Well it's quite dark out and quite cold (38 degrees) and the Muse thinks that Friday night is best spent home in her warm, cozy bed with her powerbook tucked safely on her lap and Torchwood
playing on her telly (God Bless the man that made Tivo otherwise the Muse would be unable to rewind and hit pause on scenes that contain John Barrowman
in all his glory).
While the Muse catches up on episodes she missed what better way to spend some of her time then blogging about her favorite topic.....Cosmetics ;)
I had mentioned I ordered the Tarte We Wish You Wealth Palette for a friend this week and it arrived just today tucked safely in a Sephora box with a bright red ribbon tied around it!
Many of you asked after this palette and wondered if it was worth purchasing and if I was going to purchase it, etc...
This is not on my wish list and I won't be purchasing it however I can give you my first impression from viewing my friend's palette and let you know if I think you should or should not get it.
First of all obviously if you're a Tarte fan this is of course on your wish list and by default you're in want mode. If you're not a Tarte fan or never purchased Tarte prior to this I'd say here's your really big chance to nab something that Tarte is virtually giving away for free (it's that cheap! In price not quality!).
There is ALOT of hype around this palette and if you happen to spend every waking moment (or some waking moments) on MUA you know how crazed people are about this. It's gathering a cult following and it's reaching Sephora Blockbuster Palette heights (you remember that drama last year don't you?! No? E-mail I'll happily provide you with the delightful details).
Now the hype is there for obvious reasons and that would be price, quality, quantity, and of course obsessive compulsive cosmetic collector's NEED (I have this disease).
First of all price. The palette is $52 and with that amount you get yourself quite a stash of delightful goodies to play with. Let's discuss quantity and what you're getting for your $52 bucks.
Here's what's inside the palette:
16 brand-new eyeshadows (Full Size)
16 brand-new lipglosses
4 gel eyeliners
4 cheek stains
3 24/7 lip sheers
Eyeshadow & eyelining brushes
Now if you take 16 and you multiply it by $17 each per a shadow you come out with the grand old total of $272. Tarte is basically giving you $272 worth of shadows in this palette. They want to be nice to you this holiday season it seems. The colors aren't particularly eye popping but they are soft and shimmering shades that can create a perfectly elegant look. So you're getting 16 eyeshadows plus they decided to throw in a buncha of other awesome stuff.
Ok so the thing that caught my eye was the lipglosses they are perfectly wearable and quite gorgeous shades. Can you count to 16? That's what they slapped in here. 16 glosses to go with those 16 shadows I just mentioned!
The rest my friends is just bonus material. Cheek Stains, Eye Liners, and more await you in this palette.
I'd say you can create quite a nice group of looks just using the one palette all year long! I have tried Tarte shadows and I can report they are pigmented, I've tried their glosses as well and can say those too are of high quality. I've tried many Tarte products and all are good solid products so the quality is there in this palette for sure!
Overall this is a sweet palette however it does have it's faults. I'm not loving how it opens.
It slides open on a slant and folds back. And I think this has the potential to make a major mess sadly. All I can say is if you get it use caution when opening and closing it.
The design of the case is pretty gorgeous. It's quilted and deep, dark purple in color. Beautiful really. I'm duly impressed at the small size and all that's tucked inside of it.
One tiny stupid pet peeve would be that they only included one sponge applicator for the eyeshadows. Sheesh couldn't they throw in like 6? 3 on either side or something? What the heck can you do with one?
I also picked up the We Wish You Happiness Mini Cheek Stain Kit with this (Again, not mine for a friend) and I'm so chuffed at the cute box these come in. It's purple and quilted too and goes fantastic with the We Wish You Wealth palette! It has a gold snap, large mirror, and will be a perfect little case for carrying around makeup and other bits! This is the best case they have done with the minis! I'm really loving this guy.
Overall, I'd say this is a perfect gift for someone or for yourself. It's ALOT of bang for your buck and well worth a purchase.
I'm personally not getting one because it's not something I'll make proper use of. My eyeshadow tastes run to the more extreme and as much as I am loving the glosses it's not worth the price for me to just use the glosses! If you're a great lover of highly shimmering shades of color than this isn't for you. The eyeshadows do contain some shimmer but not enough to make me want them!
If you're wanting this I highly suggest nabbing it now because if the hype continues I imagine you'll wake up sometime at the end of the month or middle of November and see it out of stock, never to make a reappearance! Gone, disappeared, finished. And you'll sadly hang your head and cry that you have to fulfill your need by purchasing it on E-bay for triple the price! Personally everyone is going to be reaching for this during the Sephora Friends and Family discount or at least a majority of the masses will be so don't expect to wait till then to get it. If you're REALLY wanting it, get it now before it's too late.
The Muse most definately recommends it for purchase!
Enjoy the pics (apologies but I kept the protective film on the palette as this isn't mine and I need to take special care of it for the special person I ordered it for!)
Tarte's We Wish You Wealth Palette and We Wish You Happiness Mini Cheek Stain Set
16 Full Size Eyeshadows
16 Luscious Lipglosses (My Favorite Part of the Palette)
4 gel eyeliners, 4 cheek stains, 3 24/7 lip sheers, Eyelid primer, Luminizer, and eyeshadow & eyelining brushes
Palette Fully Opened
Tarte's We Wish You Happiness Mini Cheek Stain Collection
Labels: First Impressions, Holiday Collections 2007, Tarte, Winter Collections 2007