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Tarte’s LipSurgence Collector’s Set (complete set of indoor and outdoor swatches)

Statement Lips set by tarte

I was shocked to see this set back in Sephora store’s and just had to grab it!

tarte 5 piece LipSurgence collector's set

This 5-piece LipSurgence Collector’s Set from Tarte called “Statement Lips” sold out earlier in the season and I was lucky enough that they replenished those empty shelves! ¬†I was wandering through Sephora and when I saw it, I was just plain thrilled. ūüôā ¬†I was actually in store returning the Cinderella Moonlit Kiss Lipstick Set¬†and was stoked to be able to replace them with a product I know isn’t drying and always feels great on my lips.

Tarte 5 piece LipSurgence set for holidays 2012

This set is made up of a variety of LipSurgence types and all of them are full size products (which retail for $31 CAD individually or $24US). ¬†It has one matte (“exposed”), two lip lusters (“escape” and “sweet”) and two lip tints (“enchanted” and “elite”). ¬†This Statement Lips set of 5 LipSurgence products by tarte retails for $44 CAD or $34US.

tarte 2012 christmas value lip set

Although you can’t find this on-line any more, be sure to check your local Sephora for stock, mine still had a bunch of them when I picked this one up.

And remember, no need to sharpen these babies, they are twist-up’s so there is no fuss and no mess.

tarte LipSurgence Collector's Set, swatches and review

Here is a look at this 5-piece Collector’s Set swatched on my hand:

swatches of tarte LipSurgence set 2012

I thought these swatches didn’t really fully encompass these shades, so I wanted to be sure to do full lip swatches as well, both outdoors in natural light and indoors with flash. ¬†Hope you find these helpful when deciding if this set is right for you, or perhaps the perfect gift!

escape LipSurgence Natural Lip Luster

“escape” is a shimmering pink and reminded me of “My Moment” from the Cinderella set I recently returned. ¬†This one just has slightly less glitter, but a far better formula. ¬† So for those of you that were in love with that shade, this is a good alternative….and won’t require the layering of clear gloss around it to make it bearable.

"escape" lipsurgence natural lip tint review and swatch

"escape" tarte lip swatch

enchanted LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint

“enchanted” is a sheer rose shade and what is particularly awesome about the sheer tints, is because they are sheer, they really play off the colour of your natural lips, so they will look different on everyone and compliment everyone.

"enchanted" by tarte, review and swatches

"enchanted" lip swatch by tarte

exposed LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Tint

“exposed” is described as the perfect nude. ¬†It really is a gorgeous lipstick and I’m SO glad it was in this collection. ¬†I wasn’t sure at first if it would be too dark for me, but I actually love that it has a darker pigmentation than I am used to with my nude lipsticks. ¬†Instead of washing me out, it defines my lips in a natural way. ¬†Definitely one of my favourites from this tarte collector’s set. ¬†

exposed matte lip tint by tarte, review and swatches

"exposed" lip swatch by tarte

sweet LipSurgence Lip Luster

“sweet” is a shimmering peachy pink. ¬†It’s not as glittery as you might expect from tarte’s line of lip lusters, but it has a very pretty gloss-like finish that isn’t over the top. ¬†I see myself getting a lot of use out of this shade, because it is subtle, yet soft and pretty.

sweet lip luster by tarte, review and swatches

"sweet" lip swatch on lips, tarte LipSurgence set

elite LipSurgence Lip Tint

“elite” is the other sheer one in the collection, described best as a sheer melon shade. ¬†This is my other favourite from this set. ¬†It is sheer, so will again play off of your natural lip colour, but for me, I found the amount of pigmentation just right. ¬†I also have a lot of “rose” shades already, so to have something with a slightly more tropical feel is awesome. ¬†I’m very happy to have added this one to my collection. ¬†I see it getting steady use year round, but especially in Spring.

"elite" lip tint review and swatches

"elite" lip swatch on lips, tarte's statement lips set

I personally can’t wait for next year’s 5-piece set of Tarte LipSurgence products! ¬†Every year they change the colours and these sets are such fantastic value! ¬†I hope you are able to get one before the 2012 stock is sold out.

Statement Lips set of LipSurgence by tarte (Christmas 2012)

Let me know if you have this set already and what you think of it!

Thanks for reading!




Eye Catchers 6-piece SmolderEYES set by tarte

Tarte Eyeliner set for Christmas 2012

I am really excited about this post today! ¬†When one of my girlfriend’s was visiting from Montreal we decided to go shopping…and of course wandered into our closest Sephora. ¬†With all of the new holiday sets and palettes out, we spent quite a while exploring and trying to track down our best options and narrow down what we “needed”. ¬†This set however, is something that neither of us could resist and we both ended up purchasing it. ¬†I hope she is loving it as much as I am!!

Ash Violet, Rainforest Black, Champagne, Gunmetal, Gold and Onyx set, photos, review and swatches

This Eye Catcher 6-piece SmolderEYES set by tarte is limited edition, for the holiday season.  This 2012 collection contains 5 SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liners (complete with sharpener) and 1 Skinny SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Onyx (a very intense, deep, true black).

Ash Violet, Rainforest Black, Champagne, Gunmetal, Gold, Onyx pencils by Tarte

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The 5 Jumbo shades are currently not available for purchase outside of this set.

  • Ash Violet is a sultry metallic purple
  • Rainforest Black is a nice deep dark teal
  • Champagne is a lovely shimmery highlight
  • Gunmetal is a dark grey/silver with purple undertones (like a shimmery mauve)
  • Gold is a true metallic gold shade
swatches of Ash Violet, Rainforest Black, Champagne, Gunmetal, Gold and Onyx SmolderEYES pencils by Tarte

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This SmolderEYES set is available at Sephora, as well as online through tarte’s website. ¬†To me, this set just screamed value. ¬†This line of waterproof pencils sell for $33.00 CAD/each or $25.00 US/each (slightly less for the skinny). ¬†This entire set retails for $51.00 CAD (a $187.00 value) or $39.00 US (a $144.00 value). ¬†So really, if two of the colours are something you want, then it really pays for itself quickly. ¬†(I know, I know, this sounds like a makeup addicts logic!)

I love tarte products and always find them to be high quality.  They have great pigmentation and this set in particular offers a nice variety of very unique shades.  These SmolderEYES waterproof pencils are especially awesome because of their versatility.  You can use them as either a liner, an eyeshadow, or simply an all over base for your shadow.  They have built in smudgers so you can really use this set however you like.  You can blend the shades together, or use them on their own.  You really do have a tonne of options with a set like this.

The swatches above are a couple generous strokes with each colour, but if you want to use a lighter hand, you can get yourself a thinner line, which will work well if you want to slightly smudge them out for a softer look like I have below:

swatches of Ash Violet, Rainforest Black, Champagne, Gunmetal, Gold and Onyx SmolderEYES pencils by Tarte

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Because these waterproof¬†eye liners¬†are made with Amazonian Clay they are good for the delicate skin around your eyes as they are both nourishing and hydrating. ¬†You don’t have to worry if you have oily eyelids either. ¬†Their waterproof formula means they won’t budge or smear and will last all day. ¬†But, this also means, when you first apply them you don’t have very long to smudge them out, so hurry!

My favourite part about these is actually how super creamy the formula is. ¬†They glide on very gently and easily, almost melting onto your skin. ¬†This means you won’t need to tug at your skin to get a smooth clean line.

Here is a 5-minute face I did for work using Rainforest Black on the top lash line and Ash Violet on the bottom:

Rainforest Black and Ash Violet  SmolderEYES swatches

At just $8.50 a pencil (or $6.50 for you readers south of the border) I really see this set as a great deal and think it would make a perfect gift for that makeup lover on your list or a perfect addition to your own collection.

What holiday sets are you most excited for this year?  What ones already made you cave?



Tarte Eyeliner set for Christmas 2012