Take Out Your Dancing Shoes for the Tarte The Starlet Limited-Edition Makeup Vanity

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My neighbors probably don’t need another reason to think I’ve completely lost my mind, but that didn’t stop me from giving them another one today.


Since they already know that I take my cat out for walks on a leash, snap pictures of myself in the front yard, drive to the grocery store wearing false eyelashes, and periodically leap like this in the street, I figured heck — I have nothing else to lose. Might as well take pics of myself dancing in front of the windows while I blast Footloose and try on Tarte’s new The Starlet Limited-Edition Makeup Vanity ($52). πŸ™‚

If I only had an old VW Bug and an empty barn, LOL! But more on the movie in a few…

As for The Starlet, a holiday kit containing makeup for eyes, lashes and cheeks, she really should be handled with care. Within my first minute with it, I’d already scratched the mirrored top.

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The eyeshadows and blushes range in pigment from medium to full, which I like, but the powders are wild at heart! — as in incredibly powdery, and I find them difficult to control. I found myself having to press the products pretty hard to get them to adhere to my skin for any length of time.

As beautiful as it is, the kit has some strong selling points, like a wonderful array of wearable shades, but because of the powders, it would probably be best for beauties with a great deal of patience.

PRICE: $52
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and also online

So, Footloose! πŸ™‚

Maybe it’s because I went into the theater with seriously low expectations, but I thought the new remake was great! It must’ve been made by people who really loved the original, because it’s almost like a tribute film. It stays true to the spirit of the first flick with the same basic story, just freshened up with new faces and a few new twists. And the actors really work it OUT! For me, the dude who played Willard totally steals the show.

I left the theater singing… Seriously, what a great show. Next time you’re in the mood for a fun, feel-good flick that doesn’t require a lot of brain power, Footloose!


Now I have a strong urge to go country line dancing. I’ve never done it before, but it sure looked like a lot of fun in the movie.

You wanna go?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. wow this looks sooo pretty! but too bad that the products are powdery. still, it’s sooo pretty! haha…
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  2. Adrienne says:

    You know, some days I just love a fun feel good movie that doesn’t require a lot of brain power! Might wait til this comes out so i can rent it though. That way I can dance around like an idiot. Plus “la girlfriend” gave me “you really want me to do that? Really?” eyes when I saw the preview and went “oooh ooh can we see that!!?” lol. It sounds like a good rainy day alone, or I’m bored while cleaning movie!
    Shame about the shadows in the set. The presentation is so nice, it would sit so citron on my makeup table!

  3. marisol says:

    You, my friend, rock. And I kept tapping my foot during the whole movie. Way better than I expected.

    I really like that pretty blue eye shadow.

    • Karen says:

      Haha, me too! The music was such a good balance between the old stuff and new.

      What made you decide to watch it? Originally I wasn’t going to but I couldn’t deal with anything too heavy.

      That’s my fave color with the dark green a close second. πŸ™‚

  4. Silvia says:

    Just got this 2 days ago can’t wait to use it!!

  5. gio says:

    Wow! That looks beautiful!
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  6. Vonvon says:

    Wow! The mirrors ad reflections are actually making me a little dizzy!

    Over all very pretty set. Good for Tarte beginners like me.
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  7. Jamie-Leigh says:

    I Loved the Ring & your Yellow hat. Sooo Pretty xx

    • Karen says:

      Thanks! Yellow is such a happy color. I love wearing it when it’s kinda gloomy outside like it was yesterday.

      TGIF! What are your plans for the weekend?

  8. Kim says:

    Color-wise, this is right up my alley, but it’s too bad about the powder issues. I’m way too impatient to be fooling with that. πŸ™‚

    That’s great to hear about Footloose! I really couldn’t get myself interested in seeing it, but it’s getting really good reviews and a bunch of people I know who’ve seen it have liked it too. I’ll be adding it to my netflix queue in 6 months. πŸ™‚

    And, speaking of dancing, tonight is our big party night. Bedazzled shirts will be rocking out!

    • Karen says:

      I think you’ll really like the movie! Save it for a rainy day when you need a quick jolt of brainless fun. πŸ™‚

      OOOH! So excited for your big night out. Of course you’re going to tell me about the makeup…

  9. Chris25 says:

    I like the design of this palette, but I think I’m going to look at other Tarte options. πŸ™‚

  10. Yelena says:

    first of all i just love ur posts, its pretty much book marked on my browser and apart from my work email this is the first page i check every morning. thanks so much for posting everyday and making me smile everyday πŸ™‚

    2nd of all….tarte has been a lil disapointing with kits lately. i didnt think i needed this whole vanity so i settled for the rising star palette (i hope u review this soon) and i got the same result with the blush and bronzer – POWDERY! i cud barely lift any with my brushes which are usually good with high end or drug store products. this stuff is just so powdery and the shadows were not very pigmented either. i am going to give it a second try tonight with primer, but really that will only fix the E/S problem, the blush/bronzers are ridiculously powdery and i dont want to wet my brush and risk looking streaky.

  11. Nina says:

    i have learned my lesson w/ kits this big. i never use them!

    i bought the tarte jewel box and its still sitting in a drawer. i havent even taken it out of its packaging!

    • Karen says:

      I know what you mean. They aren’t the easiest to tote around, plus sometimes I get overwhelmed by all the choices!

      • Nina says:

        exactly! even the big palettes kinda intimidate me. tarte has the ten palette that i have, and i need to pull it out the night before i use it to figure out what to use!

  12. I think the Amazonian Clay Blushes alone make this kit a good deal.
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  13. sweeks1980 says:

    The packaging is gorgeous, but I’m still working my way through the LORAC Box Office Sensation box from last year. I’m also impatient enough to pass on the powdery texture πŸ™‚

  14. Carmela says:

    I was really, really interested in getting this but powdery will not work with impatient lil me. I wanted to try the eyeshadow and those amazing amazonian clay blushes for a while now and the value on this palette can’t be beat! I’ll probably need to see this for myself before any final decisions are made. Thanks for the review, Karen! πŸ™‚

  15. Melody says:

    Those are really pretty colors. To me they look surpisingly wearable. I might get this for my mom for xmas!

    • Karen says:

      Oh, that would be a really nice present for her. She’ll be thrilled when she sees the packaging!

      I wish I could get my mom makeup, but she’s not really into it. She’ll wear lipstick and that’s about it.

  16. Harshleen says:

    The vanity set looks gorgeous but I not feeling the love for most of the eyeshadow colors. I did get the Smoldereyes Eyeliner holiday set and love it!
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  17. Resa says:

    I saw Footloose for Kevin Bacon cuz he was on Will and Grace (he was HILARIOUS in that btw). Now I gotta watch Saturday Night Fever, Grease and all those other classics.
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  18. Hmmm, would you recommend the Puttin’ on the Glitz over Starlet then? I have the Tarte LipSurgence set and I adore it!!
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  19. Shannon says:

    I bought this kit as a Christmas gift for my sis during the Sephora sale. I have placed it in a hard to reach area in my junky storage room because I don’t trust myself to stay out of it for almost two more months!!!!

  20. Blue says:

    Darn it, Karen, with your tempting me with these kinds of palettes! πŸ˜€ I already ordered way too many limited-edition Holiday palettes… but I can probably squeeze this one in… thanks for the pictures and swatches!

  21. peach_ says:

    I LOVE the look you put together, Karen! Your skin is GLOWING. Please tell me your secret! πŸ˜€
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  22. moonbloom says:

    This looks more conservative and sophisticated than previous Tarte Holiday super-duper palettes…but also more boring with less product options and colors. If I was a make up newbie this would be great and the price is more than reasonable. But now for the jaded make up junkie that I am/was this is just meh.

  23. Amalee says:

    I totally just ordered this a couple days before you reviewed it. I’m sad that the eyeshadows are all powdery D: I guess I’ll see for myself when I receive it!

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