Beauty in the Basics by Tarte

Tarte Beauty in the basics

Tarte Beauty in the basicsThis 6-piece Beauty in the Basics by Tarte sold exclusively by QVC was all over my Instagram feed and as soon as I saw the price ($47.64) I knew I had to get it.

This 6 piece set comes with Amazonian Clay Smoothing Balm foundation (0.31 oz), Lights Camera Lashes 4 in 1 mascara, Amazonian clay tightening eyeliner, Clay of life limited edition eyeshadow palette and Vintage LipSurgence lip creme.

The Amazonian Clay Smoothing Balm foundation only comes in this set and isn’t available to buy as a separate purchase. Even though I love Tarte, I haven’t tried any of their foundations. This balm foundation feels very smooth, isn’t too thick and find that it applies best with a beauty blender (pretty much every single foundation does for me). I got the shade “light” and I have heard before that Tarte foundations tend to be on the yellow-tone side and found it to be true with this one. Even though it looked like it matched my skin tone, I think that it could be a bit lighter. I liked the coverage it gave me, it wasn’t too sheer or too full (but definitely buildable), but wasn’t very long lasting. I’d say after about three to four hours is when I noticed the foundation wear off.

The Amazonian Clay Smoothing Balm foundation

The brush that comes in this set is absolutely fabulous. The bristles are incredibly soft, very densely packed and the brush is quite large, too. I think that this brush is a bit too large to use with this foundation, but I absolutely love (especially how soft it is) and can see getting tons of use out it.

Tarte Beauty in the basics QVC

I have several LipSurgence creams and tints (matte ones are my favorite) and was very excited to see that this kit included one (this creme alone is around $24.00). The shade “Vintage” is a soft pink, perfect for an everyday use.

I’ve used Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara before and loved it. It does wonders for my lashes and really helps to create a stunning volume. Another item in this kit that I’m super excited about is the eyeshadow quad. It comes in four shades (duh): Classic Cream, Simple Slate, Tantalizing Tan and Breathtaking Brown. The formula of these is really soft and creamy and they can totally be applied using fingers instead of a makeup brush.

Beauty in the Basics by Tarte

Last, but certainly not least Amazonian Clay Tightlining eyeliner in black brown, which I also loved but wish it was a bit creamier as I found it a bit difficult to apply on my lash line.

Tarte beauty in the basics swatches
Foundation swatch, LipSurgence in Vintage, Clay of Life quad and Amazonian Clay Thightlining eyeliner.

I’m so glad I picked up this little set, it’s definitely worth the price, just wish the foundation was a bit more long-lasting. You can still get it through QVC right here.


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    Nati (@Artdicted2)
    May 20, 2015 at 9:47 am

    This set sounds great. It’s a good deal. I read many good reviews on this mascara, I’m glad you like it too (:
    Nati xx

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      May 20, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      I love that mascara! :)

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    Biana @Blovedboston
    May 20, 2015 at 10:10 am

    I adore tarte cosmetics – they have such a great finish and long lasting power!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

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    Brenda BusyBee
    May 20, 2015 at 11:12 am

    I saw this on a couple of Youtube videos but missed out sadly! Looks like a fab set though and definitely good value for money:) x

    Brenda BusyBee

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    Heather | PB Blog (@porcelainbeautx)
    May 20, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    I desperately want to test out Tarte, I’ve heard so many positive things about them!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

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      May 20, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      They’re great, pretty much every single product I try from them, I absolutely love.

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    Maddy Cane
    May 20, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    That palette is so stunning, the colour range is exactly what I love!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

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    May 20, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    this is such a great set! I wish Canada had a QVC!

    Mikayla :)

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      May 20, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks Mikayla!:)

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    Dagmara (@mummyscorner)
    May 20, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Can’t wait to be able to try Tarte cosmetics, especially their blushes and eyeshadows! They always have such pretty packaging :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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      May 20, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      They do, they’re usually also of great quality, too :)

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    May 20, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    I had to read this twice to realize it was 6 Tarte products for just under $48! A ridiculous deal, I wish we had it in Canada! Only problem would be the shade of foundation but for that price I wouldn’t care!

    Nabihah |

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    Joanna Joy
    May 21, 2015 at 4:03 am

    These eyeshadow colors look really pretty.

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    May 21, 2015 at 7:14 am

    I’ve yet to try Tarte but it’s been on my radar for some time now, just wish it was more easily available in the UK. This looks like a great set, I love the eyeshadow shades, so pretty. Shame the foundation is not very long lasting though x

    Beauty with charm

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    May 21, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    What a steal!! Such an amazing kit! Loving the look of the quad and foundation. Great post as always, Paula!

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    June 26, 2015 at 7:14 am

    It looks really pretty but rather pricey..

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