Showing posts with label QVC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label QVC. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tarte Glow Your Way To Gorgeous 8-pc Maracuja &Clay Collection

I admit this was an (almost) impulse purchase. The combination of an attractive introductory price, exclusive colors, a generous gift with purchase and a bunch of items that were already on my "should test" list was too much to resist, even if it meant ordering sight unseen and from QVC, no less (yes, I'm ridiculous about certain things, QVC and HSN among them). Tarte Glow Your Way To Gorgeous 8-pc Maracuja &Clay Collection includes a bunch of full size products, mostly from Tarte's Amazonian Clay range. My previous encounter with their Amazonian items was quite successful: the black and green cream liners are in heavy rotation here.

Here's what the set includes, as listed on QVC website:
  • 0.42 oz Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in choice of Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, or Deep--Shades exclusive to QVC until 12/31/11 (I chose medium)
  • 0.20 oz 12-Hour Wear Clay Blush in Peaceful, a soft rose--Shade exclusive to QVC until 12/31/11
  • 0.10 oz Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Shadow in Shimmering Taupe--Shade exclusive to QVC until 12/31/11
  • 0.056 oz Amazonian Clay SmolderEYES eyeliner in Fig, a plum brown--Shade exclusive to QVC until 12/31/11
  • 0.24 fl oz Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara in Black
  • 0.10 oz Lip Luster in Sweet, a peach pink--Shade exclusive to QVC until 12/31/11
  • Blush brush
  • Shadow brush
  • Sharpener
Everything comes in a cheap-looking but practical case that has inner pockets to hold everything securely. One of the GWPs that came with the Glow Your Way To Gorgeous set was the small bottle of Maracuja oil you see in the top photo.Please note that it is not part of this Tarte set. The oil smells like a nut cooking oil, and while I'm not brave enough to use it on my face it is a great hand and body moisturizer that absorbs instantly and calms minor irritations.

Now, let's talk about the colors Tarte packed inside:

Maracuja Creaseless Concealer (Medium): This is a soft liquid concealer that needs some serious setting powder if you expect it to stay in place for a full day. It gives nice evening out coverage for surface redness but I'm not sure it will fully conceal anything serious and it doesn't do much for sun spots.

12-Hour Wear Clay Blush in Peaceful: It's a nice summery color, a soft and warm rose with nice pigmentation and easy enough to blend, though it's not the silkiest blush ever. I find this clay blush to be a little too dry, which is obvious is the swatch but not so on a fully moisturized, primed and foundationed face. It does last very well in NYC summer weather, but then again I always anchor and cement my makeup into place.

Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Shadow in Shimmering Taupe: What can I say? It's a taupe eye shadow, ergo love. The color is of medium intensity, the finish borders on metallic, the texture is soft and pliable. As much as I like it, used on its own (over a primer) it starts creasing almost right away- before I finish doing my makeup. Therefore I've been using it as a base under powder eye shadows. It works.

Amazonian Clay SmolderEYES eyeliner in Fig: This liner reminds me the wonderful Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier pencils. Soft texture that applies and blends with ease and depth of color make this liner/shadow base an excellent choice. The purple brown shade works in many looks and doesn't budge. Makes me want to explore other colors in the range.

Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara in Black: I wanted to test this one because the other Tarte mascara I've tried  (MultiplEYE) was beyond pointless and useless, so I was curious if it was a brand-wide issue. I was happy to discover it's not. LCL mascara is quite nice; it holds a curl and adds length. I might write a comparison post between the mascaras at some point.

Lip Luster in Sweet: this was close to being a total fail for me. The soft peachy pink color is about four shades  lighter than my natural lip color (maybe more. It made me realize how freakishly dark my lips really are). The color appeared chalky, milky and utterly unflattering. But the formula felt nice and soft, the strong mint scent went away in about a minute so I decided to take a deep breath and see if I can still put this pencil lipstick to a good use. What I did was experiment with using the Sweet Lip Luster as a base for very dark, difficult and/or vampy lip glosses I don't wear in the summer. It worked better than I could imagine because Lip Luster's texture is thick enough to mix and absorb a second product. I'm actually going to get full use of this product.

Brushes: Tarte makeup brushes are vegan, therefore made of synthetic hair. They're very soft and feel similar to Eco Tools brushes. I liked the blush brush well enough, though it can be too floppy for some textures. The eye brush is completely useless with powder eye shadows but good for the cream eye shadow that comes in this set and similar products from other brands.

Bottom Line: a good deal on nice and wearable items even in the current almost full price.

Tarte Glow Your Way To Gorgeous 8-pc Maracuja &Clay Collection ($55-$60) is available on

All photos are mine.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

This blogger is still cranky

I haven't written much about the Summer 2008 collections. The reason is that most of them left me feeling uninspired. There's only so much innovation one can find in bronzing powders, especially when said one is quite addicted to them and already owns at least one from each major luxury brand. And as for other makeup items, we've seen (and bought) it all before.

Two companies compete for the Outrageous Award of the season: First is Bobbi Brown, queen of the limited edition palettes that end up tripling in price on eBay has gone a step further. This season she doesn't offer a palette, but a collection: a lip trio, a metallic eye shadow palette and a mini brush set (why would they put a blush brush in a collection that doesn't even include a blush or any face product for that matter?). You can have it all for $140. The problem is that it's all or nothing: you can't purchase any of the items individually, even if you really don't want or need more makeup brushes.

No, thank you.

Another "oh no, they didn't!" moment comes to you from Chanel. While there are cute looking lip colors in each of their formulas and the nail polish in Antelope is gorgeous and elegant (it's a frosted fawn color. A bit 70s, but in a very good way), I couldn't believe my eyes even when I saw Oasis, the eye shadow quartet in person at the counter. Except for the khaki, this set is nearly identical to the one from two summers ago, Gold Rush (see the second picture, yanked from an eBay auction). It's not exactly the same, but I own Gold Rush and can promise you that you don't need both. I'm all for recycling, but not of ideas. Add to that the second nail color in this collection, Flamingo, a bright pink that looks suspiciously close to Biaritz from the same summer 2006 collection. What's the point?

Now, the last annoying move (though not nearly half as bad as the two above) belongs to Smashbox. They have an eye and cheek palette that are exclusive to Sephora, but the item I'm more interested to try, the Desert Chic palette (another eye/cheek combo) can only be found online, either directly from Smashbox or on QVC. I'm a veteran blind-buyer, but when it comes to face color (unlike lip or eye products that rarely go wrong) I prefer to play with it at the store.