I’ve observed the hype around Tarte since forever from the sidelines. Mostly because it’s not available in Manila and I’ve always wanted to get their annual holiday blush palette to be able to try a bunch of shades in one go. But stocks either always run out before I get to order. This year however, Christmas came early because I finally got my hands on one of most elusive Christmas palettes ever!
The palette is designed in such a way that makes it look like a small dressy clutch when shut close. It photographs well but the huge chunky glitter can prove to be a nuisance when it comes to having to take it around as it leaves trails of sparkly glitter all over the place.
The Palette comes in 5 beautiful warm shades: 4 of which are limited edition shades (Fetching, Prim, Smashing, Beaming) while 1 is a permanent shade (Dollface). I think first timers and veteran Tarte lovers alike will enjoy the fact that this palette features limited edition shades. The texture of the shades is remarkably fine and smooth. Although powdery, the blushes are very easy to blend with the exception of beaming.
Fetching is a muted rosey pink shade with a satin finish.
Dollface is the only cool tone shade in the palette. It’s a cool toned bubble gum pink with a satin finish.
Prim is a neutral pinkish brown shade with a satin finish.
Smashing is a coral pink shade with a satin finish.
Finally, beaming is a light peach shade is the only shade in the palette that contains specks of pink and silver glitter. It’s the least pigmented shade out of the entire palette and is the most challenging to apply on the skin. Aside from this minor setback, I found the other shades very easy to work with and highly pigmented.
This blush’s claim to superstar fame is its 12-hour wear time with the help of Amazonian clay. Unfortunately, it did not give me a full 12-hour wearing time. Fading began between 6-8 hours.
Overall, I’m very satisfied with my purchase but I wouldn’t say the the formula itself is ground breaking. Since it did not live up to its promise of 12-hours wear, it’s like any other high quality blush. The palette could also use a few more cool toned shades and perhaps, different finishes for variety.
Although this product hasn’t completely changed my life, I love it for a variety of reasons.
- It’s my first ever Tarte blush palette!
- It lives up to its hype of being a high quality blush.
- All the shades are so wearable! I’ve been reaching out for this for over a month now.
- Its high value for money! A full sized blush contains 20 oz and is $28 a pop. The entire palette contains 75 oz, making each blush 15 oz and costs $44 each.
- It’s portability. It’s relatively thin and being able to carry around 5 shades of blushes especially when I travel is a huge plus for me!
wearing Prim on my left cheek and Fetching on my right cheek