Friday, February 13, 2015

Review: Tarte Miracles from the Amazon - QVC Today's Special Value

Hi everyone!
Time for a BIG blog review. This is all about the Today's Special Value from Tarte that's on QVC today! It's $59.96 on QVC's website, and, assuming it doesn't sell out, the price will go up slightly after it's featured "TSV" day. First off- this kit was sent to me by Tarte to review. I received no monetary compensation from Tarte for this review, and these are my own, honest opinions. I would have definitely purchased this kit myself, but thanks to Tarte, I was able to get my hands on the kit EXTRA early, experiment with it for several weeks, and can now provide an educated review on the TSV day! Hopefully it's helpful to those of you who are considering picking it up. 
(Click any of the pictures to enlarge them)
Here's a quick rundown of everything that's included... 
  • Maracuja Miracle Foundcealer (brand new)
  • Maracuja Miracle Foundcealer Brush (brand new)
  • Amazonian Clay cheek & eye palette (brand new - limited edition)
  • Double-ended eyeshadow brush
  • Gifted Mascara (limited edition packaging)
  • LipSurgence Liquid Lip Shine in Exquisite (brand new - limited edition)
  • Makeup bag
Maracuja Miracle Foundcealer (my shade: Light-Medium)
Ok... remember Tarte's Maracuja Miracle foundation? I thought that was one of the few really great coverage foundations for dry skin. I was so excited to see that the brand didn't totally let go of that concept. This is definitely a different formula... very liquid-like, but buildable coverage that can go medium to full. I admit, the thought of a "foundcealer" sounds a little gimmicky, but the fact that this is so buildable makes it possible to use it in a very full-coverage way if you choose. 

My skin type is very "normal" at the moment, and this gives a great finish that's not too greasy and not too dry. It's not what I'd call dewy or tacky on the skin, but I do prefer to set it lightly with powder. I can't guarantee how this would work for other skin types, but it seems lightweight enough to be something people with oily skin could enjoy, but also non-drying enough to work on dry or more mature skin. I have used this as all over foundation, as well as just an under eye concealer. I LOVED how it didn't seem to dry out the under eye area and even by the end of the day, it looked really fresh. I can't speak for those with extremely oily skin, but with my normal (slightly combo) skin, this has the staying power of Estee Lauder Double Wear (assuming I set it with a little bit of powder) with a less dry feel.

The one thing I don't like about this is the packaging. The dropper doesn't pull out much product... maybe mine is defective, but when I press the button at the top to release the foundation, hardly anything comes out. I end up just kind of swiping the wand around my face to get what I need. So I think a pump would've been better with this... but maybe they were trying to use new packaging to differentiate this foundation from the old Maracuja Miracle? Not sure. 

Maracuja Miracle Foundcealer Brush
This brush is SO SOFT. We're talking baby bunny soft. And I know, because my mom rescued baby bunnies when I was little. It's a really unusual shape, too. As you can see (especially in the top picture), the ferrule is kind of pinched at the top, but the brush is still very full and majorly tapered down one side. It works wonderfully for blending in this foundation. However, the large size makes it a bit difficult to get around the eyes. Since the Foundcealer is both a foundation and a concealer, it would've been nice to have a smaller brush to help with those smaller areas. I've been using a full (yet small) brush from Tarte that came with a concealer I purchased months ago, and it's been working well to buff in the product. The Sigma precision brushes like the P80 would also work well when using the Foundcealer as concealer.

I know this wasn't taken in the best lighting, but I just snapped a picture before and after I applied the Foundcealer. I LOVE the coverage. I first blended it all over, and then just applied a little extra to the under eye area and around my nose to act as concealer. Foundcealer is the only product on my face in the after picture. I think you can see that while my skin tone is very evened-out, it's not totally matte. This still has a skin-like appearance, which I love. And it continues to wear well into the nighttime hours. I'm super impressed with this! After applying Foundcealer, I used a little bit of powder to set my t-zone, and I used my Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour kit in the hollows of my cheeks and hairline. Now on with the rest of the products in this kit!
I was really excited to see that a rather sizable palette was included in this TSV kit! I don't usually see palettes like this get lumped in with a group of other products. But I think it's a great value. If you look at the top picture in this post, you can see the gorgeous outer packaging. This palette also has a mirror on the inside, as well as an Amazonian Clay blush in Talented, and six eyeshadows. The blush is a beautiful matte shade that walks the line between pink and coral, and is a great pairing with the lip color in this kit. I've used a lot of Tarte's Amazonian Clay blushes, and this is every bit as pigmented as any of the others I've used. A little goes a long way. And I love that it's full-size! The eyeshadows in here aren't anything too flashy... though I suppose that in order for this one kit to appeal to the masses, the shades needed to be pretty basic. I must admit, the quality is great. Four of the six shadows are matte... the light pink and plum on the left, and the taupe and dark brown on the right. There's an extremely soft, beautiful shimmery taupe, and also a shimmery champagne. That shade didn't photograph wonderfully in the swatch, but it's still a great color to work with. Overall these shades can give you anything from a barely-there natural look to a deep smokey eye. One slight drawback might be for those who enjoy warmer neutrals... these shadows are all pretty cool-toned.
Here you're looking at each end of the double-ended eye brush that's included in this kit. While both ends are quite usable, I still found myself wanting to use my everyday brushes that I reach for all the time. It's easy to fall into a comfort zone with your favorite brushes, you know? Anyway, here you have a flat, but still rather full brush for packing on shadow, and a tapered crease brush. Both ends are very soft. Neither end is over-sized, which I think gives you control with the application. For most looks, I would reach for additional brushes in addition to this double-ended brush... like a smudge or pencil brush for the lower lash line and a larger brush for blending. For a quick, basic look though, this brush could work fine. 
For this look, I used the browns on the right side of the palette. I first used the crease brush to apply the medium taupe in my crease. I added a little bit of the dark brown to my outer corner, and then lightly applied the champagne color to the center of my lids. I also smudged the taupe on the lower lash line. Last weekend I did a look with the plum colors (I should've taken a picture), but just so you know, that shimmery taupe on the left side is a dream to work with! It would make for an EASY one shadow look! And of course, one could also be creative and mix shades from both sides of the palette  :) 
In addition to the eyeshadows, I also applied a nude liner to my lower inner rim to further awaken my tired eyes, and I applied black liquid liner to my upper lash line. Next step- mascara!
Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara
This is a full-sized mascara in special, limited-edition packaging. I'm not sure how "smart" this mascara is, but it certainly performs awesome on my lashes. I remember raving about this mascara years ago, saying how I liked it as much- if not better- than Tarte's Lights Camera Lashes. I think this one might be even more lengthening. I love the brush-- short bristles and lots of them, and it's slightly tapered toward the tip making application easy in the inner corners. 
Look at that length! And if I wanted even more volume, I'd apply my Estee Lauder Little Black Primer underneath. That primer also helps this mascara hold a curl... Gifted isn't great about doing that on its own. Another small gripe- when I was wearing Gifted on my lower lashes, I noticed some smudging just below my eyes. So watch out for that if it tends to be a problem area for you. Today I used my Cover Girl Clump Crusher Water Resistant on the lower lashes, because that stuff goes NOWHERE.
LipSurgence Liquid Lip Shine in Exquisite (Limited Edition)
At first I just thought this was a new shade in Tarte's LipSurgence Lip Gloss line, but it's actually being referred to as a Liquid Lip Shine. My info says "these brand new liquid lipsticks blend the benefits of a stain and a gloss in one high-performance application". I don't notice much difference in the way these feel compared to LipSurgence lip glosses. It's slightly sticky, but definitely has nice color and shine. This particular mauve/pink color has no shimmer, and gives off a nice amount of color on the lips. I definitely didn't notice any staining effects, though. For me, it wears for a couple of hours... give or take, depending on eating, drinking, accidentally kissing some off on your baby, etc. It's nice that this was included in the kit, but in my opinion, it's definitely not the strength of this kit. Oh, and unlike other LipSurgence products you might be used to, this gloss is not minty. It has a lightly sweet scent that I can't quite put my finger on.
Overall, I think Tarte put together a great TSV... probably one of their best, and I've tried pretty much all of them over the last few years! I thought I'd be most excited about the palette, and the palette is great. But I think I was most pleasantly surprised by the Foundcealer. I do not have perfect skin... between the lingering melasma, broken capillaries around my nose, and darkness around the eyes, I've got some stuff to cover and I tend to like a lot of coverage in my foundations. This was able to give me a lightweight feel, and coverage that I could control. And I didn't need to bring in any additional concealers to get the job done! If you get this kit, I think you'll also really enjoy the Foundcealer brush. Furthermore, there's a fabulous mascara in this kit. The lip color is a bit thick and sticky, and probably isn't something I'm going to reach for often. But all in all, I love the look that the products in this kit can achieve. Thanks for taking time to read this epic blog post- I hope it was helpful! 

Daily Nuggets...
  • I'm writing this post on Thursday... last night the Emily Awards wrapped up with the LIVE finale and it was SO SO FUN! Thanks to everyone who tuned in!
  • Cupcake is napping in Belle's bouncy seat right now. She also loves the pack-n-play.
  • I've had my Vanity Girl Hollywood makeup mirror for a little over four years, I think? Just yesterday, one of the bulbs went out. I can't believe that didn't happen sooner, considering the use that thing gets! 
  • I have had an ongoing Mexican food craving for a few weeks now. All I want are nachos, taco salad, quesadillas, etc. 
  • It has been far too long since I've written daily nuggets!


48 comments:

  1. I wish I lived in the States so I could purchase this. We don't get Tarte on our Shopping Channel. It seems like such an amazing deal. I want that Foundcealer!

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  2. Emily, were you happy with the light/medium shade? You and I typically wear the same shade in foundations, and I was thinking of ordering the medium shade. Thanks for the great review!

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    1. Definitely! I'm a little washed out in the side-by-side picture, but I think the light/medium is really a great shade match! :) Thanks for checking out the review!

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    2. I'm nc 30 mac, what color should u order please help

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  3. Wow gorgeous, gorgeous products!
    I wish Tarte was more easily available in the UK.
    You look amazing by the way!

    Leanne xx
    nailsandteapots

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  4. Thank you em for another great review. I was wondering if it was worth it.

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  5. Kinda bummed there is no Easy Pay, but I am loving thier new shipping rates...thanks Emily!

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  6. I've been debating this since I first saw it. I just got the other set that was out before Christmas, so I can't justify buying another set. Especially with how neutral the eye shadows are. But that foundcealer is really calling me!

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  7. Thanks for the review, Emily. You look absolutely stunning in that last photo. Just gorgeous! :)

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  8. That shimmery taupe eyeshadow!! *drool* is all I can say haha. It's disappointing that the lip stain/gloss didn't actually stain at all, but the shade looks lovely on you!

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  9. You totally sold me on this! I don't own any high end makeup but have been wanting some since I am obsessed with your videos!

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    1. Tart is a great high end brand considering you can get the foundation shades you are looking for. My husband takes notice when I am wearing the Tart creaseless Concealer.

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  10. The pallete is absolutely beautiful, the blush is perfect for me :)

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  11. This is a beautiful look on you! The packaging is stunning! I'd buy it just for that!

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  12. I really appreciate the review! I was considering this when I got the early alert email a few days ago and now I'm definitely ordering it :)

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  13. Darn, I had already decided last night that I'm not going to get this and now you're making me rethink that decision! Two questions: They claim you need less of the foundcealer than an average foundation and that's why it's only half an ounce. Do you agree with that? Also, can the foundation brush be used for blush?

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  14. This set seems like a really great deal! I've only tried Tarte's Lip Surgence and blushes and this looks like a great way to try the brand

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  15. I just ordered this kit this morning before I saw your review and I'm glad to hear that you liked it. Now I' m really excited to get it!! I also have an ongoing Mexican food craving. I feed it but it never seems to go away!!

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  16. Emily! Thank you so much for this awesome review - I don't usually "jump right in" to things like this, even if it's an awesome offer, so it was really helpful for me to read a review before making a purchase! You are so thorough and awesome in this, and that was super helpful! Thanks again!

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  17. I've always wanted to try a Tarte foundation. And that palette looks so pretty! I might have to give it a try too! Great review! :)

    -Chelsea | http://chelseamakeup14.blogspot.com

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  18. Hi Emily! That palette and lipgloss included look gorgeous and its such a great deal! I'm literally on qvc right now because It Cosmetics has some amazing deals I want to try. First time I'll be ordering from them--can't believe I didn't discover them sooner! Great full review & photos!!! Have a great weekend :)

    ~Richelle, Richelleloveslife.com

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  19. Wonderful review! I's like to add that I have very oily skin and the founcealer worked great on me. I did use powder on top of it but that's part of my daily routine and I wanted to be fair to it. I did have to use concealer on my dark circles but I am one of those people with panda eyes ;) That brush bush though, baby bunnies is right!

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  20. What a fantastic collection! I really want to try tarte cosmetics, their blushers and brushes are supposed to be legendary!!!!

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  21. But but, I wasn't going to buy it and now I might! AHHH so tempted. Wonderful review!

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  22. Thanks for the great review (as always)! Do you know if the brushes are natural or synthetic? I'm seriously thinking about getting this but I only use synthetic brushes & can't seem to find info about them anywhere! I've tried on QVC & tarte & no info to be had. If you know I'd really appreciate it. Thanks so much for all you do (ESP w/ the recent Emily awards..I couldn't watch live but have watched them all. Better keep your guard up though for that cuteness takeover! 🐱👶

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  23. Hey love, for dry skin do you prefer this foundation the foundcelar or do you like the original better?

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  24. I think "foundcealers" might be the new big thing coming up in the cosmetics world.. been seeing a few of them popping up. I have a tanning serum from Tarte I received in a beauty box with the same dropper and it doesn't work very well either.. very sleek but not the best functionality.

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  25. Great post♥

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  26. I saw on the video on QVC that they said you were only supposed to use 3 drops of the foundcealer. Was the dropper dispensing that much?

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  27. Emily did this foundcealer look yellow on you? I have been using it for three days now got the same color as you but when I look in the mirror it looks yellow on me

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  28. You look absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for your review on these products.

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  29. Did you wear a primer with this foundation? Or would you be able to suggest one? I ordered the kit but I am not sure how the foundation will do on my combo-oily skin. I definitely want to give it a shot though.

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  30. Even if the lip product isn't the star of the kit, the color is AMAZING on you. Does anyone know of any drugstore dupes for that color? Maybe a butter gloss? I can't get over how beautiful it looks on you, Emily!

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  31. I think I've said this before, Emily, but I love how you are as detailed as you are in your blog posts as your videos. This kit looks amazing. It's been a minute since I've stopped by, I hope you and the family are doing well.

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  32. Are you going to review the new Roller Lash mascara by Benefit? It's supposed to be curling so I thought it would be worth a try. Thanks for this review and you look absolutely STUNNING!

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  33. This sounds like an awesome kit. I'm dying to try the foundcealer after reading this, I love the idea of good coverage with a lighter feel!
    -Chelsey // AndEverythingNice

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  34. You look absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for your review on these products.
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