Tarte 8pc Glow Your Way to Gorgeous Kit – Review (Part 1)

A while ago, I went over to Sephora to try out the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes. I had planned on picking up Exposed (a shimmery natural bronze) and Tipsy (a corally orange). Unfortunately, I found that both blushes were really really poorly pigmented on my skin, they barely showed up at all! But, after my positive experience with the natural cheek stains my craving for Tarte products was not saited.What was a girl to do?

This will be a fairly picture intensive post as I am condensing four reviews into one. If it’s too much please let me know and I may switch the images over to links.

Generic Info:

I took up QVC on their much raved about offer of $49.92 for pre-ordering Tarte’s Glow Your Way to Gorgeous 8-piece  collection. That price has since gone up to the regular price of $54.96 but the items remain the same. I ordered the “Tan” kit after reading some preview reviews and noting that the concealer ran light. The kit comes with the following goodies:

  1. Maracuja Creaseless Concealer (in Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, or Deep)
  2. 12-Hour Wear Clay Blush in Peaceful
  3. Deluxe Sample of Mineral Powder Bronzer  in Park Ave. Princess
  4. Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Shadow in Shimmering Taupe
  5. Amazonian Clay SmolderEYES eyeliner in Fig, a plum brown
  6. Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara in Black
  7. Lip Luster in Sweet
  8. Blush brush
  9. Shadow brush
  10. Sharpener
  11. Carryall Bag

QVC does not mention the fun extras of a large sample size of their Mineral Powder Bronzer and Maracuja oil (a skin treatment that I’ve yet to figure out how to use!)

The price came out to almost $60 (few cents off) after paying taxes and shipping, but I didn’t mind. What I DID mind was that the item was shipped next day and then hung around at the UPS station for almost a week before it made any progress. From what I understand this is on QVC’s orders because they had an agreement that no one would get their items before a certain date. I guess that’s what you can do when most of the above colors are exclusive to QVC until the end of 2011!

I debated how i’d go about reviewing these products and decided that I’d do a few of the items at a time. It’s too much stuff to review all at once! So in Part 1 I will be focusing on the eye products: Maracuja Creaseless Concealer, Lights, Camera, Lashes!, Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Shadow in Shimmer Taupe and the Amazonian Clay SmolderEYES eyeliner in fig.

Because i’m reviewing multiple things, you’ll find my review format has been slightly edited (ie: is shorter.)

 Maracuja Creaseless Concealer

Maracuja Creaseless Concealer

Packaging: Not much to be said about the packaging. I feel the opening is too small on mine, it keeps getting plugged up. Had to open it with a pen.

Blended (Top) Unblended (Bottom)

Color Accuracy: As has been universally declared by most who review this concealer, it’s marketed as much darker than it is. This is the next-to-darkest shade, “Tan.” Looks more like a medium to me and was even too pale for my NC-42 skin.


Before 1

After 1

Before 2

After 2

Not a bad word to say about this. Decent coverage, really brightened me up I think.

Wear: This was the real let down for me. It became oily quickly and creased SIGNIFICANTLY. It really seeped into lines created by smiling and stayed collected there. You can see this for yourself in the below pictures for the mascara review.

Lights, Camera, Lashes (Mascara)

Lights Camera Lashes!

Packaging: Really left something to be desired. It was bulky and just awkward. Also take a look at what happened to the faux snakeskin when I peeled off the “label” (tape with words printed on it.) The brush was nothing special, your typical rubbery, tightly-packed brush.

This will bug me for the rest of this mascara's life.


Bare Lashes

One Coat

Bare Lashes (Up View)

One Coat (Up View)

Thickness: Definitely thickened my lashes. But also clumped them considerably.

Volumizing: Not particularly volumizing, kind of the exact opposite.

Wear: Lasted all day and throughout the night as well! Very impressed with the wear.

emphaEYES Waterproof Amazonian Clay Cream Eyeshadow in Shimmering Taupe:

Amazonian Clay Cream eyeshadow

This is one of those colors that looks different in every light. I see pinkish and purple undertones in this taupe in the bottle but in swatches it really really varies.

Finger Swatch

On Brush (You can really see the purple and pink tones here)

Wrist Swatch

Eye Swatch

Color Accuracy: Because this shade is exclusive (for the time being) to QVC and this kit – there are no real swatches to compare it to. With that said it translates beautifully onto skin. I see pink and lavender sparkles that really add to the dimension of this taupe.

Application: It was a bit hard for me to apply this. The brush isn’t stiff enough IMO to get the product onto my eye. Because it’s so creamy a q-tip just smears it around. I finally just patted it on with my fingers. Once it’s on it’s kind of difficult to blend.

Wear: It’s definitely not water proof. A quick splash of water to my face eliminated almost all of the sparkle. Water resistant maybe? Although it’s a cream it was very stiff on my skin, cakey even.

Amazonian Clay SmolderEYES eyeliner in Fig

Amazonian Clay SmolderEYES Eyeliner

Packaging: Again, there were some issues with the color on the outside of the pencil rubbing or wearing off. I just expect more from a higher end brand! It’s a dual ended pencil with a chubby liner on one side and a rubbery smudger on the other end.

Pencil Tip (and scraping of the exterior paint)

Rubber Tip

Application: It goes on fairly smoothly for me, the pencil is soft-but-not-too-soft. Once it’s applied, I found it really hard to “smoke” it out. The rubber tip did little to assist this and I ended up using it to remove liner where it went outside of the lines. I found it difficult to get a thin line, but that’s okay because I prefer my lines thick!

You can see where I tried to smudge it on the left, it ended up just flaking off.

Wear: It’s a really lovely color. More plum than fig, imo. I like that it lasts all day and is very smudge resistant. Not quite sure how that lends itself to the idea of smoldering eyes, though.


Overall, not terribly impressed. Did the face and lip products fare better? You’ll have to wait for part 2 to find out!

 Maracuja Creaseless ConcealerPackaging: 7/10
Color Accuracy: 4/10
Coverage: 8/10
Wear: 3/10Overall: 5/10
Lights, Camera, Lashes (Mascara)Packaging: 3/10
Thickness: 5/10
Volumizing: 2/10
Wear: 8/10
Overall: 4/10
emphaEYES Waterproof Amazonian Clay Cream EyeshadowApplication: 4/10
Wear: 5/10Waterproof:1/10Overall: 3/10
SmolderEYES eyelinerPackaging:6/10Application:7/10Wear:8/10Overall: 7/10

Given that the price of the lip pencil and blush on a normal deal would have amounted to the same total, I consider the above items “freebies.” With that said, I probably won’t use most of these products and thus they’re wasted space. Such a shame.

<3 EA

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6 Responses to Tarte 8pc Glow Your Way to Gorgeous Kit – Review (Part 1)

  1. Hmmm, this seems disappointing but I suppose you learn just as much from a bad review as from a good one. Hopefully the products can redeem themselves in the second half of your review.

  2. adrienne says:

    the mascara packaging is really pointless and that little missing scale would annoy me too haha! Sucks overall you were disapointed but the eyeshadow does look really pretty on :) xx

  3. Wow– these were more ‘miss’ than ‘hit’, eh? Yikes~.

    I rather like the eyeshadow– it’s truly unfortunate that it’s texture is so… not great. Haha. I can imagine a dozen shades it would look gorgeous blended with. <3 Ah well…

    I look forward to the reviews of the face n' lip items. C:<

    P.S. I don't know why, but sometimes, I can't view your full entries. o.O Like, I'll click a link from the main page, and some crazy error message will pop up and say the page can't be displayed. ; _ ;

  4. Diane says:

    the packaging is awful, right..
    anyway.. I love your bare lashes! and your eyes.. *jealous* hehe i have a very small eyes. =(

  5. Sara.H says:

    thanks for the wonderful reviews. Too bad some of them disappointed you. Thanks for sharing :) very helpful indeed.

  6. Lights, Camera, Lashes is the only tarte product I like; packaging is weird though.>_< You have great skin!!

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