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Last month, as I was reading my beauty blogs one day, I came across Musings of  Muse’s review of the Tarte TSV on QVC.  Having never tried the brand, but hearing great things about it and the new trend to use Amazonian (Kaolin) clay in products, I decided to purchases it.

It arrived in my hot little hands yesterday, and contains the following:


  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Balancing Foundation SPF 15 (Your Choice of Fair, Light, Medium, Tan or Deep) This is a new product to the line, and from what I can tell isnt’ sold anywhere else yet.
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Wear Powder Blush in Glisten
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Long Wear Eye Shadow Quad (Includes Shimmering Cocoa, Shimmering Bronze, Shimmering Sand, and Shimmering Plum)
  • Tarte EmphasEyes Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliner in Golden Plum
  • Tarte Pureoptic Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Golden Pink
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Volumizing Mascara in Black
  • Tarte Foundation Brush
  • Purple Makeup Bag

(for swatches please see Musings of a Muse)

The complete set sells for $48.36, and I checked a few sources and the other foundations are $32-36, so for 12 more bucks you get eyeshadow, a GORGEOUS brush (which I can’t find for sale anywhere else), an eyeliner, mascara, and blush.  Pretty good deal, IF you use the foundation.  You can also get updated color kits in June and in October via the auto delivery option (A216307)

First of all, it came in a great little makeup bag, in a blister pack that was NOT sealed so tight that no one could get in.  SCORE one for QVC!  I first tried the foundation last night, to see how it would react on my skin.  Sadly, I have to say the foundation is a MISS for me because it accentuated my dry patches, and settled in my pores, making me look terrible.  I tried again this morning, and used the brush to buff it out as suggested, but still – the foundation just dried me out and made me look terrible.

However, I LOVE the eyeshadow colors!  With the Golden Plum liner, in automatic pencil form, I was a bit worried because I don’t do well with pencil liners – they end up on my chin by noon.  HOwever, even though this one did smudge a bit, it’s waterproof so after it dries it’s pretty solid.  The color is AMAZING!  It is a very subtle, natural look, which I love for work or daytime.

Over that I used the eyeshadow quad with Shimmering Sand as an all over lid color, adding Shimmering Plum in the crease.  I dusted Shimmering bronze over the outer corner to seal the deal.

I also really like the Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara.  It didnt’ clump or smudge on my cheeks and dried quickly.

So the verdict is: MIXED!

3 out of 5 compacts, only because I really don’t like the foundation which is a large part of the set.  I have to try the foundation a few more times to decide if I want to keep it or not.  I might try to sell / trade the foundation in LIGHT if anyone is interested.  It might not be the right thing for my skin, as it seems best suited for Combo / Oily skin, whereas I have Dry / Oily T zone skin.

The eye makeup gets

 4 out of 5 stars

Over all, I really like the products, and would recommend you give them a shot.

Auto Delivery including a June and October shipment with new seasonal colors (blush, eye quad, lipgloss, and eyeliner all come in new shades with each shipment)

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