Monday, May 28, 2012

Tarte Jewelry Box Palette

YES, I know I am a few years late reviewing this palette it's just that every time I thought about purchasing it, it's always out of stock!! Crazy unfortunate coincidences. lol I managed to get it on sale for $45 on the official Tarte website with a retail value of $52 so I'd say that's a pretty good deal for 32 full sized eyeshadows, 8 lipglosses, a full size bronzer & highlighter, 5 mini eyeliners, a mirror, AND a necklace! Even at it's original price, it is still an excellent value. Each Tarte eyeshadow refill is $17 and 17x32= a whopping $544!!! As you can see in the photos below, I ripped the pretty packaging apart and melted down the plastic with a lighter to depot all the shadows. It took me almost 3 days to complete but it was well worth it since the packaging has weak magnetic closure. Not very practical for travel and storing. :( I wish they would have names or at least numbered each thing in this palette because it's very difficult to review and remember which eyeshadow/lipgloss is which. :P

32 Eyeshadows- First 2 shelves

So lets start with these shadows.
There are 16 shimmers and 16 mattes. How awesome is that!? There is a fantastic variety of colors and finishes. I'd say out of 32, there were maybe about 4 or 5 that weren't as pigmented and smooth in texture like the rest but it certainly isn't a deal breaker for only $52.

MUG Corrupt in comparison to Tarte's black
Some more comparisons with MUG and the Urban Decay Naked Palette eyeshadows

Lipglosses and Park Ave Princess Mineral Powder Bronzer and Soft Pink Highlighting Powder

-1st Drawer

The lipglosses all come in pan form so most people assume they are going to be terrible but they are actually really good. Not amazing, but really good. 6/8 were non-sticky, don't taste bad, & the pigmentation is pretty decent. As you can see I depotted them into jars because melting the plastic underneath the pan liquifies the lipgloss and makes it spill everywhere as you're trying to get it out. Melting them also sheers the l/g out as well, which is what I did with the red one. So I find that scraping the product out is 10x easier and better. I really love the color selection of these, you get about 4 neutrals and 4 pinks/reds. This palette is so universal!

The bronzer (Park Ave Princess) is just fantastic, it has a very subtle gold shimmer in it and it look absolutely stunning on my cool fair skin as it isn't overly orange like a lot of other bronzers. Lighter golds look better on fair skin and this bronzer really hit the nail on the head for me. The highlighting powder probably suits light-medium skin tones because it looks invisible on my pale skin... so I really don't have much to say about it other than it seems a little powdery in texture.

Eyeliner Pencils- 2nd Drawer

*Pictures coming soon*

Comes with an army green, a matte black, a metallic black, shimmery brown, and a plummy purple. Not particularly a huge fan of these. They are really dry, have almost no staying power, and barely show up over eyeshadow with the exception of the matte black, I guess it wasn't TOO bad. I would have rather had 1 GOOD full sized dual ended eyeliner in brown and black rather than 5 mini crappy ones that I will probably throw in the trash. This palette really could have done without these, IMO.
Made with all natural ingredients/Animal friendly
Packaging is BEAUTIFUL. I love that it comes with a necklace, how neat!
You get your moneys worth...and then some
A lot of variety in color and finish so it has something for everyone
Mostly everything is smooth and pigmented well

Packaging is impractical especially for travel
A few of the eyeshadows and lipglosses weren't up to par with the rest of the palette
4/5 of the eyeliners were dry
 Difficult/time consuming to depot


Beauty 101 said...

This is a GORGEOUS palette! I completely agree that it is a good value and good job for getting it on sale! I love finding great things at a great price :)

PS - I found your blog through the blog hop this week and I'm so glad I did! <3 it!

Lysette Whitt said...

Thanks! I love your blog also, I am following :)

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