TARTE PINEAPPLE OF MY EYE SET REVIEW
Guys, happy Wednesday! This week, for Beauty Wednesday, I wanted to give you my thoughts on this Tarte gift set, that was part of the Holidays 2018 collection, because a) I love it, b) it’s now on sale, so what better time than now to SNAG it, and c) I had never reviewed a Tarte product on here, and I felt like it was about TIME!
First of all, let’s talk prices. This full set retailed at $59 originally, but is now on sale for $42. And what do you get for $42? A lot. There’s one big pineapple-shaped palette, which contains 2 blushes, one bronzer and one highlighter on one side, and 24 eyeshadows on the other side. The set also includes travel sizes of the Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara, Sex Kitten liquid eyeliner, and a Lip Quench Rescue Balm. Overall, Sephora’s website says this set is valued at $354, but I don’t really know how to verify that in this case, so I guess I’ll have to take their word for it.
Considering price only, this set offers really great value, especially considering that Tarte bigger palette usually retail from $39 to $49, and this one has a really great variety of shades, on top of some face products, and the extra liner, mascara and lip balm. So value-wise, we’re certainly getting spoiled with this set.
Now when it comes to the actual performance of the product, let’s start with the pièce de résistance: the palette. I want to touch briefly on packaging, because quite frankly, it’s not my favourite… The palette itself is quite bulky, and the top of the pineapple is rounded, which makes it a little hard to store. It’s also kind of heavy, so not necessarily practical for travel. But, the description on Sephora’s website does say that it’s a collector item, so I guess it kind of makes sense in that way. Also, one last think I don’t love is how the shade names are on the back of the palette… I know, this is a detail, but it really irritates me. If you’re gonna go through the trouble of finding clever names for all your shades, why not just put them under each shade?
One thing I do love and really appreciate about the packaging is the transparent plastic sheet that separates the face products from the eyeshadows, just to avoid having some crazy eyeshadow flecks mixing with the face products. This is really practical, and in my opinion, it should come in every palette that has both face products and eyeshadow, because no one wants some crazy blue and purples mixing with their bronzer.
Now let’s move on to the actual shades, starting with the face products. As you guys can see, it includes a really warm, peachy highlighter, 2 blushes (one lighter, more cool-toned one (Blossom), and one darker, warm-toned one (Private Beach)) and a warm-toned bronzer. All of them are super creamy and soft, and I surprisingly find myself reaching for the darker blush a lot, which is surprising because I don’t usually really like blush.
The only thing I’m not crazy about is the warm-toned bronzer, because I’m personally terrified of looking like an Oompa-Loompa, so I usually prefer a cool-toned bronzer.
One last thing I didn’t mention is the smell when you open the pineapple. I don’t know what it is, or which product it’s coming from, but it smells AMAZING. Like a sweet toffee smell that just makes me so angry every time. It’s the best.
Moving on to the eyeshadows, they seem to be arranged in a way that has most of the neutrals and warm shades on the top half, and most of the cool-toned and darker shades on the bottom half. Since that’s also how I grouped the swatches, I’ll be going over the top half first, and the second half afterwards.
The first thing I want to say is that every single shade in the top half was incredibly soft and creamy. Like butter. If you look at the swatches, it seems like the metallic shades swatched really well and the matte ones swatches a little patchy, but on the eye, they all blend quite well, and the matte shades are also pretty buildable, which I really love. I personally much prefer a sparkly/metallic eyeshadow, and usually use matte colours for transition shades.
Some of the shades, like Mimosa, Float On and Tourist, are a beautiful (stunning!) duo-chrome. Mimosa goes from a peachy champagne colour to a gold, Float On goes from a cold-toned pink to an icy silver, and Tourist goes from a dark cranberry to a fiery orange.
Now for the bottom shades, texture was a little trickier. The metallic ones were still super creamy and soft, but the matte ones were definitely a little more rough. Some felt full-on like sand, except Rooftop, the super pale pink, that was actually the creamiest of the whole palette. Seriously, if someone told me this was a cream shadow, I would have believed them.
The black isn’t the blackest black, and the last 4 shades were actually a little disappointing, particularly Smoothie Bar, that looked more like a brown plum, as opposed to a purple in the pan.
Honourable mentions have to go to R&R, which is a super beautiful rose-gold, Surf Rider, which is an amazing, hard to describe colour oscillating between a light lilac and silver, and Ocean Air, which looks blue in the pan, but actually comes out a duo-chrome purple with blue sparkles. Stunning!
So far, I’ve worn mostly the neutral shades in this palette because that’s what I tend to gravitate towards on a day-to-day basis, but I cannot wait to create looks with some of the most daring shades like Ocean Air and Samba (that super bright matte pink). I honestly feel like this palette has a great variety of shades, and it can be used for so many different styles of looks.
It also makes me want to try more Tarte eyeshadows, because they are so damn soft!!
Now let’s move on to the 3 other things in this set, starting with the eyeliner. I feel like it’s impossible to talk about Sex Kitten without mentioning the extra cute packaging. The cap of an eyeliner that’s shaped like a little cat? OMG, SO CUTE!
But as far as the product itself, it wasn’t my favourite, if we’re completely upfront here. I feel like mine might have been a little dried out (?) because it wasn’t that black and not that much product was actually coming out of the tip. That’s a shame, because the main thing in an eyeliner, at least to me, is that it has to be BLACKER THAN BLACK… And this one came out looking more like a really dark grey.
Are any of you guys big fans of the Sex Kitten liquid liner? If you are, please let me know in the comments below if that’s normal, of if I should give it another go.
The mascara, I actually really liked. I felt like it made my lashes look great all-over… I’m not the best at reviewing mascaras, honestly, because my lashes are super long and curved naturally, so I don’t really need a lot of help in that area. What I usually look for in a mascara is that it makes my lashes look denser without clumping together, and this did the trick.
Now my favourite thing in this set (aside from the eyeshadow) was by far the lip balm. The full-size (linked below) retails for $19, and if you ask me, it’s worth every penny. It looks like a gloss on the lips, but feels like a lip balm, it smells amazing, and it made my lips look so full and hydrated. It’s by far one of my favourite lip products that I’ve tested this year. The one included in this set is a very light pink, but it’s also available in darker colours, if you like a bit of a stained effect, with just a dash of colour.
That’s it for this review guys. I hope you found this useful, and if you weren’t sure about this set, I tell you, I highly recommend it. You get an amazing value for your buck (especially now that it’s on sale) and the quality is sub-par. Let me know if you end up buying this, and tag me in your looks using this set on Instagram, so I can re-share them on my stories!
Love you guys!