February 5, 2013

Tarte Journey to Natural Beauty Collection Review & Swatches

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

Tarte Journey to Natural Beauty Collection

It’s a Tarte kinda day around here thanks to the new Tarte Journey to Natural Beauty Collection that launched as Today’s Special Value on QVC.

The set includes six full size products and a bag for $59 at QVC.com and can be purchased as once or sealed into an auto delivery that will get you new seasonal shades in June and November.

Let’s take a look at this brilliant little set!

Tarte Journey to Natural Beauty Set

So what do you get for your sixty bucks?

Tarte Journey to Natural Beauty Collection Bag

Tarte Journey to Natural Beauty Collection Makeup Bag

Tarte Fearless 12-Hour Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Fearless 12-Hour Amazonian Clay Blush Swatches

Fearless Blush and Plummy Rose Lipstick

Tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush

Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush

Tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo Brush

Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes! Statement Mascara

Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes! Statement Mascara 6

Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara

Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes! Statement Mascara Before After

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick Plummy Rose

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Foundation

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Foundation Swatches

Medium, Light, Fair

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Broad Spectrum Foundation Swatches

Deep and Tan

Tarte The Brow Architect

Tarte The Brow Architect Pencil

Tarte Brow Architect

Tarte The Brow Architect Tan

Tarte The Brow Architect Medium Deep

Tarte The Brow Architect Fair Light

Tarte Brow Architect Swatches

Deep, Medium/Tan, Fair/Light

Tarte The Brow Architect Swatches

Deep, Medium/Tan, Fair/Light

I’m not going to review all of these pieces since I’ve already swatched and reviewed them in a variety of posts I’ve done already. You can click through and find these reviews above as I’ve embedded links for you to refer back to.

I will be reviewing the overvalue of the set and some of my thoughts though.

Even after shipping you’re still looking at a rather great deal. Total cost sans tax is $66.91 with tax $72.51. Broken down, not counting the bag, that works out to $12.08 per product. Considering the foundation is $38 and the blush $26 that’s practically the cost of the entire set (sans tax and shipping) so it’s like you’re getting several other items free of charge.

One of my favorite parts about this set was the new Amazonian Lipstick as this has a buttery smooth texture as I mentioned in my original review and a nice pigment. The second best part would be the new Lights, Camera, Flashes! Mascara, again I already reviewed this, but just a brief re-mention I’m really loving the volume and length this gives my lashes.

Those addicted to owning every single shade of Amazonian Blushes will be happy to add Fearless to your collection. Tarte calls this is a warmer pink but I got more of a cooler pink from it. It kinda has a little touch of peach to it with fine golden shimmer. It’s quite pretty. I tried comparing it to other shades in my stash but didn’t really see any dupes for it that I own.

The bag is another really great extra here as it is a huge overlapping bag that is a great for traveling. You can hold a TON of products in here. I purposely included the measurements for it above so you can see how large it is. Opened up it’s about the size of a standard piece of paper.

I mentioned in a prior post I am slightly intimidated by QVC Today’s Special Value Sets that include foundation. Thankfully, if you do go into auto ship on this set, it only includes two more shipments. That’s NOT too bad. I’ve sealed myself into some sets that includes four or more sets so I was getting so MUCH powder or foundation over the course of the year, it was absurd to say the least. It is something to take into consideration if you do decide to head into an auto delivery purchase though.

What is auto delivery?

It basically means you’ll get two more sets like this one with a new lipstick shade and a new blush shade in June and November for the same low cost of $59.

You can, of course, purchase the set as a one time value at $59 as well. Auto delivery is entirely optional and you can cancel it at any time.

One other thing that didn’t work for me with this set was the Brow Pencil. I was going to head into a purchase of the set because I adore the lipstick and the blush. I finally decided I wouldn’t but this morning I decided I would. I was going to just gift the brow pencils to a friend I know who uses them. I couldn’t resist as I want the upcoming lipstick and blush shades (particularly the lipstick as I’ve fallen in love with the formula). If you don’t use a brow pencil either you might want to consider it as swap material on makeup forums or perhaps something you can gift away as for myself, personally, it’s a little bit of a waste.

Overall, this set takes things down to basics. No real emphasis on eyes with heavy shadow but more of a natural finish using mascara and a brow pencil. Simple natural cheeks and lips add to the overall natural look! I like the simplicity here and enjoy a cheeks, lips, and face set plus hey, you also got a new mascara to create dramatic lashes with for a doll-like effect to complete the look.

Tarte Journey to Natural Beauty Collection FOTD

The value, as always with these sets, is tremendous.

It’s available today only at this special price on QVC.com

Ordered it already?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and whether or not you want!

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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  • K.B.

    Ugh. I just talked myself out of buying this (and the new Tarte concealer, which won’t ship until the middle of next month), but you’re making me want it again….

  • Nicole

    I have this set already and love it! Once I found out it included the Amazonian clay blush I had to have it! LOL Went on A/D…

    • the Muse

      lol same the blush and lipstick were the final straw, I had to get it ;D

  • Laura

    Love the Bag – Love the Brush – Love the lipstick. Don’t need anything else. So I think I’ll sit this one out.

  • Sofie

    Ooh, I don’t know what’s wrong with me but whenever a makeup set like that launches I feel as though it literally screams out for me to buy it 🙂

    Btw, I had a discussion with some female coworkers yesterday about whether makeup was for everyday use or just for going out. I personally would never leave my home without any makeup. What’s your professional opinion, Muse? 🙂

    • the Muse

      never leave home without hehe. I’m not a pro by any means but I don’t feel comfortable without some concealer and a little blush at the least. I honestly don’t need a buncha eyeshadow/etc on the weekends but a little cheek stain/concealer goes a long way hehe so def wouldn’t go without ;-D if I was younger maybe but now dark circles/puffiness needs concealing!

  • Audrey

    I love Tarte – they do most everything right! I so want this set, but wish they had it on EasyPay!

  • Kathleen

    I bought the auto delivery, but I was thinking the brow pencil/concealer would be a universal shade. I’m probably somewhere between a light and a medium, although those shades look very yellow, so I ordered the light a/d because that shade always seems to sell out first. However, the brow pencil will be waaay too light because they don’t let you choose the brow pencil. Fair/light foundation gets the fair/light pencil, medium/tan gets the medium/tan pencil, which I would prefer, and deep gets the deep pencil. I have ultra dark hair and brown brow pencils look very strange on me.
    I love the blush, brush, lipstick and bag, so technically that’s already the value of the TSV, but I’m debating canceling my order. Maybe I’ll get the first delivery and see how it works out.

    • the Muse

      I’d try it Kathleen and if it doesn’t work send it back, there return policy is fabs ;-D

      • Kathleen

        Thanks muse! Although I’d hate eating the shipping cost, it’s worth it if I don’t end up liking it. I hear I can change the shade on my next a/d though, so I may get the medium for that and mix the foundations and use that brow pencil instead.

        • the Muse

          i do too…:-/ I’ve heard that as well! I’ve never tried it but I people seem to have successfully changed mid-AD ;-D Good Luck!

    • Rachel

      The brow pencil is the same for all of them. You can make it look darker or lighter depending on how hard you push. The concealer color that is included with the pencil is the only thing that is correlated with the foundation color. Hope that helps 🙂

  • Suselew

    Passing on this set because AGAIN, Tarte doesn’t include any neutral or cool-toned foundation colors. Ivory is a great choice for me because it is more neutral, but Tarte said they will never offer it at QVC. The pink blush is WAY too pink and I don’t necessarily think it’s a good match for the lipstick. Not impressed with a brow pencil that claims to be universal color. I’m not a fan of Tarte brushes because they are far surpassed in quality compared to I.T. Cosmetics, Sigma and Real Techniques. I really hate to be a Debbie Downers as I love Tarte but I have passed on almost all their kits lately because I think FOR ME they miss the mark.

    • Kara

      I wanted to get this, but Tarte missed a sale from me because the Ivory shade of foundation isn’t one of the choices. The Ivory is a perfect match for me. The Light is just a little too yellow for my cool skin tone. Sigh…

  • Winni

    Oh Muse, I hauled this and I loves it! Thank you for the heads up. So excited for the new shades too! P.S. did you hear EstÊe Lauder is coming out with a new Mad Men collection!!!! Squeeeeeee!

  • caroline

    Did you see the Tarte Exotic Eyes Amazonian Clay 5-in-1 Shadow Palette? It looks like UD Naked Basics Palette! I need to see swatches!!

  • Catherine Mortensen

    Hi Muse <3

    Here are the future Tarte TSV colors:

    Second shipment: ships June 2013; includes lipstick in Pink Peony, blush in Empowered (an apricot-pink color), and a smaller, tighter foundation brush

    Third shipment: ships November 2013; includes lipstick in Roseberry, blush in Inspired (a mauve-rose color), and a blush brush

  • Liz

    Love everything but the silly brow pencil thing! 🙁 I fill in my brows, but im a pale natural brunette. so getting the light brow pencil would be pointless, but even buying the dark one separately would be too because of the highlight thing being way too dark. Bad product design Tarte!

  • yelena

    i am SOOO HAPPY i got this kit! it was totally worth it!!!
    the foundation turned out to be perfect for the matte look, just a little goes a long way so use carefully. i havent tried it with the brush just my fingers and it still looks great!
    the lippie – beautiful rosy pink which on my tan skin looks just like MLBB.
    the mascara – i think it lengthens more than the original BUT i dont think it curls as well and it doesnt make ur lashes as full. thats just my opinion.
    brow architect – love love love! only for travel tho i fill my brows everyday and if i use this i will probably finish it very quickly
    the blush is a bright pink so again u need to use a very light hand.
    the bag is adorable as is the brush – there isn’t anything I don’t like in this kit!!

  • Julia

    I ordered, but I’m a little worried that the foundation won’t match and that Ivory would have been a better pick for me. Even if it doesn’t match, I can give it to my sister and keep the mascara, blush, and lipstick for myself! I’m hopeful abut the brow product… hopefully it works better for me!

  • kharanya

    I want to buy this kit just because of that gorgeous lipstick but I just can’t. Their foundation colours just don’t work for me. I’m olive toned and lighter skinned but their foundations are even too yellow for me.

    I know they have a great return policy, but I’m stuck with a foundation I don’t use/want because I didn’t feel like spending another $10 to return it. (returned the previous one for being way to orange and dark – Medium was recommended for me but I looked like an oompa loompa).

    Are these brow pencils replacing their current wax pencils? I love their current ones, though I wish they’d offer a grey-toned brown like those Asian companies for people with black hair. Brown always looks so weird with black brows and black is way too harsh.

  • Mandy

    Just wondering, is fearless similar to Tarte’s adored by any chance??? I’m contemplating which to buy for nc45 skin!! If someone could help that would be much appreciated!!!

    • Angela

      I think adored is much lighter. Fearless would be a better match for your skin tone. I’m NC42 so I understand your pain when it comes to pink blushes. Fearless is also a warmer pink which is good if you have warmer undertones.