Holiday offerings always leave me feeling giddy. It isn’t just the typical color palette of deep, classic reds and bright shimmering golds (though admittedly that combo is beautiful) that gets me- it’s the holiday sets. The value-packed kits that give you such bang for buck really have me jumping for joy- especially this year. The selection seems vast and full of options for every taste.
Enter Tarte’s latest eye collection contains plenty of value and plenty of holiday glam. It includes 2 of their amazing SmoulderEyes jumbo pencils in new shades as well as three skinny SmoulderEyes pencils and their new mascara, Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
SmoulderEyes in Taupe
SmoulderEyes in Rose Gold
I was of course drawn to both shades being that they are both my most obsessed over colors. I was also struck by how close I thought they looked to the colors included in a SmoulderEyes set released last year…
SmoulderEyes in Gunmetal, Taupe, Rose Gold and Gold
Swatches L-R: Gunmetal, Taupe, Gold, Rose Gold
In actuality they aren’t that close. Gunmetal is much more grey/silver and the Gold shade is much more…well…gold. All 4 are pretty shades but I have to say I like the shades from this year’s set better.
The formula on SmoulderEyes crayons is similar to others on the market. They glide on smoothly, have nice pigmentation and great lasting power. The two pencils included in the kit are full size.
Next up are the skinny SmoulderEyes pencils. I had not tried these before so I was excited to see three different shades included.
Onyx, Purple Garnet, Azurite Green
L-R: Onyx, Purple Garnet, Azurite Green
The formula of these is spot on. They are super pigmented (that’s just one pass you see above) and glide on like buttah. It’s hard to choose a favorite- the black shade, onyx, is a deep dark black. Sometimes it’s hard to find a black that’s not washed out or too grey toned. This is just right. It stays put for hours on my waterline. The other two shades are stunning. Perfect for fall and the holidays, they both add a touch of glamour to the eyes. I’ve used them as liners (they last all day) and I’ve smudged them out to use as a base and they perform perfectly in both instances. All of the liners are full size.
The last piece of the set is a mini size of their latest mascara, Lights, Camera, Flashes.
The wand is rubbery and quite large (not as large as CoverGirl Lash Blast). The formula is a bit wet, but I think it will dry out nicely over time. I’m one of those who finds mascara is best after a few weeks of being opened and exposed to a little bit of air.
I liked the original Lights, Camera, Lashes as it gave nice volume and definition. The new version ups the ante ten fold. If you’re like me and enjoy lashes that are very black, volumized and lengthened….this is for you. I’m definitely buying a full size.
The Stop & Stare Set retails for $39 at Sephora. Might I suggest adding this to your list for their Friends & Family sale or perhaps your Christmas list?