Monday, January 9, 2017

Pretty as a Flower

Compared with previous years, I didn't buy all that much makeup in 2016. However, I couldn't let the year pass without purchasing at least one of the seemingly universally heralded two best eyeshadow palettes of last year: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette or the Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Palette. I was kind of leaning towards the more ~editorial~ ABH, the one with the artistic cred, but during Sephora's last 20% off sale, it was sold out. So I satisfied myself with the more conventional, less exciting but more "practical" Tarte offering instead.







l-r: Charmer, Jetsetter, Rocker, Smokeshow, Flower Child, Smarty Pants, Firecracker, Activist, Funny Girl, Sweetheart, Rebel, Leader

l-r: Charmer, Jetsetter, Rocker, Smokeshow

l-r: (Smokeshow), Flower Child, Smarty Pants, Firecracker, Activist, (Funny Girl)

l-r: Funny Girl, Sweetheart, Rebel, Leader

This is one pretty palette, both inside and out. I think I prefer the packaging of the Tarte to ABH. It's nicely thought out and executed, decently sleek and compact, the squareish shape is fairly original in a world of mostly rectangular eyeshadow palettes, and it comes with a huge, good quality mirror.

The colour selection is nothing earth-shattering or out of the box, but still a well-considered edit of neutral mattes with differing undertones and depth, plus a sprinkle of metallic and shimmer shades. I really appreciate the way that the palette is laid out, with each individual row basically acting like its own quad (centered around a colour family), and each column grouping together similar depths of shades, ranging from lightest to darkest.

One criticism I have heard about this palette is that the deepest shades (Smokeshow, Activist and Leader) are all a bit samey once applied to the lids. Smokeshow and Activist I would probably agree, since the former is just a greyer version of the browner latter, but I think Leader is sufficiently reddish to act as a point of difference.

In terms of the shadow quality, the lighter to medium mattes pass the test. They're nicely pigmented, soft but not crumbly or powdery, and blend easily. However the deeper mattes can get a little patchy and don't have the most intense colour payoff I've come across (the LORAC Pro Palette still takes that title by a loooong shot). The quality is certainly not awful nor disappointing, but didn't absolutely blow me away either. It'd say it's above average, which you'd expect from a palette of this price. Honestly though, some of the mattes in my 28-pan Morphe Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette perform just as well.

I do really love the bronze shade Firecracker, of course. The definite standout of the palette and a large reason why I bought it. Undeniably pretty on the lid with superior pigmentation and texture. Funny Girl is more of a shimmery champagne topper as it has a kind of spongy, drier texture, so sometimes I like dabbing a bit of it to the centre of my lids with my finger to add some sparkle and light. Overall, the palette is predominately warm-toned except for the distinctly cooler-toned first row of shades. I almost wish the mid-tone brown Jetsetter was even cooler than it is, say a light, slightly dove grey taupe, but then I remember I can't pull off cool eyeshadows and content myself with its current form.

Overall, I've been enjoying Tartelette in Bloom and don't regret adding it to my collection, but if you have myriad neutral palettes already (and if you're reading this, I imagine you do), you definitely don't *need* it. It's kind of similar to Urban Decay Naked3 (though Naked3 is more exuberant in the rosey/mauvey/coppery shades still), Maybelline The Nudes, even L'OrĂ©al Color Riche La Palette Nude in Beige. Having said that, you can more or less pick any combination of shades in Tartelette in Bloom and come up with something you can wear for most occasions. It's a very complete palette that's beautifully packaged and produces looks that, for lack of a better word, are simply pretty. What more really, do you need?

14 comments:

  1. I've been tempted by this palette - it's very pretty! But, like you said, it's just another neutral palette! I'm pretty sure I could probably dupe every shade with something in my collection already. I did, however, get the ABH Modern Renaissance palette and it is gooorgeous! Totally recommend!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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    1. Ahaha I feel like I will get Modern Renaissance one day anyway. Especially since it's permanent. One day!

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  2. This palette has been on my wishlist since I first saw it, so pretty!

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

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    1. It has been on mine as well. Think the first time I saw it was Lustrelux showing it off on her Snapchat when Tarte was bringing all the prominent beauty vloggers on one of their trips.

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  3. I have this palette and I love it, it made me realise I could happily cull quite a few of my palettes. I don't find I use the three darkest shades at all though, and I wish they filled it with something else.

    Maddie | www.maddiesbeautyspot.com

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    1. We all have a few palettes we never really use and could get rid of! I don't tend to reach for the dark shades since I find the ones in the Lorac Pro Palette a lot better, but they're not too bad!

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  4. I haven't bought this yet because I have so many unloved palettes sitting in my draw BUT fuck it's gorgeous!

    Sarah | More Than Adored

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    1. Haha it is definitely good-looking :) Hope you manage to get more use out of all your palettes!

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  5. This is so pretty and I've heard so many things about this and the shades would be great for me but I can't get it anywhere. The packaging looks gorgeous though.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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    1. Oh no, that sucks! Does the Tarte website not ship to you? I guess even if it did, shipping is so expensive! But there are many similar neutral palettes to it out there I guess :)

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  6. I didn't love the Tarte eyeshadow palette I tried some years ago. It was really powdery. I'd love to see where their formula is at now. I love your swatches, they look beautiful x

    Coco | The Beauty Milk

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  7. Tarte is still nowhere to be found in Europe ( while Kat von D is climbing as spreading through Sephora across Europe, one at the time)

    I'm quite curious with this palette. I usually don't like really big palettes but this one is indeed really gorgeous and the warmers shades are totally something I would dig.

    Take care*

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  8. I keep eyeing this one up! The shades look gorgeous, but I do feel like I have too many neutral palettes like it already. Still want it though! x
    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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