This isn't necessarily a full review, but more of my first impressions. Just a warning that this post will contain lots of photos! Click on the individual picture in order to enlarge it. Get excited!!!
On the back of the box it tells you what the set comes with. Tarte Cosmetics creates cruelty free makeup and skincare.
The box itself is pretty big once you pull it out.
A plastic paper covers the shadows and blushes with each shadow having been named by travel inspired places and each blush named after travel-inspired adjectives.
A better look at the shadows and blushes! Notice how there are four individual palettes inside the top of the box with four eye shadows and one blush each. These four palettes are magnetic and can easily be taken out of the box.
... and wallah! I wish we could individually take the shadows and blushes out, but we can't!
Now to the fun part: swatches! I swatched each eye shadow and blush without eyelid primer (as indicated as "No Primer") and with eyelid primer ("Primer"). The primer I used is the one dollar one by e.l.f. cosmetics you can buy at Target. You'll notice that pigmentation is ok without primer, but with primer, these are standouts! Both eye shadows and blushes are silky and smooth. The eye shadows though are no match to the ones Urban Decay makes.
Taj Mahal - A beautiful shimmer pearl color; Grand Canyon - matte orange-tan; Big Ben - matte light grey; Central Park - dark green/blue grey; Savvy (blush) - darkest blush of the four, this is like a mocha mauve color and matte
This entire palette is all shimmers with satin finishes! Santorini Bikini - champagne shimmer; Great Sphynx - brown shimmer; Pacific Sunset - wowser, I would consider this almost a metallic gold; Belgian Chocolate - chocolate (dark brown) shimmer; Spontaneous blush - pinky peach and is the only blush with shimmer.
I love these colors, and I can see myself wearing this a lot this season and next. Serengeti Sand - cream matte; Buckingham Palace - grey shimmer; Rocky Mountains - matte grey; Bordeaux - this is a strange color because I would call it taupe although looking at the shadow it the palette it looks like a dark rich purple. It's very pretty though!; Ambitious blush - mauve matte
Gold Coast - Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous gold shimmer. I love this one.; Eiffel Tower - yet another greyish color, slight shimmer; Space Needle - really light grey shimmer. This is probably one of my favorites out of the bunch; Midnight in Paris - a matte green/blue; Lighthearted blush - brightest of the four blushes and also matte.
These eye shadows look best when worn over eye primer. Color selection is nice with lots of greys in similar shades, but all are beautiful individually. Blushes are quite beautifully pigmented and smooth! I like them a lot!
As for the lip glosses, they have the minty fresh scent. These lip glosses are not sticky when you rub your lips together. They don't feel thin or thick. Nothing really stands out about these glosses so far based on my first impressions. I'll definitely have to wear them more.
That is it for the Gorgeous Getaways Portable Palette! This would be a great gift for yourself or a friend for the holidays.