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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!

Availability

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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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. Bobbi Brown Uber Nude (P, $24.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Geek Waltz (LE, $12.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Estee Lauder Discreet (P, $32.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Nuance (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Influencer (P, $32.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Parker (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Angelique (174) (P, $37.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Marion (P, $18.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Siesta (P, $21.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Estee Lauder Naked Desire (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Gabriel Zamora (LE, $17.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Pinch (DC, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Buff (P, $35.00)(90% similar). MAC Mocha (P, $17.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Hourglass Futurist (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Pecan (P, $28.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). MAC Taupe (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Public Display (Lip Color) (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pander Me (LE, $17.00)(85% 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. Colour Pop Stingraye (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Euro Trash (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bobbi (P, $35.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox On Set (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% 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). Tarte Boardwalk (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Maison (P, $6.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). NARS Deborah (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Photo (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (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). Anastasia #6 (Vol. 1) (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Wannabe (P, $20.00) is cooler, less glossy (80% 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.
Burberry Dark Rosewood (P, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Impulse (Right) (LE) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Chanel Rose Violine (P, $37.00) is lighter (95% similar). Maybelline Touch of Spice (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). Shiseido Rose Crush (RD715) (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Show It Off (Lip Color) (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Shiseido Red Queen (RD716) (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ashton (P, $35.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Calypso (LE, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Set Sail (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Rosewood (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Brick-o-la (P, $17.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Island Life (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Activist (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Richard (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Hot Tahiti (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia #2 (Vol. 1) (P) is darker (80% 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. Makeup Geek Marriage Material (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Private Party (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Captive (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Secret Salma (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Mauve It (P, $7.49) is more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay TMI (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Plumful (P, $17.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Amorous (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bad Habit (LE, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Rapture (P, $17.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Ladyflower (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Tarte Cruisin' (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Anastasia #5 (Vol. 1) (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Rapture (P, $18.00) is more muted, cooler (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. Tarte Vacay (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Vie (58) (P, $37.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Spice It Up! (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). NARS Flamenco (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Rose B4 Bros (P, $24.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Makeup Geek Boss Lady (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Shoegazer (LE, $17.00) is 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). Tarte Escape (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Provocative Red (LE, $27.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). NARS Audrey (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (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. MAC Betty Boop Red (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Bae (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Oh Miley (200) (P, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Miami Vice (P, $21.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). MAC Life's Blood (LE, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Primary #3 (Vol. 1) (P) is less glossy (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C404 (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Stellar Beauty Super Sonic 04 (P, $22.00) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is cooler (95% similar). NYX Eden (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Perfect Red (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Swamp Family (LE, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Always Red (LE, $14.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Imperial Red (P, $35.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Elegant (P, $15.00) is cooler, glossier (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). Maybelline Very Cherry (P, $7.49) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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 Eugenie (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Cordovan (P, $21.00) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Berry Mojito (P, $21.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Sin (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Media (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Dark Side (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Makeup Geek Risque (P, $15.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Midnight Merlot (P, $7.49) is darker (90% similar). MAC Carnivorous (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% 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

tarteist PRO Amazonian clay palette for Holiday 2016

tarteist PRO Amazonian clay palette
tarteist PRO Amazonian clay palette

A pro-level, everyday eyeshadow palette with 20 ultra-pigmented shades powered by naturally-derived.

Availability

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The Details

tarteist PRO Amazonian clay palette | $53.00 | Permanent

  • Classic Cream
  • Innocent Soft peach
  • Whimsy Brick
  • Smoked Dark brown
  • Ethereal Bronze
  • Vintage Ivory
  • Fierce Cool plum
  • No Filter Purple mauve
  • Vamp Deep plum
  • Glam Champagne
  • Chic Pale pink
  • Profesh Taupe
  • Mod Deep cherry
  • Drama Maroon
  • Minx Shimmering mauve
  • Indie Greige
  • Bold Light brown
  • Edgy Chocolate
  • Punk Black
  • Trendy Prismatic teal

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