I did it! I held my ground and did not order this palette from Sephora even though they have had it since December and we only just got it here in the UK. Go me! Rant incoming:
After the dreadful customer service I had from Sephora regarding the unavailability of pretty much any promotions for international customers including those with VIB and VIB Rouge status I decided I won’t be ordering from them again unless I really have no other possible option. It seems they will take our cash and they might (begrudgingly) ship some items to us but they don’t want to allow us to have any of their offers, sales, birthday gifts or coupons and claim “shipping and taxes” as their frankly bullshit excuse for it. All other US based sites allow us to use coupons and be involved in sales why do they think they are so special? VAT is 20% on the sale price of an item (since they give the prices without tax), it doesn’t matter if the price changes it’s still 20% of the new price. Pardon my French there but they really, really annoyed me.
Anyway, rant over let’s get on with looking at the Tarte products I ordered from QVC UK!
I ordered the ‘Tartelette Tease’ palette which follows on as a handbag sized addition to the Tartelette family. Having got it from QVC instead they repaid my waiting by pairing it with a brush! I do already have one of these funky bendy (!) brushes from when I got the ‘Tartelette in Bloom‘ palette from them a little while back but you can never have too many good blending brushes right? I also ordered the lip kit (I’m noticing that this is becoming a thing since Kylie and quite a few brands are selling two items together as a ‘lip kit’ now!) with the lip paint in ‘TBT’ which is described as a mauve and a matching lip crayon in the shade ‘Latergram’. I ordered the kit because it was only about £2 more than the lip paint on it’s own which I thought was bizarre!
The palette is very small and cute containing 6 warm neutral shades. True to the Tartelette family of palettes four of the shades are mattes. There is also one satin and one metallic so a variety of on-the-go looks can be created with this little handbag sized beauty.
All of the matte shadows in the palette are buttery soft, no crumbly powdery mattes here. I love Tarte for mattes they really do know how to do them well. The metallic does have some glittery fallout so it’s worth using a creamier/stickier primer with that shade to minimise it.
I think it’s a shame they’ve made this a limited edition palette as it’s such a handy sized and well priced addition to the range.
The individual shades are ‘Whisper’ which is a well pigmented peachy beige matte; ‘Crush’ which is a golden brown metallic with glitter particles; ‘Heartbreaker’ which is a warm chocolate brown matte; ‘Wink’ is light mauve matte, it’s quite close to my own skin tone so doesn’t show up very well in my swatch photo; ‘First Kiss’ is a beautiful medium brown with a satin finish; and finally ‘BFF’ is a well pigmented matte plum.
On to the lip kit now!
The lip crayon (in the shade ‘Latergram’) as they call it is a lip pencil for lining the lips and matches the Lip Paint liquid lipstick shade it accompanies perfectly.
It’s a twist up pencil so you never need a sharpener (in theory at least) and applies smoothly with great colour payoff. You could quite easily wear it alone all over the lip and top with some gloss
The liquid lipstick is in the shade ‘TBT’ which is a mauve shade. In the tube you get 6ml of product so more than some brands put in their tubes.
I really like the brownish-mauve shade and I feel the crayon does help get the perfect application of the liquid lipstick so it’s definitely something I’ll be trying with my other liquid products if I can find matching pencils in my collection!
Things I don’t like about this particular lipstick are the shape of the applicator which is basically just a round fluffy stick, it’s not shaped at all to help with application and I feel it picks up too much product. It applies much better with a lip brush, as if you get the layer of product even slightly too thick it will transfer all over the place! This lipstick doesn’t dry out in the same way a lot of other matte liquids do, it’s quite helpful to apply a thin layer and blot as you would with a regular cream lippie.
Have you tried the Tarte Lip Paint? How did you get on with it? Have you had any bad customer experiences with ordering from the US?