I think the rollerball also enables me to use the oil in the AM as well if I want as it distributes just the right amount of product without leaving me oily.

Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment is a little something extra Tarte includes in this set. They don’t even mention the sample on QVC’s site but no worries, it’s in there. I’ve been using it daily for a few weeks now, yes weeks, it’s a nice 2.5g size. This is infused with Maracuja Oil and has a thicker eye cream consistency. Don’t be worried about the thickness as it absorbs easily and a little goes a very long way for hydrating under the eye area. The formula supposedly works to brighten eyes while diminishing the appearance of finer lines. I haven’t noticed the brightening effect but I love how moisturizing this is and look forward to indulging in a larger size.

So yes, I admit, Tarte What Has Your Makeup Done for You Lately might be a little uneventful compared to past collections. But take a closer look and you’ll find a lot of little things to love about this set. The price, the nifty rollerball for using under your eyes, the generous eye cream sample, and all the essentials for a healthy makeup look.

What more could you possibly want for just shy of $50?

It’s a deal!

The Tarte What Has Your Makeup Done for You Lately Set is available now at QVC.com and will be officially premiering on QVC this Friday and all through the weekend.

Did you already pick it up?

What are your loves about the set?

Any fav products?

Anything you didn’t like?

Do share!

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

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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  • Carrie

    Great review! What is the blush that you are wearing with the set?

  • kimkats

    Ooooooooooooo……………Off to scoop this set up!

    Don’t forget to use Mr. Rebates (4% back) or Ebates (2.5% back) for some extra goodness! 🙂

    Thanks for the excellent review, Muse!! Your reviews/opinions are always so helpful, and your pics really show the products well!

    (hugs) to you!

    Kim 🙂

  • Jane

    What foundation color are you? I use Revlon’s Whipped Creme Makeup in Buff 150, which is the second to lightest shade. I’d love this set, just concerned regarding foundation color.

  • JenJ

    oooooooh *sitting hands* one minute i’m like yes. the next i’m like no ugh! i will say that the mascara in the kit is one of my absolute favorites mascaras. *sigh* what to do, what to do?? lol!

  • Joan

    I’ve also been using the sample eye cream for weeks and I love it. Also can’t wait for the full size jar to be available. Will definitely be buying that one. I usually like to see a blush in Tarte’s collections and was hoping for one in a future kit, but I guess there won’t be one. I was also hoping for a few new blush shades for the fall, but when I contacted Tarte, they told me no new shades for the fall, but for spring/summer 2013. So far away!

  • Aida

    I ordered this a few weeks ago and I love it! I did have to exchange it, because the foundation in Light was too dark for me. The brush sheds like mad, but I can use it with dry products. Love the lip products, love the maracuja oil roller-ball, love the double ended pencil. I’m already excited about the next two shipments.

  • Majick

    I really want to try the foundation and I think this is a nice enough set. THanks for all the pics. 🙂

  • LaLa

    What I love about this set is the foundation Amazonian clay has balanced my dry skin so well that I don’t have to use as heavy of a moisturizer anymore, of course nightly is still the same but the make up makes my skin have an airbrushed look which I love! Perfect color and perfect coverage for me! The stain in this set is beautiful too!

  • Karena

    Great review, Muse! Thanks so much!! Glad to hear it was a creamy application on the waterline. I wasn’t planning on getting this, but now you have officially tempted me!! LOL

      • Karena

        Hi Muse – No, after reading your review about how the foundation seemed a bit heavy and didn’t wear so well, I decided to refrain. I am so glad I read your review because I would have been very unhappy with this kind of formula. Thanks so much!!

        • the Muse

          my pleasure girl ;-D sadly, the foundation was just now that great for me :-/

  • eva

    oh no… i had already talked myself out of getting this one… but you’re bringing me back over!

  • Ryou

    I actually find it rather amusing how you tend to dislike products in a jar due to germs, but love the rollerball. XD Either you have a magic sanitizing trick up your sleeve or the product works well enough for you to overlook the fact. 😉

  • Llorandare

    I got it. I so ordered it!
    I SO needed it!
    Actually, it looks rather neat. I have extremely dry skin, so the hydrating foundation sounds good. Plus, I’ve been willing to try Tarte for a long time and this set is definitely a steal. There’s no way to get the maracuja oil from their website, so I’m very happy it’s included.
    I can’t wait to get it!

  • Phyrra

    The mascara looks great on you. I love their lip pencils. I don’t have a problem with them going to points because I tend to wear them down on one side, so they’ve still got something of an edge.

    • the Muse

      Thanks court! I don’t think I’ve ever tried their lip pencils!

  • Amy Amethyst

    It all looks pretty. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a foundation brush look that fluffy before. All the ones I have are flat. Although if I’m wearing liquid makeup, which is seldom, I usually use my fingers too. The brush takes too long to apply!

  • Emily

    wow the makeup’s really pretty but I think I’d get that just for that gorgeous brush 🙂

  • KatieLuvsKolor

    Saw this set on QVC last week and grabbed it. There were a few differences. They included the “smooth operator” finishing powder. The first day I tried the foundation, I only got about a half a day worth of wear. I tried it with the finishing powder the second day and definitely got a few more hours of coverage. (I do have dry skin and this formula is great for me.) The shadow liner came in moss/black. I was skeptical but hugely happy with the color and wear. No crease as promised. I love ya Muse!! Don’t know what I would do without you!! :0)