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October 18, 2016

Tarte Tarteist Paint Palette Collector’s Set

Fall is perhaps the most exciting time in beauty. Most brands have already taken to launching their full color collections for the season with some opting to release mini sets in between their large and holiday edits. Even though the weather here in Vegas says it’s still Summer, Fall is in full swing with pumpkin spice-flavored everything everywhere I look among the pretty foliage slowly trickling in. No Ugg boots or leggings to be found yet though. Holiday collections and sets have been respectively making their debut as well and so far it’s been fun to see what has come out this early in the game. Every single holiday season I’m always the most excited about the palettes and full gift sets that will be launching. From what I’ve seen so far brands are going all out this year and collectively I had a little trouble deciding on where I was going to spend my monthly beauty budget. With a few palettes and sets I had my eyes on, I ultimately decided to purchase the Tarte Tarteist Paint Palette Collector’s Set ($49) to officially ring in this time of year.

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A quick look at the box first. The set comes encased in a fun artistic and vibrant medium-sized box with a nice large mirror that would make this the perfect functional traveling companion for the upcoming holidays. Inside there’s a built-in eyeshadow palette featuring 24 matte and metallic shades and on the side of the box you’ll find a pull-out drawer containing the Tarteist Takeaway Palette, Tarte’s new “paint brush”, the Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara and Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in Doubletap. I like that everything has its own individual place housed in separate compartments.

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What initially drew me in and has been the definite winner of this set for me is the of course the eyeshadow palette which comes with a beautiful mix of warm and cool tones. Colors in this palette feature 24 shades ranging from minimalist neutrals to deeper bolds with mixed matte and micro-metallic finishes.

The pigment is medium but buildable. In comparison to Tarte’s staple eyeshadow palettes, the pigment is a little on the muted side but as I said before completely buildable. Texture is very soft making the colors easy to blend. Overall the colors look natural on the eyes and are perfect for everyday wear. I found that most of the shades applied smoothly with the exception of two matte shades (Gothic and Sepia) which were a little dry but workable nonetheless. The metallics do have a little fallout but I seem to experience this with most if not all metallic/shimmer formulas. Across the board I liked the pigmentation and color payoff. Lasting power was quite good too wearing on for me about 7 hours before they started fading.

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A look at the color selection vertically from row to row:

Reflection (0.035 oz) – is a true champagne color. Metallic finish.
Take it Easel (0.035 oz) – is a caramel color with a slight hint of olive. Matte finish.
Roygbiv (0.035 oz) – is a shimmering russett with gold shimmer. Metallic finish.
Go for Baroque (0.035 oz) – is a chocolate color. Matte finish.
On Display (0.035 oz) – is described as a pink but to me reads as a pinkish nude. Matte finish.
Renaissance Woman (0.035 oz) – is a true mauve color. Matte finish.
Metallic Masterpiece (0.035 oz) – is a metallic plum mauve.
Contrast (0.035 oz) – is a deep plum color. Matte finish.
Muse (0.035 oz) – is a pinky mauve. Matte finish.
Abstract (0.035 oz) – is a rose quartz color. Metallic finish.
Be an Original (0.035 oz) – is a metallic aubergine.
Make the Gradient (0.035 oz) – is described as a midnight aubergine but to me reads as a dark brown. Matte finish.
Canvas (0.035 oz) – is a true ivory color. Matte finish.
To the Pointillism (0.035 oz) – is a rose gold color. Metallic finish.
Beret (0.035 oz) – is described as a copper shade but to me reads as a caramel brown with gold shimmer. Metallic finish.
Doodle (0.035 oz) – is a burnt orange color. Matte finish.
Set the Tone (0.035 oz) – is a peachy nude. Matte finish.
Gilded Gallery (0.035 oz) – is described as an antique gold but to me reads more as a gold that has bronze tones with mostly teetering to the bronze side as opposed to gold. Metallic finish.
Sepia (0.035 oz) – is a brown color with grayish undertones. Matte finish.
Landscape (0.035 oz) – is a shimmering green with mostly olive undertones. Metallic finish.
Have we Met (0.035 oz) – is a mauve with grayish undertones. Matte finish.
Stencil (0.035 oz) – is a true taupe color. Matte finish.
Kaleidoscope (0.035 oz) – is a shimmering plum. Metallic finish.
Gothic (0.035 oz) – is true deep black color. Matte finish.

Swatched on the arm:

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Next is the Tarteist Takeaway Palette which features all-new contouring bronzer and highlighting shades. All 3 shades are beautifully pigmented colors that have a very soft and almost velvety texture to them. They blend flawlessly into the skin and the lasting power is really good.

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A look at the colors:

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Contour 1 (0.084 oz) – is a true peach color. Even though it’s described by the company as Contour 1, this is in fact a blush shade.
Contour 2 (0.084 oz) – is a medium warm brown perfect for contouring or bronzing.
Highlight (0.084 oz) – is a pink champagne highlighter.

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Swatched on the arm:

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Up is the Deluxe Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara in Black. This is a deep black clump-free and smudge-free mascara that added quite a bit of volume to my lashes. It did a really good job coating all of the hairs and held a curl really well. While my end-all be-all mascara comes from the drugstore, I’m kind of tempted to purchase the full size of this mascara just because I actually really liked what I got so far with the travel size. 

The Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in Double Tap is described as a warm mauve but to reads as a darker nude with almost brown tones mixed in with it. It’s quite the interesting color but surprisingly I didn’t mind it all despite it not being a true nude because as we all know I do neutrals only. The Glossy Lip Paint is quite an intensely pigmented liquid lipstick that has really good color payoff with even full coverage and a glossy finish. The formula is moisturizing and non-drying with the added benefit of it being long-wearing. I got about 3 hours out of it before I felt that I had to reapply (this was with minimal eating and drinking).

Swatched on the back of the hand:

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Last but not least is Tarte’s new Paint Brush which I assume was especially created for this set. I don’t know if Tarte will actually release it as a permanent tool later down the line. I have used the brush in combination with the shadow palette as well as with my other palettes and find it to be one of the best eye brushes I’ve worked with in a while. Despite its rather odd shape, the bristles are nice and fluffy and can be used a number of ways. I have used it to blend colors into the crease and outer corner and I’ve also used it to apply shadow the lids. All ways worked extremely well and I have zero complaints about the brush.

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Bottomline, this is a solid good set of eye and face basics. The value is amazing for the price as you receive a good amount of content that is so multi-faceted. Although some of the eyeshadow colors were a little muted in pigment I still found them to perform really well in other aspects. If you’re looking to purchase this palette you’ll find it exclusively on Ulta.com as well as in stores!

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