I bought this set a few weeks ago and completely forgot about it. I have to also mention that I haven't worn any of the lipsticks because I haven't been feeling the colors. Although I tried on a couple shades, they just weren't speaking to me. That isn't to say that I won't wear them or don't like them. I just haven't gotten around to it because I bought a ton of lipsticks last month.
They all swatched really nicely. Surprisingly, my favorites might be the nude shades. That's probably why I haven't worn any of these. I want to wear the nude but I don't like wearing nude lips to work.
|From Top: Merry Berry, Pink Poinsettia, Candy Apple, Sweet Peach, Angelic Nude.|
As you can see, these lipsticks are more on the glossy side. That's also why I haven't reached for them. I've really been into matte or satin finish on my lips. I really can't wait to wear Merry Berry because it does have glitter in it. I don't like wearing glossier finishes on my lips for work only because those wear off easier and there isn't always time for me to touch up my lipstick.
Angelic Nude is actually a nude shade that works for my skintone. I also really love the look of Sweet Peach for a more toned down lip. I haven't been wearing glossy red shades, so I don't know how I feel about Candy Apple.
|From Left: Merry Berry, Pink Poinsettia, Candy Apple, Sweet Peach, Angelic Nude.|
One thing of note would be that these smell like mint! I was surprised about that because I've never had a lipstick that smells minty. Most of the lip colors I own have a vanilla smell or a similar sweet smell.
The smell does linger on your lips and it makes your lips tingle a little bit. I like the smell and the tingle, but I'm sure it isn't for everyone.
I forgot to mention that these lipsticks are full size, unlike many of the other holiday sets. I purchased mine for $18, but Ulta sells this online for $33, which is still a great price considering that one Amazonian Butter Lipstick retails for $16!
The packaging is cute and you can definitely tell that these are for the holidays. I don't have any other Tarte lipsticks, but I'm pretty sure all the Amazonian Butter Lipsticks are packaged in this same cardboard lipstick tube. The only downside to the packaging is that you definitely don't want to get this wet!
All in all, I really like this set and I'm sure I'll start wearing the colors more into the winter when my lips are a little drier and I can't wear a matte lipstick every day!