The reviews continue on 2013 holiday collections! I wanted to share my thoughts on this set from Tarte (which was sent to me for review)- it's called "Clutch the Spirit" and includes 8 mini Maracuja lip glosses, as well as a little clutch. It's available for $32 at Ulta.
Perfect for the LSU fan in your life! :) I think the purple and gold clutch is pretty cute and I love the gold bow accent on the top. Yes- it can hold all of the lip glosses, but I would totally put this clutch to use in everyday life for a night out or something. It could easily accommodate a cell phone and a few makeup items, money, etc.
Here's a look at the glosses and their swatches (shown in the same order as the glosses themselves). From left to right:
- Spirit - Light pink with a hint of shimmer
- Laugh - Creamy peachy nude
- Vixen - Creamy reddish coral
- Play - True pink with shimmer
- Dash - Hot pink with shimmer
- Dance - Creamy red
- Sing - Sheer red with gold shimmer
- Star - Sheer brick red with a hint of shimmer
I've made note of the shades that contain shimmer, but you really can't see the shimmer once the glosses are applied on the lips. These Maracuja glosses have a very minty scent and cooling feel on the lips. They are a little bit sticky- but I do feel like it enhances the staying power and I don't find it to be overly thick or annoying. Something I like about these glosses is that they can wear for several hours while keeping the same "look" on your lips that they had upon application. Since glosses are more liquidy than a lipstick, it's easy to mess up the look on your lips when you press them together, talk, drink... whatever. But these maintain the same smooth look on the lips.
Top row: Spirit, Laugh, Vixen, Play
Bottom row: Dash, Dance, Sing, Star
As far as the color payoff on the lips- I find these glosses to be rather buildable. You can add a little more product to get more color... however you only want to go so far with that idea when you're dealing with a gloss that's kind of sticky. If you have really naturally pigmented lips (I don't), you might struggle getting the true color of these glosses to show, especially with the lighter shades which can be a bit sheer. The whole collection seems to be very pink and red-focused. If you're a big fan of more neutral/bronze shades or deep berry/purple colors- you're out of luck with this kit. Also, I feel like some of these shades- while pretty- are very close to one another. For example- Vixen, Dance, and Sing are some of my favorites of the collection... but they all look so much alike! Spirit and Laugh (the two lightest shades) are also very similar.
Bottom Line: While I think the glosses have a beautiful shine and a formula that wears well, I would've liked to see more color variety in this kit. I think it could still be a fun kit for a lip gloss lover- but looking at the big picture- I prefer Tarte's Pure Delights Lipsurgence set (they are SO comfortable on the lips and you get both matte and shiny finishes). Also- something to keep in mind-- the Tarte of Giving set (which I featured in this FOTD post), includes 8 of these Maracuja glosses... along with an eyeshadow palette and a bunch of other products. Obviously it costs more than this kit- but from a value standpoint- you're getting a lot for your money. Thanks for reading this post- I hope it was helpful! :)
- Tomorrow is Friday!
- Better Homes & Gardens winter candles are out in Wal-Mart. If you need a new one-- I recommend Frosted Almond Biscotti. Yummy scent that can really perk up a room.
- Shot a new Get Ready with Me video this morning before Beauty Broadcast Live! It'll be the next video on my main channel-- will go up either tomorrow or Saturday.
- Time for a mini trampoline workout. Talk to ya later! :)