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Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Palette

Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Palette
Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Palette

Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Palette ($45.00 for 1.06 oz.) includes four highlighters, one cream contour, and one powder contour housed in a soft, velvety black cardboard palette. The formula of the powder products was denser, particularly for the highlighters, so there was not a lot of excess powder kicked up in the pan, and it made me less concerned about powder getting into the cream contour, but it’s definitely a possibility. The four highlighters were frosted to metallic, and they will be most suitable for someone who likes a shiny, more metallic highlight (rather than a subtle one). The cream contour has a more shadowy look and feel to it, while the powder contour is warmer and more bronze-like. The weakest product was the powder contour, as it was dustier and not as blendable as the other shades. It’s a good palette if you like highlighting and contouring and don’t already have an arsenal of options in your posession already.

Lit is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It was very pigmented with a denser consistency that was fairly smooth but had some looser sparkle to it when I swatched it. When I applied it using a highlighting brush on my cheeks, I didn’t notice any looseness in the pan. I fully expected this to accentuate the look of my pores and my skin’s natural texture, but it was shiny without doing so! It wore well for eight hours before fading on me. Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Yummy Cookies (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $30.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Apricot (P, $55.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Highlight) (LE) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals The Soiree (LE, $26.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fire is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It was fully opaque in a single pass, though the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable that it could easily be sheered out if desired. The finish on this one did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture, but it didn’t hide it either (I felt like Lit was so reflective and fine in pearl that it almost made my skin appear smoother). On my skin tone, this worked as a highlighter as well as a highlighting bronzer, and it wore for eight hours. Tarte Sparkler (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Celestial (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Shade is a muted, medium-dark taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a soft sheen. The texture was lightly tacky, creamy with moderate slip but did not stay tacky over time. It dried down after a couple of minutes for the most part, but it remained fairly blendable and easy to work with on the skin. It lasted nicely for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably on me. Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P) is warmer (95% similar). Cover FX Sunkissed (P, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Subconscious (P) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Heavy Crown (P) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P) is less glossy, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE) is less glossy, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Strobe is a light beige with warm, peachy undertones and a pearly sheen. It had opaque pigmentation with a soft, silky, and smooth texture that was moderately dense but not stiff or difficult to use with a blush/highlighting brush. The powder blended out beautifully on the skin and left behind a high-shine glow that did not emphasize my skin’s texture. On my skin, the highlighter started to fade after eight hours of wear. Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 (P, $48.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Snowglobe (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #1 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Smokin' Whistles (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is cooler (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Gleam (P) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stunner is a light, peachy-pink with a cooler pink tone and warmer gold shimmer. It sometimes looked silvery against my skin tone, but other times, it was a warmer, peachy kind of color. The color was beautiful on, as it was highly reflective and easy to apply, but there was slight emphasis of my skin’s natural texture and my pores as this shade had a much more metallic finish. The highlighter was intensely pigmented, and the color stayed on well for eight hours. Tarte Stunner (P, $28.00)(100% similar). Cover FX Celestial (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty La Belle (P, $7.50) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Right) (P) is lighter (85% similar). The Estee Edit 1st Light (LE) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Pink Beige (P, $24.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia Crushed Pearl (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sculpt is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, which was buildable to fully opaque coverage in two layers. The consistency was thinner and more powdery compared to the other shades, though it felt very silky and finely-milled. It blended fairly well on the skin but wasn’t as effortless compared to the highlighters in the palette. I noticed fading with this shade after eight hours of wear. Illamasqua Steal (P) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Sculpting #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). NARS Paloma Contour (P) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte PRO Glow Palette Tarteist PRO Glow
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
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Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case

Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector's Makeup Case
Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case

Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case ($59.00 for 1.59 oz.) includes 24 eyeshadows, four cheek colors, miniature size Glossy Lip Paint, black liquid eyeliner, and miniature sized mascara. It’s another middling mega set from Tarte-it’s disappointing with some real misses in the palette. There were only a few shades that were actually good. The set itself is contained within a zippered case, but it is pretty bulky for traveling (and storing). The best part about the set were the punny art-inspired names.

Moment is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a fine, golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (up to semi-opaque) with a slightly firm texture in the pan. It applied decently and lasted for eight hours (but not the 12 promised). Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Cream Soda (LE, $22.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Milani Luminoso (P, $8.49) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). NARS Fame (LE, $30.00) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals Inner Beauty (LE) is lighter (80% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). bareMinerals The Big Break (LE, $22.00) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Authentic is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic finish. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable texture that lasted for eight and a half hours on me. It did emphasize pores slightly. Marc Jacobs Beauty Make a Sheen (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Noctum (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Midnight Sun (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia White Sand (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever 13 Ivory (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Bare End (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Burberry The Runway Palette (LE, $68.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE) is darker (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is brighter, darker (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Unique is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. The color coverage was fully opaque, but the texture was still soft, silky, and easily blended on the skin, so it could be sheered out or diffused as desired. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is warmer (95% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is cooler, less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Madly (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Warmth (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is more muted, less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Skinny Dip (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Wild Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (DC, $38.00) is glossier, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Provocative is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly dusty, but blendable, consistency. It wore well for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Bronzed (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Bronzer) (LE) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights (P, $48.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantric (P) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte (LE) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Java Sun (LE, $65.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is warmer, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glitter Glue is a light beige with warm undertones and a glittery finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which was not buildabl,e and the texture was looser in the pan, so there was a lot of fall out during application as well as during wear. This one, as the name might allude to, needs a glitter adhesive to function. MAC Diamond Butterfly (LE, $16.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Givenchy Tentation #4 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced All American Girl (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #3 (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Stila Snowflake (LE, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Virgin (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Preferred Blonde (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Abyssinia (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Prosecco (LE, $19.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Shroom (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pure Bred #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Call of the Canyon (LE, $16.00) is brighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Dazzlelight (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nudes is a light-medium beige with a mostly matte finish. The texture was incredibly stiff and had such a hard press in the pan that it was difficult to get any color out of it. It was a challenge to apply as so little color showed up, and what did apply, immediately melded to the skin and did not want to blend. It lasted for four and a half hours before it had faded. Laura Mercier Bone (LE, $23.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). NARS Madrague #1 (P, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Tabby (LE, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). LORAC Buff (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Look Closer I (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Casting is a medium-dark copper with warm, orange undertones and flecks of copper sparkle. It had sheer coverage, which I did not find buildable at all, and the sparkle was loose and sat on top of the underlying color, so there was noticeable fall out after six hours of wear. Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE)(95% similar). Lancome Midnight Haze (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Sunset Seine (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Warm Wash #2 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Bronx (P) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Hieroglyph (LE) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (Semi-Sweet Palette) (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Gingersnap (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Tarte Sassy Bun (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Silhouette is a dark black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. There seemed to be a slight sheen to the finish, which kept it from being totally matte. The consistency was a little thinner and firmer, which made it harder to blend out without getting some patchiness. With enough effort, I was able to blend it out, though. It had good pigmentation and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Laura Mercier Tuxedo (P, $28.00) is glossier (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #3 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 12 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Sleek (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fin (LE, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Nehru (Guo Pei) (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Premier Regard #4 (P) is more muted (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE) is less glossy, less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Punk (P) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Wanted (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Jet Black (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Point 'n' Shoot (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). L'Oreal Noir C'est Noir (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Overnight (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Waterlilies is a light beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that had a tendency to sheer out when applied to the skin. It lasted for six hours on me. Too Faced Ginger Cream (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Coconut (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Double Scoop (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Super Mom (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Zoeva Bitter Start (P) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Chance (P) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Assistant (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Conch (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #4 (LE, $19.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Van Gogh With It is a medium brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The color payoff was opaque, while the texture felt soft and smooth to the touch, and it blended out well on the eye. I noticed fading after seven hours of wear. Makeup Geek Bake Sale (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Seaside (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Succubus (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Crisp (P) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Girl's Night (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Ciate On Fire (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Warm Mattes #10 (P) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Sepia (LE, $19.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Warm Mattes #9 (P) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Red Ochre #4 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 05 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Latte (P, $6.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Fire (P) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Metal Work is a medium-dark coppery brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation, though the consistency was thinner and firmer in the pan, so it was difficult to diffuse and blend out on the lid. It started to fade after six and a half hours of wear. LORAC Pink Bronze (LE, $19.00) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). Tarte On the Monet (LE) is more muted, darker (85% similar). MAC Body Conscious (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). theBalm #39 (P, $6.50) is darker (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #2 (P) is darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charcoal Sketch is a blackened brown with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and it had a soft, thin texture that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan. It wore well for eight hours on me. Tarte Smoked (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Dark Drive (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Chocolate (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty AW '16 (Right) (LE) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Mesopotamia (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Espresso Bean (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Join My League (LE, $16.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Cashmere #3 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Fairfax (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #5 (P) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #2E (P, $20.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Embark (P, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pearl Earring is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that was easy to work with and lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE) is warmer, less shimmery (95% similar). Givenchy Tentation #4 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Bootycall (P, $19.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). MAC Amberluxe #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Exposure #1 (P) is warmer, darker (95% similar). NARS Give In Take I (LE, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #1 (P) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Sugar (LE, $19.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I414 Yellow Ivory (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Kifu (P) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Pearl (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth #1 (P, $2.29) is warmer, darker (90% similar). NARS Shade IV (LE, $25.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is warmer, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frameworthy is a medium brown with strong, warm undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was thin and difficult to blend, as the press rather hard in the pan. It had semi-opaque color payoff and lasted for six and a half hours on me. Lancome Woody Bar (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Bold (P) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Feature (P) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Cake & Biscuits (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Unrequited (P) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Skinny Latte (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Chocaholic (LE, $16.00)(85% similar). bareMinerals Granted (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Publisher (P) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Wilshire (LE, $5.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Cornelious (P, $5.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). Anastasia Sherbert (LE, $12.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

First Impressionism is a dark gray with cooler undertones and a sparkling finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a drier, chunkier texture that was hard to diffuse evenly, as it would look patchy when blended. This would perform better over primer or a glitter adhesive. It lasted for seven hours with minor fall out. LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #4 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #18 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Time (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Gunmetal (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Diesel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Graphite (07M) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Synergy (LE) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Starry Night is a blackened navy blue with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had medium color coverage, and it was hard to build up as the color was rather dusty and prone to sheering out. It wore well for six hours.
MAC Blue Velvet (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Beaugrenelle #6 (P) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Lagoon (LE, $14.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Tornay (P) is warmer (85% similar). Lancome Midnight Purple (LE, $19.00) is less pigmented, more muted, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fresco is a light-medium beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was lightly dusty, but it was silky and blendable on the skin and did not appear dry on. It had good pigmentation and wore for seven hours before fading. Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 09 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced White Chocolate (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Natural #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Biarritz (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Vanilla Candles (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Crosses (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Bitter Start (P) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Nassau (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Nano Nude #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Alabaster (P) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Tempera (P, $12.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hearts & Crafts is a light-medium peachy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was somewhat powdery, so it sheered out without a primer to help it adhere to the lid. It wore well for six and a half hours before starting to fade. Tarte Chic (P) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Clay (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Sweetheart (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pleasing to the Eye (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Commando (P, $19.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Demitasse (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Millennial (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Selfie Portrait is a medium-dark bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too soft or too firm. The color was easy to apply to the lid and lasted for seven and a half hours. Makeup Geek Luna (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Palace (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #9 (P, $33.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #3 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Rose Bronze (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Sultana (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #4 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Exposure #3 (P) is warmer (85% similar). Clarins Rosewood #2 (P) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

One Too Manet is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was decent, while the texture was firmer and harder to diffuse the edges of, but it wasn’t too much extra work to apply and blend out. It wore well for seven hours on me. Urban Decay Factory (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Chestnuts Roasting (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Look Closer III (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #4 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte A Beautiful Degas (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Abyss (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pure Bred #4 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Charmed, I'm Sure (P, $16.00) is more muted, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Tonka Imperiale #4 (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Bravery (LE, $5.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Focus (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Pink Chocolate #4 (P, $15.00) is lighter (85% similar). Benefit Kiss Me, I'm Tipsy (P, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Porcelain Dali is a very light pink with neutral-to-warm undertones paired with a matte finish. It was very sheer, due to the incredibly dusty and thin texture. The color just seemed to turn to dust and disappear on the skin. It lasted, seemingly, for about five hours. Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Dior Golden Shock #4 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Monochrome is a light taupe with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a smooth, firmer feel in the pan (but it wasn’t stiff) that was blendable on the skin and lasted for seven hours. Dior Fairy Golds #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #16 (P) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is darker (90% similar). NARS Callisto (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Morning Frost (DC, $18.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Hypnotizing (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hot MoMA is a medium-dark cranberry red with warm, coppery undertones and a frosted finish. The eyeshadow had opaque color coverage with a fairly soft, smooth, and blendable consistency. It wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Plummed (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Azalea (Right) (P) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Static (LE, $5.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $12.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Maroon (22M) (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (P) is warmer, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Dominate (P) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Gash (LE, $19.00) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is lighter (85% similar). Zoeva Warm Notes (P) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #10 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #1 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Ciate Fierce (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Inglot #450 (P, $6.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily (P, $30.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). MAC Crimson Tryst (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Drift (LE, $5.00) is warmer, brighter (80% similar). Buxom Wild Nights (P, $12.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). Makeup Geek Curtain Call (P, $9.99) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stained Glass is a deep, reddish plum with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was rather thin and dusty, so the color had a tendency to sheer out easily, but it was also one that turned patchy as I blended it. The performance was better over primer, but it was still harder to blend out. It lasted for seven hours on me. Natasha Denona Electra (115CM) (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC All's Rosy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Central Perk (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Indes Galantes (Right) (LE, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Love Letter (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Eggplant (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Drama (P) is more muted, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pastel is a light peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky, and lightly dusty consistency. The color started to fade after six hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M810 Flesh-Colored Pink (P, $21.00)(100% similar). Makeup Geek Sorbet (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Naked (LE) is cooler (95% similar). L'Oreal Little Beige Dress (P, $5.99) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Promise (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Ambrosia (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I Louvre It is a light-medium mauve with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was so firmly pressed in the pan that it was difficult to get color payoff out of it without digging at it with a metal spatula or the end of my brush (the pointed end). It wore for four and a half hours–from what I could determine. Smashbox Totally Nude (P) is warmer, darker (90% similar). LORAC Pink Mauve (P, $19.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Bois des Indes #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Malt (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Cordial (LE) is warmer, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Get Surreal is a light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cooler, lavender shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that had a bit of fall out during application but none during wear. This shade lasted for seven hours on me. MAC Kitschmas (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Leap #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Pinkluxe #2 (P) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Macaroon (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Still Life is a deep purple with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was mostly opaque, while the texture was on the dustier side but was fairly easy to apply and blend out. It wore well for eight hours on me. YSL Paris #10 (LE) is darker (100% similar). Tarte Mulled Wine (LE) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Plum (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte My Own Cotes de Rhone (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Power Plum (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Editor (P) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Hybrid Moments (P) is lighter (90% similar). Ciate Day Dream (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Define) (P) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Aubergine (24V) (P, $29.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Nightcap (P) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Inglot #325 (P, $6.00) is brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Obvi is a medium, peachy-brown with warm undertones and a fine, white pearl. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied evenly but some color sat in lip lines, which became more noticeable as time went on. The gloss lasted for three hours, was lightly moisturizing, and comfortable to wear. (I reviewed this previously here and did not retest.)

Tarte Holiday 2016 Collector’s Makeup Case Pretty Paintbox
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
Total
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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

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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Sephora

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

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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