Oh, destiny, art thou doomed to repeat thy makeup mistakes?
Every year I stock up on makeup sets under false pretenses, intending to give them away as gifts, but year after year I end up keeping one (or two or three!) for myself.
Never again… Yes, I’ve found a cure!
Tarte’s Crown Jewels Lipgloss Multi-Gift Set ($40) lets me gift unto others while indulging upon myself.
With 15 glosses spread out among three different sub-sets, there’s more than enough makeup here to satisfy my inner makeup monster (if only for a moment).
Each of the three sub-sets is based on a different color theme (nude, bold and glitter) and comes with five tubes of gloss, with the idea being to keep one set for yourself (hey, I can do that!) and give the other two away.
Glittering Green Goddesses: Wearable nudes
Swatches from left to right: creamy beige, creamy peach, creamy rosy pink, creamy blueish pink and shimmery peachy brown
Dazzling Divas: Glittery bling
Swatches from left to right: shimmery bronze, shimmery gold, shimmery light pink, shimmery violet and shimmery fuchsia
Twinkling Trendsetters: Bolds and brights
Shimmery golden coral, shimmery warm golden pink, shimmery fuchsia, creamy raspberry and shimmery tomato red
I like the breakdown of products in the sub-sets, but couldn’t they also be broken up to mix/match? What about mixing to make new sets to flatter the intended recipient’s skin tone? Hmm…
As for their quality, Tarte makes some of the best in the beauty biz — comparable to my MAC and Chanel faves, even.
Why Tarte Crown Jewels?
- Long-wearing (about four hours)
- Wide range of pigments (from super sheer nudes to full-coverage)
- Medium-to-high shine
- Highly moisturizing
- Fine glitter particles, non-gritty
- Free of parabens, phtalates and preservatives
- Light brown sugar scent and taste
Talk about really maximizing those beauty bucks! It’s $40, which breaks down to about $13 per set, or $2.67 per individual gloss. While they’re not full-sized glosses, the tubes are still pretty big for minis.
And why stop with holiday gifting, right? What about Crown Jewels in party favors? If you’re throwing a baby shower or bachelorette party, I bet a few of these would go great in the gift bags. Getting married this year? What about bridesmaids gifts, too?
I think the beauty brains at Tarte have a hit on their hands with Crown Jewels. Sometimes, it’s nice to both give AND receive. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
Let me know if you’d like to see some swatches.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,