So to start off with recent products that have been launched in the makeup world in the last couple of months, the Tartelette in Bloom palette is the second eyeshadow palette in the Tartelette series. To be honest, I’ve never been attracted to the first all-matte Tartelette palette as it mostly had cooler-toned eyeshadows and purples that would not go well with my skin tone but when I saw that they were coming out with a warmer palette, I quickly jumped on the band wagon and ordered it!
The packaging is adorable! I can’t get enough of the pink and purple mix with the gold layout. The gold layout of the palette made it feel very luxe and the names of the shadows are written in the palette in purple writing, which is convenient as you don’t need to worry about a plastic sheet with names to keep.
The size of this palette is about the size of my hand, so it was smaller than I expected when it first arrived, but come to think of it, its size makes it travel-friendly with its “no-wasted-space” compact packaging. It also comes with a big mirror inside which makes it user-friendly for makeup application.
One of the first things that hit me when I opened this palette was a whiff of the vanilla scent. The scent is faint (definitely not as strong as the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palettes) and is pleasant if you’re into sweet scents. If scents aren’t your thing, bear in mind that once you have applied the shadows onto your lids, you can’t smell it anymore so it shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
- COLOUR SELECTION & SWATCHES (All swatches/pictures were taken in natural lighting)
As you can see from the pictures and swatches, this palette is neutral, but it leans more towards warmer eyeshadows. Despite the first palette being all-matte, the Tartelette in Bloom has 9 matte eyeshadows and 3 shimmer shadows. The top horizontal row leans more towards the cooler tones, but the majority of the palette is warm-toned, with a good mix of light shades, medium-toned transition shades, crease shades, as well as darker shades that you can use to deepen the outer corners, or to use as liners.
Swatches from L to R: charmer, jetsetter, rocker, smokeshow.
Swatches from L to R: flower child, smarty pants, firecracker, activist.
Swatches from L to R: funny girl, sweetheart, rebel, leader.
As you can see in the swatches, the shadows are really pigmented (and this is without a primer!!), on the arm and on the lids. The only shade that was a dud in the palette was “funny girl” in the third row, first shadow from the left. It came off very powdery, and it was really lacking in pigmentation. However, with some setting spray, you can apply this shadow wet, as shown in the picture below, and it does improve to an extent, but on its own, this eyeshadow was the only disappointment to the palette.
- FORMULA & BLENDABILITY
These shadows are as soft as they are buttery, much like the formula of Lorac eyeshadows. Pigmented, but upon putting your brush into the shadow, you will get some powdery excess, which means that you’d either have to tap excess off your brush to avoid any fallout upon application or use a lighter hand when dipping into these shadows.
With soft shadows like these, they blend easily without getting too muddled and without any need for major effort. Put it this way, a beginner could blend these eyeshadows.
With an eyeshadow primer (Urban Decay’s Primer Potion on some days, and Mac’s Paint Pot in Soft Ochre on other days), these eyeshadows lasted 8 to 9 hours on me without fading or creasing. However, at the end of the day (think 10-12 hours), there was no sign of creasing, but rather some fading in colour.
- WHERE CAN YOU GET IT?
Currently this palette is only available in Ulta or on the Tarte Cosmetics website in the US, which makes it a little inconvenient for us makeup lovers in Australia. However, you can order this through shopandbox.com, which is a website which helps you find someone in the US who can help ship this to you. Alternatively, you can also get this off of eBay and Gumtree as I have seen a few sellers there. Secretly, I’m praying and hoping that the Sephora Australian website will stock these in soon as it is a gorgeous palette.
UPDATE ON 3/3/16: It’s now available on the Sephora AU website! 😀
- OVERALL THOUGHTS?
This eyeshadow palette is perfect for those of you who prefer matte eyeshadows but still want a pop of shimmer. If you lean more towards warmer-toned eyeshadows but still want a number of cooler-toned eyeshadows to play with from time to time, then this palette might be the one for you. The quality and pigmentation of these eyeshadows is incredible and will definitely be a beautiful addition to my collection of eyeshadow palettes.
That’s all I have for my review today, and I hope it helped some of you that were curious about this palette. Leave in the comments your thoughts on the palette if you have it or want it, and let me know if there’s any requests for posts you’d like to see 🙂
Thanks for reading guys and remember that true beauty begins from within!