Wednesday, September 25, 2013

What's the Deal: Breaking Down the Value of Tarte's Holiday 2013 Gift Sets



This month, tarte released their Holiday Gift Sets in a collection called The Tarte of Giving. Most of these sets contain a LOT of makeup, which had me wondering, just what exactly is the value of these sets?

I did the math for you!

(All prices are calculated using the price of a full size item and scaling it down to the size you are given in the set. Also, this post does not include the sets with the eyeshadow or blush palettes.)

#1: Thoughtful Treasures Best-Sellers Set

"A limited-edition, deluxe-sized collection of tarte’s best-selling favorites.
The limited-edition set features: 
• deluxe maracuja oil
• deluxe Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in limited edition thankful (golden pink)
• deluxe LipSurgence™ skintuitive lip tint in energy"



Deluxe blush - $6.89
Deluxe Maracuja oil - $6.40
Deluxe LipSurgence - $14.40

Total value: $27.78
Actual price: $19

You save $8.78.

#2: Leave Her Blushing - Set of 3 Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blushes & Blush Brush


"Get cheeky this season with a dashing wardrobe of three limited-edition deluxe Amazonian clay 12-hour blushes and a supremely soft blush brush.
Includes 3 deluxe Amazonian clay 12-hour blushes in this season’s hottest new limited-edition shades: 
  • honored, a nude rose shade
  • imagined, a candy pink shade
  • treasured, a melon shade
  • blush brush"
Deluxe blush - $6.89
Deluxe blush - $6.89
Deluxe blush - $6.89
Full-size blush brush - $28

Total value: $48.67
Actual price: $34

You save $14.67.

#3: Pure Delights 8-Piece LipSurgence Set


"A limited-edition 8-piece deluxe LipSurgence™ lip set.
Includes 8 deluxe LipSurgences™ in this season’s hottest new shades:

• 4 LipSurgence™ matte lip tints: glee (watermelon), cheerful (coral), destined (raspberry), generous (pinkish nude)
• 4 LipSurgence™ lip tints: believe (warm pink), grateful (nude), lovely (mauve pink), enamored (cool red)"


Deluxe LipSurgence - $14.40
Deluxe LipSurgence - $14.40
Deluxe LipSurgence - $14.40
Deluxe LipSurgence - $14.40
Deluxe LipSurgence - $14.40
Deluxe LipSurgence - $14.40
Deluxe LipSurgence - $14.40
Deluxe LipSurgence - $14.40

Total value: $115.20
Actual price: $34

You save $81.20.

#4: Rare Gem Limited Edition Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler


"A limited-edition, rhinestone picture perfect™ eyelash curler  with a deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara.
The limited-edition set features:
• rhinestone picture perfect™ eyelash curler
• deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara"


Deluxe mascara - $7.92
Eyelash curler - $8.08?

*This one was tricky, because the only other place they sell an eyelash curler is in a set with mascara like this one, so I estimated. Total value is the cost of the non-bedazzled curler.

Total value: $16
Actual cost: $19

You save $-3.00.

#5: The Best For Lash 4-Piece Deluxe Eye Set


"A limited-edition, travel-friendly eye and lash set.
This limited-edition set features:
  • deluxe multiplEYE™ lash enhancing primer
  • deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara
  • deluxe lights, camera, flashes™ statement mascara
  • deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ waterproof 12-hr inner rim liner"

Deluxe mascara - $12.67
Deluxe mascara - $12.67
Deluxe eyeliner - $0.45
Deluxe lash primer - $9.63

Total value: $35.42
Actual cost: $25

You save $10.42.

#6: Brushed By Beauty 5-Piece Brush Collection


"Brush your way to flawless beauty with tarte’s exclusive 5 piece bamboo brush set and travel-friendly makeup bag.
Includes 5 supremely soft brushes inside a purple makeup bag:
  • bamboo cream shadow brush
  • undercover lover™ bamboo concealer brush
  • the buffer™ airbrush finish bamboo foundation brush
  • double-ended bamboo blush & highlighter brush
  • double-ended bamboo eyeliner & shadow brush
  • purple makeup bag"
*This one is all estimated. Tarte does not sell brushes like these, so I had to estimate with the closest thing they sold for each brush. I believe each brush is full sized.

The Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush - $32
Double-Ended Bamboo Blush & Highlighter Brush - $36
Undercover Lover Bamboo Concealer Brush - $25
Bamboo Cream Shadow Brush - $25
Double-Ended Bamboo Eyeliner & Shadow Brush - $22

Total value: $115
Actual price: $59

You save $56.

#7: Stop & Stare SmolderEYES 6-Piece Liner & Lash Set

"A limited-edition liner & lash set featuring a variety of versatile liners and tarte’s latest mascara innovation, lights, camera, flashes™ statement mascara!
The limited-edition set includes:
• 3 full size skinny smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liners: best-selling onyx, new purple garnet & azurite green.
• 2 full size smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liners in new taupe & rose gold
• Deluxe lights, camera, flashes™ statement mascara"


Full Size Skinny SmolderEYES Liner - $19
Full Size Skinny SmolderEYES Liner - $19
Full Size Skinny SmolderEYES Liner - $19
Full Size SmolderEYES Liner - $22
Full Size SmolderEYES Liner - $22
Deluxe mascara - $12.67

Total value: $113.67
Actual price: $39

You save $74.67.

#7: Full Set


Total value: $471.74
Actual price: $229

You save $242.74.

So what should I get?

First, let's rank them by largest value:

#1: Full Set ($242.74 saved)
#2: Pure Delights 8-Piece LipSurgence Set ($81.20 saved)
#3: Stop & Stare SmolderEYES 6-Piece Liner & Lash Set ($74.67 saved)
#4: Brushed By Beauty 5-Piece Brush Collection ($56 saved)
#5: Leave Her Blushing - Set of 3 Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blushes & Blush Brush ($14.67 saved)
#6: Thoughtful Treasures Best-Sellers Set ($8.78 saved)
#4: Rare Gem Limited Edition Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler (-$3.00 saved)

The best values would have to be the full collection, the LipSurgence set, the liner & lash set, and the brushes. 

The blush set and the best-sellers are also good deals, but sub-par. 

The lash curler is pure fluff. You can get the same set with the deluxe mascara and purple lash curler for $16, which is $3 cheaper than the rhinestone'd curler. 

I just purchased the LipSurgence set myself! I've always balked at the price of a normal LipSurgence ($24 each). However, if you're like me, this is a perfect set if you've been wanting to try them out with a good amount of mattes and glosses.

You can purchase these all on Tarte's website, and a select few on Ulta or Sephora. Not sure if they're in stores yet. Get your Holiday 2013 goodies soon!

Till next time!


PS: Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty sale of the day is 50% off Anastasia Clear Brow Gel, so I suggest you pick that up right here! (I did!)


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