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  • Tarte First Impressions

    I have never owned any Tarte products before but I have always been keen to try some out. However, as most of you will know, it isn’t the most purse friendly brand. So when I was kindly gifted this set for Christmas from a neighbour, I was over the moon.

    DSC_0160.JPGUnfortunately, I’m not sure what this set is called and after browsing online, I could not find the set anywhere so the prices that are seen are based on the products’ individual retail prices.

    All of the products come in this handy purple make up bag. I particularly like this because of its shape. It is a long and rectangular in length and short in depth, a bit like a packed lunch box you used to take to school. Nothing makes me happier than being able to fit everything in neatly rather than just shoving everything in to a standard, pencil case shaped make up bag.


    DSC_0163.JPGTarte Poppy Picnic Amazonian Clay Eye and Cheek Palette – $38 (roughly £26). This palette comes with 6 eyeshadows in warm neutral shades and a coral pink blush.

    On first glance, they seem to be colours that I will get good use out of on a daily basis for work. The only colour I have tried so far is the lightest shade in the top right hand corner of the palette as an inner eye colour and it worked well. I look forward to experimenting with these and testing out their longevity.

    This product isn’t available anymore but Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette is very similar, costing £31.50.


    Tarte Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush – £21. I’ve never used a brush like this before but that’s probably because I’ve never tried powder foundation. This brush is very soft but when brushed against the face, feels sturdy and not as soft as I expected due to the short, dense brittles. It doesn’t seem like the sort of brush I would enjoy to use but I won’t write it off until I try it.

    Tarte Coconut Oil Lipstick – in Primrose. This is a deep-red lipstick infused with coconut oil. It is silky smooth when swatched and gives off a great deal of colour and due to the coconut oil in the formula, I imagine it is very hydrating on the lips. Unfortunately, red is not a colour that I reach for regularly, unless it is an oxblood shade, so this might not get as much use as I would like. Maybe I will gift it to a friend instead.

    If you like reds like this, you can purchase this lipstick with the Tartiest Lip Liner here for £19.20.

    DSC_0166.JPGTarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation – £25, shade Light-Medium neutral. I was very excited about this foundation. This is meant to be a 12 hour, full coverage foundation that feels weightless. I tried a little of this product on my hand and unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be the correct shade for me which I am gutted about. I am hoping that with a summer tan I will be able to utilise this because I would love to see how this product works, never having tried a powder foundation before.

    Tarte Rule Bender Double Ended Eyeshadow Brush – £21. I like the idea of this brush. One end of the brush is angled so that you can get into the contours of your eye easier and apply your eyeshadow more precisely. It is incredibly soft and so far I have only used it to blend out eyeshadow but I think it’s great.

    DSC_0169.JPGTarte Silk Amazonian Clay Eyeliner – in Black Brown. This is a double ended product. At one end you have the thin pencil eyeliner that is highly pigmented and applies precisely. It is also incredibly creamy and soft. It is in twist up packaging and has a lid (not pictured) to keep the eyeliner from breaking and the other end provides a smudge pad that can be used to blend out and soften the line if this is the look you are after. I’m a winged liner fan so without liner my face doesn’t look complete. So, I personally use this on days where I want to wear minimal eye make up but still want a little darkness to to my eyes so I look and feel more like myself. This colour also reminds me of something Mila Kunis would wear to create her signature look so that makes me like this even more.

    Again, this product is no longer available. However, Tarte now have a similar waterproof version for £17 which you can find here.

    And finally:

    Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara – £17. The name of this mascara just screams drama and volume which is exactly what I look for in a mascara. I’m yet to try this as I’m still using up my supply of Rimmel Supercurler Mascara, but I expect great things! And just how cute is that packaging. It is described as a 4 in 1 mascara that lengthens, curls, volumises and conditions your eyelashes. It conditions with infused olive esters in the formula that is meant to treat and protect. It sounds like a win win really.

    So, that’s the first impressions of this lovely set I’m incredibly grateful for. I think out of everything, I am most excited to try the eye palette and the mascara.

    If anyone has tried these products, please let me know how you got on!

    Thanks for reading,




    1. April 26, 2016 / 5:55 pm

      I love Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes! It was one of my go to’s! It gives such good volume and my lashes looked nice and fluffy. I’ve been using the powder foundation for over a year now and love it for setting my makeup over foundation or wearing it alone! Great selection and great post!

      • Kirsty Jarvie
        April 26, 2016 / 6:03 pm

        That’s great to know. I look forward to trying them out properly. Thanks!

    2. April 26, 2016 / 6:06 pm

      I just got Tarte water based foundation and concealer last week, the brand is really nice and the packaging is amazing, isn’t it? xx

    3. April 26, 2016 / 6:13 pm

      I hated the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! I felt like it didnt do anything for my lashes especially at 23 dollars. 🙂 That palette though looks gorgeous!!!! 🙂 Great post Kristy!!!

      • Kirsty Jarvie
        April 26, 2016 / 7:58 pm

        Mixed reviews then! Think I’ll try it out tomorrow and see how I get on! Thanks 🙂 x

    4. April 27, 2016 / 3:14 am

      I love tarte products! It’s a bummer that you didn’t have luck with the shades in this set!! I always love that their products are great with sensitive skin. Great honest review! xoxo – Kat

      • Kirsty Jarvie
        April 27, 2016 / 9:02 am

        I know! I’m not going to give up yet, I’ll try and make them work. Thank you 🙂 x

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