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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Swatches: Tarte Cosmetics 500 Point Perk at Sephora

Sephora Tarte 500 Point Perk Reward

I hoard my Sephora points and rarely redeem them because they rarely offer any goodies that I'm interested in. They came out with the Tarte Cosmetics 500 Point Perk ($45.98 value) last week and I placed an order to redeem it. As most of you know, for every dollar that you spend at Sephora, you get 1 point. Some of you guys may feel that I paid $500 for the Tarte 500 Point Reward. However, I don't see it that way. I see the Tarte 500 Point Reward as a bonus on top of the $500 worth of makeup products that I bought. Also, even if Sephora terminated their rewards program, I would still buy my cosmetics from them because they have an extensive line of beauty products, an amazing return policy, and awesome discounts without limitations throughout the year.

Tarte Cosmetics 500 Point Perk Sephora

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara 0.10oz ($7.92) - The full size costs $19/0.24oz. It volumizes, darkens and separates my lashes well, but since it's non-waterproof, I can't wear it. Non-waterproof mascaras tend to weigh my lashes down and don't hold my curl. Unfortunately, the Tarte one was no different.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder

Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder 0.07oz ($6.34) - The full size costs $29/0.32oz. It's transparent, mattifies my skin and leaves my skin silky smooth, but my NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder controls my oils better. (I have an extremely oily t-zone.)

Tarte Shimmering Moss Cream Eyeshadow Swatch

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow 0.1oz ($19) - I received the full size! The Maybelline cream eyeshadows (0.14oz each) look much bigger than the Tarte ones, but they contain almost the same amount of product. The Tarte one is definitely more travel friendly and feels more lightweight. Shimmering Moss has a more olive undertone compared to Mossy Green, which is more green and Gold Shimmer is more gold. I find that the formula of the Tarte one is creamier and doesn't dry as fast as the Maybelline one. I love using Shimmering Moss as a base for MAC Sumptuous Olive. It makes the powder eyeshadow more intense, lengthens the wear-time and prevents creasing & fading.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow Shimmering Moss Swatch

Tarte Shimmering Moss Dupe Maybelline Mossy Green Swatch

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil 0.23oz ($6.22) - The full size costs $46/1.7oz. Alot of people love this product. Unfortunately, I find it to be greasy even when I use only a tiny drop and it doesn't sink into my skin. It feels like it's just sitting on top of my skin and I'm scared to lie in bed because I'm afraid that I'll get my pillow case all oily. (You all know how oil can be impossible difficult to remove.)

Tarte Shimmering Moss Swatch

Tarte Exposed Blush Swatch
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Exposed

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed 0.05oz ($6.50) - The full size costs $26/0.2oz. This was the main reason I redeemed the 500 Point Reward. Everyone seems to rave about the color and I want to get in on the action too! Also, the packaging is so cute and it's so convenient for travel. Exposed is more rosy, while Prim & Proper is more nude. Both are my go-to neutral shades when I'm doing a day time look or when I don't know which blush to match my eye makeup. You can't go wrong with either shade in any situation. They both have regular pigmentation (not sheer or too pigmented) and are buildable. Also, they last at least 8 hours without fading when applied on top of liquid foundation + setting powder. Prim & Proper is discontinued and difficult to find, but fortunately, Exposed is still in production.

Tarte Exposed Swatch
(Indoor Natural Lighting)

Tarte Exposed Mac Prim Proper Dupe
(Outdoor Natural Lighting on a Cloudy Day)

Tarte Exposed Blush Swatch Mac Prim Proper
(Outdoor Natural Lighting on a Sunny Day)

Note: The Tarte Cosmetics 500 Point Perk is sold out on Sephora's website, but is still available in some Sephora stores. Call your local Sephora store!

Which Sephora 500 Point Perk was your favorite?

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  1. Shoot! I need to spend like $150 ASAP and try to find this somewhere, LOL.

  2. this was a really great 500 point perk! I've read so many great things about Tarte and I'd love to try their products! if only Sephora in my country would carry this brand...

  3. If you can't find it in your local store, use part of the $150 and try the full size? =D

  4. Does Sephora offer any other 500 point rewards in your country?

  5. I've never gotten so many points but I have a friend that saved 650 points and she got a 10% discount code (and I believe she has to go to the store to get some bb cream samples, that's all!) and as a welcome gift, after you buy things around $100 to get the sephora card you get a small gift like a mini kabuki brush or a sephora lip gloss. No great gifts like in the States...

  6. I agree, not amazing, but at least better than nothing. =/

  7. yes, that's true! but we crave after the great gifts and discounts you get in the US... and after some great brands we don't have here like Nars or Tarte (even Urban Decay or Makeup Forever wasn't available until the end of 2012). Maybe in the near future we'll have more brands brought can only hope


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