I pondered this set for a long time, always convincing myself that I didn't need it. I had similar colors, I didn't need another blush, etc. It was my sister in the end who convinced me to get it. Too bad I waited until it wasn't the Today's Special Value pricing on QVC....
So was it worth the extra dough?
The woven purple clutch contains:
-Amazonian Clay Blush in Glisten
-Amazonian Clay Long Wear Eyeshadow Quad
-Pureoptic Lip Gloss in Golden Pink
-EmphasEyes Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliner in Golden Plum
-Lights, Camera, Lashes Volumizing Mascara in Black
-Amazonian Clay Balancing Foundation SPF 15 -Fair, Light, Medium, Tan or Deep
Also included was a sample of pure Maracuja Oil:
I have yet to test the oil out, but it looks promising for my winter dry skin.
This is the ginormous and very soft foundation brush. I prefer to use my fingers to apply foundation, so I used this for powder. It was wonderful to buff in and set my powder flawlessly.
The liner is a lovely deep brownish plum. It glided on smoothly, but I found it a bit too soft to tightline with. The lasting power was excellent. I will test out the mascara when I have a day around the house.
Here are the foundation and lip gloss:
The foundation says full coverage but I found it was more medium. It gives a glowing look, and lasted all day even through sweating. I had a couple dry spots on my face that I had to be careful to blend out. The finish is satin, and it looked very natural when I set it with my MAC Prep and Prime powder.
The lip gloss was weirdly minty, almost like the dentist. It wasn't too sticky, just a bit glittery for my taste. I also don't prefer brush applicators. This is probably the only miss out of this kit for me, and it is still something I will use occasionally.
The eyeshadow quad is in a bamboo case, and I love the pretty design on the outside. In fact I love all the packaging in this set. The embellishment is just enough to make it look feminine but not overdone.
The shades are a dark warm brown, shimmering gold, light shimmering beige, and purple with silver flecks. The are very soft and slightly powdery, but packed with pigment. I would suggest patting when applying these, as too much blending can cause them to fade into each other.
The blush compact is sleeker than expected, and I like the size.
Glisten is a pinkish peach with golden shimmer.
The shimmer isn't crazy, it just gives a nice glow.
Here are swatches on my pale (MAC NC/NW15, NARS Mont Blanc) arm:
Eye shadows and liner:
Blush, gloss, and foundation (looks very yellow here but blended out to a perfect match on my face):
This is a wonderful kit! If they still have your shade online, I highly recommend getting one. I was able to convert to Auto Delivery for the upcoming sets in June and October. Check out *The Muse* for pictures of the different kits. I am pleased with Tarte and look forward to trying more from this brand.