When it comes to new palette releases I don’t usually fall into the hype. I’m the kind of shopper who looks at palettes as an investment that needs proper research. Research meaning hours of YouTube reviews, blog posts, and maybe one (or two) pros and cons list. I don’t know what it was about the Tartelette In Bloom palette that sucked me in, but the pros and cons weighed heavily on the pros side.
I’m very much so an eye shadow newb. I’m not the best at working outside my neutral zone and dark shades tend to intimidate me. I’m also a little afraid of rosy toned shades and I haven’t completely hopped onto the whole warm transition shade thing. All of this information might make you feel like “Hey, then why did you even consider this palette?” and I get why, but let me explain. I’m trying to get a little more experimental with my make up in 2016 and I thought this palette was full of every shade that makes me a little nervous.
It goes without saying that the packaging is absolutely gorgeous. It’s sleek, colorful, and sturdy. It can be a little tough to open sometimes, but I almost prefer that over a palette that flies open on its own.This palette is my first taste of Tarte shadows and I have to say I’m impressed. I’ve read a lot of disappointing reviews on their palettes in the past, but I’ve also read that this palette’s shadows seem to be a new formulation. I have to say I’m a huge fan of the creamy and pigmented formula of these shadows. Even the matte shades are buttery and ultra pigmented. I experience very little to no fall out upon application and find these apply beautifully with brushes. Oh, and did I mention these shadows smell like chocolate? There are 12 shadows (3 shimmers and 9 mattes) and they are definitely all neutrals.The shimmer shades definitely pack a punch, but blend perfectly and never look overwhelming. The colors are laid out from light to dark (L to R) and each row is organized into coordinating quads. If you’re someone who has a hard time playing mix master with cool and warm tones (much like yours truly), this lay out does the work for you. The organization of the palette has helped me branch out and I have played with the darker shades with much success.
There are tons of swatch blog posts (1,2) and videos (1,2) out there, so I thought I’d swatch 4 of my favorite and most used shades from the palette. From left to right, I’ve swatched Smarty Pants (warm, medium brown, matte), Rocker (minky taupe, shimmer), Jetsetter (cool, medium brown, matte), and Firecracker (Warm, bronze, shimmer). My favorite shades for an amped up everyday look are Rocker and Jetsetter. If you want to see them in action, I’ve just uploaded a Lazy Day Get Ready With Me based around the palette.