Monday, January 6, 2014

Tarte Wanderlust Special Edition LipSurgence 5-pc Lip Set Review

Not a year can go by without me reviewing some kind of Tarte LipSurgence product. “My name is Helen, and I have Tarte LipSurgence Problem”. You can check out my previous blog posts about these beauties, but to sum it up, I love them!
Tarte Wanderlust Special Edition LipSurgence: L-R: Dashing (Lip Luster), Heartfelt (Lip Creme), Miracle (Lip Creme), Festive (Lip Tint), and Kind (Lip Luster)
I must say in November I was a little disappointed that Tarte had not put out another set of 5 full size LipSurgence, and instead opted to make a mini’s set. I look forward to the holiday set every year, and I still kick myself for missing out on the first 5 piece set they did. Well, needless to say I did not get the minis set, because I enjoy my full size lippies and the minis just didn’t do anything for me. Fast forward to a few weeks before Christmas, I was browsing the QVC website doing some Christmas shopping and decided to check out their Tarte products and there she was!! That ever elusive Wanderlust Special Edition set of 5 full size LipSurgence, that had been hiding from me all winter season long. Needless to say, without even giving it a second thought I tossed that bad boy in the basket and checked out!! Now that you have that back story, let’s get into the review and swatches!

Top: L-R: Kind, Festive, Miracle,
Bottom: L-R: Heartfelt, and Dashing
This set includes 5 full size LipSurgence in 3 different finishes: 2 Lip Lusters in Kind and Dasing, 2 Lip Cremes in Miracle and Heartfelt, and 1 Lip Tint in Festive.

Kind: Lip Luster
Tarte LipSurgence in Kind (Lip Luster)
Leaves a nice everyday wearable pink shade on your lips with a hint of a golden luster to it. It is has a shimmer quality to it but is not chunky or gritty feeling on the lips. Glides on smoothly and is buildable for a bit more coverage.
Tarte LipSurgence in Kind (Lip Luster) no flash
Tarte LipSurgence in Kind (Lip Luster) flash

Festive: Lip Tint
Tarte LipSurgence in Festive (Lip Tint)
This is a very sheer wash of red. As the name suggests it is a tint and therefore it is not opaque. However, this does leave a nice wash of color to the lips without going full out red. It is once again a very wearable everyday color. There is no shimmer or luster in this formula and it leaves lips moisturized. This product does wear so you do have to reapply, and the stain left behind is minimal
Tarte LipSurgence in Festive (Lip Tint) no flash
Tarte LipSurgence in Festive (Lip Tint) flash

Miracle: Lip Creme
Tarte LipSurgence in Miracle (Lip Creme)
This is a new formula to me for the LipSurgence line. First off it is a gorgeous creamy coral. I was very excited to try these. They have a nice creamy consistency, almost like a butter lipstick. The color payoff is beautiful and you are left with a nice creamy finish to the lips. In addition, these lip crèmes appear to have a more opaque formula than the other LipSurgence lines (with the exception of the Matte). I really enjoyed this formula, and found the texture to be really pleasant and buttery on the lips.
Tarte LipSurgence in Miracle (Lip Creme) no flash
Tarte LipSurgence in Miracle (Lip Creme) flash

Heartfelt: Lip Creme
Tarte LipSurgence in Heartfelt (Lip Creme)
Hello Pigment!! Once again this crème formula is much more opaque and buildable than the other lines of the LipSurgence. I am loving it! Not to mention, it is a gorgeous Red-ish berry shade, that is completely on the trend for the Fall and Winter season.
Tarte LipSurgence in Heartfelt (Lip Creme) no flash
Tarte LipSurgence in Heartfelt (Lip Creme) flash

Dashing: Lip Luster
Tarte LipSurgence in Dashing (Lip Luster)
This lip luster is a dark mauve-y berry color, that can be built to a nice almost wine color on the lips.  The luster in this formula is lost in the color, so I can hardly tell what color the luster is but it obviously compliments it beautifully.
Tarte LipSurgence in Dashing (Lip Luster) no flash
Tarte LipSurgence in Dashing (Lip Luster) flash


  • All have a minty smell to them
  • Lusters – have a shimmer in the formula, and when they wear, some shimmer is left behind on the lip – very little staining except for the shade Dashing
  • Tints – sheer wash of color. Very little staining, needs reapplication.
  • Crème – The formula is pigmented and creamy, leave lips feeling soft and looks like a lipstick.
  • Price: $42 - QVC price $38.24 + S&H $4.97
  • Availability: QVC
Much to no one’s surprise, I love this set! I hope Tarte comes out with another set next year, and hopefully with a bit more variety of colors, and maybe throw in some colors from their permanent collection. It’s just a suggestion! Overall, I would say if you’re a lipsurgence junkie, like yours truly you will love this set. Also, it is a nice set to give someone who is just starting out in makeup or prefers colors that are good for everyday wear. Do you have a lip product favorite?

Stay Beautiful!



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