With Tarte Cosmetics being a US based brand that you don’t see in any UK shops it isn’t a makeup brand that I have tried before, so when I was in Miami recently I was excited to see what they had to offer.
For those of you that don’t know Tarte Cosmetics is a creation from Maureen Kelly who started the company in 1999 out of her New York apartment. Her vision was to create “healthy” makeup with beautiful packaging, and she has done exactly that. Tarte makeup is formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, synthetic fragrances and gluten, and instead uses super fruit plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, essential oils and other naturally-derived ingredients. She prides herself on making sure her products are not tested on animals and have a 12 hour staying power – all sounds good so far, right……?
So let’s get on to the Tartelette 2 In Bloom palette… As I say, I picked this up in Sephora in Miami and it cost $44 with Tax (around £32). The first thing that drew me to it was the pretty packaging. I’ve talked so much about packaging in previous posts, but it really does make a difference to what I look at when I’m wondering around a store browsing makeup. The outside has a bright pink/ purple cover and inside it has a shiny gold finish and large mirror – literally makes me smile when I look at it 🙂
The Tartelette 2 In Bloom palette consists of 12 warm shades – 3 shimmers and 9 matte. The powders are all very pigmented apart from the palest shade “charmer” which I had to swatch quite a lot to get the effect you see below. I’m really impressed with the variety of colours and will definitely be using them all, although my only criticism is that “Activist” and “Leader” are virtually identical. I’m surprised at how much I really like the shimmer shades – “Funny Girl”, “Rocker” and “Firecracker”. What surprised me was how different some of the shades look when used, in comparison to how they looked in the palette, which is why I’m so glad I swatched them for this post. I mean this as a positive (not a negative), as I wasn’t sure I would be so keen on them all, but as soon as I swatched them I loved them! Tarte have also cleverly arranged the shadows so that the four shades across match up to create a look, so you never have to over think which shades will go with which! Genius!
Although some may think £32 is a lot of money to spend on a makeup palette, when you compare it to MAC who charge about £35 for only a 9 shade palette I don’t think it’s so bad, especially as I will use all the shades and it looks so damn pretty!
I’m currently restricting my makeup at the moment due to my eye condition (follow me on Snapchat and I will bore you with the deets!) but as soon as I’m back to makeup full time I know this will be one of my go to palettes. I’m really impressed with it and am looking forward to trying some more Tarte products in the future.
Have you tried any Tarte makeup? Do you have any recommendations?
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