Sweet set! The Tarte of Giving Holiday 2013 set

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The holidays just got a little sweeter!

Tarte has released a showstopper of a collection for this holiday season.  Sweetly titled, The Tarte of Giving, this collector’s set is housed in a fold-out travel bag and has a whopping $588 worth of products in it.  Luckily, Sephora has this priced at C$71, so you can have it all for an affordable cost.

The set includes:

– 20 x .07 oz Limited-Edition Amazonian Clay Eyeshadows
– 8 x .059 oz Deluxe Maracuja Lipglosses
– 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

open This is my first foray into Tarte cosmetics and if you are like me, this set is the perfect way to familiarize yourself with their products.  I know that their blushes and the Maracuja Oil are best sellers and it is really nice to try out these two products, plus many others, for a great price.  For those unfamiliar with the Maracuja Oil, “Maracuja oil is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin C to support firmer, brighter, smoother skin. Vitamin E acts as a natural preservative, an anti-inflammatory emollient, and an antioxidant. Mineral pigments are known to soothe and soften skin,” according to Sephora.  In this set you get a mini of the oil, the eye treatment, and eight glosses that are infused with the stuff.

Out of everything, I was most excited for the eyeshadows.  The slim palette has 20 shadows that are broken up into four sections in the palette.  Each section has complementary colours so you can create four looks or mix and match them all together.  The shadows are super pigmented and blend beautifully.

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This set also includes a deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush in a gorgeous baby pink colour.  This was my first foray into Tarte blushes after hearing so much about them.  Tarte also released an Amazonian blush palette this holiday season (review coming soon), which I also got to try, so I have been on Tarte blushes overload these past few weeks.  I have found when it comes to using these, you don’t need a heavy hand; a little goes a long way.  In addition to the blush, they also threw in a cheek stain, similar to Benefit’s Benetint, and a deluxe sample of their Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara, which I love!  If I didn’t have mascara overflow going on, I would definitely buy the full size, it’s a really great product.

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As for the glosses, I’m not a huge lipgloss fan, but I am a big fan of the nude-pink one (surprise, surprise…).  These glosses aren’t that sticky and they have a minty taste, so they make your mouth feel fresh.  The colour payoff is pretty good as well and they have a gamut of different colours to suit any makeup look or skin tone.  The best part of these glosses is that they have the Maracuja Oil in them, so they make your lips feel smooth during and after you wear them.

Overall, this is a great set for the price.  You get a ton of product, and although nothing is full size, everything in here will last you a long time.  I think just for the eyeshadow palette alone, this is worth it.  Also, the case is super cute and perfect for travelling, all you need to do is throw this into your suitcase and you are set to go!

One last thing, to show how amazing these eyeshadows are, here are four looks; each one used every shadow from each section of the palette.  I also used the Lights, Camera, Lashes and the nude Maracuja lipgloss in the first, third, and fourth photo.  Each look also features Tarte blushes.

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Is The Tarte of Giving set on your holiday wish list?

Please note, this set was sent by PR. All opinions are my own.

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