I always end up getting the prettiest holiday sets simply because they are beautiful. But rumor has it that palettes that are meant to be limited edition for Christmas season are of less quality and therefore can be sold at a less cost. For example Too Faced's Le Grand Palais includes 18 eye shadows, a couple of blush colors, with a bronzer and highlighter, mascara, an eye shadow primer, and a lipstick too all for $58. Which is a $378 value, yet The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette retails at $49 for 16 eyeshadows. Which is by the way, one of my favorite palettes. As you can see, there is a large gap in price difference. It may not be the case for those specific palettes but, I noticed that the quality was not always as great with a few other holiday kits I have bought in previous years. Some of the eyeshadows were really not as pigmented and a bit chalky. Just be aware of this before committing to a large purchase with limited edition holiday palettes. The good thing is you don't have to worry about this with the Tarte collections.
This is a lovely palette but I will say that some of the colors are too similar. If you have a deeper skin tone it can be hard to distinguish the difference between one another. This is what some of the shades look like side to side.
I don't think it will be a problem if you have lighter skin, but I still highly recommend using an eyeshadow primer and a white base before applying the eyeshadow to get their true colors. I swatched these on my hand without any primers to help the color, and most of them are very pigmented. Though I do expect the best from Tarte.
Most of the eyeshadows are extremely buttery and soft easy to apply. Thought when it came to some of the lighter whites they were a bit dusty. I was very impressed with the metallic eyeshadows. It can be hard to find pigmented colors.
I wish I would have taken more pictures of the sequined cases. They are truly stunning! I'm leaving to Mexico in a couple of days and all of these babies are coming with me. I highly recommend all three of these sets, especially the palette since it comes with so much for a cheap price. I have a feeling these are going to go really fast. Get yours while you can. It's the best deal I have seen so far. Let me know if you would like to continue to see more reviews like these since the holidays are right around the corner. I need to start packing my suit case.