I bought this quite a while ago now when there was an offer on at QVC UK, sadly it’s no longer available at all and I can’t link it. I got the entire set for just under £45 including postage which seemed like a fantastic deal as the foundation alone would be £30 and there were so many other products in the set as well. I hadn’t tried any Tarte products before as it’s not the easiest to get hold of and it’s not in shops, so colour matching isn’t the easiest but with the great deal I was able to get, I decided to give it a go and hope for the best. The parcel arrived quickly, within a week of placing the order, and was packaged in a box wrapped in large bubble wrap so it was well protected. There wasn’t any damage to the bombshell box or the products inside, so I was happy with this.
The products were in a second, plain black box with the gold Tarte Bombshell logo on the front. Inside this was a piece of clear plastic moulded to hold all the products which was effective in keeping them all separated during transit, something that’s certainly necessary with the foundation being a glass bottle.
Onto the products themselves, I purchased this mainly for the Rainforest of the Sea Foundation so that was the most important product to be right. I of course hadn’t tried this before and wasn’t able to colour check before buying so it was a bit of a guess, but luckily the shade Light was a good match for me. The bottle this foundation is in is beautiful and feels so luxurious. It’s a frosted glass bottle with gold writing on the front and a gold to purple ombré lid. Unscrewing this, the foundation is dispensed by a dropper. I haven’t had a foundation dispensed in this way before and, at the moment, I actually prefer it to a pump because it’s easy to control how much you use. However, I’m not sure it will work well when there’s not much left, I may have to resort to pouring then which will be quite wasteful. The foundation is quite a runny texture and compared to others I have tried, it dries very quickly which I love because it means I don’t have to wait around for it to dry before I continue with the next product.
I personally prefer to apply this with a blending sponge (currently the real techniques miracle complexion sponge) as it gives a smooth blended finish without brush lines and streaks. The coverage is medium and buildable making it a prefect “special occasions” foundation for me. I have been trying to find something to fit this category for a long time, I’ve tried many other brands, but I have much preferred using this and always reach for it if I’m doing a full face of makeup, meaning that I think I’ve found my graduation foundation! I highly recommend this and think it’s well worth trying out, I just wish we could get it more easily in the UK!
Also in the set is the Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara which is probably my most reached for item in the whole set. While I do use the foundation a lot, I prefer just concealer or a very light foundation day to day, so it only gets used 3 or 4 times a month. This mascara however, has been used pretty much daily since I got it and I’m going to be devastated when it runs out because I can’t afford to replace it right now! The packaging for this is quite unusual, the outside is a purple metallic snakeskin effect with obvious stitched edges. I’m not sure if I necessarily like this but it is certainly striking with how different it is. The mascara itself is a bold black shade, no greyish tones in sight, and the wand is a fine narrow brush with a taper towards the tip. I’m not necessarily certain what’s special about it but it’s perfect for separating the lashes and not leaving clumps while also adding a bit of volume and length, just how I like it.
To complement the mascara, the set also included the Sex Kitten Eyeliner. This is a soft twist up black gel eyeliner which is advertised as being smudge proof and waterproof. I personally don’t reach for this type of eyeliner for on the lid, I prefer a liquid eyeliner there, however for the waterline, this is perfect. Generally, I only use eyeliner like this for an evening out, so I haven’t tried it for massively extended periods of time, but for the 5 hours or so that I have used it, it’s lasted really well, even when my eyes have been watery. I usually reach for this instead of other similar options from other brands.
As this is pretty much an entire look in a set, there is of course a lip product, the Lip Sculptor in the shade Sangria. Unusually, this contains a duo product with both a lipstick and lipgloss. I’m not the biggest fan of this format, however, for travelling it’s probably a good option as it’s very versatile. The shade is a pretty, deep dusky rose and looks lovely with my skin tone, however I just don’t reach for it. I never reach for lipgloss anyway as I don’t like the feel on my lips, but I’ve barely even used the lipstick as I just prefer others in my collection over this. The packaging is a pretty gold with purple writing but it doesn’t feel as luxurious as others I own, especially for the price. I therefore, don’t think I would buy another of these at £21 each.
Finally, included in the set was the Sex Kitten Eyeshadow Palette, this isn’t available anymore so I can’t link it. I have heard a lot of good things about other Tarte eyeshadow palettes, but if I’m honest, I was disappointed by this one. The shades are pretty but none of them are spectacular and the mattes felt a bit chalky and didn’t have very good pigmentation, especially in the lighter shades, as you can see from the swatches. The palette itself is made from a thick cardboard which feels a bit cheap and certainly doesn’t hold the luxury feel of other brands and as such, it gets lost in my collection and I just don’t reach for it. I certainly wouldn’t have bought this separately and I would have been disappointed if I had brought the set specifically for this palette.
Along with the palette, the set came with an eyeshadow brush and once again, I’m not a fan. The bristles feel rough and don’t move very well against the skin making it difficult for use in both applying eyeshadows and blending so I actively avoid using this unless none of my other brushes are clean. It’s pretty to look at with the gold handle and white brush but if it doesn’t do the job, that doesn’t really matter.
Overall, despite being disappointed by a couple of the products, this set was well worth the £45 just for the foundation and mascara. As this was on offer from £75, I don’t think it would have been worth that, however I’m glad I had the opportunity to try the products, especially the foundation, and it hasn’t put me off trying more in the future. I highly recommend picking this up if it becomes available again at the low price again!
I would love to know if you have tried anything from Tarte and what you recommend I pick up next!
Thanks for reading,