From the moment my eyes set upon the pretty packaging of the Tartelette In Bloom palette, I knew I had to have it. I didn’t even care if the inside could be colours I’d never use or that it, you know, might not actually be any good. I just HAD to have it in my life, it’s the prettiest thing ever! Purples, pinks, golds. Right up my street. Even the name is gorgeous.
After eyeing it up for what feels like my entire life, Tarte had a free international shipping deal on and 30% off, so obviously I practically snatched it from their website. It took all of my strength not to buy a tonne of other makeup – but alas, I can’t have everything (even if I do want it all..)
Tarte have an Amazonian Clay line which is added to their products. I’ll admit, I wasn’t too sure what it was so I researched it and this is what I got: ‘Amazonian clay is touted for its skin smoothing properties, as well as its ability to remove oil and shininess from the skin’s surface and improve tone and texture.’ Sounds good to me!
The palette consists of 12 bang on trend shades (red is very in at the moment!), with nine mattes and three lustre shades, you can create a subtle sweep of shadow or a dramatic eye look with one palette. It’s rare I find a palette that I genuinely am able to do a complete look with, but this one I can. The *only* thing it’s missing is a true gold, but I have so many of them in my collection that it doesn’t bother me too much. My favourite shades are Funny Girl, Smarty Pants, Jetsetter and Rebel. To be honest, I love them all. Here’s a breakdown of the shades:
- charmer (off white)
- jetsetter (warm taupe)
- rocker (shimmering taupe)
- smokeshow (black brown)
- flower child (peachy nude)
- smarty pants (tan)
- firecracker (bronze copper)
- activist (dark brown)
- funny girl (champagne)
- sweetheart (peach)
- rebel (chestnut brown)
- leader (aubergine)
I really don’t know what to say apart from that they are the most buttery, creamy, luxurious eyeshadows I’ve ever tried. Honestly, they are stunning. I rarely reach for any other shadows than this. Now I appreciate not everyone has the same preferences in shadows, but I don’t like mine *too* pigmented for everyday wear (I think this palette is definitely an everyday palette), because I like to be able to blend them quickly and for them to be quick to work with. I can do my entire eyeshadow look in just a few minutes with this palette as they blend so effortlessly and quickly. The shimmers are very pigmented and not too glittery, but just add that pop of sparkle to your look to glam it up. I didn’t really quite understand what people meant by buttery eyeshadows until I tried this palette.
I’ve told myself that if I could only have two palettes and I had to get rid of all of my other ones… I’d be this one and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. Together I can create almost any look I’d ever need (apart from a black, damn) and they’re just so easy to work with. I can see why they’re both so popular.
Now, if you’ve been deliberating this purchase for ages and you keep telling yourself ‘but I have loads of neutral palettes!’… stop cheating yourself and you’ll thank yourself you bought it. I’m going to pick some more Tarte palettes up from the US when I go over there in a few weeks as well as the famous Tarte Shape Tape Concealer and some other bits. It’s a brand not readily available in the UK. We can get some bits from QVC (but it’s really expensive) and the Tarte website directly but there’s no UK stockists. Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty… SORT IT OUT PLEASE 😉. Oh and a little tip, if you’re worried about getting slapped with a customs fee, it’s all calculated at the checkout in ‘taxes’ on the Tarte website, so don’t worry about that. I didn’t pay a thing!
I thought I’d share with you some photos of a look I did. I took these photos a while ago and there’s a million things I’d change, including doing a better job on the eyeshadow but I thought I’d share them anyway so you can see.
- Smarty Pants and Jetsetter in the crease with Smart Pants blended up to the brow bone to blend it all out
- Rebel and Leader on the outer corner and slightly in the crease
- Charmer on the brow bone
- Funny Girl all over the lid and inner corner
- Smarty Pants and Jetsetter on the lower lashline
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Chocolate on my brows
- Pixi Bottom Lash mascara
- Benefit They’re Real mascara
- Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel
- Nars Sheer Glow foundation
- Collection Lasting Perfection concealer
Tartelette In Bloom is currently available on TarteCosmetics.com for £36. Watch out for deals and sign up for their mailing list as they often have a friends and family discount day for 30% off, so I waited until they did. Free shipping over £40 so great if you want to try the super famous Tape Shape concealer! (Review to come on that!)
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