Glamorous Gifts: Tarte

UPDATE!  Running through 12/13/09, tarte is having a Friends & Family Sale. Get 40% off on all tarte products when you use the code: FFDEC. Plus, spend over $25 and get a complimentary card case. Get free shipping with $40 and up!  So, peruse the beauties below and choose wisely!

It simply would not be a fitting Beauty Couch holiday run-down if I didn't gush over the dazzling deals from tarte. Love them!  Their holiday specials were awesome last year, but this year they have clearly taken our current economic climate (hate that phase!) into account by putting together some very clever deals. Seriously, if you want to stock up on some tarte products, now is the time to do it.

Let's start with a few of my under $25 faves...

Who wouldn't love to get either of these mini cheek stain kits?  These award-winning, long-wearing, good-for-your-skin cheek stains blend easily to create a natural glow.  These are miniature sized, but since a little bit goes a loooong way and they last forever, you will hardly even notice the small size. Plus, the mini size makes them much easier to tuck into a purse or gym bag.  Crown Jewels ($25) features three brand new, limited edition shades:

  • brilliant - shimmering champagne
  • princess - shimmering rose
  • cushion - shimmering deep apricot

Pinch Me contains three different colors from the regular collection:
  • tipsy - sheer peach with touch of shimmer
  • flush - sheer berry red
  • true love - sheer watermelon
The Pinch Me collection is listed as costing $25, but on the website, it shows up as $15. So it may even be a better deal then it looks! A regular, full-sized cheek stain runs around $28 usually, so either of these bargains get you three different colors for less than the price of one.  That, my friends, is awesome.

For the tarte novice, the Intro to Tarte ($15) kit contains four of tarte's best-selling, most-beloved products.  Of course, it contains a mini cheek stain in blushing bride (rosy plum gel).  To complement that tarte-glow, use the 24/7 lip sheer with SPF 15 in friday (deep berry) on the lips and highlight with glistening powder in sugar daddy. Top it off with double-ended lip gloss in fred & ginger (sheer nude and shimmery champagne).  Less than $20 for that cute little kit! 

A Fresh Start Skinvigorating Kit ($25) contains two products that will work overtime to enhance your natural beauty.  The exfoliating fRxtion will perfect and soothe chapped lips and Clean Slate natural primer preps the face and helps makeup last longer.  Unique to tarte, Clean Slate works via natural fruit and plant derived extracts to treat, protect, sooth and hydrate the skin.

One might ask why it is even necessary to move out of the under $30 category. But, here we go anyway. In the less than $50 category, there are also quite a few big, big winners.

Crown Jewels ($39) is on almost every makeup-divas holiday wish list. This incredible set can be kept together to easily satisfy one's own significant gloss needs or broken apart into three gorgeous subsets to give away as awesome gifts. These deluxe minis contains jojoba seed oil to condition lips and get their color from natural mineral pigments.  The three different sets (with the individual colors) include:
  • Glittering Green Goddesses: Sheer nude-peach, beige, sweet pink, cotton candy pink, shimmering cinnamon
  • Dazzling Divas: warm sand, gold, orchid, violet and coral-pink
  • Twinkling Trendsetters: strawberry, melon-pink, fuchsia, brick-red, sheer raspberry 

GlamourEYES Essential Eye Kit ($39) includes some of tarte's best-selling eye products packaged in a reusable purple quilted makeup bag. This stunning kit includes:

If that isn't enough eye attention, then turn your attention toward the Peep Show Palette Smokey Eye Kit ($37).  Inside the chic case you will find everything needed to create those big, sexy smokey eyes: an eye primer, 3 smoky eyeshadows in coordinating shades, a compact mirror, two double-ended eye brushes and starry night natural eyeliner. The kit has two varieties: Onyx (shown above) with a black/grey color palette and Amber with golden brown colors. Either one will create some very sexy looks!

Once we tip over the $50 category, then we enter the realm of the Treasure Chest ($52).  I was lucky enough to receive its predecessor, The Vanity, last year and have enjoyed using it immensely.  Treasure Chest is even bigger and even better as they have added an entire extra tray of 16 matte eye shadows. I love this because, if I had any complaints about The Vanity, it was that there weren't any matte shadows.  Fixed!  This holiday favorite is a full 30% bigger and ready to take up residence in your makeup stash. If there is a tarte-fanatic on your gift list (and she doesn't already have one of these), then look no further.

There are really too many bargains to mention, so for more happy browsing, check out the Value Gift Guide on the tarte website. Tarte products are available at:,,, Henri Bendel, and boutiques nationwide.



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