September 26, 2013

Tarte Pure Delights LipSurgence Lip Set Review & Swatches

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

Tarte Pure Delights LipSurgence Lip Set

It might just be Fall but it’s never too early for Holiday Collections! Meet the Tarte Pure Delights LipSurgence Lip Set ($34) a completely revamped version of Tarte’s popular Holiday Lipsurgence Set!

Why is different?

Typically the Tarte Holiday Lipsurgence Sets include five or six full size Lipsurgence Pencils but this year we get eight, delightful mini ones.

Tarte Pure Delights LipSurgence Set

Take a peek!

There’s been a few variations of Lipsurgence sets over the years such as the It’s a Wonderful Life Set, Lip Service Set, and Statement Lips Set.

I haven’t compared these shades to past sets but I’m sure some of the colors might be similar but not complete dupes. None of the shades are part of the permanent range either.

Tarte LipSurgence Pure Delights Set

Tarte Pure Delights LipSurgence Lip Swatches

Believe, Enamored, Grateful, Lovely

Tarte Pure Delights LipSurgence Holiday 2013

Tarte Pure Delights LipSurgence Lip Set Swatches

Cheerful. Destined, Generous, Glee

Considering the amount of LipSurgences I have and other lip pens for that matter I’m quite happy about the 0.06 size. If smaller means I get more of a variety of colors I’m all in. Plus these travel so easily and I’m likely to use them up faster than a full size!

You get eight total shades in the LipSurgence Matte Lip Tints and the regular luminous LipSurgence formula.

The break down of shades is as follows:

  • LipSurgence Matte Lip Tints in Glee (watermelon), Cheerful (coral), Destined (raspberry), Generous (pinkish nude)
  • LipSurgence Lip Tints in Believe (warm pink), Grateful (nude), Lovely (mauve pink), Enamored (cool red)

Tarte Believe LipSurgence

Tarte LipSurgence Believe


Tarte Cheerful LipSurgence

Tarte LipSurgence Cheerful


Tarte Destined LipSurgence

Tarte LipSurgence  Destined


Tarte Enamored  LipSurgence

Tarte LipSurgence Enamored


Tarte Generous LipSurgence

Tarte Pure Delights LipSurgence Generous


Tarte Glee LipSurgence

Tarte Pure Delights LipSurgence Glee


Tarte Grateful LipSurgence

Tarte LipSurgence  Grateful


Tarte Lovely LipSurgence

Tarte LipSurgence Lovely


Don’t be scared of the matte formula as these have a soft, hydrating feel. They pack the best pigmentation when comparing the two finishes with fairly opaque coverage with two layers applied and more intense, vibrant color pay off with a third or fourth application. They wear weightlessly without migrating of feather on my drier lips and remain pleasant hydrating through the wear.

Now my favorite is the original formula as it offers the most moisture of the two finishes. Typically these are sheerer shades and have an MLBB look to them. They are light, moist, and provide a luminous sheen on my lips.

If you never tried LipSurgences this is a treat for you particularly with the ongoing chubby lip trend ongoing at the moment! If you already have sets like this or a ton of LipSurgences already you might think this is repetitive. But you know what? It isn’t. It’s just as exciting as the first time Tarte did a set like this. This type of set never gets boring for me!

I love it.

And I Muse Approve it.

Well worth a pick up!

It’s available now at Sephora,, and online at


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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  • Deb

    Ok, it’s time. Somebody has to do it. Repeat after me: “Hi, my name is Muse and I have a lip pencil problem”. 🙂

    • the Muse

      LOL true…it should really be “Hi my name is Muse and I have a chubby lip pencil problem”! I freaking loving these things ;D

  • Sara Elisabeth

    These look so much more pigmented than the full sized lip pencils I have from Tarte.

  • Anne

    Muse! Thanks to your press release on these a while ago ordered them and they arrived yesterday, on my birthday! The first year they were released I passed and then by the time I wanted a set they were sold out, so last Christmas I was ready to pounce. I’ve used up all but one from last year and am ready for these ones, kind of happy they are smaller because I make myself go through my stash shade by shade, kind of like one in, one out, so I don’t have seven red glosses on the go. These are so great for Cdn winters because they never dry out my lips, even the matte, and the peppermint is always refreshing. Yay for holiday sets! Keep up the great work in enabling my addiction!

    • the Muse

      YAY anne! Happy belated! I hope it was a lovely one! I kinda am glad too as I feel like they travel easier and I’ll use them up faster too ;-D hehe I surely will SO much more to come 😀

  • Caroline

    OMG these are so adorable!!! I die. Seriously, I want this set so much. Hopefully it will still be around by Christmas because this is going on my wish list! 🙂

  • nancy

    hey muse! i was wondering if the pencils twist up or you had to sharp them?
    thanks for the review!

  • anna

    just ordered these 🙂 your review helped me out a lot as i am also quite pale and was able to gauge how each shade they will look on me! that said, these all look great on you! lol ;P

    • the Muse

      aw thanks anna I’m so pleased to hear the post helped. Enjoy! I think you’ll love them!

  • LOU

    Muse, I just received this set in the mail today! So glad you did a review on it because now I’m even more excited to test these colors out! 😀 I have only tried the color Sweet and I instantly fell in love. Excited for new colors to play with and I’m hoping to find a MLBB?? Haha. P.S. Cheerful looks great on you!

    • the Muse

      yay happy to hear it lou! I think you’ll love all of them but there are DEF DEF some nice MLBB’s in the mix 😀 Thanks chica 😀 update me after you tried all the shades want to hear if you find a nice mlbb!

  • yelena

    I got this set and I love the colors…but I feel that the matte dry out my lips to the point that its is PAINFUL! anyone else experience this? I really don’t want to return them but I may have to 🙁

    • the Muse

      i didn’t get that thankfully try balm under it OR try apply, reapplying, stroke it across your lips a few time to warm it up and melt it down, more moisture that way.

  • Nida Moughal

    Cheerful and Generous looks really gorgeous on your. I love reading your posts this site is becoming my favorite site.