Holly-daze: My top picks from Tarte this holiday season

The two makeup brands I get the most excited for every holiday season are Tarte and Too Faced.

Both brands are super cute and they always release sets that have a great amount of value, so you’re definitely getting your money’s worth on a gift.  I chatted a little about what Too Faced has in store this holiday season, but I was super excited to see what Tarte had up their sleeves when I saw the items online this past fall.

In case you haven’t seen their collection, everything is tropical themed, meaning lots of flamingos and pineapples (in fact, their blockbuster set this year is a giant pineapple eyeshadow paletteswoon). Since I have a mild obsession with anything pineapple, I was instantly attracted to their Let’s Flamingle Brush Set.

Tarte Let's Flamingle Brush Set Tarte Let's Flamingle Brush Set

This brush set (on sale at Sephora for C$33), which features five brushes, is inspired by flamingos and pineapples and has those designs in gold as the brush wands (the brushes themselves are hot pink). The set includes a swirl powder brush, a stippling brush, a large powder brush, an angled contour brush, and a fan brush (perhaps my fave since it’s in a pineapple design).

I’m such a sucker for Tarte brushes since not only are they incredibly soft and well made (and vegan!), but they always theme them to the collection that they are a part of. I have their mermaid brushes and still use those everyday (and it brings me sheer happiness just looking at them, not gonna lie).

Although these aren’t the most “appropriate” for the holiday season (maybe something better for summer), I still love them and think they would make the perfect gift for someone who loves pineapple motifs. The only downside I can think of with these is that the ones with the flamingos are a little awkward to hold as the weight isn’t really distributed evenly throughout the brush.  They are a bit heavy and bulky, but if you’re looking to gift these to someone who isn’t perhaps a makeup artist, I think they would absolutely love them.

Another amazing set is the Life of the Party Clay Blush Palette & Clutch (on sale at Sephora for C$33!). Not only do you get a blush/bronzer/highlight palette in here, but it also pops out, leaving you with the most holiday-appropriate glitter clutch!

This set features five full-size face products, including three Amazonian clay long-wearing powder blushes (in the shades Pool Float, Passport, and Flamingo), an Amazonian Clay Bronzer (in the shade Tan Lines), and an Amazonian Clay Highlighter (in Sandy Cheeks). Tarte’s face products are incredibly high quality, so the fact that you’re getting five full sizes (a C$173 value) for C$33 is such a steal!

And, let’s not forget about that stunning clutch. As mentioned, you can pop out the tray that holds the powders and use the clutch as your NYE bag since it has a mirror, card holders, and room to store an iPhone Plus. Blush sets are always a good idea, and you seriously can’t go wrong with this one (especially at that price!!!).

Tarte Tartiest Sunshine and Smooches Lip Set

Lastly, since lip sets are always a good idea, the Tarte Tartiest Sunshine & Smooches Lip Set (C$51) would make the perfect gift for that friend or family member who loves matte liquid lipsticks (myself included!).

This set features five full-size nudes of the brand’s Tartiest Quick Dry Matte Lip Paints. Included are the shades Bling (pink berry), Pillowtalk (white nude), Low Key (nude), Vibin (wine), and Xoxo (red).

I have some of these shades already, as well as other colours, and I can honestly tell you that these are one of my favourite matte liquid lipsticks. I find the colours to be very flattering and they dry down to the perfect matte texture.  Since there’s a variety of different nudes and reds in here, I think that this set is pretty universal for pretty much any skin tone (although Pillowtalk maybe be a touch too light for a lot of people.. not for me though, that one is my faves in this set).

You can never have enough nude lipsticks or matte liquid lipsticks, so this set is truly a match made in heaven (and it’s a C$132 value; total score!).

In case you can’t tell already, I’m kinda dying over all the items from Tarte this season. When it comes to the vegan brand, you really can’t go wrong with any of their products, so the holidays are a great time to stock up, especially when they come out with the cutest collection ever.

Are any items from Tarte on your wishlist?

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