Tarte Holiday 2012, The Fantastic Foursome: First Impressions and Swatches

I'm so excited these have arrived!! I've never tried any of the the TARTE AMAZONIAN CLAY 12-HOUR BLUSHES. I've wanted to, but they were just too pricy for my student budget. So when I found out that Tarte was releasing a holiday set with mini versions of the blushes, I was ecstatic! In the FANTASTIC FOURSOME, you get one beeeeautiful shimmery highlighting shade (Angelic), two matte bright shades (Magic and Fantastic) , one neutral shade with shimmer (Stellar, which is described as shimmery but actually, has very fine glitter in my opinion, or is it very course shimmer?). These are mini and weight only 0.1oz instead of the usual 0.2oz but you get a chance to try 3 different shade of blush plus a highlighter in super travel friendly versions ^.^ Can you tell I adore these? I've tried other Tarte products (from previous holiday bundles, that's my secret for affording great makeup year round ^.~ ) and have always loved them. The quality of the makeup is great and they do avoid lots of harmful ingredients. For close-up pictures and swatches, stay tuned!
Here are the close-up pictures:
And here are the swatches,
from left to right: Stellar, Magic, Fantastic, Angelic
Now from a slightly different angle. I'm not sure if the camera captured this very well, but Stellar has a bit more loose glitter type particles than the finer shimmer in Angelic. 
As you can see, they are mostly true to pan. Stellar is a shimmering nude and Magic in a matte bright yellow based pink, a bit coral. Fantastic however, looks very bright pink in the pan, but translates more lavender pink when you swatch it. A very beautiful color, but very cool toned. Angelic is a gorgeous champagne highlighting shade, quite shimmery but no glitter. They are all very smooth and blend very, very well.
 They haven't given my any allergic reaction on my arm, but I still ought to test them on my face. I'll report back with the Sensitastic approval rate ^.~ Also, I'll let you guys know how long they really wear (though unfortunately I don't own any of the original blushes for comparisons). I just wanted to get the swatches up asap because I know I looked everywhere online and couldn't find swatches so I figured other people might be looking for them. I also bought their LIP SURGENCE set since I adored last year's version. I'll post a review with swatches for those ASAP so stay tuned over the next couple of days ^.^ Hope you guys enjoyed these!

(Angelic highlighter) Talc, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Kaolin, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

(Blushes) Mica, Talc, Nylon-12, Dimethicone, Magnesium Stearate, Octyldodecanol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Kaolin, Red 30 (CI 73360), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Ultramarines (CI 77007)

PRICE: $35 (4 shades with 0.1oz each)

CONS: These aren't 100% natural or organic

BOTTOM LINE: From my first impressions, this is an amazing set! The shades are pigmented, smooth and blend like a dream. I'll report about any allergic reactions soon!

WHERE TO BUY: www.sephora.com    


  1. I'm so excited to get mine! I ordered it last week. Should be coming this week. Sucks it takes so long to ship to Northern California!

    1. I know what you mean! The moment I ordered mine, I started doing a countdown in my head, lol! I hope yours arrive soon! ☺

  2. I love Tarte! They really knocked it out of the park this year for Holiday. Thanks for the lovely swatches!

    1. You're very welcome ☺ My jaw dropped when I saw all the different sets they released this year! I couldn't contain myself! I'm still debating whether to get the eyeliner set… so tempting!

  3. Thank you so much for posting this!

  4. I have never tried these either, so I was very curious to see the swatches ...I actually read your update first, so I'll go back and comment on that, too. Beautiful swatch colors!

    1. I'm glad you found the post useful! Loving your blog by the way!

  5. I'm ordering this tonight. I actually found your blog in your review on the Tarte website. Glad I found it!!


    1. I'm so glad you liked the blog! I hope you enjoy the blushes ☺