I purchased this 7-piece Tarte make-up set for £42 from QVC in December of last year.
If you’ve never tried QVC before, trust me – this is not the home of trashy jewellery for the disillusioned housewife – this is a mecca for beauty and accessories! If you look at the sets that they sell, then compare them with buying each individual item separately – you will be amazed at the price and how much you save!
The set contains: (description taken from QVC):
○ 1 x Amazonian clay full coverage airbrush foundation & airbuki bamboo powder foundation brush (7g) – available in fair honey, light beige, light-medium, medium neutral, tan sand & rich sand. Formulated to give up to 12 hours of natural-looking coverage, this waterproof foundation has a custom mesh delivery system for easy and simple application. Infused with Amazonian clay and natural, light-reflecting gemstones
○ 1 x Amazonian clay eye & cheek palette: 6 x (1g); 1 x (5.6g; full size) – the high-pigment complementary eyeshadow shades are designed to mattify and control oil for extended wear, with a velvety formula that glides on and does not settle into lines or creases. The soft blush gives a pop of colour that lasts up to 12 hours. Both the eyeshadows and blush are long-wearing, blendable and infused with colour-correcting coloured clay. Eyeshadow shades include Golden Opportunity (golden bronze), Sienna the Future (burnt sienna), Like You a Latte (brown), Highlight of my Day (pearl), Cream of the Crop (beige), Mauve Mountains (plum mauve), plus the blush in Insightful (warm peach)
○ 1 x double-ended eyeshadow brush – features a unique, angled tip that helps follow the contours of the eye upon application
○ 1 x lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara (7ml) – Black. Designed to lengthen, curl, volumise and condition, delivering evenly-coated pigment while helping to protect lashes. Infused with plant botanicals and waxes
○ 1 x silk Amazonian clay eyeliner (0.2g) – in Black Brown. A high-definition, high-pigment easy-glide liner, with an automatic pencil tip, smudger and built-in sharpener. Formulated with Amazonian clay
○ 1 x coconut oil lipstick (3.5g) – in Primrose (rose). A full coverage lipstick infused with coconut oil that glides gently over your lips to deliver rich colour and shine
○ 1 x travel make-up bag – a limited edition patent purple make-up bag, with gold hardware detailing
The set looks gorgeous, with the high quality shiny patent bag as a good indicator of the quality that you’ll find inside. The foundation and bamboo airbuki brush are a great combination. The brush on its own has transformed how I apply foundation powder, the bristles being no more than 1cm long, but this gives you more control over the application and it feels like more precision too. Genuinely, I would buy the brush on its own – it’s fabulous, and unbelievably soft.
Foundation Powder & Airbuki Brush
The foundation powder was the reason I bought the set, I had been keen to try Tarte foundation – both the powder and the full coverage foundation. The powder goes on really smooth, and gives a nice colour to your skin, but I’m not sure that you actually get much coverage – to cover those blemishes or different coloured patches on your face? I perhaps need to be more liberal in the application, but I wouldn’t recommend this for coverage, more daywear and to give you a bit of colour.
The silk Amazonian clay eyeliner comes in a deep brown colour which makes it more wearable regardless of your skin tone; black eyeliner can look a little harsh sometimes. The eyeliner is soft and glides on easily and it has a rubber smudger on the other end to aid with blending or repairing any mistakes. The only thing I will say, which might sound mad as long-stay is what we all hope for with make-up; the eyeliner is so hard to remove! Not sure if this is a good or bad thing. I think it’s something to do with its creamy texture, but honestly, using my beloved Estee Lauder Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover, this takes me ages. However bear in mind that I am obsessive when it comes to make-up removal so I won’t stop until every last trace of make-up is gone, but it can take me a good 2 or 3 minutes of carefully wiping over my eyelids for me to feel like I’ve got it all off.
The mascara is fabulous – it lengthens and thickens the appearance of my eyelashes and I am yet to see one crumb of mascara come off my eyelashes and land on my under-eye area! For someone who applies their make-up once in the morning then barely looks in the mirror again until I’m removing the make-up 15 hours later, this is vital for me! Again, my only criticism is when you pull the wand out of the tube, its invariably got loads of product glooped (is that a word?!) at the top. You have to spend a while trying to wipe the excess off before application or I think you may end up looking a bit like a panda.
What I haven’t tried yet is the palette and the eyeshadow brush. I’m currently working my way through the Marks & Spencer’s eye palette at the moment but will definitely be moving on to this next.