Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette
Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette ($45.00 for 0.87 oz.) includes two highlighters, a yellow correcting powder (which could be used as a highlighter, depending on your skin tone), two contour powders, and one blush. The quality is disappointing, depending on the shade, but the biggest downside is that it’s one-size-fits-all mentality. Obviously, this will flatter some and not work at all for others. I think the powders are a little on the chalky side, so I don’t know if they would work well on drier skin (I am normal right now, so I didn’t notice it overly much on my skin). The powders also seemed to have a little sweet smell, which was unusual.

Highlight (Tarteist) is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It is a very subtle highlighter that gets more noticeable as it is buffed and blended into the skin, but it is never emphasizing or even shimmery enough to rise to the level of a moderate highlighter. The texture was smooth and silky without being powdery. It lasted for seven hours on me, but as a heads up, it looks chalky on my skin tone (medium). Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever H104 (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Highlight (PiP, ) is brighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Highlight (PiP, ) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). YSL Lumiere Divine (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Paloma Highlight (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Lucid (PiP, ) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). YSL Rosy Contouring Highlight (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Too Chic (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Correct (Tarteist) is a pale, light-medium yellow with a matte finish. It is designed to correct, though I also think that yellow powders can be used as a “matte highlight” on yellower skin tones as well. The texture is quite powdery, and it was harder to blend out without losing all of the effect. It started to fade after seven hours on me. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is more muted (90% similar). LORAC Yellow Highlight (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NYX Cream (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Enhance (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever H108 (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Illamasqua Cirrus (P, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Contour Soft (Tarteist) is a light-medium brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a firmer consistency, so it wasn’t as powdery to work with and blended better without sheering out, though it doesn’t build up intensity either. The color wore well for seven hours. Zoeva Heavy Crown (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Talia (Contour) (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $68.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Crevasse (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Taupe (P, $24.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Light (P, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S116 (P, $23.00) is lighter (85% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Contour (PiP, ) is cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S112 (P, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Zoeva Unfinished (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Shadowplay (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). NARS Melina (Highlight) (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Smashbox Bronze (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Shade (PiP, ) is darker, glossier (80% similar). Illamasqua Steal (P, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Contour Deep (Tarteist) is a medium-dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty consistency. The color blended out fairly well and lasted for seven and a half hours. MAC Sepia (LE, $23.00) is darker, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Smashbox Contour (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Subconscious (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (PiP, ) is glossier (85% similar). NYX Hollow (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Independent (823) (LE, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Accentuate (Tarteist) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had medium, buildable coverage with a lightly dusty texture. This faded really fast on me–six hours of wear–and I wasn’t expecting that at all. Stila Dusty Rose (LE, ) is darker, brighter (95% similar). Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $29.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Elevated (LE, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Celebrated (LE, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glow (Tarteist) is a light, ivory white with a pearly shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage with a firmer consistency in the pan, which made getting product on a brush more challenging–I would recommend a flatter, denser brush to achieve visible coverage. This shade wore well for seven hours on me. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Givenchy Moonlight Saison (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Delice (78) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Lumiere Divine (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Pearl (DC, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Shimmer Highlight (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Fanny Pack (PiP, $8.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarteist

LELimited Edition. $45.00.
B-
B-
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

Highlight (Tarteist)

LELimited Edition.
A-
A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Correct (Tarteist)

LELimited Edition.
C+
C+
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total

Contour Soft (Tarteist)

LELimited Edition.
B-
B-
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

Contour Deep (Tarteist)

LELimited Edition.
B
B
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

Accentuate (Tarteist)

LELimited Edition.
B-
B-
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

Glow (Tarteist)

LELimited Edition.
D+
D+
6
Product
7
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
68%
Total
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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I really thought this one was going to perform better than this. So disappointing! That blush and light, almost pure white frost, highlighter look just terrible! Not universal in the least…tsk, tsk Tarte!

That highlight texture was disappointing. I’m always game for an off white highlighter but man! At lease if it was a better texture it could mix with the other shades to create more tones… but no.

Ugh. Sorry this disappoints. I like Tarte blushes, but for my Tan-Dark Tan skin tone, there’s very little else in their range that I can work with.

I totally appreciate you pointing out the need for more diverse color selections in these sort of ‘one size fits all’ palettes.

You get all the cookies, Christine! ?

I just don’t understand why more companies don’t release smaller palettes and then 2-3 of them… at least an effort to be inclusive!

I must be in the minority. I had no interest in this until I saw your swatches. I have very fair and cool skin and I feel like I would have a use for every shade.

I think the shades will work for you, Rachel, but I definitely wish the product itself was of better quality – the ratings have nothing to do with the actual colors, just the quality.

Well boo! The colors look like they would work for me, mostly, so it’s a shame this didn’t perform better! Love the full face pictures,,,your contouring skills are so fierce, we may have to call you Kristine! Happy thanksgiving!

Ha-ha! Kristine, the long lost Kardashian sister? LOL!!
Naahhh… She’d have had to have heavier contour not just under her cheeks but around her forehead, then all the yellow under her eyes so that there’s at least 4 shades difference between the areas!
No hate, just bugs me when you see super browned forehead then this super white hair parting right above! 😛

Yeah, when I first saw this, I was trying to figure out how many people could actually wear all the colors. I guess if you were fair, you could use the darker colors as blushes, but I’m not a big fan of these one-size-fit-all palettes. It’s too bad the quality isn’t better because the packaging is really elegant, and if these colors worked for you, this would be a great one to grab in the morning when you’re in a rush.

Not surprised to hear it’s powdery. Unfortunately I have the impression everything in the tarte line is dry and powdery, as is my experience with their blushes and foundation and anything I’ve swatched in store.

I like the undertone of the deep powder, It’s more taupe-y. I wish the lighter shade was taupe based, I might have purchased it then!

I feel this would have been better if there were at least 2 or 3 variations. The contour powders look like they’d only work on a select few skintones and that blush powder is so light! Companies really need to realize that contour shades aren’t a universal thing

It’s too bad because you look great in the last pic, from that alone I’d want the palette but then going back and reading the review…. I guess not 🙁

What contouring palette would you recommend for pale neutral skin tones? I realize the colors in this would work but as you said, the quality wasn’t there…

That’s too bad. This seems like kind of a disappointment. The soft contour and blush do look good on you, though. And I LOVE that you gave face in that last picture! 😉

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