November 1, 2013

Tarte of Giving Collector’s Set & Travel Bag Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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The Tarte of Giving Collector’s Set & Travel Bag ($59) is one of Tarte’s massive Holiday 2013 Gift Sets that includes shadows, blush, skincare, and the kitchen sink (I might have made that last part up).

As a brand that is legendary for going big for the Holidays Tarte has gifted us with so many wonderful, beautiful sets this Holiday season! The Tarte of Giving Collector’s Set & Travel Bag is just one reason to love gifting instead of getting as imagine giving this to a friend this year and watching her or his eyes light up! It’s such a stunning selection of Tarte makeup and all housed in a beautiful hanging travel bag.

Of course, the greedy people (I’m not naming names, COUGH the Muse) will want to keep it for themselves.

So what do you get in this monster set? EVERYTHING!


  • 20 x .07 oz Limited-Edition Amazonian Clay Eye Shadows
  • 8 x .059 oz Deluxe Maracuja Lipglosses (shades: Ann, Kam, Viv, Lizzy, Sully, John, Ro, and one other which I can’t make the name out on)
  • 0.23 oz Deluxe Pure Maracuja Oil
  • 0.08 oz Deluxe Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment
  • 0.05 oz Deluxe Limited-Edition Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush in Memorable
  • 0.17 oz Deluxe Cheek Stain in Flush
  • 0.16 oz Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-In-1 Mascara
  • Travel Makeup Bag

The makeup bag is luxe! It’s a beautiful traditional Tarte purple with gold accents and large pockets for storing makeup as well as one removable clear bag inside you can detach. It has a gold hanger for hanging on a door as well.

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The palette is a slim cardboard case that flips open to reveal four sections of shadows. These sections are built around one eye look each so you’re getting a liner, highlighter, contrast, lid, and defining shade to create a single eye look! Of course, no one says you can’t mix and match any of the shades in other sections but the way the palette is designed makes it easy to create eye looks with coordinating shades that are grouped together into a single flattering look! If you recall the Tarte Starlet Makeup Vanity stared the trend of this style of design in Tarte’s palettes and later releases like the Tarte Call of the Wild Palette had the same style of eyeshadow groupings but in duos. I’m mentioning this because too many times I pick up a monster palette from a brand but I’m confused which shadows will look best together. This takes all the guess work out of which shadows to pair together!

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Tarte shadows have a super soft, silky texture. They look best over primer which is how I photographed them. If I didn’t use primer they wouldn’t photograph as brightly and you’d be squinting trying to see the shades. Primer helps intensify the colors in photos. This isn’t to say they are sheer because some of these colors pack excellent pigment but some do run a bit lighter and in that case a primer helps things along on eyes. Tarte is not Urban Decay or Too Faced. If you’re expecting that kind of pigment from their shadows you’re looking at the wrong brand. Tarte produces soft, silky, easy to apply shades that look incredible on aging eyes in my humblest. I like saturated color as much as the next person but I also happen to prefer and use softer ones more often and these colors deliver that. They wear well without creasing even when worn without primer (for my looks below I am not wearing primer on my eyes) and they don’t have fall out issues during application.

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Tarte of Giving Collector's Set Swatches

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Tarte of Giving Collector's Set liners

Liner shades

Other items in this set include Tarte’s popular Maracuja Oil and Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment both of which I’ve reviewed before and have linked to those reviews here for your reference. I’ve also done a review of Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-In-1 Mascara which happens to be a favorite of mine and I’ve linked to that as well if you’re like to refer back on it.

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil

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Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment

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For those positively obsessed with Tarte’s Amazonian 12 Hour Clay Blush (who isn’t right?) you get a limited edition shade in this set called Memorable. Memorable looks frosty in the pan but it actually applies with a pretty glow. The color is a mix of soft plum, mauve, and pink. It isn’t like any other shades I personally own in my collection. For the old timers you’ll be happy to see a Cheek Stain as well in Flush in this set. Tarte Cheek Stains are a swivel up translucent gel blush which give cheeks a natural staining effect with a dewy finish (they also happen to smell so delicious you might want to eat them!).

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Tarte Memorable Amazonian Clay Blush Swatches

Tarte Flush Cheek Stain

Tarte Flush Cheek Stain Swatches

And finally for the gloss girls you have an array of shades in Maracuja Lipglosses. Some of these shades are comparable to colors I already featured in the Tarte Clutch the Spirit Lipgloss Set. For example Star in that set looks similar to Sully in this set. And Ann looks like Dare, etc…etc…I didn’t do complete comparison swatches as I simply did not have the time but there are shades they look quite alike but aren’t complete dupes to my eye. These run a little drier than the glosses I used in the Clutch the Spirit set. A few layers of gloss works best to get the most shine and color. They have fairly good pigmentation as well! A little tack gives them a longer wear and a pleasant peppermint candy flavor and scent makes them a tasty treat for lips. I say drier but this isn’t an issue so long as you apply at least three layers of the gloss.

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Needless to say the set is very lovely. I really liked the shadows personally as they were very pretty shades. For someone who never tried Tarte before this is an excellent way to introduce yourself or a friend to the brand as it contains a little bit of everything. I didn’t really find anything I disliked here and overall the set is an obvious value!



The look was created using the 2nd quad in the bottom row of the palette!



The looks was created using the 2nd quad in the top row of the palette with Memorable Blush on cheeks.


Ann Lipgloss


Kam Lipgloss


John Lipgloss


It’s available now at Sephora and

And just WAIT until you see what Tarte has in the works for their QVC Today Special Value this month!

More details to come soon!

If you tried this set I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it!

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions 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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  • Emi

    Muse, I LOVE the bow necklace you’re wearing in this post – any idea of where you got it? :}

      • Angel

        I LOVE Claire’s. And I’m OLD LOL. They have cute cheap jewelry.

        I may need this set now. Damn you Muse, your swatches always suck me in hahaha!!

  • nami

    hi muse …. i ordered this set and just cant wait to get it in the mail…. even though i already ordered this set i waws still waiting for your review on it …..great review as always………. are you going to review the tarte off the cuff blush from sephora……….tc

  • Krutika

    Omg just got the new TSV and it is AMAZING!!! Just can’t wait for that new blush set haha

  • PennPT

    Hi! Did Tarte change the eyeshadow formula? I had the 10 palette, but there was terrible fallout so I never used it. But this set looks lovely

  • Jennifae

    I bought this set and love it! I’m curious about the QVC TSV! Can’t wait to see more info.

  • amy

    Is it wrong to want this simply because the bag matches the one from last year? I love tarte, so I’m very tempted. I’ll have to swatch the blush in-person, but from what I can tell from the swatch, it looks like it’ll work. Now, I’ll have to choose between this & Kat von D Spellbinding… I’ve been Holiday shopping for my 7-year-old (to make sure *she* gets what’s on her list), so the budget is going to be a bit tight this month…

  • My

    Which one would you recommend between this one and the Tarte Gorgeous Getaway Set from Ulta?

  • Lisa

    Hmmm, can i justify buying this entire set just for the bag and that third eyeshadow quad (stunning!)?
    The rest of the shadows I’m sure I have dupes for, and I own all the other products. But I could always use backups.

  • telle

    Muse! Great review! I have to say i *really* appreciate that you made a point to say thatthese arent TF or UD and i agree-and maybe you just pinpointed my (previous) problem with tarte shadows bc that was absolutely my expectation. I have given tarte a try with a palette that was on special and its very natural and its decent quality (i do get slight creasing by the end of the day even with primer but it is slight, so thats ok). Your assessment has helped me have a deeper appreciation for tarte….still not 100% decided on this….so many sets to get (BM and KVD poetica set are top on my list right now)….i am now sitting on the greedy side of the fence! 🙂

    Happy weekend!!! Its going to snowstorm here! At least we were snow storm free for halloween! 😉

    • the Muse

      happy weekend (a little late) did you get snow?! lucky if so! 😀 yeah…I think folks should know that tarte is a softer quality shadow! I really appreciate tarte now that I am older as they have a great quality shadow with a softer pigment 🙂 tell me about it, my list keeps getting longer and scarier 😀

  • Stella

    Hi Muse,

    Thank for the review.

    Are the glosses long lasting like some others Tarte glosses?

  • Marasy

    Thank you for the review and excellent pictures and swatches! I already picked up Tarte’s other version at Ulta, but I have been tempted to pick this one up as well, especially for the blush Memorable. I also like that while Tarte does color, it is in a muted, wearable way that looks so pretty and soft once on. I have Urban Decay palettes but find that I’m not so interested in super pigmented, bright eyeshadows anymore. Maybe I’m getting too old for them. 😉 Have a wonderful day!

    • the Muse

      I feel the same way marasy…I love UD but lately it’s a bit too much for my aging eyes! You as well!

  • Cat

    Finally! I’ve been waiting for someone to do some decent swatches of the eyeshadows since this set came out. I could just kiss you right now! 😉

    Those shadows look “user friendly”, if you know what I mean. I have the Urban Decay Vice 2 palette stashed away as a holiday gift (from my husband to me) but now I’m thinking about returning it and getting this set instead. To be honest, I’m intimidated by some of the colors in the Vice palette.

    However, I’m not a fan of the maracuja oil (it makes me break out) and I don’t usually wear lip glosses. Maybe I should just keep the Vice palette and learn how to work with the colors? I’m torn…

    • the Muse

      aw thanks cat 🙂 they are indeed….! Vice is beautiful! Simply gorgeous but there is such a thing as too much pigment sometimes and vice def goes full on in with pigment 😀 the oil is quite small…so you might be able to gift it but the glosses, that makes up a good part of the set so you might want to stick with vice instead 😀

  • Cat

    I had a feeling you’d advise me to stick with the Urban Decay. =) I Googled some tutorials last night and discovered how to use many of the “scary” shadows. LOL In most of the tutorials, the young ladies were using shadows from other palettes along with the Vice palette.

    Also, I keep telling myself that it’s perfectly FINE for me to merely add a dab of a color for a little “pop” — that I don’t need to cover a large portion of my lids with some of the colors (especially Shellshock).

    I’m still interested in trying Tarte shadows but that may have to wait for another time. Right now, I’m looking for an all-matte palette to combine with the Vice 2 as a safety net! I’m leaning toward Stila’s In The Know but, in a review I saw/read, it seems six of the shadows in that palette are almost identical to the Urban Decay Basics palette, which I already own (and love!). Maybe I just need to relax and wait until I actually start working with the Vice shadows! =)

    Thanks so much for your input!♥

    • the Muse

      hi cat late reply sorry 😀 you ended up going with vice right!? 😀

      I’ve kinda outgrown the UD thing…except Naked 3 I need that hehe…but other UD is a lot of pigment and I prefer something a bit softer for myself sometimes 😀 I hope you love it…!

      my pleasure I really didn’t input much at all 😀

      • amy

        @ Cat If you don’t mind another opinion, try looking at Kat von D Ladybird palette; the shadows are all matte, and while they aren’t all “neutrals”, the shades are all muted. Also, they seem to “play” well with UD shadows. Another option is NYX, which has some 9-pans for around $10, and none are *too* shimmery.

        • Cat

          Thanks for your input, Amy! The Ladybird palette doesn’t seem to be available any longer. I looked at quite a few swatches of it, though, and, as some bloggers have said, the colors are mostly warmer shades. Why are so many palettes filled with warm colors? =(

          I ended up getting the Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things set to help me work up the nerve to wear some of the Vice 2 colors. 😉 The eyeshadows (with the exception of two) appear to be shades I can easily wear. The fact that I’ve never tried Too Faced shadows has me excited to get my hands on these! And I’ve heard so many rave reviews on the bronzer that having it included is a definite plus!

          As for NYX, I’ve looked at their shadows many times but, honestly, the representation of their products on their website isn’t really flattering. I’ve never thought of looking for swatches for their products until RIGHT NOW! LOL I don’t know why, I look up swatches for every other brand out there. Hmpft. (I understand that their Milk eye pencil is a must-have??)

      • Cat

        Yeah, I decided not to return the Vice 2 palette. Most of my eyeshadows are neutral colors, aside from pinks and a couple of purples/mauves, and rather subtle. I was drawn to the Vice palette because I haven’t ventured out of my comfort zone in a long time. Really long. Like… twenty years long! LOL Maybe I’m too old to wear bold colors? Or… maybe I’m old enough to wear whatever colors I want and not care? I’m going to find out!

  • Nora

    I just received this set for my B-day and LOVE IT! Looks like you and I have almost the same skin coloring and eyes. Any advise on how to use the “blue” quad? I used the lighter color all over my lid and then used the matte grey in my crease but didn’t know what to do with the gorgeous blue!

    • the Muse

      hey nora yay happy to hear it. Sure…try the matte grey on the inner lid, the blue on the outer and up into the crease, silver in the inner corner and the gray to accent. gives you a smoky blue look 😀

  • Angela

    Great review! How did you find the names for the lipglosses though? I see it in the back of the box but I don’t know which is which!