My first item to introduce you to the Holiday 2015 season is the Tarte Cosmetics Greatest Glitz Collector's Set and Portable Palettes, ($49), exclusive to Ulta Beauty. Tarte is a cruelty free, vegan friendly company and every year they put out a variety of really nice sets for the holiday season. I missed the Ulta exclusive set last year and I didn't want that to happen again, so this set was the first item I purchased of the season.
The set consists of three palettes in neutral, rose gold, and smoky themes housed in a rose gold cardboard box which has a hidden magnetized closure and a full size mirror in the top. Each of the three palettes contain .024 oz of eyeshadow and a .155 oz blush. Also in the set, in a pull out drawer in the bottom of the box, are a deluze size Lipsurgence Lip Creme, (.056 oz.), and a deluxe size, (.13 oz), Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara, my current favorite.
Each palette is easily removed from the box. There were one or two eyeshadows that reminded me of last holiday's Sweet Dreams Bon Voyage Collector's set and one or two that reminded me of the Tartlette palette. Having said that, I want to be clear that the shades are different. They're not the same as earlier palettes, but a couple may remind you of some of your favorites.
The first palette on the left is the neutral themed palette.
My swatches are done outside on a sunny day. Tarte always surprises me when I swatch the products because of the incredible pigmentation. The colors are soft and swatch easily. Many of them are very complex, to the point that the camera can't pick it up in a group shot. I'm including a couple of different shots of my arm at different angles because, as you can see, when light hits the shades at different angles, it brings out different properties and shimmers.
I have swatched the Lipsurgence in Flashy on the right after the blush.
Flashy is the limited edition Lipsurgence for the Greatest Glitz set. It's a nude rose color, universally flattering.
The rose gold palette is next in the set.
Again, I have several swatches of this palette. As the light changes hitting it, so do the colors. Sometimes the shimmer is more evident than others and also takes on a different tone. Tarte has complex shimmers that must be appreciated from different angles to get the full effect. The two purples might remind you of the Tartelette palette but the Tartelette purples have more of a browned base to them.
The third palette has a smoky theme, with a matte purple-black and a matte soft black. The color Mint Spring, (3rd from the left in the bottom row), has the least pigmentation in all three palettes. It reminds me of a color in the Bon Voyage set from Holiday 2014 by sight, but when swatched, it's quite different and a greener grey than was found in Bon Voyage.
Tarte has one of the most extensive and intriguing holiday collections. This palette is found at Ulta and is exclusive to that store. SEPHORA has their own specific Tarte Holidaze Collection. Macys and Tarte Online have a shared collection and some pieces that overlap with Ulta and Sephora.
I wanted to put swatches up as quickly as possible for you. There is quite a variety of Tarte items for you to look at this season, and you'll want to investigate them all, I'm sure. Tarte Cosmetics offers top quality long-wearing makeup, and there is surely something this Holidaze season for everyone. Tarte is a vegan friendly, cruelty free company. You can follow them on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook as well as other social media webbys listed on their site. Be sure to search their hashtag #TarteHolidaze across all social channels.
Tell me what has caught your eye this holiday season and given you a Tarte Attack?