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Finding the perfect eyeshadow palette is definitely a challenge. But I think I’ve hit the jackpot!
Today we’re zeroing in on one my absolute favorite palettes, the Tartelette In Bloom Eyeshadow Palette. While the colors aren’t the most unique, the format is definitely something that is rare to find in eyeshadow palettes. Can you guess what it is?
The release of 2014’s Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette set the precedent of matte shadows. So when this palette was announced, I think naturally many people assumed that it would follow the same trend. And it does… somewhat.
This post covers everything from the packaging, to the colors, swatches, and more!
If you’d like to hear more about the Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Palette, keep reading!
Let’s face it, the packaging is gorgeous
Let’s talk about everything that makes this palette unique and amazing, starting with the packaging. When was the last time you saw a palette this beautiful? I honestly never have. Perhaps it is just my personal style talking, but I just love the delicate flower-petal print and girly colors. It feels very feminine and natural, and it makes me feel pretty when I reach for it. Am I crazy? Actually, don’t answer that.
The outer case is made of a hard plastic, and features a beautiful, high quality mirror inside. The cover moves on a limited-range hinge, so the mirror stands up on its own without you having to hold it or prop it up. For this reason, the palette is perfect for doing your makeup on-the-go. The palette itself measures 4 x 4.75 inches, and about 0.5 inches thick.
Its compact size makes it perfect for travel, while still giving you a variety of color options within the neutral color family. (More on that in a bit.) The case snaps closed securely, so you don’t have to worry about it opening up in your bag and making a mess. And of course, the hard plastic is super durable, so you don’t have to worry about the edges getting squished or beat up in transit.
Tarte Tartelette In bloom Palette >> Purchase at Sephora
Ratio of matte-to-shimmer shades makes the tartelette In Bloom very unique
This palette is super unique in its selection of matte and shimmer shades. As you probably know, the vast majority of palettes feature a majority of shimmer shades, with a couple of mattes sprinkled in. Oftentimes these are afterthoughts to appease those of us who don’t enjoy shimmers blended up to our eyebrows.
The closest I have seen to a palette like this one are the Lorac Pro palettes (which I love). These include half shimmers and half mattes, but that 50/50 ratio is nothing compared to this. On the other side of the spectrum are the completely matte palettes, which are all business and no pizazz. We needed something that was perfectly in the middle.
Lorac Pro Palette (Warm-Neutral shades) >> Purchase on Amazon
Lorac Pro Palette 2 (Cool-Neutral shades) >> Purchase on Amazon
Lorac Pro Palette 3 (Soft nude/rosy shades) >> Purchase on Amazon
You can never have too many mattes!
When I create an eyeshadow look, I tend to use a matte brow bone highlight, a matte transition shade, a matte crease shade, a dark matte outer corner shade, and perhaps a shimmery lid color and inner corner highlight. Are you seeing a trend here? I use many more matte shades than shimmers, but every palette I have ever had, (besides the Lorac Pro series,) has featured many more shimmers than mattes.
Finally, I have a palette that matches my needs. It features an awesome assortment of matte shades to layer and blend, and then a small, non-overwhelming trio of shimmers to choose from to add a pop to the look.
If you haven’t already figured it out, I am obsessed with traveling, and I love to have things that are everything I need in one. Packing light is kind of my thing. Most of the time, I end up packing a separate palette with matte shadows, but now I don’t have to!
Good overall shadow quality, with a few exceptions
Since I got this palette, I have tested out all the shades to see how they wear, as well as how they swatch. There is only one shade that I am disappointed with, but we’ll get into that in a bit. Overall, I found that the shadows wore for an exceptionally long time on my lids without creasing. I tested them with several different eyeshadow primers, and I didn’t have a problem with any of them.
The blend ability in general is also great. None of the colors stuck to my lid and refused to move, (I’m sure you know the feeling,) nor did they blend away into nothingness.
Top row — cool colors
The first row of colors (top left to right) consists of four cool-toned colors. The colors include, Charmer, Jetsetter, Rocker, and Smokeshow. (Photo of the palette above shows the colors as being slightly cooler than they are in real life, but the swatches are pretty true-to-color.)
Rocker and Jetsetter are the standouts in this row. They are both super pigmented and buttery, and neither color is dusty. They both blend on the skin, and into other shadows, very well. Rocker is a cool-toned matte brown, while Jetsetter is a shimmery medium taupe.
Charmer is slightly powdery, but that is typical for a light colored matte. Smokeshow is pretty good, but I did have to go over the swatch a couple of times to achieve really deep pigmentation. The texture of the shadow also has a stiffer and drier feel than the rest when I dipped my finger into it for the swatch.
Middle row — warm colors
The second row includes Flower Child, Smarty Pants, Firecracker, and Activist.
The shades in this row feature a similar configuration to the previous row, just warmer in tone. Like the previous row, you have your matte highlight shade, a matte medium crease/transition shade, a mid-toned shimmer, and a dark matte for defining.
Flower Child is okay, but the pigmentation is not as good as Charmer, and it doesn’t show up as well on the skin. For my skin tone, I actually found that this is a bit too dark to use as an actual highlight, though it works stunningly as a “pre-transition” shade for when you just want to add some extra blendiness to your look. Smarty Pants is a beautiful crease shade that quickly became one of my favorites. The texture feels exactly the same as Jetsetter, and it blends beautifully to create a perfect gradient.
Firecracker is a perfect shade of bronze, and it has a similar feel to Rocker. Like Smokeshow, Activist is the stiffest of the bunch. I again needed to double-dip in the pan for a good swatch. Compared to Smokeshow, Activist is about the same depth, though it leans more brown, while Smokeshow leans toward black.
Bottom row — rosy colors
I was initially the most attracted to the last row, but it actually turned out to be the most disappointing of the bunch. It features: Funny Girl, Sweetheart, Rebel, and Leader.
Funny Girl is a light, shimmery champagne color. This shadow lacks pigmentation in favor or sparkle, but the shimmer clings to the skin pretty well when applied with the finger. It makes for a nice overlay layered on top of the other shadows, and it also a nice inner corner highlight that isn’t too in-your-face. Other people seem the most disappointed in this one, but I kind of like it. Sweetheart is the best in this row, as it makes for a pretty transition shade when in the mood for something delicate and rosy. The texture of this one is very smooth, and it blends just as well as Smarty Pants and Jetsetter.
Rebel is a beautiful terra cotta color. It feels the same as the previous shadows when you dip your finger in it, but the pigmentation is not as strong. It still blends well, but it has more of a tendency to blend away than the others do. Leader is (in my opinion,) the palette’s biggest disappointment. The texture of this shadow is significantly stiffer than the rest. You have to scrub at it to get a reasonable amount of color off of it. Even after going over the swatch several times, the color still looked powdery and patchy.
A well balanced and user-friendly palette
Tarte Tartlette In Bloom Palette features a smart shade and texture range that’s sure to please most makeup wearers. The shadows are good quality, and the exterior is durable and easy to travel with.
The Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Palette can be purchased at Sephora, Ulta, and most other places that Tarte products are sold.
For the $45.00 USD price, and I believe it is completely worth the money. I just love the layout, the color selection, the packaging, the sweet scent… everything. I hope tarte continues to sell this palette for a long, long time, because I’ll probably need another one at some point.
Tarte Tartelette In bloom Palette >> Purchase at Sephora
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