Yesterday's must-buy was the Urban Decay Naked Palette, and today's is Tarte's Beauty in a Box: Bronze Smoky Eye. For $45, you get four full-size products, and two generously sized minis, totaling out at a $112 value. All are waterproof or long-wearing, perfect for long summer days and nights. Worth it? Yes! Let's break it down:
Full size Lock & Roll 12-Hour Eyeshadow in Burnt Bronze. Love this concept! One end houses a brush-on cream shadow, and the other holds a roll-on powder shadow, in coordinating shades. In this set, the cream shadow is a metallic deep bronze, and the powder shadow is slightly lighter, and shimmery rather than metallic. The powder shadow goes on easier than expected with the roll-on applicator (get it started on your hand first), and the cream shadow is supersmooth and blends like a dream. The cream is my second favorite product in the set, which brings me to my number one...
Full size EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay Shadow/Liner in Plum. I LOVE THIS! It's a pot of heavy cream liner/shadow in the most gorgeous deep plum shimmer. You can apply it as a liner with a skinny brush, or use your finger to blend and smudge on your lid. I love to dab it on my lid and use it as a base for the bronze smokey eye; it gives the look more depth and really anchors it to your lid. I can't say enough about both the color and the formulation. It stays on forever and the color is gorgeous!
Full size Rise & Shine Lip Gloss and Stain in Nude. Open the lip stain side of this double-ended lippie and you'll swear you're looking at a deep purple stain. But alas! It's a sheer medium nude; it's just the applicator that makes it look dark. On its own it's a bit mid-90s for me; you know, the Real World: San Francisco look. But topped with the plumping gloss in a sheer champagne beige shimmer, it's perfect.
Full size Clean Slate Natural Face Primer. Similar in texture and effectiveness to Smashox Photo Finish, this silicone-based primer feels velvety smooth and keeps your makeup in place. Worth $30 on its own!
Deluxe Mineral Powder Bronzer in Park Ave Princess. A smaller pan, not full size, but excellent nonetheless. I really like this bronzer. It's lightweight and very buildable; a little dusting all over your face lends a subtle glow, and it's easy to add more to accentuate cheeks without going overboard. Just enough shimmer to be glowy, not shiny or glittery.
Deluxe Lights, Camera, Splashes! Natural Waterproof Mascara. OK, so this one's not my favorite of the set (the texture is a little dry for me) but a mini waterproof mascara is never a bad thing to have in your makeup bag, especially on vacation - you never know when impromptu boat trips or hot tub dates will make their way onto your schedule.
Overall, this set is 100% worth it, especially for the cream shadow in the Lock & Roll duo, the incredible pot of cream shadow/liner, and the full-size primer! I'm loving it.