This review is going to start by telling you that I'm declaring the Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set, ($59), to be THE set to have from all the Holiday 2014 offerings. Tarte Cosmetics is a vegan friendly, cruelty free brand, offering products that are designed to be good for the skin and are infused with superfruits, minerals, vitamins and essential oils to be good for the skin. Considering how the brand is made, the generous amount of items in the set, it means the value and quality are unbelievable.
Declaring this set as THE Holiday 2014 piece to own is a pretty bold statement, so let me tell you why I said it, one aspect at a time. The gift box and travel bag make a beautiful presentation if you're giving this as a gift or keeping it for yourself.
Doesn't it just look spectacular? And royal, with it's purple and gold!! This is a makeup case that you'll use over and over for it's beauty, durability and the amount of products it holds. It will be beautiful on any vanity or dresser.
Opening the double zipper on the case reveals the makeup that comes with it.
The pouch in the lid contains an eyeshadow palette with 20 full sized Amazonian clay eyeshadows. In the bottom are, from left to right:
One full size LipSurgence Romantic lip tint
One full size LipSurgence Visionary lipgloss
A deluxe sized Light, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara
One deluxe sized Muse cheek stain
A deluxe sized Maracuja oil
A deluxe size Smooth Operator Amazonian clay finishing powder.
All the items together are, get ready for this!, a $423 value and you can purchase the kit at Sephora for $59!!!
When the insert is removed, you can see that there is a lot of room in the travel bag. Enough for at least a week's worth of essentials and goodies.
Let's take some time to analyze the contents of the collection, since we've covered the bag so thoroughly. First I'm going to have you look at the glorious Amazonian clay eyeshadow palette that is included in the kit. It's called Tarte High Performance Neutrals. The palette includes 20 full sized French-inspired shadows.
(All Tarte items, including those in this collection are formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phythaltes, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, gluten and are dermatologist tested.)
Behold the Tarte Holiday 2014 Sephora Exclusive Bon Voyage Collector's Set Eyeshadow Palette! Capitalized because it's JUST THAT beautiful!
Enough shimmers and mattes to keep everyone happy!!!
There are so many shades here to choose from. This palette alone would be a great deal for the price of the set, making them slightly over two dollars a shadow. Incredible!! But you get so much more.
Would you like to see some swatches? I thought you might.
The names of the shadows are, (left to right and swatched in the same order):
Palace Of Versailles, Moulin Rouge, I Think I Cannes, My Own Cotes du Rhone, Boudoir Noir
Fall In Louvre, Provence Upon a Time, Eiffel For You, Too Haute To Handle, Bastille In The Night
Swatched above and below are other purples in the palette to compare with the plum, Bastille In the Night.
Chantilly Lace, Merci You Later, No Champagne No Gain, Take On Bordeaux, French Riviera
I have two pictures for you. The first under regular light and the second was when a ray of sunshine hit my arm. Gah!!! The greeeeeen!!!!!
C'est le Vie, Marseille the Word, Play Nice, On A Good Notre Dame, Le Cordon Bleu
It's so hard to do this palette justice in pictures. Purples are notoriously difficult in front of a camera. I do think these are fairly accurate, tho. In the next picture, I wanted to show you the crazy amount of difference between using Nars shadow base on the left, and no base on the right.
I haven't color corrected in the photo, and they weren't in great light, so pay no attention to the color but look how much difference a shadow base can make. Choose your base wisely because this palette is full of pigment. When you see the plum on the end in real life, you'll just know it's the perfect Holiday smoky eye color.
Holy pigment, Batman!!
Included in the Bon Voyage set are a LipSurgence Lip Tint in Romantic and a Visionary LipSurgence lip gloss. Both are very nice alone or together. The LipSurgence pencil is that wonderful minty flavor that we all know and love from a Tarte pencil. The gloss is a wonderful vanilla and the two paired together make a delicious holiday treat.
The lip tint in Romantic is a nice apricot color, and the lipgloss is a coordinating peach. The lip tint goes to the pink side on my arm but stays true to color on my lips. It's really pretty.
Also included in the set is a deluxe .23 ounce size of Tarte's Maracuja oil. My friend Tracy was with me when I opened this set. She said the Maracuja oil is the best thing ever!! I've learned that when Tracy says that, I better follow because she's right. I asked her why she loves it so much and she told me that she has dry skin that can get flaky, especially in colder months and using the oil has really helped her. She told me that it doesn't feel heavy like a moisturizing cream but it really does what it's supposed to, and it doesn't make her break out. Win! Win!
Look what Tarte says about the oil:
"- After 6 weeks, 96% of women saw an overall visible improvement in skin and 91% saw a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles*- Immediately after application, 93% of women said skin appeared free of excess oil
- 90% of women said skin appeared smoother and softer* "
I haven't had the oil long enough to be able to comment on the claims but I tell you what, this oil absorbs VERY quickly, leaving no greasy feel. I'm thinking Tracy knows what she's talking about!
Another of the really pretty items in the set is the Tarte Cheek Stain in the color Muse. This is also a deluxe sample size at .17 oz. Muse is a limited edition color. WHAT? Say it ain't so, Tarte!!! This baby is totes gorge!!!
I have two swatches in different lighting. Why? Well, they look just a tad different, where one shows more of the glow than the other. Muse is a delicious nude glow. SO PRETTY!!! This will work for any skintone, either as a glowing cheek tint or a glow from within highlight. It's not shiny, it glows. Beautifully. It dries down to the most beautiful color. FAB! AB FAB!
Last, but not least, in the Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set and Travel Bag kit are a deluxe size, (.13 oz), Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara. It is opthomologist tested. It's said to deliver a 330% increase in lash volume immediately. That's, like...a lot!!!
The deluxe, (.07 oz), Smooth Operator Amazonian clay finishing powder, like all Tarte offers, is cruelty free. This powder is also vegan-friendly.
I'm going to end with some snippets of the eyeshadow palette. You can blow these up larger by clicking on the pictures. I did groups of two, so I need to make sure you know one row is duplicated. There are five rows down...not six.
And then some random pictures of chunks here and there to show the gorgeous, gorgeous shimmer shadows. I'm partial to shimmer myself, so these knocked my socks off. they're pretty!!
Again you can click to make them larger.
Do you think you'll be picking up this set from Sephora? It's exclusive to Sephora and a limited edition Holiday 2014 item. It won't be available forever.
I think this has been my longest post ever to date in four years of blogging, and with the most pictures. I really hope it helps you in your holiday shopping decisions.
What is your favorite piece in the set? Your favorite of the shadows? Let me know which Holiday items you are most looking forward to.