Today’s post is a review and swatches for the tarte tartelette in bloom eyeshadow palette ($45.00 USD/$54.00 CAD, available here), along with an accompanying video. This is also known as the tartelette 2 palette because it’s the sequel to the original tartelette palette that was released a while back. Like the original, it holds 12 eyeshadows. Unlike the original, it contains nine matte shades and three shimmery ones (or “lusters” as tarte calls them). While the top row is more neutral to cool, the tartelette 2 leans quite warm toned overall and contains entirely neutral shades. This is in contrast with the original, which leans more cool and has some plummy/purple tones.
Now, let’s move on to the swatches!
- Charmer – described as “off white”.
- Jetsetter – described as “warm taupe”.
- Rocker – described as “shimmering taupe”.
- Smokeshow – described as “black brown”.
- Flower Child – described as “peachy nude”.
- Smarty Pants – described as “tan”.
- Firecracker – described as “bronze copper”.
- Activist – described as “dark brown”.
- Funny Girl – described as “champagne”.
- Sweetheart – described as “peach”.
- Rebel – described as “chestnut brown”.
- Leader – described as “aubergine”.
Why You Might Like This:
- Paraben-free and pthalate-free.
- The packaging is pretty but still very sleek and great for travel/storage.
- The palette is laid out in 3 horizontal quads, which each group of shadows working well together. You don’t need to feel restricted to the quads, but it’s a convenient feature for people who aren’t sure which shadows to use together or for those who want to be able to throw together a quick look without much thought.
- The shadows are all very soft and pigmented. I was actually surprised to feel how soft they were when I dug my fingers in to start swatching!
- They also apply and blend beautifully on the eyes. The mattes show up well and never get muddy, and the lusters are smooth – there’s no chunky glitter or heavy fallout.
- There are highlight shades, “skin tone” shades (for my own skin tone – this might not apply for everyone), transition shades, as well as a matte (almost) black, all of which I find to be convenient in an “all in one” or travel-friendly palette.
- While the palette leans warm overall, there are some neutral/cool shades in it for variety. The three luster shades also help to add variety to an otherwise matte palette.
Why You Might Not Like This:
- If you don’t like warm tones, you probably won’t like most of the shades in this palette. You might want to check out the original tartelette palette, which leans cooler.
- The same goes for shimmery shadows, as this palette has three of them. If you’re looking for entirely matte shadows, you should look to other palettes instead (including the original tartelette palette).
- It contains entirely neutral shades, so if you’re looking for a palette that will give you colourful looks, this isn’t the one for you.
- The shades Smokeshow and Activist do look similar on the eye. Though they’re different in undertone (Smokeshow is cooler and Activist is warmer), this might not be enough of a difference for some to justify a purchase.
- The shadows do kick up a small bit of powder because they’re so soft, but if you’re careful and use an eyeshadow primer this shouldn’t be an issue at all.
All in all, I think it’s a great day-to-day and travel-friendly neutral palette. I’ve been using it quite often and I’ve been able to get a good variety of looks from it, both wearable and dramatic. Will any of you be picking this up or do you have it already? If you had to choose between the tartelette palettes, which one would you pick? Let me know in the comments!