After trying my first Colourpop lippies a little while back I just had to try some more of their products! I took my chance when there was a sale on a few weeks ago to pick up a few different things to try out. Now they’ve arrived and I’ve had time to play with them all I’m going to share my haul and my first impressions on the products with you guys.
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?
The rest of us outside London finally got the Alice palette on Thursday and I rushed over to Debenhams to pick up my reserved palette straight after college. Here it is:
Oh it’s a beauty! Urban Decay have really pushed the boat out on this one haven’t they?
Once you have got over the amazing box design and open it up you are stunned once again by the inside. Inside the lid is a mirror and on the surface two flaps with the phrase “I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours” printed across them. You lift up two flaps to reveal the most beautiful three dimensional butterfly whose wings move as you move the flaps.
The eyeshadows themselves are in a little drawer that pulls out from underneath giving you a slow reveal of the shades and their chequerboard-like base design.
As you would expect from Urban Decay they have included a double ended brush with the palette this one is decorated to match the palette exactly which is a nice touch.
They are well pigmented and blendable with a great mix of bright jewel tones and more everyday neutrals. You can create a wide variety of looks with this palette from completely out there to every day.
The palette costs £43 and contains 20 shadows which works out at £2.15 per shadow. Given the production values of this palette and renowned quality of Urban Decay shadows that is an absolute bargain!
I haven’t done any swatches because the world and his wife are swatching this palette right now but if you are in need of swatches do pop over to Aisha at Lipstick and Daydreams as she has done some brilliant ones.
I did do some swatches of all of the lipstick shades for you though as these don’t seem to be as widespread. I bought ‘Mirana’ and ‘Hatter’ (shown bottom right) for myself but decided to leave the other shades in the store as I wouldn’t wear them personally.
Swatched left to right: ‘Alice’ (so nude it’s almost invisible on my skin!), ‘Time’, ‘Iracebeth’, ‘Hatter’ and ‘Mirana’ . It’s not quite catching on my camera but both Hatter and Mirana have tiny flecks of glitter running through them, they’re really quite unusual.
The lipsticks provide good coverage with the exception of ‘Alice’ which is a very sheer and
pale nude, I would recommend using a lip liner with them as I do with all UD lipsticks as I find their formula prone to movement without one.
Unfortunately I believe all of this collection has sold out online so if you’re still after any of it good luck hunting it down on counter!
With the help of an enabling friend I have received quite a few new items from the US this week and wanted to share my haul. I have left a couple of items off as I want to use them for other posts but most of it is here!
As you can see there are a mixture of high end and drug store products in this haul – all are things not available in the UK (or in the case of the UD palette website exclusives that are constantly out of stock!)
Urban Decay, Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
I’d been trying to get this in the UK for quite a while having been coveting it since before Christmas and was about to give up all hope of ever getting one having been checking the Urban Decay website religiously for weeks with no luck, it was always out of stock. When the opportunity arose to get it sent to me from the US I grabbed it with both hands! Boy am I glad I did, it’s beautiful! I also love the idea that the packaging is re-usable once the product has run out; the pans are on a tray which lifts out to reveal a velvet lining so you can turn it into a jewellery box! The shades are true Urban Decay, bold, bright and shimmery. My particular favourites are ‘Madness’, ‘Evidence’ and ‘Voodoo’.
Kat Von D, Lock it Concealer in ‘Light 16’
After having fallen for the foundation a while ago – it has seriously the best pigmentation I’ve ever seen in a liquid foundation – I had to try the concealer.
I do like that it’s in a handy squeezy tube, no pump that puts out too much product or stupid doe foot applicator (seriously though, why do companies insist on using those for dispensing product? It’s not hygienic and wastes tons of product that you can’t get out of the bottom.)
I’m really hoping that this concealer lives up to the brand’s reputation and doesn’t fall down after the foundation was so good.
Kat Von D, Liquid Lipstick in ‘Lolita II’
I already have a few shades of KVD’s liquid lipstick including the first ‘Lolita’ shade. This new version of Lolita is much redder, leaning towards terracotta compared to the current formulation of ‘Lolita’.
Colour Pop, Ultra Satin Lip in ‘Toolips’ & ‘Frick N Frack’
Would you believe these are my first ever ColourPop lipsticks? I know!
These promise to be comfortable and non-drying, that’s very nearly a holy grail liquid lipstick if it’s true! I’ll certainly be giving these a thorough testing.
Burt’s Bees, Lipstick in ‘Lily Lake’ & ‘Juniper Water’
I seriously don’t understand why these aren’t available in the UK. As far as I can tell pretty much every other Burt’s Bees product is but not these. It just doesn’t make any sense to me!
Anyway, these are lovely soft moisturising sheer lipsticks with a hint of sparkle to them. ‘Lily Lake’ is a brownish mauve while ‘Juniper Water’ is a deep burgundy red shade.
Maybelline, Color Tattoo Crayon in ‘Lilac Lust’ & ‘Lavish Lavender’
Color Tattoo is a product line we only get about half of in the UK. We don’t get all of the colours of the cream product (most stores have only 4 or 6 shades) and we get none of the loose powder shadows at all. Since they brought these out in the US this is another Color Tattoo product we simply don’t have in the UK! What are you playing at Maybelline?
Just like the original pots, once set these shadows are not going anywhere. I tried my best to smudge my swatches but they wouldn’t shift even with a bit of moisture. I can’t wait to wear them!
L-R: KVD ‘Lolita II’, CP ‘Toolips’, CP ‘Frick N Frack’
Burt’s Bees ‘Lily Lake’ & ‘Juniper Water’
Color Tattoo ‘Lilac Lust’ & ‘Lavish Lavender’
All of my swatches are available to view in larger sizes over on my Flickr account
I haven’t swatched the Urban Decay palette as it’s not a new release and loads of other people have probably already done so but if you want me to do a post with swatches for Urban Spectrum do let me know and I’ll get right on it!