You probably know by now that I am ….wait for it….a…gift whisper. Nothing delights me more than finding the perfect gift for someone. This year the perfect gift for both my makeup junkie friends and makeup newbies is the Limited Edition Tarte Big Thrill from the Holiday 2012 Collection–it’s sure to thrill (sorry couldn’t resist). It is available exclusively at Ulta and represents a $430 value for $48, but shhhh don’t tell my friends I’m so cheap. The Big Thrill truly has everything you need for an entire wardrobe of makeup looks including four of Tarte’s award winning Amazonian Clay Blushes (see review here), three of the best selling Vitamin lip glosses and 16 (wow!) eye shadows.
The packaging is groovy. Don’t ask me why but the purple and pink pattern reminds me of a shirt I had in high school in the 70’s. That aside, this treasure chest of delight has a full size mirror and two drawers. It’ made of heavy duty cardboard ($) and pretty sturdy.
Let’s take a look at what’s inside the palette!
- Shooting Star
- Giant Peach
- Cloud 9
- Pop of Pink
- Totally Taupe
- Brilliant Bronze
- Amazed by Amethyst
- Pumped About Purple
- Silver Burst
- Next Level Lilac
- Clay Crush
- Rush of Gold
- Intergallactic Metallic
- Jump for Juniper
- Go for the Green
- Exquisite Emerald
All these shadows are soft, smooth and pigmented. There is a wonderful mix of matte, metallic and shimmer finishes along with neutrals and deep jewel tone shades. I can’t think of any duplicate shades from other palettes but please correct me if I’m wrong. The sheer number of combinations you can create with this collection is mind boggling and my math skills are definitely not up to the task. I also can’t think of any other eye shadow color you might need!
Housed in the first drawer is my favorite bronzer EVER–Park Avenue Princess. I have re-purchased this no less than four times–I try lots of other bronzers, but keep coming back to Park Ave. Next is Angelic, a very pretty champagne gold highlighter, followed by new shade Thrilled, a glowy bright pink and another new shade Curious, a fabulous pinky coral.
Finally the third drawer contains three full size Vitamin Lip Glosses. These have excellent wear, a fruity scent and good pigment. These glosses have a brush applicator if that is important to you. I like brushes but some people hate them.
“Vitamins A & E are natural antioxidants that help remove free radicals, promote collagen production and retain moisture, which plump fine lines and wrinkles to give the appearance of younger, fuller lips.”
- Strawberry Sensation is a pink coral with a touch of shimmer
- Apple-A-Day is a cool glittery bright pink
- Abri-Cad-Apricot is a creamy brown peach
Overall: Tarte’s Big Thrill palette is seriously one of the best palettes of Holiday 2012 allowing for some fabulous holiday looks. The value alone is fantastic, but the selection and versatility can’t be beat. If you haven’t tried Tarte (why not?) this would be a wonderful introduction to the brand. Highly recommended, but don’t delay I have a feeling this will sell out fast!
For more pictures, swatches and reviews on the rest of the Tarte Baby It’s Bold Outside Holiday Collection, click here!
Prime Beauty Grade: A