Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette

December 22, 2015

Hi beauties! I recently posted about the Tartelette In Bloom Eyeshadow Palette here, and within the same shipment, I also received Tarte’s highly anticipated Tarteist Contour Palette.

Now, those of you following me for some time know that I’m extremely picky when it comes to contouring products. I know there are many brands out there which outsold numerous editions of their palettes but I only ever mentioned a couple of them in passing before – as not many of them feature true contour colors in my opinion. I was intrigued with the new Tarte Contour Palette because the colors looked pretty good in the press releases. Now that I got a chance to try them, here’s my honest opinion on this palette…

Tarte Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette

As with Tarte’s previous line of round compacts, the Tarteist Contour Palette is also designed to collate “all you need” colors under one lid – so to speak. Featuring 6 shades to sculpt the face, each color is marked with its purpose from highlight, correct, accentuate and contour – with the smaller color in the center still being a mystery – I’ll get to that in a minute.

The compact itself is quite pretty with a gold leather-feel finish on the lid and a generous mirror inside. As with the In Bloom Eyeshadow palette, you also get hit with the aroma of cocoa powder as soon as you open the compact. Not sure why Tarte went down this path as having cocoa powder and hence the scent, is a unique signature of Too Faced Cosmetics with their palettes.

Tarte Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette

Tarte Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette

Contour Colors: they’re actually pretty good. The darker shade has a cooler undertone which is what a contour color should be. The lighter of the two colors has just enough warmth without going down the orange/bronze path. Both colors blend nicely without looking patchy or muddy. For a palette of this nature, I think light to medium skin tones could make better use of these colors.

Highlight/Correct Colors: not my favorites. They apply slightly on the chalky side and again, a bit limiting in terms of the skin tones they’ll cater to. The center color may not as well be there. In the instruction chart the palette comes with, it’s referred to as the “glow” shade but there’s absolutely no pigmentation when applied and definitely no glow in sight.

Accentuate Color: It’s a nice subtle rosy pink, same finish as Tarte’s much loved Amazonian clay blushes. I find this particular color repeats a lot in Tarte palettes (whether with these round compacts or the holiday edition palettes).

Tarte Contour Palette

Tarteist Contour Palette Swatches

I wish the center color was an actual highlighter – something along the lines of a champagne shimmer which is a cult favorite. And instead of the same rosy pink for the accentuate shade, maybe a universally flattering peach to add a pop of healthy color to the cheeks would be a more appealing option. There’s definitely some hits and misses.

As I mentioned in the beginning, I’m quite picky when it comes to contour/highlight products but in terms of color selection, this palette is probably on the “better” end of the spectrum. It’s a convenient all-in-one for those on the go, or for someone who’s just starting out with the contour/highlight technique without having to invest in individual products.

Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette retails at $45 and can be purchased HERE; there’s also a double-ended Sculpt & Slim Contour Brush HERE – which was launched to use with this palette.

 

Do you contour / highlight? What are your favorite products?

 

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4 comments

Jeanette December 22, 2015 at 10:27 pm

GORGEOUS! I love this palette and everything by Tarte.

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Sarah December 23, 2015 at 3:35 am

Hi Jeanette, Tarte definitely has a way of pulling at our makeup heart strings :) xx

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Tania December 22, 2015 at 9:30 pm

The contour shades look great, but it’s a shame the highlights aren’t more universal in shade & better quality. It sounds like a bit of a mixed palette. I don’t think I will be going to the trouble of ordering from the US to the UK. I think I’d rather pick up a few more of their blushes for the price. Xx

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Sarah December 23, 2015 at 3:35 am

I agree Tania. I usually love Tarte palettes but this one I’m a bit “neutral” on. They released a blush palette for one day couple of weeks ago and it was sold out within hours. Everyone’s asking for them to bring it back so if you want blushes, wait for the re-launch of that palette; it’s stunning! I’ll keep you guys posted as I get more news on it ;) xx

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