REVIEW: tarte Glam Goodies Set

by - April 19, 2016

Storytime! On the first day of the recent Sephora VIB sale, this was the first thing to end up in my cart. I felt like it was a great deal and a great way to try out some new products from tarte. Unfortunately, as I spent the day going back and forth about how I was going to get myself to Free Shipping, it sold out and convinced me to try and be good and not buy anything just because of the sale. Of course, on the last day of the sale it came back in stock and I was able to see online that it was in stock at my local Sephora... so I had to buy it, right? Cosmically, it was a sign. Ahem. Yes, I justify such things this way. 

Anyway, I picked it up and I wanted to give my first impressions of the products here quickly - and hopefully it'll still be in stock for people to purchase!

What it is:
A limited-edition deluxe discovery set of tartelette™ essentials for the eyes and lips.
What it does:
Create dazzling makeup looks with this trio, featuring a travel-friendly version of the new tarteist™ lash paint mascara for more lash volume instantly and flawless, triple-black lashes. Then sweep on shades from the bestselling tartelette tease clay palette, which includes six flirty eye shades and a deluxe, full-coverage, long-wearing lip paint so you can achieve a full face of gorgeous™ with these glamorous products.

As you can see, this set contains the 6 pan Tarteist Tease Eyeshadow Palette, the Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara and the Tarteist Lip Paint in the shade TBT. Each pan in the eyeshadow palette contains 0.03oz of product and this palette is sold separately for $25CAD - which I think is a great price to start with. The mascara and the lip paint each contain 0.10oz of product respectively, making them deluxe sized. In total, this set is a $49 value and retails for $30. In my opinion, this is a great value for the cost!

tarte Tarteist Tease 6 Pan Palette
The first thing I want to mention - because I hadn't actually ever heard it before, so it was a little bit surprising to me - is that this palette smells DELICIOUS. While it does have a slight chocolate scent, I don't think it's as straight up chocolatey as something like the Too Faced chocolate products. To me, it has more of a cookies and cream smell - and that smell is amazing. I don't know if eyeshadows that have yummy food scents are about to be a trend, but if they are, I'm on board!

Another thing that I feel about this palette is that the packaging is really great. Though it's cardboard, I think it's quite sturdy with a good magnetic closure. The shadow pans themselves are housed in good quality plastic and overall I just feel like this palette does a good job of staying high end even though it's quite small and affordable. It also has a mirror, which makes it absolutely ideal for travel overall.

I think the shade selection for this palette is really great, personally. I think you can get a good range of looks even though there are so few shades and it will work for a lot of different people to create really neutral, wearable, everyday eye looks. Overall, I think the quality is quite good, but I wanted to talk about each shade individually.

Whisper - light pink
This is one of those really perfect brow bone shades for us fair girls. It's not quite while, but it's light enough that it still gives a bit of highlight without looking too intense. The texture of this shadow is beautiful. It feels really smooth and almost creamy. It also has really good pigmentation and applies very smoothly without any patchiness.

Crush - taupe shimmer
I think that as far as shades go, this will be a lot of people's favorite. Though it's described as a taupe shimmer, I think it leans a little more towards a champagne bronze myself. Unfortunately, I don't find this to be as intensely pigmented as I was hoping and it's a little bit drier than I would like. It also contains microglitter, which gives it a great shine but I think can be a bit of an issue when it comes to fall out. Beautiful shade, but I just wish the formula was a little bit better.

Heartbreaker - brown
This shade is absolutely dreamy for deepening up the crease. It's a medium neutral brown that has enough depth that it will deepen up the crease but not so much that it'll end up looking too heavy or being too  hard to work with. It's also incredibly pigmented, so I would recommend using a light hand with this one and building it up slowly so that you don't end up with too much going on up there.

Wink - light mauve
On my skin, this shade is very, very similar to Whisper, with just a little bit more depth and a little bit more mauve tone. I think this shade would also work as a browbone shade, but I'll likely use it more as a lid shade for matte eye looks. Like Whisper, it has the most beautiful texture and pigmentation with a silky feel and a ton of payoff. I LOVE what tarte has done with their matte shades, I really do.

First Kiss - mauve shimmer
This is my personal favorite shade in the palette. It's one of those no brainer shades that you can use alone or as part of a greater look. Unlike Crush, this one has none of the microglitters in it, so it just goes on smooth with a beautiful sheen that I love. The texture is beautiful and the pigmentation is great, though it is going to be a softer looking shade even if built up. Still. Favorite. Beautiful. Will be using a lot.

BFF - plum
I was a little unsure when I first swatched this how it was going to play on the eyes, because it seemed a little bit dry and a little bit patchy and I wasn't sure how it would build and blend. I needn't have worried, because this shade performs really beautifully. It maintains the purple shade without pulling too grey on the lids and blends really seamlessly for a deepened crease that isn't too stark. Very impressed!

tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara
I honestly didn't think I was going to like this - but I literally had no reason to think that. It was only after using it that I remembered what good luck I've had with tarte mascaras in the past and this one really stands up to the others. I can't believe how much volume and length this gives me. With curled lashes, I would go so far as to say that this gives a false lash effect. Now, all of that being said I do have one significant problem with this product - the packaging. It looks beautiful, but I really don't like the mechanics of it. Basically, this doesn't have a screw top cap, but you just kind of push it in until it snaps and then pull it straight out. The well is actually quite deep in the packaging and I just personally find that I need to wipe a little bit of product off the brush so I don't make a mess on my eyes and this doesn't make it convenient to do that. I don't know if this is the same for the full size packaging, but I would assume it must be. Either way, the brush and the product are fantastic, but the packaging could use some serious work!

tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in TBT
You may recall that I have already tried one of the tarteist lip paints, which I got in the Sephora Favorite Give Me Some Nude Lips set, but I haven't been reaching for that shade because it's so incredibly light. This shade is a lot more wearable for me and I definitely think it'll get more use. Is "Brick Rose" a thing yet? Because that's what I feel like this shade is. It's described as a mauve, but on me it definitely pulls warmer than most of the cooler toned mauve shades in my collection. Still, it's beautiful and I think it'll be great for the summer because it does have that warmth to it.

As far as the formula is concerned, there's pro's and con's to it for me. It's one of those very light, moussey textured matte lipsticks, which I actually quite like. I feel like it applies really smoothly, with really great pigmentation and doesn't get chunky once it sets. One drawback for me is how long it takes to set. I mean, it really, really takes a long time, so it initially doesn't really feel like it's going to be really long wearing. However, eventually it does set down and I think it gives a really nice look to the lips. It is also a very drying formula, which after a couple of hours has my lips basically crying out for some moisture. Though I love the shade and the formula otherwise, I think the drying effect is going to keep me from reaching for it too often. I honestly feel like this formula is going to be somewhat polarizing.

Whisper, Crush, Heartbreaker, Wink, First Kiss, BFF, TBT

As you can see, this is ultimately a very neutral palette that I think will generally give very soft, every day looks. I think you could try to build up the deeper shades for a smokier look for night, but I still don't think you're going to get intense drama. I, personally, don't mind that because I like that this palette has a definite purpose and it keeps to that purpose well. I am a little bit in love with the TBT lip paint shade and I think it will be quite universally flattering, so it's really a matter of whether or not you'll like the formula - and that I really can't even speculate on because I think it'll be hit or miss depending on your taste.

Overall, I think this is an absolutely great little set, particularly for the price point. I actually really love deluxe sized products, particularly mascaras and liquid lipsticks, because I feel like that's really all I need and if I do end up running out of it before it goes bad then I will know that I should invest in the full size. Honestly, I think that if high end brands would put out more deluxe/travel sized products at this type of lower price point they could make an absolute killing. I would personally buy a lot more high end products, because I could justify it more easily. Make sense?

I'd love to hear what you think about deluxe sized products and these sort of try it sets in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

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