Tarteist Pro Glow Highlight & Contour Palette

The Tarteist Pro Glow Highlight and Contour palette is not a new product, it is new to me; but not new. I recently picked this up from Sephora for only $29.50, regular price is $59.

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First Impression

Before I get into the product itself, I really want to mention something that I really like about it, the packaging. The packaging on the Pro collection is very clean and classy; black and gold. The past little while Tarte has released a string of lines that look like they are targeting children. I am a grown ass woman, I don’t really want to buy makeup brushes that look like they cost a dollar, and are shaped like fairy wands. I do not want my face and my head to be covered in glitter. One festival line is cute or releasing a couple items every year, but please start making makeup for adults again. I am getting tired of all the unicorn, mermaid, fairy dust shit.

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Now the actual product; This palette features four beautiful powder highlights, one cream contour and one powder contour. I do wish the contour shades were a little ashier and more like a natural shadow but they are really beautiful colours for adding some warmth to your face. The cream contour may work for darker skin tones but I don’t really feel like the powder contour would. It also contains four highlight powders and each one would work great for different skin tones in different ways. Highlight shade “Fire” is too dark for me but will work great as an eye shadow. The bottom line is that maybe this isn’t the most universal palette and they could think about doing a collection of Pro Glow palettes for different skin tones.

These powders are formulated with Tarte’s signature vanilla scent which I love. I have experienced a lot of flaws when purchasing Tarte products but if your powder smells like vanilla, you know it’s going to be one of the good products.

After Use

I found the cream contour to be a little “sticky” but it blended really well so the depth of colour was actually not an issue with my super fair skin. I applied the cream contour, blended it, applied a layer of powder because I have very oily skin and then applied a light layer of the contour powder in some spots for extra definition and added warmth since it is summer and I have a little colour. The powders were all super lightweight, buildable and blendable, which left a really natural looking finish. Overall, I would absolutely buy this again.

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Tarte Cosmetics Tartelette Vault

With the release of the brand new Tartelette Toasted palette, Tarte cosmetics released a vault of all three Tartelette palettes. The vault costs $130 CAD, which puts each palette at about 28% off regular cost.

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The palettes come packaged in a beautiful hard cover purple Tartelette case. The palettes are actually super hard to get out of this case which is annoying.

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Unfortunately, I received my vault with Tartelette Toasted smashed, which was obvious as soon as I opened the case. I contacted customer service immediately and they asked me to send them a photo and my order number. The day that I received the package it was also Cyber Monday and they were offering 25% off everything, which is probably why they took their sweet time replying; they didn’t want to have to give me a refund, partial refund or gift certificate code for me to turn around and buy the palette again at another discounted price. I have had to contact the Tarte customer service multiple times because of broken brushes or packaging falling apart and they are usually pretty good, and pretty quick to reply; usually. After a while, they did offer me a replacement, which I accepted. So when I hear back about that I will update this post.

Update: I received confirmation from customer service that I was receiving a replacement, as well as an email confirmation that I was getting the whole vault again. If I had known they were sending all three palettes instead of just one to replace the damaged one, I would have just asked for a refund. What am I going to do with all this eye shadow?! #FirstWorldProblems 

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Tartelette Toasted is a mix of shimmer shades and mattes in warm, cozy tones; perfect for fall (or all the time really). It really is a beautiful palette so it’s really unfortunate that one of the more generic, base colours was smashed to the point where I can’t even open the palette without losing powder. I love the shadows included but do not love the packaging. I like the heaviness and sturdiness of the packaging, I love the gold accent…hate the “flames” on the front, I think they could have done a better design. The shadows are a gorgeous, creamy consistency that is super pigmented and beautifully blendable. The shades with the chunkier glitter definitely benefit from a wet brush; wetting your brush a little with a setting spray will just keep the product packed together as you apply so you can really get the most pigment.

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The original Tartelette palette is all matte shades in their amazonian clay formula, amazing for creating versatile day to day looks and each row is colour coordinated for perfecting mixing. This comes in the same sturdy component as the Toasted palette but with a simple purple cover and silver accent. The shadows are also the same creamy consistency. They are more cool toned which I really prefer with my skin tone.

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The Tartelette In Bloom palette is the second release in the Tartelette line and one I already had. I love this palette, it is my go to for day to day and night time looks because it has beautiful matte shades and a few shimmers to glam it up. Each row is colour coordinated and there is a mixture of cool and warm tones. Jetsetter is my all time favourite colour for a natural looking contoured crease. These have the same creamy shadow formula as the other two palettes and comes in the same gold accented component, which includes a cover of flower petals. The flower petals aren’t really “me” but the shadows are so perfect I can get over that.

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Overall, I definitely recommend this line of palettes because of their super creamy and pigmented formula that blends amazingly and makes makeup application a breeze for even beginners. Plus, the component is super sturdy compared to many other palettes on the market and I love Tarte’s signature vanilla scent.

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Tarte Cosmetics Clay Play Face Shaping Palette

Hello Readers! I recently picked up the oh so beautiful Clay Play Face Shaping Palette from Tarte Cosmetics! This palette includes three contour shades and 9 shadow shades in neutral tones to sculpt your whole face. This palette goes for $64 but during Tarte’s 7 days of sales for their 17th birthday, I picked up this bad boy for $25 CAD.

My palette came with some smudges on the packaging which is ~whatever~. The packaging is super sturdy, definitely one of the palette’s made from better quality materials.

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My favourite contour shade in this is the one in the middle, it’s called Desert. However, I have really fair skin and my ideal contour shade would be closer to the eye shadow “Dunes” in this palette which is more grey and ashy. It’s very close to (maybe the same as) Jetsetter from the Tartelette In Bloom eye shadow palette. In this palette it is the one on the top left in the shadows above Desert. I find that these ashy shades create a more cool toned, natural looking shadow. Dunes is definitely my go-to for my crease when doing my eyes.

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These powders are super silky and pigmented. They blend so well and they also have that Tarte signature vanilla scent. While this palette is all neutral tones it’s also so versatile and perfect for travel because you have every thing you need to sculpt your face is on pretty palette.

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The only bad experience I had with this palette is that I tried to use the darkest contour shade and ended up with it looking super blotchy. It didn’t blend smoothly which I don’t blame on the powder; I had recently run out of primer and I had just applied Clearasil to my face so I was applying the powder to a very dry foundation. This of course ended up a disaster since I had use the darkest shade. So these powders definitely benefit from a nice smooth, well moisturized or well primed base.

Overall, this palette is a really great investment. I particularly feel like this is a great palette for people who aren’t huge makeup enthusiasts because it’s all in one palette and it’s all very basic, not intimidating at all.

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Tarteist Pro Magnetic Palette

I usually don’t bother with magnetic palettes but I picked up the Tarteist Pro Magnetic Palette in Wild Animal and I am really pleased. Because this is part of the Pro collection it is definitely better quality, and a more glamorous design. I have had a few experiences lately where Tarte products have fallen apart on me because the glue fails to hold. You can definitely tell this palette is much sturdier; it feels nice and heavy in the hands. I often don’t feel like the packaging for Tarte products really suit ‘me’, but I really like this animal print. I’m definitely attracted more to products that are black and white, black and gold etc.  I popped out all of my Tarte blushes and put them in there and popped out my highlighters from my Anastasia Beverly Hills Sweets Glow Kit. The palette is big enough to fill 9 of the Tarte blushes, just to give you an idea of size.

Because it is just a magnetic palette there isn’t much to review but if you have ever been deterred from Tarte products because of the packaging design, this is definitely a sturdier component and would be great for storing Tarte’s awesome products.

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