Tarte Light of the Party Collection Review
This year’s Tarte Limited Edition Holiday Makeup Collection “Light of the Party” was so gorgeous, I had to have it so I picked it up a couple weeks ago in my Sephora VIB Sale Haul!
Sadly, before I got a chance to review it I learned that it’s already sold out! But a number of people asked for the review and demo anyway because they bought it but weren’t sure if they should give it as a gift, keep it for themselves, or return it. So here’s the review and if you want to see the tutorial, click here and skip to 7:50 in the video.
This kit retailed for $59 but I paid a little over $40 with the 20% VIB discount. Now that it’s sold out, I’ve seen it on Amazon for over to $100 (it’s definitely not worth that much)!
It contains 30 eyeshadows in a mix of mattes, shimmers, and glitters, Lights Camera Lashes Mascara, a useable dual ended brush, a highlighter in “Pink Champagne”, amazonian clay blush in “Amazed”, and amazonian clay bronzer in “Social Butterfly”.
The packaging is a pretty tribal patterned sequined box with a zip closure. It’s pretty large and takes up a lot of room, but there’s a mini travel palette that contains 6 of the eyeshadows, the blush, bronzer and highlight.
When I bought it I thought it was a really great value for the amount of product contained in the package. Now that I’ve used it a few times, I’m a little more on the fence about the value. Unfortunately, these limited edition holiday packages aren’t always the same great quality as the year round product offerings and I have to say this is the case here (at least with some of the eyeshadows).
The eyeshadow brush, mascara, blush, bronzer and highlighter all seem to be the same quality as Tarte usually produces, so I think my $40 was well spent there. The eyeshadows are more hit or miss, but since there are 30 of them and they offer so much versatility, I still think I got my money’s worth.
The problem with the eyeshadows is that they aren’t quite as pigmented as Tarte’s shadows usually are, they’re much more chalky and dry and kick up a lot of dust which translates into a lot of fall-out! That’s not to say they’re unusable. The shades go on very nicely, are long wearing, and are easy to blend. They do blend away somewhat but they don’t become muddy. I found the shimmers apply much better using my finger than a brush.
While these aren’t the best eyeshadows I’ve ever used, they aren’t the worst either! I’ve worn them a number of times and I’ve been able to create lots of great looks with them.
The blush, bronzer and highlighter are all great and very natural, wearable colors.
So, should you keep it if you bought it? Yes! Unless you’re a super-critial makeup junkie… then you’ll be disappointed and you should return it (and buy the new Tartelette in Bloom Palette*… so gorgeous!!). If you’re an average makeup user you can’t go wrong with this kit. I also think anyone receiving it as a gift will be thrilled!
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