Tarte’s new holiday set Puttin on the Glitz is both beautiful and practical, two adjectives I aspire to be (but, unfortunately, I often fall a little short!!). At only $48 this set is wonderfully affordable, especially considering what you get: a gold and silver clutch, three interchangeable eyeshadow/face color palettes that snap into the clutch, a lipgloss, and an instruction card with eye looks for each palette. If you total up all the products just in the palettes, that’s an incredible 18 eyeshadows, 1 blush, 1 shimmer powder, and 1 bronzer. Unbelievable!!
The clutch is nicely versatile since it’s silver but the chain is gold.
The clutch has four credit card slots and a removable mirror. There is a holder for the lip gloss, and the palettes clip right into place.
The lip gloss is a soft, pretty peachy-pink, almost a watermelon color that has a little shimmer. The bottom twists, and the lip gloss comes out through the lip brush.
The lipgloss has a great feel, not the least bit sticky. It has a slight ‘fresh’ taste to it, like spearmint. It’s a very wearable shade that will look great on most people. You can wear it alone or over a matte color to brighten it up.
The three palettes each have six coordinating eyeshadows in both matte and shimmer, and then one larger powder product (blush, shimmer powder, or bronzer).
Pictured above is the Nine-to-Five palette, which has neutral eyeshadows (cool and warm colors) and a soft pink blush. The eyeshadow colors are from top to bottom:
And here is the gorgeous Amazonian Clay blush that is also included – I love this blush, it gives the best ‘inner glow’ look.
Here is the instruction card for the Nine-to-Five palette. I tried out the look below:
It’s a very pretty daytime look that you can easily ramp up by deepening the colors. This is probably my most favorite of the three palettes since I tend to be more of a ‘neutral’ gal anyway.
Pictured above is the Girls’ Night Out palette. This palette has more dramatic jewel toned colors, as well as a shimmery highlighter shade. The eyeshadow colors are from top to bottom:
shimmery light brown, light pink champagne shimmer.
Pictured above is the third palette in the set, this one called Walk in the Park. The Walk in the Park palette is more natural, with earth-toned shades. The much beloved Park Avenue Princess bronzer is included in addition to the six eyeshadows. The eyeshadow colors are:
medium brown with golden shimmer, matte light tan;
neutral light beige, and shimmery light gold.
And then, of course, the Park Avenue Princess bronzer. This is a medium toned bronzer with golden shimmer. I use this to contour, to bronze, and to blush for more natural looks.
Above is the instruction card for the Walk in the Park look, which I tried to replicate below.
I find that the pigment quality of these eyeshadows is very nice. I know some people have voiced concern that they are powdery. Tarte eyeshadows aren’t the type you ‘swipe’ with your brush – you need to ‘pat’ the brush into the shadow to pick up pigment, then pat it onto your eye. The pigment is terrific using that method.
I wish my pictures weren’t so dark, this is really a pretty combination. It was very overcast that day, so there wasn’t much natural light, and our indoor lighting is just too yellow to give a true picture. The clouds parted for just a moment and I was able to get my next picture:
My face of the day using the Tarte Walk in the Park palette. I used the Park Avenue Princess bronzer as my blush.
Do I really need to bring my eyeshadow palette with me to a party? Probably not, although the blush/highlighter/bronzer part comes in handy. And yet…do I ever need to bring an eyeshadow palette to work on days I have a big meeting in the evening, or I am going to go out right after work? Yes, for sure. And whether or not you use the clutch to carry a palette, you can still use the clutch just as a purse, and the three palettes and lip gloss are a fabulous value for the price. This is most definitely a ‘one for you, and one for me’ gift!! – Lisa
This gift set is available online at Tarte as well as at Sephora.