For months now I have been drooling over Tarte's Carried Away Collector's set, a multi-purpose 2012 Holiday set which consists of 24 full sized eyeshadows, 8 mini Maracuja lip glosses, a Tarte Amazonian Clay blush, a mini Light, Camera, Lashes mascara, a Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay finishing powder, a domed powder brush, and a gorgeous makeup bag. So, I was more than a little excited when some very generous Sephora holiday elves left this set on my front porch a couple of weeks ago. After playing around with every product included in this holiday set, I truly think this would make a great gift for both makeup newbies and makeup pros alike. Here is my review:
My only complaint with this particular set, and with the majority of the products from Sephora, is the price difference between Canada and the US. In Canada, this set retails for $70 CND, whereas in the US, the retail price is $54 USD. With that said, both prices are still a steal as the retail value of the set is $665 CND. This set is sold exclusively at Sephora both online and in stores.
Tarte's Carried Away Collector's Set comes in a gorgeous metallic gold makeup case with a purple damask print. Inside the case is a large mirror (perfect for doing your makeup), an area to store the eyeshadow palette (this storage area also fits a z-palette, the Urban Decay Naked Palette, and many more), a single brush holder, and two plastic, zippered cases that can hold a variety of makeup items (including those in the Carried Away Collector's Set).
As I mentioned above, there are 24 full-sized eyeshadows (0.06oz) in a variety of finishes (matte, frosted, metallic and glitter) included in this set. While the majority of the shadows do fall in the neutral range, there are a few brighter colours such as 'Touchdown in Londontown', a metallic purple, and 'Hampton Waves', a matte peacock green. With the exception of a few of the lighter colours, all of the shadows have a great colour payoff, are creamy and smooth, and are easy to blend. Below are all of the colours included in this set:
Snowfall in Paris: A frosted beige-champagne.
Golden Gate Bridge: A medium frosted gold.
Volcanic Ash: A charcoal black with gold glitter.
Pyramid Gold: A frosted, light golden brown.
Pearl River: A light, frosted pink.
Seychelles Sandy: A matte grey-brown.
Touchdown to Londontown: A metallic purple with blue glitter.
Martha's Vineyard: A super dark, matte plum.
Pebble Beach: A frosted peach with chunky silver glitter.
Boston Brick: A frosted taupe with purple undertones.
Spanish Sangria: A frosted purple with fine gold glitter.
Napa Grapes: A matte, plummy purple.
Georgia Peach: A matte, light peach.
Tuscan Sun: A metallic copper.
Acai Jungle: A metallic plummy-vrown with golden shimmer.
Coral Reef: A metallic coral with fine gold shimmer.
Iceland Air: A frosty, iridescent white with purple undertones.
Mystic Seaport: A frosted lilac with silver glitter.
Concrete Jungle: A metallic charcoal grey.
Hampton Waves: A matte, peacock green.
Sunshine State: A metallic champagne with red and green glitter.
Hawaiian Palm: A metallic, yellow-toned green.
Olive: A metallic olive.
Sin City: A frosty blue-grey with gold glitter.
Also included in the set are 8 mini (0.059 oz) marajuca lipglosses. Like their full sized counterparts, these glosses contain marajuca oil and Vitamin C, which help moisturize and plump the lips, leaving them with a cool, minty tingle. These glosses are incredibly shiny, and while some are a little more sheer than others, for the most part, they are well pigmented. Below are all of the colours included in this set.
Nuria: A super pigmented raspberry-pink.
Ali: A stunning berry-pink with iridescent pink and blue shimmer.
Jena: A medium nude brown with pink undertones.
Mer: A nicely pigmented peach with gold glitter.
Anna: A fairly sheer, hot pink.
Mel: A light baby pink with blue undertones.
Heath: A very pigmented copper with chunky gold glitter.
Casey: A light nude pink with peach and brown undertones.
Amazonian Clay Blush:
Also included in this set is a mini (0.05oz) Amazonian Clay Blush in 'Adventurous', a lightly frosted, shimmering rose with finely milled silver glitter (insanely gorgeous!). Like all of the Amazonian Clay Blushes, 'Adventurous' is great for oily skin, helps minimize the appearance of pores, and is long lasting.
Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara:
This set also comes with a mini Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara (0.16 oz). With a long, thin, brush this mascara works to lengthen, curl, volumize and condition the lashes.
Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:
Included in this set is a mini (0.07oz) Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder. This powder, which appears white in the jar but applies translucent on the skin, helps minimize large pores, mattify the skin, and reduce the appearance of dryness and flakiness.
Tarte Powder Brush:
The final product included in this set is a full sized powder brush that works nicely with both the Amazonian Clay blush and finishing powder. This super soft brush is extremely durable, and as far as I have seen, does not shed.
Overall, I really love this set. While it is somewhat expensive (especially if you live in Canada), the products are all really well pigmented, of good quality and perfect for both travel and everyday use. With a value of $665 CND, the Tarte Carried Away Collector's Set is a deal that can't be beat!
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Will you be purchasing the Tarte Carried Away Collector's Set for anyone on your holiday list? Will you be adding it to your wish list? Are there any other great holiday sets you would recommend I review? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below.
** The products featured in this review were sent to me for PR consideration. As always, I am 100% honest in my review**