March 20, 2011

Tarte 8th World Wonder Best of The Amazon 7-pc Clay Collection: Swatches, Before & After, Reviews

Hello, Beautiful!

I just received the Tarte 8th World Wonder Best of The Amazon 7-pc Clay Collection, which I purchased from QVC when it was the Today's Special Value for just $48. It's now $52.74 for the kit, which is still a great value. Check it out on QVC's website by clicking here (although at the time I wrote this blog post I noticed they are sold out of all shades except the Deep - keep an eye out to see if they get more back in stock)

This kit includes three worldwide launch products and two other products that are exclusive shades. The worldwide launch products and the exclusive shades are only available for purchase on QVC until August 1st.

Here's a list of what the kit includes:
  • Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Balancing Foundation SPF 15 -- this is a worldwide launch product. I chose the shade Medium (it's available in Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, Deep)
  • Foundation Brush -- this is a fluffy brush, something I traditionally would not use for a liquid foundation, but I will try it out since they said it was made specifically for this foundation.
  • Amazonian Clay Automatic Waterproof Eyeliner in Golden Plum -- this is a worldwide launch product.
  • Pure Optic Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Golden Pink -- this is a worldwide launch product.
  • Lights, Camera, Lashes! Volumizing Mascara in Black
  • Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Wear Powder Blush in Glisten (a peachy pink shade) -- this is an exclusive shade.
  • Amazonian Clay Long-Wear Eyeshadow Palette, which contains four shades: dark brown, shimmering bronze, light sand, shimmering plum -- this is an exclusive shade (or should I say, palette).
  • Cosmetic Bag
  • Pure Maracuja Oil -- This was a sample included that was added in as a bonus.

I love Tarte's eyeshadows, and the foundation caught my eye, so this kit really caught my attention. The value is really fantastic; just $6 per item if you include the cosmetic bag.
In this post I'll break it down, product by product including swatches and a review (plus Before & After pics for the foundation, the mascara, and the Pure Maracuja Oil). I plan to eventually do a tutorial using all the products from this kit - as well as separate product tutorials.
Let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy!


Tarte 8th World Wonder Best of The Amazon 7-pc Clay Collection



Tarte Amazonian Clay Balancing Foundation SPF 15
Shade: Medium


My Before & After using this foundation:

  • Review: This is supposed to be a full coverage foundation, and I wouldn't really say it's full coverage - but it is a full-medium coverage. I applied this using the included foundation brush, using swirling circular motions. It did provide good coverage, but I'd still need to use a concealer with this foundation. It goes on smoothly, but without a primer or setting powder this foundation fades away in just 3 to 4 hours and needs touching up. With a primer and setting powder this foundation could last through a normal work day.
  • Where To Buy This: At this moment you cannot purchase this item separately. It's a brand new, worldwide launch product. It's exclusive to QVC until August 1st, so if it does become available for purchase individually you'll have to visit QVC to do so (until August 1st). You can only pick up this product in the Tarte 8th World Wonder Best of The Amazon 7-pc Clay Collection.



Tarte Foundation Brush
  • Review: This brush has a large brush head with soft bristles. I applied the foundation using this brush in swirling, circular motions. It's supposed to give you an airbrushed look; I just think it looks normal. I do like the brush - good quality and great application. I'm glad to have this brush in my brush collection.
  • Where To Buy This: This brush is only available in the Tarte 8th World Wonder Best of The Amazon 7-Pc Clay Collection.



Tarte Amazonian Clay Automatic Waterproof Eyeliner
Shade: Golden Plum
Shade Description: A shimmering plum with pink and brown undertones.
  • Review: This eyeliner glides on smoothly with nice pigmentation. Water did not budge this, but easily removes with an eye makeup remover. The shade, Golden Plum, is pretty but not a shade I normally would wear. I like the formula of this, and the ease of use, but the shade isn't my cup of tea.
  • Where To Buy This: At this moment you cannot purchase this item separately. It's a brand new, worldwide launch product. It's exclusive to QVC until August 1st, so if it does become available for purchase individually you'll have to visit QVC to do so (until August 1st). You can only pick up this product in the Tarte 8th World Wonder Best of The Amazon 7-pc Clay Collection.



Tarte Pure Optic Moisturizing Lip Gloss
Shade: Golden Pink
Shade Description: A sheer peachy pink with lots of shimmer.
  • Review: I was really disappointed with this lip gloss, both in product performance and packaging. I'll start with performance: The gloss looks pretty when swatched, but goes on very sheer. You get barely there color with lots of shimmer/glitter (almost too much for my taste). The formula is minty, which I like, but also sticky. As for why I didn't like the packaging, well take a look at the last gloss photo above. See how the lid is crooked? Well that happens a lot. It almost never goes on correctly so you'll need to double check that it's on. I noticed this when I saw the on-air presentation on QVC. I though maybe the host put it on wrong, but then when I went to close it (like other glosses with the same twist-pen packaging), the cap went crooked. Another thing, I found the gloss continued to come up through the brush even after I had used it. It wasn't over flowing, but it was gathered at the top (like you see in the first and second gloss pics above - which is how I found my gloss after I had used it the day before).
  • Where To Buy This: At this moment I haven't seen this sold separately, but I'm sure it will be sold separately soon. You can only pick up this product in the Tarte 8th World Wonder Best of The Amazon 7-pc Clay Collection.



Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Volumizing Mascara
Shade: Black
Shade Description: Black
My Before & After using this mascara:
  • Review: Eh, this mascara is just so-so for me. My lashes are already pretty good on their own, so a mascara has to really wow me to make me want to use this. This didn't wow me.
  • Where To Buy This: You can purchase this on Sephora's website for $19 (although it will be in its original packaging; the packaging shown in the photos above is new).



Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Wear Powder Blush
Shade: Glisten
Shade Description: A peachy pink shimmer.
  • Review: This blush is silky and has good pigmentation. I don't know if it really lasts 12 hours, because at this moment I'm not wearing much blush because of breakouts on my cheeks. But what I can say about this is the shade, Glisten, reminds me of NARS Orgasm blush. A lot of brands are picking up on that best selling shade and I think this is Tarte's version of NARS Orgasm blush. One flaw of this: the packaging. The blush pan swirls around the compact and when the compact is closed, and I gently shake it, I can hear it pop out of place. It's easily fixed with some glue, but I shouldn't have to fix it. It could be poorly made because it's part of kit (sometimes production isn't as good in kits), or it could just be mine.
  • Where To Buy This: This blush is available on Sephora's website for $25 each -- however, the shade Glisten (shown above) is exclusive to QVC until August 1st. Eight other shades are available.



Tarte Amazonian Clay Long-Wear Eyeshadow Palette
Shades: Dark Brown, Shimmering Bronze, Light Sand, Shimmering Plum
Shade Descriptions: SHIMMERING COCOA: A warm cocoa brown shimmer. -- SHIMMERING SAND: A white champange shimmer. -- SHIMMERING BRONZE: A golden bronze shimmer. -- SHIMMERING PLUM: A shimmery vibrant purple with micro glitter. 
  • Review: As always, Tarte makes great eyeshadows. They're generous in size, well pigmented, and some of the silkiest shadows I've tried. The colors in this palette are really pretty and all have nice pigmentation. Shimmering Plum was the shade that went on a little uneven (when swatched), but not too bad. Shimmering Sand had the least pigmentation, but still very nice color payoff!
  • Where To Buy This: At this moment you cannot purchase this palette separately. This is an exclusive palette to QVC until August 1st. You can only pick up this palette in the Tarte 8th World Wonder Best of The Amazon 7-Pc Clay Collection.



Tarte Cosmetic Bag
  • Review: I have to be honest, I usually toss any cosmetic bag that come with kits. They go into a pile in my closet and I usually never touch them again. However, this bag is beautiful. It doesn't look cheaply made, and the textures of the bag are fantastic. The bag not only could be used as a cosmetic bag, but also a clutch for a night out. The bag can be both casual and semi-formal. Plenty of room inside. This bag will get used!
  • Where To Buy This: Like most kits, any bags that come with them are not available for separate purchase. 



Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil

My Before & After Using the Pure Maracuja Oil:
  • Review: At the time I was swatching this kit my hand was really super dry (from the eye makeup remover I was using). You can see how dry it was in the Before & After photo above (click on it to enlarge). My skin was flaky, white, and in need of moisture. One drop of this oil smoothed everything out and made my skin look hydrated. The oil absorbed quickly and did not leave behind a greasy feeling. Would I use it on my face? Maybe. I'm going to try Aragon Oil first, but will keep this sample around for future testing, or when I need to add hydration to my body.
  • Where To Buy This: You can buy a full size of this product on QVC's website for $46.



Have questions about any of the items in this kit? Just leave a comment on this blog post or send an email (kisses@valentinekisses.com). I'll try and answer all questions asked.

2 comments:

Rebecca said...

Hi Crystal,
I just wanted to say thanks for all your great reviews! I really love how you swatch everything and even show it on - it really helps. Hope the recovery is going well :D

Crystal Valentine-Burhans said...

Aw, thanks Rebecca! I'm glad my swatches are helpful... I just take the swatch photos that I'd like to see if I were searching for that product. The only reason I didn't take a photo of the lip gloss on is because my lips are really beating up at the moment (chapped, and I bit my lower lip the other day pretty bad since I still can't feel it). My recovery is going so much better. I just wish the swelling would go down! :) Thanks again sweetie! xoxo

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