Just like Ulta, Sephora gives you a free birthday gift with your purchase during the month of your birthday. Seldom I can use them, since most of the time they're not vegan, and I give them as gifts to friends and/or family I know will like them and can use them. But this year, Sephora offered a mini Tarte set that was actually vegan, and I figured I would give it a shot.
This is gonna be a quick review because honestly, there's no much to say. I'm not a huge Tarte fan anyway, and since it was free, I figured if I tried it and didn't like it, no harm no foul. I'll start with the blush in exclusive shade "Paaarty."
I tried to get a photo of the blush on my cheeks, but it's so pale that it doesn't even show up. Unless your Casper, or your skin is a shade similar to his, you won't see this color show up on your skin. I also imagine if you have very dark skin, like a deep shade of chocolate, it would show up, but I don't think it would be flattering. Sure, the blush itself goes on nicely, it's smooth and applies well, but what good does all of that do if you can't tell I'm wearing any blush? I'm actually almost out of my Too Faced blush, and the same shade that they offer (it's like the only vegan one of the group) has totally changed and I don't think I'm gonna like it. So, I'm hoping for a blush in the next VeganCuts Quarterly box, if not, I'll be on a mission to find a matte, pressed vegan blush that's not too pink and is good to neutral undertones. I digress... So for me, the blush was lackluster. I just wish it was darker. Usually, these kits have a shade that works for medium skin, since that's apparently the most common shade, but this one missed the mark, sad to say. I'm still using it, under my Too Faced blush, just so I don't waste it.
Now, let's talk about the lip paint in "Birthday Suit."
It's a bit blurry, but the color is very nude and natural. Too nude for my liking. I also felt like it was more streaky than I anticipated it would be. It's comparative to KVD's Everlasting Liquis Lipsticks, but I don't like the wear nearly as much as hers. It's got a mint/menthol to it, so your lips tingle a little when you apply it. That's nice I guess. I suppose it's to add some breath freshening to it. I would never wear the color alone, it's entirely too light for my skin tone. But, doing an ombré look with a darker color, I could definitely use it with that.
Overall, both shades weren't really winners for me, but they're minis and it was free so, I'm not really that upset about it. I got another free KVD liner with my order though using my Sephora points, so there's that!
If you get this set as your birthday gift from Sephora too, I hope you enjoy it more than I do!