February 10, 2013

Tarte Journey to Natural Beauty 6-pc Collection - before & after, pics, swatches, review, FOTD

Hello, Beautiful!

I love me some QVC! Especially when they bring me brands like Tarte and pack together a bunch of great makeup at an even greater price. I recently purchased the Tarte TSV (Today's Special Value), and even though I get the Q Insider Magazine, meaning I could order it early, I decided to wait until I saw the on-air presentation. I shouldn't have waited; I love this kit and I knew I would. Next time I'll order right away!

Although no longer at the TSV price (which was $59.94), you can still get this kit for just over $65 on QVC's website (plus shipping and handling). When I checked the website last they were sold out of the Fair and Light shades, but I'm sure if you keep checking back they will come back in stock. I ordered this in Medium, if that helps anyone. This 6-pc collection even comes with a bonus mini sample of the Maracuja Self Tanner, not mentioned on the website; I've been wanting to try this self tanner so I'm excited to give it a try.

Check out my pics, swatches, info, review, and complete makeup look (FOTD) ... click on pics to view them larger.

Tarte Journey To Natural Beauty
6-pc Collection
This kit includes: Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Foundation (I have the Medium), Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Plummy Rose, Lights, Camera, Flashes! Statement Mascara in Black, Brow Architect Brow Shaper (shade matches your foundation choice), 12-Hour Amazonian Clay Blush in Fearless, Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush, Makeup Bag, Mini Sample of Maracuja Self Tanner.




Tarte Journey To Natural Beauty 6-pc Collection
Before & After
I only used the products in this kit!

Tarte Journey To Natural Beauty
6-pc Collection Complete Makeup Look
FOTD (Face Of The Day)

Tarte Journey To Natural Beauty 6-pc Collection Info & Review:
Cost/Availability: $72.50 - although currently $65.94 (for the entire kit). Available on QVC's website.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Kisses!

I love Tarte products, and their kits on QVC always impress me. This kit was another winner in my book. I'll break it down product by product on what I thought.

First up, the foundation...

The Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Foundation is a nice whipped mousse type liquid foundation. I have it in Medium, which works well for my skintone. I don't think it's a true full coverage, but it certainly does offer great medium coverage. It lasts long on me, even if I don't set it and even if I don't use a primer.

The Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush is one of my favorite brushes; I have one from their first kit back in March 2011 in their 8th World Wonder Best of The Amazon 7-pc Collection. That's also when I first tried the foundation. The brush applies foundation beautifully and is very well made. For sure a brush I'd buy on its own. What makes this brush different from the first tone is the handle; it has a special fabric handle that matches the makeup bag. I love it! Super cute!

The Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Fearless is beautiful. A nice warm pinky rose color. There is shimmer in this blush, maybe more than I would like, but once on it looks natural. Very pigmented too, so be careful of how much you apply. It gives my cheeks a nice warm pink glow. Tarte blushes are some of my favorite and I'm always happy to have another in my makeup collection. They apply beautifully and really do last like their name says.

The Amazonian Butter Lipstick is a new product. The color is pretty and the formula is divine. It felt smooth and comfortable on my lips - going on like butter. It even had a shine to it, sort of like a glossy lip balm. The shade Plummy Rose looks darker in the tube than when applied, so I was happy with the color on my lips; a flattering shade for sure! The packaging is in a cardboard tube, which I get is part of the natural concept, but I don't really care for it (it wears a lot faster/gets dirtier easier), but I love the formula of this lipstick so I'd be interested in more shades!

The Brow Architect is another new product. I have sparse brows so I was really curious to try this out, as I already love Tarte's  emphasEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse, and the Tarte EmphasEYES Amazonian Clay Brow Pencil. It does a nice job at filling in my brows, and the color is universal so you just press harder for darker color/lighter touch for a lighter color. The highlighter that comes with it worked well with my skintone and made my brow area nice and clean looking. I already have products similar to it, but really liked this one.

The Lights, Camera, Flashes! Statement Mascara in Black is their newest mascara. If you love their Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara then this is supposed to be twice as amazing. I wasn't really having high hopes for this, because I really don't like their Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara; I mean, it's ok but it never did too much for my lashes. However, the Lights, Camera, Flashes! Statement Mascara is amazing. Gave me va-va-voom length and some volume with an intense black color. Loved my lashes after using this.

The makeup bag is super cute, but it's just one big dump bag. No compartments, which is okay, but not sure I want to just toss my makeup into this large bag. I will likely use the bag for hair products when I travel. It's large enough and will fit them nicely. Although you can't tell by the photos, the tan/beige part of the bag actually has gold metallic running throughout, which I didn't notice during the on-air presentation but was a nice surprise because it gives the bag something extra rather than a boring plain side.

The sample of the Maracuja Self Tanner is great because I really, really, really wanted to try this. Can't wait to give it a go in the near future.

Overall, this kit was a winner for me, and one I'd recommend getting. Even without a concealer, eyeshadow, eye liner, primer/setting powder - this kit still gave me a completed natural look. My before and after pics speak for themselves to show you what just these few items can do to improve your overall look. And, my hair was bed head - so that extra shows how much it makes up for everything else going on. I personally would still need to use concealer with this, as well as primer and setting powder. Of course eyeshadow and eyeliner to really finish off the look but this kit gives you a lot of great products for one low price.

This is one kit I recommend picking up for yourself and even one as a gift!

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of this Tarte collection? Have you tried this or is this on your wish list? Discuss in the comments below.


  1. You look gorgeous in all your pics! I'm so bummed I didn't buy this the other night. I might have to go buy it and get on auto-d and get the new colors of blush and lip butter. Thanks for the review and all the pictures!!

  2. @ sunnydee130: Aw, thanks girl! And yes, you should go on auto-d for this; I should have gone on auto-do for this as well. I always end up buying the Tarte collections anyway.

  3. Thanks so much for posting the before and after pics. I ordered this as teh TSV and ALMOST cancelled, but now soooooooooo excited about getting. Your eyes look amazing! Can't wait for the whole kit. Thanks again an you were defintely rockin the kit!

  4. Holy smokes girl! Your skin and lashes!!! This looks like a wonderful set!

  5. You're so gorgeous!

    Do you like the Amazonian Clay blush? Have you ever used it prior to buying this kit? I've always heard great things about it, but for some reason I never stray away from my Holy Grail blush... Nars Orgasm... duh. :-)

  6. @ Anonymous: I'm glad my post helped you not cancel. Trust me, you're going to love this kit! :)

    @ jenny (beautykissxo): Thanks girl! My skin really isn't great - the foundation just does its job! :)

    @ Sweet (and Sour) Lou Lou: Thanks girl! And yes, I do like the Amazonian Clay Blush. I had three of them prior to getting this one, and I really do like them all. They have a great formula, awesome pigmentation, blend nicely and great staying power. I love my NARS blush, but I honestly think the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hr blush may be better - if not better, just as good! Definitely worth trying one out in one of their kits so you can try a bunch of products for about the same price as buying one or two of the products separately.

  7. wow.. they looks so amazing.. love the result.. specially the lipstick, foundation and the blush..
    you looks so pretty too ^^

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  8. @ piedev: Thanks girl! :) The lipstick is gorgeous... I really want a bunch!

  9. Just from your pictures you sold me on that foundation and brush!

  10. I'm defiantly going to buy this now - you look amazing!

  11. Great set! Your eyes look amazing with this mascara!


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