Tarte The Big Thrill Color Collection for Holiday 2012 Swatches, Photos & Review

Tarte The Big Thrill

Tarte has a new limited edition holiday set out exclusively at Ulta now called The Big Thrill. And big it is!

This purple and gold printed box contains sixteen full-sized eye shadows, a bronzer, three blushes and three full-sized lip glosses. Pop the top and you get a good sized mirror and the eye shadows. Open drawer one and you get the bronzer and blushes. Drawer two opens to reveal the lip glosses. A bit big and bulky perhaps, but pretty nonetheless.

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In general the texture of these eye shadows is really nice. They feel mostly very soft to the touch and have great pigmentation. There are a few exceptions, which are the glittery ones. They are just slightly more gritty and not as smooth as the shimmery or matte ones.

Tarte The Big Thrill Eyeshadow Swatches
Shooting Star, Giant Peach, Totally Taupe, Brilliant Bronze (over primer)

Shooting Star is a champagne/white shimmer.

Giant Peach is a pale peach with micro-glitter.

Totally Taupe is a pale taupe/pink with micro-glitter.

Brilliant Bronze is a medium shimmery bronze. Great pigmentation!

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Cloud 9, Pop Of Pink, Amazed By Amethyst, Pumped About Purple (over primer)

Cloud 9 is a very pale flesh-toned matte which barely showed up on my hand.

Pop Of Pink is a pink/white shimmer.

Amazed By Amethyst is a deep amethyst purple shimmer. Very nice pigmentation and texture.

Pumped About Purple is a deep somewhat murky purple with slight sheen.

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Silver Burst, Next Level Lilac, Intergalactic Metallic, Jump For Juniper (over primer)

Silver Burst is a bright white/silver shimmer. Intense!

Next Level Lilac is a grey/lilac with slight sheen. Kind of an unusual shade.

Intergalactic Metallic is a smoky grey shimmer. Great pigmentation.

Jump For Juniper is a deep intense teal matte. Another one with good pigmentation.

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Clay Crush, Rush Of Gold, Go For The Green, Exquisite Emerald (over primer)

Clay Crush is a pale vanilla matte.

Rush Of Gold is a medium warm gold with micro-glitter.

Go For The Green is a shimmery vivid medium green with hint of yellow. Love this shade!

Exquisite Emerald is a soft and pigmented duochrome that changes from purple/blue/brown/green. So pretty!

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Tarte The Big Thrill Bronzer and Blush Swatches
Park Ave Princess, Angelic, Thrilled, Curious

Park Ave Princess is a medium shimmery bronzer.

Angelic is a very pale yellow/gold blush (?). I would use this as a highlighter.

Thrilled is a flamingo pink shimmery blush.

Curious is a peachy/pink blush with slight sheen.

Really nice pigmentation and texture with all four of these shades.

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Tarte The Big Thrill Lip Swatches
Strawberry Sensation, Apple-A-Day, Abra-Cad-Apricot

Strawberry Sensation is a pink/strawberry shade with slight shimmer.

Apple-A-Day is a bright pink with glittery bits.

Abra-Cad-Apricot is a medium apricot/peach shade, no shimmer.

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And things wouldn’t be complete without a handy-dandy user guide showing you how to get a few different looks with the set!

Overall: I think this makes a really great gift for someone who doesn’t have a lot of makeup or wants a wide variety of eye shadow shades in one palette. It’s great that the shadows and lip glosses are full sized, but the negative is you can’t easily take the shadows or blushes with you!

Availability: Exclusive to Ulta.

Pricing: $48.00 (a $435.00 retail value).

What do you think about this kit? Would you or someone you know love this?


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  • October 25, 2012

    Love the cute, three-tier packaging! Surprisingly, I think my favorite piece of this set is the blush in Curious – so sweet, delicate, and pretty!
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  • October 25, 2012

    This is a treasure chest of riches! Five hundred years ago, if this existed, it would be worshipped as the most valuable object on the planet. LOL.

    It is so beautiful, I don’t even care if the makeup works. It is just a work of art. But I do see that these pigments work, so BRAVO Tarte.

    I predict this gorgeous box will sell out quickly.
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  • October 25, 2012

    I love the print design Tarte went with this year, but large sets like this just aren’t practical for me. Good to hear that the shadow pigments are nice though!
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  • October 25, 2012

    Whoaa this looks great for a present! I don’t personally feel the need for it just because I have too much already, and to be honest eyeshadow palettes aren’t my faves. I prefer trios/quads/and quints, mostly because I’m lazy and with those I don’t have to think about what to pair with what!
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  • October 25, 2012

    i was so excited for this set until i saw it in Ulta and then the packaging became a turn-off for me. the more i think about it, though, the more i do agree that it could make a nice gift for my younger sister.
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  • October 25, 2012

    I think this type of packaging is so cute, but in practice I never use anything this bulky – I always end up abandoning or depotting.
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  • October 25, 2012

    What a great set! Packaging is lacking but a little (a lot) of depotting and it’s perfect. And lipgloss in tubes! Yay!
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  • October 25, 2012

    this will make a great holiday gift!

  • October 25, 2012

    I bought this too since it’s such a great value. It is a bit bulky but sturdy enough to keep out on my vanity all the time. I was nicely surprised that the lip glosses are full sized. I expected tiny tubes, so that was nice!

  • October 25, 2012

    Pretty collection but way too bulky for me. I also have a ton of similar shades from Tarte already and I don’t use but rarely lip glosses anymore – I use Tarte Lipsurgance and IT Cosmetics Lip Stains with some other colored lip balms. I have the bronzer already – it’s nice and the ONLY bronzer I own now as it works and others I had did not…I have a range of Tarte Amazonian clay blushes already so don’t need 2 more – and this highlighter – well a bit too frosty looking – I have a highlighter from Tarte that is much less frosty and works well as does one I am using a ton from IT Cosmetics which is about the best highlighter I ever have used. It looks like the glow we see done by professionals on the red-carpet. This is a good value all that said – and a good gift for someone who has no Tarte. I could never take this with me due to the bulk and pulling it out of the cupboard every day would be a huge chore – no room but a tiny 2X4″ if that – area for putting/keeping anything out in my tiny tiny bathroom. If they had made this so things could pop out and go into an included small pallet – that would have made this a lot more functional for many.

  • October 25, 2012

    OK… I’m here trying, really trying hard, to shut down my laptop and go to sleep… and lovely Kelly posts this! so I have to read because I’m a mad woman who can’t resist to makeup sets! I’m so mad at myself!

  • October 25, 2012

    Whoa this is kind of overwhelming. And they’re packaging… I thought the pink tribal leopard and tiger stripes and stuff were fun and pretty with the wood details, but on the cheapy looking shiny plastic… not a fan. IDK. The actual products sound good. Just not for me.
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  • October 25, 2012

    I have the set that Sephora is selling, the Carried Away one and I love it. That packaging is bulky in my opinion as well, but the eyeshadows are so pretty. I like the fact that this one comes with 3 blushes and 3 full lipglosses but I don’t think I need 2 Tarte sets. But I do agree with other posters that I think it’ll be good for a gift.

  • October 25, 2012

    omg gorgeous box is what brought me here but the products actually look really amazing :O i really want to try the tarte blushes since i dont have any of them

  • October 26, 2012

    I don’t have any ulta’s or sephora’s near me, so when I was able to get into an Ulta I was super excited to see this in person, and swatch and play with it for a bit. And then my excitement went *poof*. I can’t quite put my finger on it but it just didn’t do it for me. (maybe I have way too much makeup already?!)

    I do think this would be a great gift for those who love the brand, or just starting out.

  • October 26, 2012

    I think I just heard angels singing! This box is gorgeous! I want!
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  • October 27, 2012

    This will be mine! Beautiful!

  • October 29, 2012

    Great swatches! I picked up the Sephora Carried Away exclusive palette. I love that the ULTA palette has more blushes but I feel like boxes like this are just so unpractical.
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  • November 6, 2012

    I picked this up after seeing your review and have to say I love it! The colors are perfect for fall, the glosses are beautiful, and the blushes are a great bonus! I don’t see how you could not buy this box, it is such a great buy for the money. I also really dig how tarte formulates their products!