Lots of thrills in Tarte’s The Big Thrill Collection Holiday 2012

If you have limited space and want a kit that has a wide variety of options for your eyes, cheeks, and lips, then Tarte’s The Big Thrill Collection ($48 – all of the products separately are worth an unbelievable $430!!) is perfect for you.  This is available exclusively at Ulta.

The Big Thrill lives up to it’s name!

Inside you will find 16 full size eyeshadows, 1 bronzer, 1 highlighter, 2 blushes, and 3 full size lip glosses.

three levels of awesomeness

Above the eyeshadows is a nice mirror, so the only other thing you need besides this kit are your brushes.  Like all of Tarte’s collections, this is a limited edition collection that is a great gift idea for the holiday season.

beautiful shades

The eyeshadows are highly pigmented and have a great array of shades from very light to deeply dark.

another view…cosmetics porn!

The blushes are wonderful, I adore Tarte blush because it actually lasts all day without fading or disappearing.  And the lip glosses are beautiful shades that really complement the other colors in the kit.

Here are some close ups of the eyeshadows.  Click on the photos for an even closer look.

The Big Thrill eyeshadows

Top row:  Shooting Star (shimmery champagne), Giant Peach (light peach with  microglitter)

Bottom row:  Cloud 9 (soft matte beige), Pop of Pink (pink shimmer)

The Big Thrill eyeshadows

Top row: Totally Taupe (pinky-taupe with microglitter), Brilliant Bronze (shimmery bronze)

Bottom row:  Amazed by Amethyst (shimmery purple), Pumped About Purple (deep blue-toned purple)

The Big Thrill eyeshadows

Top row:  Silver Burst (shimmery silver), Next Level Lilac (grey lilac)

Bottom Row:  Clay Crush (matte grey/beige), Rush of Gold (gold with microglitter)

The Big Thril eyeshadows

Top Row:  Intergallactic Metallic (shimmery blue/grey), Jump for Juniper (matte teal)

Bottom Row:  Go for the Green (shimmery yellow green), Exquisite Emerald (shimmery green/brown)

Shooting Star, Giant Peach, Totally Taupe, Brilliant Bronze

Swatched above are Shooting Star, Giant Peach, Totally Taupe, and Brilliant Bronze.  I would have been happy with just these four shades.  These are gorgeous, highly pigmented neutrals that my green/brown eyes just love.

Cloud Nine, Pop of Pink, Amazed by Amethyst, Pop of Purple

Swatched above are Cloud Nine, Pop of Pink, Amazed by Amethyst, and Pop of Purple.  I like them all, although the Pop of Purple goes on as a dark brown on me.

Silver Burst, Next Level Lilac, Intergallactic Metallic, Jump for Juniper

Swatched above are Silver Burst, Next Level Lilac, Intergallactic Metallic, and Jump for JuniperNext Level Lilac is really a fabulous neutral that I use as as all-over wash on lazy days.

Clay Crush, Rush of Gold, Go for the Green, Exquisite Emerald

Swatched above are Clay Crush, Rush of Gold, Go for the Green, and Exquisite Emerald Rush of Gold is totally gorgeous, and Go for the Green is a lovely, unusual color that I was happy to get as I have nothing else like it.


Park Avenue Princess has been around for a while, but the other three shades are all brand new.


Park Avenue Princess (shimmery bronzer), Angelic (light pink highlighter)


Thrilled (bright shimmery pink), Curious (peachy-pink)

Park Avenue Princess, Angelic, Thrilled, Curious

Park Avenue Princess is a great bronzer that pairs really well with the highlighter Angelic.  I absolutely love the other two shades – Thrilled is a perfect raspberry shade, and Curious is a wonderful pinky/peach.

High Performance Naturals Lip Glosses

The three full sized lip glosses are so pretty, there is something for everyone.  They are also full of ingredients that are great for your lips.  Tarte says, “Vitamins A & E are natural antioxidants that help remove free radicals, promote collagen production and retain moisture, which plump fine lines and wrinkles to give the appearance of younger, fuller lips.”

Strawberry Sensation

Strawberry Sensation is a shimmery strawberry pink.

Strawberry Sensation brush

I prefer a does foot applicator, but these brushes are good, they aren’t prone to splaying.


Apple-A-Day is a glittery deep pink.

Apple-A-Day brush

I love this shade, it gives my lips just the right amount of color and the glitter isn’t too much for daytime.


Abri-Cad-Apricot is the only matte lip gloss, it’s a matte brownish peach.

Abri-Cad-Apricot brush

While this has brown tones in it, I find it’s not overly warm on.  It has a ton of shine and just a hint of apricot color.

Strawberry Sensation, Apple-A-Day, Abri-Cad-Apricot

All together, this is a beautiful collection of shades.  It’s such a great value, this is a kit you don’t want to miss out on.  Just like the name says, it’s full of big thrills, you will want to put this on your wish list.  – Lisa

*pr sample


  1. This is fun. I clearly need it.

  2. WOW- what a great set!!

  3. Do you believe how much you get for the money? That’s just incredible.

  4. The bargain of the holiday season!

  5. This is an awesome value set! Truly a holiday gem…

  6. I gave last year’s set as a gift to my niece and she went crazy over it. I might buy this one for a different niece this year.

  7. What an AMAZING value! I’ll be picking this one up for sure!

  8. I need to dig into mine now and create some looks.

  9. Cindy, I would love to see them! Your eye looks always me inspire me, you have a great sense of what shades work together.

  10. What a great set… it’s on my wish list!