Tarte Radiant & Rested Complexion Set


Blush, Bronzer, Eyeliner, Face Products, Illuminator, Kits and Sets, Primer, Reviews and Swatches, Tarte / Saturday, December 18th, 2010
Illuminating Serum, Cheek Stain, Primer, Eye Brightener & Bronzer

Hi Ladies! Hope you are all having a great start to your weekend! I thought I would start mine off my sharing one of my latest purchases with you!

As you may know Sephora sent out coupons earlier this month for Beauty Insiders and VIB’s ranging from $15-20 off when you made a $40 purchase. Seeing as I spend WAY too much money there, I am now classified as a VIB so I got the $20 coupon!
After much deliberating I decided on the Tarte Radiant & Rested Complexion set. I decided on this because I figured I would get the most use out of complexion products (as they are my weakness) as opposed to a giant set of eye shadows! This set retails for $55 CAD, so a little more than I wanted to spend but for the use I would get out of it, it was worth it! Heres what is included in the kit:
First up, and the main reason I purchased this, is the Smooth Operator Illuminating Serum. This product is not for single sale yet, but Tarte says it will be soon! This is a great, lightweight illuminating all over serum for giving you a nice glow under (or instead of) your foundation.
Before Blending
After Blending

I hope you can see the great “glow” this gives to the skin without being sparkly or glittery! Its really gorgeous and adds just enough luminescence to the skin to make it look healthy and youthful! It also doesn’t leave my skin greasy or “shiny” which is a big bonus. I’ve been using this almost everyday and it looks great under foundation or alone! I’m really glad I purchased this set JUST for this! I hope it becomes part of Tarte’s permanent line soon!

Next is a Mini Cheek Stain in Glisten. I love stains, gel blush, cream blush anything but powder for the cheeks so I was very excited about this little guy! I actually haven’t owned a Tarte Cheek Stain before this one but I’ve swatched them a lot in store and have always liked them!
Here is the stain applied to my hand with no blending, just a swipe back and forth! This is much more of a glow than a colour, once blended the colour is SO light that it actually doesn’t like a blush at all. It does add a great healthy sheen, but I do prefer more colour in my blush. That being said, I will still be using this as it is very pretty!
Now we have a mini, travel sized ReCreate Silicone Free Primer. This primer is aimed towards more mature women stating that it has “wrinkle rewind technology”.
This primer is a light, lotion base that disappears almost instantly when worked into the skin. I must admit I haven’t tried this on my face yet because it does feel a little thick and too moisturizing for my skin type. I prefer a mattifying primer. This one might go to my mom!
Next up is one of my favourite products from Tarte (which I already own) Park Avenue Princess Mineral Bronzer. I usually prefer more of a matte bronzer, but this one has forever changed my mind! This has no noticeable shimmer/glitter in it, but it does leave behind the prettiest sheen! Its also a great bronze colour that is good for us fairer skinned girls, and it doesn’t contain any orange undertones!
I hope you can see the great golden sheen this has in the photo! It really is a gorgeous bronzer and I highly recommend it so I’m really happy there was a travel sized one in this kit!
This is actually the second reason I bought this kit, the EmphasEYES Inner Rim Brightener. I have been lusting over Stila’s peach coloured Kajal pencil so I was super happy to see that a peach rim brightener was included in this kit! This is also not sold separately but should be available soon (hopefully!). I like to line my inner rims with a brighter colour to make me look more awake in the early mornings but white can be too much at times so a peachy/flesh tone is a great option!
It really is flesh-toned so you can’t see it very well on my hand, but it is great for the inner rim! It comes in an automatic twist up pencil like Tarte’s other emphasEYES pencils, but isn’t quite as thin. I like that because it gives more chance that I will actually get it on the rim of my eye! I am so squeamish when it comes to anything to do with eyes that its hard for me to put a pencil on my inner rim!
I know this was a long post with a zillion photos but I wanted to get the full effect of the products across to you! I’m super happy with my purchase of this kit! Although I probably won’t wear all the products together (a little too much “glow” for me) they are great to have to give your complexion a much needed boost!
Thanks for reading and bearing with all the photos! XOXO
  • Jennifer

    Pretty products, I really like Tarte. I'm getting one of their new palettes for Christmas, can't wait to try it out and review it!
    I like the look of the bronzer a lot, I'm fair skinned too so it sounds good!

  • Orla xx

    those products look great, I'll def try the illuminator:) xx

  • Alina

    This kit looks great! I love Tarte products and I am really intrigued by the new Smooth operator illuminating serum. It looks very pretty and I hope it does become available pretty soon. I love the Smooth Operator foundation/tinted moisturizer, and I am sure this illuminating serum will not disappoint. 🙂

  • Pammy

    Hey Shaylee!!! Wow-what an awesome deal you got on that set!!! And, such a great variety of products! You are making me really want to try out the Tarte brand (I have only tried their cheekstains)…That Illuminating serum looks amazing as does the rest of the set. And, oops!!! I sent you a powder blush in our swap! ;)XOXO!!! Have a great weekend!!!

  • FunnyFaceBeauty

    That cheek stain looks amazing! I am going to Sephora in the states this week and will definitely check the set out. Thanks for sharing.
    xx
    Alicia

  • Pretty Lady

    Awesome kit! This is definitely something I would purchase. It looks like it is the perfect set for a healthy, summery glow. I might have to try using a light color on the waterline – I can remember using white a long long time ago but have not tried this trick in forever.

  • Jillith88

    Thanks for the review; this is on my Christmas wish list. Now, I am really hoping Santa brings me this set!