I haven't had time to play and swatch mine yet, but I wanted to show you some of the detail and give you my initial thoughts in case you're thinking about picking one up. The product comes packaged as a boxed set that includes 3 palettes, a lip gloss, an instruction card for various looks using the product, and a silver faux python leather bag. In more detail:
•3 interchangeable palettes for a total of 18 eyeshadows, 1 Amazonian clay 12-hour blush, 1 Amazonian clay shimmering powder and 1 park ave princess Amazonian clay bronzer
•reusable purse that features 4 credit card slots and a removable mirror
•detailed "get-the-look" instruction card
Below is the carrying bag, the 3 palettes, and the gloss. The bag measures about 6"x5", and the chain is a gold link-style that's plenty long enough to use as a crossover. It zips all the way around 3 sides, so it's secure when closed. Each palette is 3"x5", and they flip open like a book.
The inside of the bag is a deep plum fabric, and it has slots for credit cards, cash, and i.d. cards. There's also a removable mirror, and an elastic loop holder for the gloss. The zipper has the Tarte logo stamped on the pull.
Each palette has a set of snaps on the edge, so you can quickly and easily snap on into the bag. There's enough room in the bag that you could fit a brush in there for the eye shadow, and a small blush brush would possibly fit in as well.
These palettes have a magnetic closure, but I would use caution with them because the magnet hold is fairly weak. My only concern is that they could get nicked or scratched if you're not careful. I'll talk more about the packaging after the photos.
Here's a quick look at each palette. These are very generous in size--the shadows are 1" square, and the blush, bronzer, and shimmering powder each measure about 1"x2.25".
I am a fan of Tarte products, so if you are too, or you're intersted in exploring this brand, this is a great value. I apologize that I didn't have time to swatch these, but I wanted to get this up while it was still on sale in case you want to order one for the Holidays.
The assortment of shades is plentiful in the eye shadows, and there are both matte and shimmer shades. If you haven't tried Tarte's Amazonian Clay products, they are extremely nice. They're smooth and pigmented, and they wear very well for me. The shadows can be used both dry and wet for additional pigmentation, although they are plenty pigmented when used dry. The matte dark brown shades look like they would work very nicely as an eye liner or tight liner when applied with a dampened brush.
The blush is Amazonian Clay Darling, which is a soft shimmering coral pink. The Amazonian Clay shimmering powder shade is called Champagne, and this would work well not only as a highlighter, but it could also be used as an eye shadow. The Amazonian Clay bronzer is Park Ave. Princess, Tarte's best-selling bronzer.
The PureOptic lip gloss is a medium pink shade that is sheer, but definitely puts out some nice subtle color. It also has a soft minty scent.
The only thing I'm not crazy about is the overall packaging concept. I love that each palette is portable, which is great for traveling and they don't take up a lot of room in my make up drawers at home. I'm not one to touch up my eye shadow and blush on a regular basis, so I doubt I'd carry these for a night out. Beacuse the magnetic closure isn't all that strong, I'd be fearful if I did carry one in the little bag, that I might damage the products, say if I had a brush in there and it somehow nudged its way into the palette.
Even though I may not use it the way it's marketed for, you can be sure these palettes and the pretty gloss will get plenty of use from me. There are endless looks you can make with the variety of shades and products that are included in this set, from neutral looks, to smokey eyes, and so much more. If you've priced some of these products individually, you know this is a great deal. The bag will get some use from me as well, because I can fit a few products in there that I do use for touch up (the Tarte gloss, a powder compact, and an eye pencil). Sometimes, I don't want to carry a larger bag to an event, so this will hold the essentials. It's not made out of top quality material, but it's well made and it is glitzy!
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