A work of t{art}e: 11 items for the holidays from Tarte cosmetics


Although gift sets are always bomb to give as holiday gifts, your recipient may just want a full-size product. Yes, mini mascaras are cute, but so are full size ones, especially if it’s one they love.

Since Tarte is 1) and awesome brand, and 2) full of every item from mascara to lip products to sunscreen, I came up with 11 gift ideas from the popular brand, everything from lipsticks to a very special gift set.


We’ll get into makeup in a moment, but did you know that Tarte has an extensive skincare collection?  Your makeup isn’t going to look #flawless unless your skin looks great first.

Start your day with the Rainforest of the Sea frxxxtion Stick 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser (C$29), a twist up face cleansing stick.  Apply this directly on the skin and then massage it in before rinsing it off. You can also use this guy as a mask as well. After, apply the Maracuja C-Brightner Eye Treatment (C$48), which is a multitasking eye treatment containing maracuja fruit and vitamin C that hydrates, firms, and brightens the eye area.

During the day, apply some Tarteguard 30, Sunscreen Lotion (C$40), which is a portable, non-chemical sunscreen that helps to protect, moisturize, brighten, and re-invigorate skin for a youthful-looking appearance.  For mid-day touchups, blot your skin using the Not So Slick Oil-Absorbing Blotting Papers (C$13- a perfect stocking stuffer!), and finally, at the end of the day, rinse it all off with the Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel (C$50.50), which is a daily facial cleanser that removes impurities and even waterproof makeup.


Skincare can be a great gift to give but it’s more of a need than a want. For some major want-worthy gifts, check out Tarte’s lip products.

I’m obsessed with the Lip Sculptor Lipstick & Lipgloss, which is a full-coverage lip contour product with a lipstick on one end and a corresponding gloss on the other. This is great because it’s one product you need to carry, making it convenient for small bags. It retails for C$31 each and is available in eight shades (shown here is So Basic, a white-toned nude – my favourite!).

If your recipient is more into hydrating lipsticks, then their Amazonian Butter Lipsticks (C$20 each) are worth looking into.  Available in eight shades, these pack some serious colour and are infused with ingredients found in the amazon.

Finally, for the glossy kinda gal, try the Tartiest Glossy Lip Paint (C$24), a pigmented lip gloss that is totally vegan. This guy is available in nine shades (there’s also matte formulas as well!).

For the eyes, give their Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara (C$25) a try, which is a super-popular mascara (my friend swears by it). This product lengthens, curls, volumizes and conditions lashes and is proven to increase the appearance of lash volume by 330 per cent. Pair it with the Lights, Camera, Lashes Precision Longer Eyeliner (C$24) for a dramatic look (black eyeliner always make lashes appear fuller and longer).


Finally, if you are looking for a set, the Tarte Pretty Paintbox is one of the best gift sets of the season.

This Pucci-inspired case contains 24 shadows in matte, satin and shimmer formulas, two bronzers, a highlight and blush.  It also contains a section that opens up to reveal a mirror, and minis of the Tartiest Lash Paint Mascara, Rainforest of the Sea So Fine Microliner, and the Tartiest Lip Paint in Obvi.

eyeshadows contour final-look

I played around with this set on the weekend and just admired the range of products you get in this. I’ve received the Tarte holiday gift sets for the past few years and always enjoy the value you get in them (they really do pack a lot of products into them).

I do want to note that although the shadow range is impressive, I didn’t find them to be very pigmented. Which is fine because I don’t mind building up products (I would rather go too light and add more, than too heavy), but just keep that in mind if you are gifting this. Although, to be honest, I feel like anyone who receives this set will be over the moon to unwrap it.

The great thing about Tarte is that they have such a range of products to choose from, so if you have someone on your list that isn’t all that into makeup, you can gift them other items like skincare, which is even more important that having that perfect highlight in your stocking.

Are any items from Tarte on your wish list this year?

Please note, product provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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