The Tarte Carried Away collection features 24 full-size eyeshadows, 8 maracuja lip glosses, one small Amazonian Clay blush, a small Amazonian Clay finishing powder and a small Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara, all in a well-made travel kit with a mirror and a blush brush. Because this collection is huge and I took a lot of photos, I’m breaking it down into three posts. This one will cover the kit as a whole, and the blush, powder and mascara. The next will cover the eyeshadows, and the third will be the lip glosses.
The travel bag
It’s a fold out bag with three panels. Two panels have zipper pouches while the middle one has a mirror and a slim compartment behind the mirror to hold the eyeshadow palette. There’s also an elastic loop to hold the brush in place. It seems pretty sturdy to me – the outside is nylon or something similar. The stitching is good, and I expect this to hold up to a good bit of use.
Lights, Camera, Lashes! features a simple old-school ordinary size bristle brush and is one of my favorite mascaras. It’s nicely black, and it lengthens, volumizes and defines without ever clumping. While I’ve found other mascaras that can do one of those things better, I haven’t found one that does all of those things better. It’s just a good, solid reliable mascara that does a great job.
The Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush is in Adventurous, a limited edition shimmering rose color. It’s a neutral pink that should work on a big variety of skin tones. The shimmer is very subdued on the cheeks – just sort of a nice glow. The wear time is excellent, and the formula has a lot of pigment but it still very blendable.
The blush brush was the big surprise in this collection, partly because I have low expectation of brushes that come with sets like this. But this is a quality brush – a soft, flattened dome brush with fibers that are packed densely enough to plant color precisely where you want it, yet not dense enough to pack it on heavily (with blush, it’s always better to build up gradually rather than pack it on). I’ve been using this brush exclusively for blush ever since I got it.
Amazonian Clay finishing powder
The Amazonian Clay finishing powder is a lightweight white translucent powder. It sets makeup and mattifies shiny spots, but doesn’t add color or coverage – in short, it’s a finishing powder like it says. It works well for me, lasting almost a full day, which is as good as I ever get from any powder.