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Blogmas 2015 Day 9 - More Drool Worthy Makeup Limited Editions...

9 December 2015
Carrying on from yesterday's limited edition post I have a few more items to show you. Get ready to want all the things.


I'd seen a lot of videos on this one and I wanted it pretty bad, I'd done a US haul in late October and considered getting it but held off. When I visited Sephora this month I just grabbed one off the display without swatching. Regret ensued.

The palette is obviously gorgeous to look at, instead of opening up like a standard palette this one slides out. The palette contains 24 shades in an assortment of bold colours with some complimentary neutrals.

All of my swatches were done on a one pass basis, except for Echo which is the second colour in the photo below, this was when I started to realise that perhaps the reviews I had seen contained wet swatches or primed skin because what I experienced with this palette was not matching up to my expectations after watching reviews.

I found many of the shades were quite vibrant but didn't have the colour pay off I was expecting.

When it came to applying the colours over a primer I had better results, although they still weren't quite what I was expecting. Yes they are bright and bold but many of them need layering to get the colour depth that is shown below and some aren't true to the richness they show in the pan.

Primer: Lime Crime Eyeshadow Brightener.
Inner Corner: Love.
Inner Third: Legend.
Center: Harpsichord.
Outer Corner and Crease: Rewind.
Lower Lash Line: Echo & Black Metal

While I haven't had a whole lot of great things to say about this palette you should know that I do like it, but for me the hype behind it doesn't match what I'm experiencing while using it. If you're going to buy one brightly coloured palette this season, get your hands on the Urban Decay Vice 4 or Spectrum Palette.

The Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Palette is Available at Sephora Stores and retails for $85.


Guys, I can't guarantee that this is currently available in Australia, I am 99.9% sure I saw it at Sephora Melbourne when I went (twice), but with all the pretties overload that I experienced there it's hard to give you a definite answer (mine came from 'Murica if you're wondering). Just in case it is available I'm doing a quick run down.

This palette is rocking some major bulkiness , it's covered in some fairly ugly sequins but if you just flip it over it's a pretty gold colour that is perfect for the festive season.

You'll find 24 eye shadows inside, along with a deluxe mini Lights Camera Flashes Mascara and a double ended brush.

You'll also find a smaller palette in the set and a hidden mirror.

The smaller palette contains 6 eyeshadows, a bronzer, blush and highlight.

The bronzer, Social Butterfly, is very nice and on the darker side so it's working well for me since I'm tanned almost to death at the moment. the blush, Amazed, is also really nice, great pigmentation, blends well and wears for a long time. Pink Champagne is the highlighter and is right down my alley, an intense sheen without looking powdery.

The eye shadows in this little palette are also quite nice, Dancer & Prancer looks a bit sad but I should mention that it is basically the colour of my skin at the moment so it's not lack of pigment that is making it so difficult to see!

When we move on to the larger part of the palette we have some issues..

The first row is all about super light colours In a Flurry swatches better than it translates on to the lid, it has micro glitter fall out with very little pigment. Fizz The Season is probably the most pigmented shade in this row but even then it's not by any means impressive.

The second row are you're mid tone lights, Baby It's Gold Outside is probably the punchiest colour in this row and I quite like this one but the rest are sad ass looking shades.

When you get to the third row you start to get a bit deeper in colour, Fireside Chat has such potential to make me forget that the previous two rows are shit (coppers and burnt reds are my absolute faves at the moment) but the pigment is so lacklustre that it makes me kind of want to cry.

Finally we have the last row, these are all matte and the darkest shades in the set. You can see that they all suck.

I put together an eye look and I've been feeling guilty about my brows because I haven't had time to keep them groomed so you guys have lovely pictures to look at but with this particular eye look I just don't give a fuck, the shadows are shitty anyway so why bother?

Primer: Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
Inner Third: Peach On Earth
Center: Fireside Chat
Outer Corner and Crease: Midnight Kiss
Lower Lash Line: Rum Pum Plum
Inner Corner: In A Flurry (also glitter fallout hidden under 50 layers of concealer)

These shadows don't blend well, they don't have nice colour pay off and they don't layer well. Skip it.


Tarte's Bling It On Blush palette  is a pretty little thing, you'll find a gorgeous sparkly black, slimline palette inside with the only downside being that it will transfer black micro glitter whenever you pick it up.

Inside you'll find 5 blush pans, each containing 4.5g of product.

A full size blush contains about 5.6g of product and retails for $36.00, making it about $6.40 per gram.

This palette contains a total of 22.5g and retails for $59.00, that works out to about $2.60 per gram. Bargain.

All of the colours have lovely pigmentation and blend well, you can brush them on lightly or really build them up to pack a punch. They wear all day long and about the only negative thing I can say is that they are all running along the pink spectrum and I would have loved to see a coral and purple toned blush in the palette.

The Tarte Bling It On Blush Palette is currently only available in Sephora stores and sells for $59.00


This Tarte LipSurgence set contains 5 full sized LipSurgence, 2 original formula and 3 mattes. The value of this kit comes to $160 so it's quite a bargain but it does have quite a few drawbacks for me.

The original formulas are gorgeous, very pigmented, look great on the lips and wear extremely well throughout the day. The mattes on the other hand don't quite pack a punch pigment wise, they look a little patchy and I found getting a full, even application quite time consuming, they aren't one swipe wonders like the non-matte formula.

They are all heavy on the pink spectrum as well, so if you're not in to pink you're not going to love these. I also had quality control with Emblaze, the product has broken off and likes to get stuck in the cap, how this has even occurred I have no idea, they are in fairly sturdy packaging and a firm plastic tube.

This one is going to come down to personal preference, I picked it up because I don't mind pink, I wanted to try the different formulas and I knew it was very good value for money, after further testing I can say the mattes are wearable but I would not buy any more in the future, whereas the original formula is very nice and if they had a colour I couldn't resist I would not hesitate to purchase it. Go forth with caution.

The Tarte Bling It On LipSurgence Set retails for $46 at Sephora and is not currently available online.

So what do you think? If you've tried anything from Tarte let me know, I'd love to hear what you think.

Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying. Items marked * were sent to me for trial and consideration, all other products were purchased by myself and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Integrity Always..

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2 comments on "Blogmas 2015 Day 9 - More Drool Worthy Makeup Limited Editions..."
  1. God that first tarte palette is bloody ugly.

  2. Those shadows in that fugly looking Tarte palette...*smh* can barely see them when swatched! What were Tarte thinking? Seems like they put all their thoughts into the packaging & not the contents.