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Updates | Anastasia x Mario Palette, Urban Decay Full Spectrum, Tarte Tarteist PRO palettes

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette

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Sneak Peek: Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Contour & Highlight Palette

Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Contour & Highlight Palette
Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Contour & Highlight Palette

Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Contour & Highlight Palette ($45.00 for 1.056 oz.) includes four highlighters and two contour colors, one contour color being a cream-based product. I thought I had a little more time before it was going to launch at all the retailers, but it went live on Ulta this morning (along with Tarteist PRO Eye Palette) — I’m going to try and get this and the eye palette reviewed shortly (I’ve been focusing on holiday palettes/sets). So sorry to be late on those two reviews!

Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow

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Best Eyeshadows | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Blushes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products.  I hope you find this list of top performing eyeshadow formulas useful 🙂

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) still remains my very favorite powder eyeshadow formula. I’m particularly fond of their more shimmery and satin finishes, though their mattes are nice (but they aren’t as dense, and I love a denser, creamier eyeshadow). Their are over 200 shades to choose from, so you can imagine it is hard to pick favorites, but here are swatches of some of my must-haves!

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Tarte Metallics Shadow

Tarte Metallics Shadow

Tarte Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new formula that debuted this year, and I was able to confirm with Tarte that they anticipate these being part of the permanent range, at least for the next year…. so here’s hoping they will make a stronger commitment to the formula by adding more shades next year! The formula on the Metallics range is soft, smooth, blendable, and almost cream-like as they have a denser, richer feel to them. They are pigmented, long-wearing, and easy to use. Some of my favorite shades are Sinful, Pokerface, and Dame.

Availability

Sephora, Ulta, Tarte

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Sneak Peek: Tarte Tarteist PRO Palette Photos & Swatches

Tarte Tarteist PRO Palette
Tarte Tarteist PRO Palette

Tarte Tarteist PRO Palette ($53.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes 20 eyeshadows with 15 mattes and 5 shimmers. I compared ingredient lists, and I don’t think that the shimmery shades are the Metallic formula, but they felt similarly to me when I initially swatched. The palette was also vanilla-scented, in case you are sensitive to scents.

Tarte Tarteist PRO Palette

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Tarte Limitless Lippies Tarteist Creamy Lip Paint Set

Tarte Limitless Lippies Tarteist Creamy Lip Paint Set
Tarte Limitless Lippies Tarteist Creamy Lip Paint Set

Tarte Limitless Lippies Tarteist Creamy Lip Paint Set ($42.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a set of eight miniature sized Lip Paints, which are like a liquid lipstick that doesn’t quite dry down and has more of a velvety finish–more like a satin than a matte. The formula is supposed to be “ultra-pigmented,” “non-drying,” and long-wearing. In my experience, this formula never fully dries down, but they are more comfortable to wear as they are not as drying as traditional liquid lipstick; they have a tendency to get more and more matte as the color wears down, but it is a rather pigmented product that it still lasted for four to seven hours on me. The formula has a mint scent but no taste to me.

I was really surprised–really, shocked–at the absence of value in this kit, because of all things Tarte does… is put out value-packed kits and palettes. If you’re someone who doesn’t care about the amount of product in a tube but prefers more variety in color, then there may still be value to you, as you’ll get eight shades for a little more than the cost of two full-sized products. I also found that the applicator of the minis to be rougher and less well-made, so they felt scratchy when used on the lips. As far as quality of the shades went, they were good overall, and I hope Tarte will add some of these to their existing range.

Value

  • Creamy Matte Lip Paint: $20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz. or $100.00/fl. oz.
  • Total Value: $27.00

Candy is a medium-dark, peachy-brown with strong, warm orange undertones and a satin sheen. It opaque color coverage, but the thinner, more watery consistency gravitated toward my lip lines. It was easy to apply, and the coverage was even, though. On me, the color wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Nude (P, $24.00) is glossier (95% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Marion (P, $18.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Angelique (174) (P, $36.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Clay Crush (P, $7.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Parker (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Buff (P, $35.00)(90% similar). Colour Pop Pinch (DC, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Nuance (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Taupe (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Discreet (P, $30.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Mocha (P, $17.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Carnal (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pander Me (LE, $17.00)(85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Public Display (Lip Color) (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Persistence (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Pecan (P, $28.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). MAC Strip Me Down (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Glamour Era (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC It's Really Me (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less pigmented (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Honey is a muted, medium-dark rosy mauve with neutral-to-warm undertones and a natural sheen. The texture was thinner with a more watery feel going on, though it “dried” down to something that didn’t slide around as much after about thirty minutes of wear. It had excellent pigmentation, but the color did sink into lip lines, which became more noticeable after two hours of wear. The color lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Bobbi Brown Bobbi (P, $35.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Stingraye (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Latte is a deep, caramelized brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a natural sheen. It had nearly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The consistency was thicker than the previous two and more consistent with the formula as a whole. The color spread well across the lips and didn’t appear streaky. I found the texture to still emphasize lip lines just a touch, though it wasn’t too noticeable from a normal viewing distance. It wore well for six hours and was a bit drying after four hours of wear. Maybelline Coffee Addiction (P, $7.49) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Paramount (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Legendary (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Photo (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Deborah (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Nighthawk (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Sandra (P, $32.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Tabla (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mani is a medium, rosy plum with warmer undertones and a creamy finish. It had excellent color payoff that applied with smooth, even coverage without issue. The consistency was light-to-medium in weight, emollient initially but dried to a more velvety feel on the lips. There was some slip and slide of the color, which seemed to disappear after the third hour of wear. It lasted for five hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating.
Shiseido Rose Crush (RD715) (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Touch of Spice (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). Shiseido Red Queen (RD716) (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Show It Off (Lip Color) (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ashton (P, $35.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Calypso (LE, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Richard (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Rosewood (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Hot Tahiti (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Brick-o-la (P, $17.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Queen (P, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Perf is a medium-dark plum with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was more watery and thinner, so while it applied evenly, it slid around on the lips a lot, so it was more of a high-maintenance product. It had semi-opaque color coverage that wore for five hours on me. It was somewhat drying. MAC Private Party (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Bad Habit (LE, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay TMI (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Mauve It (P, $7.49) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Amorous (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Secret Salma (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Plumful (P, $17.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Captive (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Ladyflower (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Rapture (P, $17.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Spicy is a muted, medium-dark reddish plum with warm undertones and a creamy finish. It was fully opaque, while the texture was light-to-medium in weight, not too thick or too thin, and spread evenly across the lips. This shade wore well for six hours and was a bit drying after four hours of wear. Chanel Rouge Vie (58) (P, $36.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Flamenco (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Shoegazer (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Spice It Up! (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Fig (P, $21.00) is cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Iced Pomegranate (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). NARS Audrey (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). NARS Provocative Red (LE, $25.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Juicy is a bright, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly, and it did not appear to show “lines” if I pressed my lips together. This shade was thicker, more mousse-like in the tube, but it spread well and didn’t look or feel heavy on the lips. On me, it lasted for over six hours and left a stain behind, but it was somewhat drying. Marc Jacobs Beauty Oh Miley (200) (P, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C404 (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Life's Blood (LE, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Bae (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Swamp Family (LE, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Always Red (LE, $14.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sour Cherry (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Dior Splendor (950) (LE, $38.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Imperial Red (P, $35.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Very Cherry (P, $7.49) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (P, $17.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Clinique Cherry Pop (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay 69 (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Soul is a deep, reddish burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, but it applied terribly–streaky, patchy, and gritty color settled into lip lines as the texture was thicker, mousse-like, but it also seemed to have unmixed powder in it. The color lasted for four and a half hours and was drying over time. Tom Ford Beauty Nicholas (P, $35.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Cordovan (P, $21.00) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Eugenie (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Midnight Merlot (P, $7.49) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sin (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Dark Side (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Media (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Tutu (LE, $5.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Deluxe Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint Set Limitless Lippies
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Highlight & Contour Palette Now Available

tarteist PRO Amazonian clay palette
Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Highlight & Contour Palette

A highlight and contour palette with six pigmented powder and cream shades to create perfectly glowing, chiseled looks on every skin tone, without the icky, bad stuff.

Availability

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The Details

tarteist PRO glow highlight & contour palette | $45.00 | Permanent

  • Lit Champagne highlight
  • Strobe Pearl highlight
  • Fire Bronze highlight
  • Stunner Opalescent highlight
  • Shade Cream contour
  • Sculpt Powder contour

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