November 28, 2012

Tarte Treat Yourself to Gorgeous Collection Review & Swatches

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

The Tarte Treat Yourself to Gorgeous Collection for Holiday 2012 is the QVC Today’s Special Value of the Day. I told you about this collection a few weeks ago and I’m sure many of you have been very eager to get your hands on it or maybe you already have!

The Holidays are all about generosity and Tarte has been more than generous with their Holiday 2012 offerings. The Treat Yourself to Gorgeous Collection is another display of that generosity as it’s a mere $49.98.

Take a look!

Tarte Treat Yourself to Gorgeous 28 Piece Holiday Collection features twenty Amazonian Clay Eye Shadows, four Cashmere Waterproof Gliding Liners and four Maracuja Divine Shine Lipglosses. All of the contents are full size.

The collection comes in stack-able magnetic boxes which easily break apart allowing you to create three gifts from one or if you’re generous gift the entire set to a friend, family member, or yourself *wink wink nudge nudge*!

The first palette slides open on both sides to several twenty shadows which are 0.06 oz each. These are the typical Tarte formulation. I find these shades soft and silky with an easy to blend formula. You get a mix of sparkle, satin, and matte shades so there’s a little taste of everything in here no matter the finish you favor. Tarte’s Eyeshadows run on the sheerer side however, I find that a sponge applicator really builds them up for the best color pay off. You may also wish to try them slightly damp for a bolder effect. I personally like these shadows a lot but some don’t care for the formula. They aren’t comparable to the likes of Urban Decay or MAC in terms of pigmentation and the density. They have a lighter feel with a silkier formula and a sheerer finish. If you have aging eyes you’re sure to appreciate the formula or if you’re new to applying eyeshadow and want less bold, intimidating shades this is a nice range of colors to try out.

Sailboat, Match Point, Stiletto

Velvet and Tahitian Pearl

Gossip, Skinny Dip, Frozen Hot Chocolate

Locket, Bubble Bath, Ice Wine

24 Carats, Safari, Cabana

Truffle, Tiramisu, Bellini

Macaroon, Privacy Please, Canary Diamond

Shades you get:

  • Macaroon (shimmering white)
  • Privacy Please (light pink)
  • Canary Diamond (pink gold)
  • Truffle (eggplant)
  • Tiramisu (matte soft brown)
  • Bellini (champagne)
  • 24 Carats (shimmering gold)
  • Safari (silver)
  • Cabana (copper)
  • Locket (bronze)
  • Bubble Bath (matte white)
  • Ice Wine (raspberry)
  • Sailboat (gray)
  • Match Point (green)
  • Gossip (purple)
  • Stiletto (denim)
  • Skinny Dip (matte taupe)
  • Frozen Hot Chocolate (beige pink)
  • Velvet (burgundy)
  • Tahitian Pearl (charcoal)

You’ll also get four full size Tarte Cashmere Waterproof Gliding Liners (0.01 oz). Cashmere is newly named but I feel like they are on par with Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliner. These are creamy and buttery with an easy glide across the lash line. I live for eyeliners with a texture like this. The color wears quite strong on my drier eyes however, they seem to fade rather quickly on my waterline depending which shade I use. I noticed the black wore the longest on my waterline where as others seem to fade within a four hour period. For my upper lash line I experience all day wear without a hiccup!

Black Brown, Black, Bronze, Black Orchid

Black Orchid



Black Brown

Shades included:

  • Black
  • Black Brown
  • Bronze (golden brown)
  • Black Orchid (black purple)

And finally you get four Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Glosses (0.11 oz). These come in a click pen with a brush applicator a la Stila Lipglaze. Each gloss has a refreshing peppermint flavor and provides sheer to medium color pay off depending on the shade. These four shades actually have excellent color pay off and result in a nearly opaque finish so the color in the tube comes across very true on lips. These have a thicker texture with a high glossy finish. They do have a considerably amount of tackiness and stick which allows them to wear long. However, if you don’t like thicker glosses you might not enjoy these.


  • Darling (a soft pink shade)
  • Brazen (bright rose)
  • Genuine (sheer, creamy pinky)
  • Giddy (soft coral pink)

Darling, Brazen, Giddy, and Genuine





Both the eyeliners and glosses come in their own gift box each of which has a magnet inside of it so they’ll stay on top of the palette for easy storage. Traveling with the entire set might be a bit clumsy as it is large but the stack-able option is handy for storage purposes. The fact that the glosses, the liners, and the shadows all come in their own individual boxes makes it very easy to break the set up and create three gifts from it. The set also includes a get the look guide for creating two looks using the products included in the set.

Overall, it’s a fabulous bargain. Although some shades are a similiar to ones found in the Carried Away Palette there aren’t any exact dupes so you can safely order this without feeling guilty about doubling up on colors. There seems to be a wider array of warmer shades in this palette and I actually like the colors more than the ones in the Carried Away Palette. The colors are considerably less pastel-like than the ones in the Big Thrill Palette. If you generally enjoy Tarte’s eyeshadow formulation you’ll likely love this however, if you feel like their shadows are a little sheer for your taste or powdery you might not enjoy the overall collection. I personally really like Tarte’s Eyeshadows as you always get a mix of formulas with them. Some are velvety, some are shimmery, some very smooth and silky…even the mattes are always a pleasure to apply.

Eyes: Canary Diamond and Truffle with Black Brown Eyeliner

QVC is offering this for $49.98 for one day only and allows you to pay for it three easy payments of $16.66 each so you can take a little beauty mortgage out on this bad boy.

This is a very lovely gift idea or if you’re a Tarte fan I’m sure you’ll want to treat yourself!

Note: I haven’t had a chance to do lip swatches. I’ll update with them shortly.

Remember the price is good for one day only at

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Do share your thoughts on it!

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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  • resham

    these guys are on roll!!! TARTE has the best kits and deals.. Everything from BABY IT IS BOLD OUTSIDE gift boxes are just stunning!!! Thank you so much for the swatches. I knew you had them coming… πŸ™‚

    • the Muse

      my pleasure resham! they are on fire this year! Quite generous with all their kits/palettes!

  • kimkats

    Went to QVC about 30minutes ago and they say it’s sold out and you don’t even get a waitlist option! Grrrrr….. >:(

    • the Muse

      agreed! they really had some of the best bargains/sets that I saw this year!

  • BLee

    WOow! thats a good deal, but I got the Carried Away one back when Sephora’s VIB sale and just love that one with the AC liner set with the skinny black liner. Thanks for the swathces and the great temptation of this one at qvc.

    • BLee

      Oh, I forgot the three mascara are a GREAT deal on the site. QVC and Tarte are kicking it today one the sales πŸ™‚

    • the Muse

      my pleasure blee! ;-D I know there are JUST SO many to choose from this year ;-D tarte went wild!

      • BLee

        Yes, they sure did and speaking of wild have you tried the new Wild AC 12 hour lipstick? OMG not really 12 hours, but last a long time and the color makes your teeth pure white…lol when they are not.

          • BLee

            The AC wild (red) lip stick is the BEST one I have ever used. Color, lasting power and it looks great on EVERYONE.Im surprised that we have not hear more of these goodies for our lips. But they are newer.I hope Tarte will be having the 30% off soon from the site and I plan to get a back up πŸ™‚

  • Susan

    Hi muse,
    I totally agree with you the eyeshadow colors in this kit are much better and wearable than the carried away set. These colors are gorgeous! Your swatches, reviews and comparisons with other products are ALWAYS so helpful and accurate!! THANK YOU!! Tarte has really outdone themselves this year. I only started using Tarte this year and absolutely love this line. I couldn’t resist the values of these holiday sets and and bought too many than I know what to do with! Thanks for your timely review of this TSV! Can’t wait to get them!

    • the Muse

      aw thanks susan so glad you found this helpful! Yup! I think so too. The big thrill was my second fav but this is my first. Carried away is gorgeous don’t get me wrong but I think these shades are far nicer!!!!!!!!!!! ;-D Yay! I’m so glad to hear your new found love of Tarte ;-D Enjoy this set!!!!!!!!

  • CC

    Muse, you didnt happen to pick up the Tarte Ulta BF kit did you? Balanced and Beautiful, I hink its called?

  • Nikki

    When ever I see this it reminds me of the “parks and recreation” episode where Tom and Donna have a day that they just spoil themselves. But the call it “treat yourself” day, it’s hilarious!!

  • Lauren

    This is really nice looking but I’m avoiding big palettes. If this one had a flip top instead of that sliding cover, I probably would have caved and gotten it. I have FAR too much makeup though (and I have bought about $150 worth of makeup this month) so sadly I will pass.

    • the Muse

      ha lauren ;-D <3! I understand totally...but having TOO much is quite fun dontcha think? ;D

  • Erika

    I’m trying to decide between getting my mom this or Naked 2. I’m totally torn because this has more colors and is a bit bigger plus there 4 cashmere liners look awesome but Naked 2 has a brush (which she has none of) and is more travel friendly. Thoughts??

    • the Muse

      really depends on your mum erika….naked is more dramatic and tarte is a softer, more delicate look! πŸ™‚

  • Eibhilin

    I broke down and bought this after seeing your shadow swatches. Carried Away is GORGEOUS (and I massively prefer the packaging on that set) but these colors are just too *me* to pass up. I think I’d perish if I didn’t get to try Skinny Dip, Privacy Please, and Canary Diamond. Thank you! <3

    • the Muse

      eibhilin def loved carried away ;-D but these colors were very ME too ;-D so def loves it!