Tarte has really been growing on me since I’ve tried the Tartelette Eyeshadow Palettes and even more so after attending their Double Duty Beauty Collection training for Ulta. Tarte actually has some really great stuff! I’ve always been on the fence to try their products because the color range always seemed better suited for lighter skin tones to me. Especially when it comes to complexion products. I still have to give Tarte the side eye on that because they’re not moving quite fast enough for me when it comes to expanding the line to include darker shades. However, I’ll cut Tarte the slimmest amount of slack because the rest of their color products are rather nice and pretty affordable for a higher end brand.
Take the new Ulta exclusive Double Duty Beauty 101 Discovery Kit for example. It’s loaded with 3 full sized products and a deluxe sized mascara duo for just $36. Not too shabby Tarte! The kit is nice introduction to the Double Duty Collection as it covers almost all the bases: eyes, lips and cheeks. You can’t beat that!
The Tarte Double Duty Beauty 101 Discovery Kit includes:
- The Lip Sculptor Lipstick & Gloss in VIP (full sized)
- Colored Clay Bronzer Blush in Pink Bronze (full sized)
- The Eye Architect Liner & Shadow in Copper/Champagne (full sized)
- Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara & Lash Fibers (deluxe size)
If you’re anything like me, sometimes you have to wake up a bit too early to fuss with an entire eyeshadow palette. Most mornings I’m hitting the snooze button as long as I can leaving me very little time to do too much to my eyes. Especially if I haven’t had my morning coffee yet. Can you imagine being half asleep trying to blend eyeshadow? I’ve tried it before and it wasn’t pretty LOL! That’s why I greatly appreciate Tarte for coming up with The Eye Architect Liner & Shadow in Copper/Champagne. On one end, there’s a stunning shimmering champagne cream shadow with a pigmented base and floating golden shimmer that’s very light reflective but doesn’t look metallic or overdone. Champagne is just a shimmering beauty that’s suitable for all skin tones and really makes eyes pop without much effort.
On the other end, you have Copper. It’s a warm copper bronze eyeliner with a slight pearl that’s suitable for all skin tones. Copper works very well to create a natural everyday look that’s pretty yet effortless and very easy to create. Simply create a precise line with the fine tip or smudge it along your lash line and bottom lid for a soft smokey look that’s both work appropriate and easy convertible to a nighttime look. I usually leave the brown eyeliner to my lighter skin sisters but Copper actually has enough color to lightly define eyes for WOC too. Especially when layered on top of Champagne. I actually like it a lot!
Lash fibers are growing to become a huge trend in the makeup world but I’m not quite sure if I’m ready to get on board yet. The only lash fiber mascara I was aware of (prior to Tarte of course) is Younique. Which never piqued my interest much because the representatives are borderline crazed (sorry not sorry!) and the after pictures don’t always look too great. Part of me was curious to try a fiber mascara when I found out about the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara & Lash Fibers duo–until I opened it. I had no idea that lash fibers were actually hairs in a tube. It looked like Tarte dyed of sample of Chewbacca black and stuffed it in a tube. My first thought was, “What the hell?!” Needless to say, I’m quite scared of putting these things anywhere near my sensitive eyes. I’m sure curiosity may get the best of me one day but at the moment those scary lash fibers are going to stay in the tube for a while. The mascara, on the other hand, isn’t too bad. I’ve tried it once before and liked how it gave my lashes a bit of length and volume. I haven’t used it too much since I have about 3-4 tubes of mascara open at once. However, I think it’s going to be a formula that I could see myself liking. I’ll definitely end up using it more than those lash fibers!
There’s also a Lip Sculptor Lipstick & Gloss in VIP included, too. VIP is a cool pinky nude that works well for a variety of complexions including my brown skin. A good lip liner is needed, of course, but VIP still works well without looking pale, chalky or ashy on me. I think VIP is a very pretty nude but what really won me over is the creamy formula. The Lip Sculptor Lipstick & Gloss formula feels like butter on the lips with a rich hydrating formula that’s very emollient but doesn’t feel heavy. It does slide around a bit thanks to the rich, creamy formula which is why a good lip liner is necessary. The matching gloss is also a treat to wear. It pairs perfectly with the lipstick and makes lips appear fuller with a soft shine and subtle wash of color. VIP gloss can easily be worn alone as well for a natural nude gloss that’s easy to apply and effortless to wear as it isn’t too pale or milky on the lips.
Last but not least, is the Colored Clay Bronzer Blush in Pink Bronze. I’m going to be honest. I already received The Eye Architect in Copper/Champagne and The Lip Sculptor Lipstick & Gloss in VIP as gratis during training so I was interested in this set solely for the Colored Clay Bronzer Blush. It was just too beautiful! It’s a multicolored blush and bronzer in one with shades of pink, marigold and bronze all in one for warm flush of color that adds warmth and hint of shimmer too. When swirled together, Pink Bronze turns into a bronzed pinky peach that reminds me a bit of the Laura Mercier Ritual Baked Blush Bronzer but a bit less warm so it’s suitable for lighter complexions too. I think it’ll certainly act as a good bronzer for fair and light complexions but on medium to deep complexions Pink Bronze will serve more as a natural blush that can easily be worn everyday and pairs well with everything else in the Double Duty Beauty 101 Discovery Kit.
With 3 full sized products that are very easy to apply and suitable for all skin tones I think the Tarte Double Duty Beauty 101 Discovery Kit is quite the steal at just $36. Here’s the breakdown:
- The Architect Liner & Shadow $24
- Colored Clay Bronzer Blush $30
- The Sculptor Lipstick & Lip Gloss $24
The full sized products are valued at $78 alone and then you toss in the deluxe sized Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara & Lash Fibers and you’ve got yourself one heck of a deal for under $40. Can’t beat that! If you’re a Tarte fan or interested in trying their products I recommend you head to your local Ulta to get your hands on the Double Duty Beauty 101 Discovery Kit before it’s gone!
The Eye Architect in Copper/Champagne
The Lip Sculptor Lipstick & Lip Gloss in VIP
Colored Clay Bronzer Blush in Pink Bronze